meta-creation_date: Jun 21, 2003 The tiny Pacific island country of “Palau”:http://www.cia.gov/cia/publications/factbook/geos/ps.html has become the 50th state to ratify the “Protocol”:http://www.biodiv.org/biosafety/ratification.asp to the Convention on Biodiversity, bringing it into force. Eventually, this will create conflict between the Convention and the WTO Agreement on Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS). The Convention (and the overblown “Rio Declaration” on which it is based) pretends to “authorize”:http://www.biodiv.org/biosafety/faqs.asp?area=protocol&faq=10 undefined import restrictions and prohibitions in any circumstance where there is a “…lack of scientific certainty due to insufficient relevant scientific information and knowledge regarding the extent of the potential adverse effects of an LMO on biodiversity”. A standard of ‘scientific certainty’ is so unreasonable as to be irrational whether as a test of risks due to the import of GMOs (‘LMOs’ in the Protocol) or in any other field of public administration.
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