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Patriarch calls for a better work ethic and GM-free crops

By M. Alkhazashvili
(Translated by Diana Dundua)
Friday, May 2
In his Easter sermon, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II emphasized the need for a better work ethic in Georgia.

“In the 18-year post-Soviet transition period the will to work in our society has deteriorated. But having a will to work is vitally important to achieve success,” the newspaper Akhali Taoba quoted the Patriarch as saying.

He also said that one of the main reasons why Georgians have historically had a reputation for individualism and courage was their love of work.

“Agricultural labor is especially useful,” Ilia II said.

He also spoke out against genetically-modified crops, which he said would have harmful effects for both the environment and people.

“I hope that the government will pay attention to this issue and take measures against this [genetically modified crops], as the agricultural sector needs to be well developed for it to become the basis for the increasing economic sector,” the Patriarch said.

He added that developing a GM-free agricultural sector would make Georgian products more popular, given the high demand for organic goods.