H.R. 4815 Real Solutions to World Hunger Act of 2002

The demand for mandatory labeling, safety testing, and farmer protections do not constitute obstacles to the cessation of world hunger. Technologies, like genetically engineered food, may have a limited role, but economics remain the significant barrier to a consistent food supply, and the development of expensive genetically engineered foods may only exacerbate this trend. Most genetically engineered food products and almost all research funding for the development of genetically engineered food target the developed nation's agriculture and consumers. Developing countries cannot afford this technology and therefore are vastly ignored.

Agroecological interventions have had significantly more success in helping developing nations feed themselves with higher yields and improved environmental practices, all within reasonable costs for developing countries. If the biotech industry believes they can help mitigate hunger concerns, domestic or foreign, then requiring them to fund the effort to mitigate hunger is appropriate.

This bill offers several new initiatives and protections to help developing nations resolve their hunger concerns:

  1. To protect developing nations, genetically engineered exports are restricted to those already approved in the U.S. and approved by the importing nation.
  2. The bill creates an international research fund for sustainable agriculture research.
  3. A developing nation may choose to mandatorily license a genetically engineered crop for the benefit of it's citizens. The bill prohibits any U.S. intervention that may block the mandatory license.
  4. The bill establishes the Sustainable Agriculture Trust Fund with a small tax on biotechnology company profits. This trust fund will fund the activities in this bill.

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