阅读教程第四册 课件 Unit.ppt

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Unit 8 Food or Poison (GM Products) Interpretation of the quotations a. The royal family in Britain has very limited power, but it still has quite a lot of influence. The heir to the throne, Prince Charles, has strong views on modern architecture (which, in general, he hates) and genetically modified food (which he sees as interfering with nature). Prince Charles Challenges British Government To Be Scientific Regarding Safety Prince Charles has launched a scathing attack on genetically-modified products, and the UK Government has responded with annoyance and propaganda rather than science. In an article in last week's Daily Mail, Prince Charles poses a series of questions about the safety of GM foods and attacked the lack of independent scientific research. And he rejects the hype that GM crops represent a solution to feeding the world's growing population as a case of "emotional blackmail". Asserting that the argument sounded ``suspiciously like emotional blackmail,'' the prince said the countries that could be expected to benefit took a different view. Representatives of 20 African countries, including Ethiopia, had published a statement denying that gene technologies would help farmers to produce the food they needed. ``They think it will destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable agricultural systems . . . and undermine our capacity to feed ourselves,'' said the prince. Deep divisions emerged within the British Government following the Prince's challenge. Although the prime minister's spokesman refused to be drawn into a direct clash with the prince, it was clear there is considerable anger in Whitehall at the way he has reignited the debate in Britain on the issue. The prince's intervention has delivered a body blow to the government's attempts to reassure corporations that their people could be made to accept unproven genetically modified crops as safe. Here are the ten important unanswered questions posed by the Prince: 1. Do we nee

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