August 29, 2002

JOHANNESBURG UPDATE: Greenpeace has won an award, but I don’t think they’ll be parading it back home:

Johannesburg – African and Asian farmers, and hawkers from across South Africa handed over a “Bullshit Trophy” (yes, that is the trophy’s real name) to Greenpeace, the Third World Network and BioWatch for their contribution to the “preservation of poverty” in developing countries.

The trophy comprises of a piece of wood on which two heaps of dried cow-dung – “unfortunately not elephant dung” – are mounted.

Barun Mitra of the Sustainable Development Network (SDN), a coalition of non-governmental organisations which believes, among other things, that sustainable development is attainable only through free trade, officiated at the symbolic handing-over in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Mitra denounced the three NGOs as parasites which “prey on the blood of the poor” and did not help to improve agricultural productivity in the Third World.

“They are not interested in famine or poverty. This lot is concerned only about their own interests.

“They sit here at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in their rich man’s hotels and romanticise everything,” he said.

Bet this doesn’t get a lot of Big Media attention. But Kenya’s James Shikwati has noticed.