In October 2002, the government of Zambia announced that it was refusing to distribute 15,000 tons of corn donated by the US. The government refused the corn because it was likely to contain genetically modified kernels. The government made the decision after its scientific advisers concluded that the studies of the health risks posed by GM crops “are inconclusive”

**Do you agree with this assessment? Do you think it is a good justification for refusing the donated corn?

At the time Zambia was facing food shortages, and 35,000 Zambians were expected to die from starvation over the next six months.

**How do the relative risks posed by GM crops compare with the relative risks posed by starvation?

 
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