A British delegation to Colombia was critical of the US providing $1.9 billion in funding for Colombia’s military anti-drug efforts, despite their failure to meet human rights conditions required by the US Congress. “I think it was unfortunate, to say the least,” said senior British cabinet minister Mo Mowlam.
Mowlam also stated that Britain opposes any use of biological agents against coca plantations, especially the controversial fungus Fusarium Oxysporum, which the US has proposed testing in Colombia and Florida.
The Fusarium fungus has been shown to infect people with suppressed immune systems. Dr Michael Rinaldi, a clinical mycologist who directs a fungus testing laboratory at the University of Texas at San Antonio, told Reuters that a minor eye injury may lead to blindness if Fusarium is involved, and that he has seen over 100 Fusarium infections over the past ten years.
Ramon Sandin, director of microbiology and virology at the H Lee Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, said he had treated cancer patients with Fusarium infections, and found that anti-fungal treatments often did not work. “We know the potential for demise,” he said. “We’ve lost several in the past couple of years.”
– Copy of original Ag/Bio Co Fusarium Oxysporum proposal (courtesy of Montana NORML): www.montananorml.org/msudocs/agbiocon