A Catholic News Service story from Jan. 5, 2011, quotes the head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, as saying that genetically modified seeds smack of "the usual game of economic dependence," which in turn, "stands out like a new form of slavery." Somehow the mainstream media never promoted the article. In fact, I'm very disappointed that the California Conference of Catholic bishops did not seem to be aware of the Cardinal's statements, as they declined to take a position on Proposition 37 during the last election.
The cardinal's comments and observations are poignant and well-informed, as the article relates:
There would be no need for such
crops if African growers had access to fertile land that was "not
destroyed, devastated or poisoned by the stockpiling of toxic waste" and
if growers were able to benefit from the fruits of their labors by
being allowed to set aside enough seeds for planting the next year and
not be forced to continually buy genetically modified seeds from abroad,
Cardinal Turkson shares several more excellent observations in the CNS story. Please read more here.