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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:24 AM

Monday, January 2, 2012
Leaked: US to Start ‘Trade Wars’ with Nations Opposed to Monsanto, GMO Crops
Anthony Gucciardi
Activist Post

The United States is threatening nations who oppose Monsanto’s genetically modified (GM) crops with military-style trade wars, according to information obtained and released by the organization WikiLeaks.

Nations like France, which have moved to ban one of Monsanto’s GM corn varieties, were requested to be ‘penalized’ by the United States for opposing Monsanto and genetically modified foods.

The information reveals just how deep Monsanto’s roots have penetrated key positions within the United States government, with the cables reporting that many U.S. diplomats work directly for Monsanto.

The WikiLeaks cable reveals that in late 2007, the United States ambassador to France and business partner to George W. Bush, Craig Stapleton, requested that the European Union along with particular nations that did not support GMO crops be penalized. Stapleton, who co-owned the Dallas/Fort Worth-based Texas Rangers baseball team with Bush in the 1990s, stated:

Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits. The list should be measured rather than vicious and must be sustainable over the long term, since we should not expect an early victory. Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voices.



The Leaked Political Agenda Behind Monsanto’s GMO Crops

The ambassador plainly calls for ‘target retaliation’ against nations who are against using Monsanto’s genetically modified corn, admittedly linked to organ damage and environmental devastation.

Amazingly, this is not an isolated case. In similar newly released cables, United States diplomats are found to have pushed GMO crops as a strategic government and commercial imperative.
Furthermore, the U.S. specifically targeted advisers to the Pope, due to the fact that many Catholic bishops and figureheads have openly denounced GMO crops. In fact, the Vatican has openly declared Monsanto’s GMO crops as a ‘new form of slavery’.

'A Martino deputy told us recently that the cardinal had co-operated with embassy Vatican on biotech over the past two years in part to compensate for his vocal disapproval of the Iraq war and its aftermath – to keep relations with the USG [US government] smooth. According to our source, Martino no longer feels the need to take this approach,' says the cable.

Perhaps the most shocking piece of information exposed by the cables is the fact that these U.S. diplomats are actually working directly for biotech corporations like Monsanto. The cables also highlight the relationship between the U.S. and Spain in their conquest to persuade other nations to allow for the expansion of GMO crops. Not only did the Spanish government secretly correspond with the U.S. government on the subject, but the U.S. government actually knew beforehand how Spain would vote before the Spanish biotech commission reported their decision regarding GMO crops. The cable states:

'In response to recent urgent requests by [Spanish rural affairs ministry] state secretary Josep Puxeu and Monsanto, post requests renewed US government support of Spain’s science-based agricultural biotechnology position through high-level US government intervention.'

Monsanto has undoubtedly infiltrated the United States government in order to push their health-endangering agenda, and this has been known long before the release of these WikiLeaks cables. The U.S. is the only place where Monsanto’s synthetic hormone Posilac is still used in roughly 1/3 of all cows, with 27 nations banning the substance over legitimate health concerns. Despite Monsanto’s best attempts at incognito political corruption, nothing can stop the grassroots anti-Monsanto movement that is taking over cities and nations alike.

Explore More:

Monsanto’s GMO Crops Ravage US, USDA Ignores Dangers
Monsanto Declared Worst Company of 2011
USDA Steps Back and Gives Monsanto More Power Over GMO Seeds
Vatican Condemns Monsanto Genetically Modified Crops as “New Form of Slavery”
Monsanto Admittedly Influences Colorado GMO Ban, Launches Phony ‘GMO Co-Existence’ Protests
GMO Crops Continually Banned Around the World in Display of Health Freedom

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:58 AM

Somehow I am not surprised.

A very dirty way of doing business.

This reminds me a lot about the Opium Wars between Britain and China.

It's truly funny how history does repeat itself.
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:38 AM

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Monsanto’s Ill-Effects In India

Monsanto’s operation in India illustrates the monopolization and manipulation of market economy, tradition, and technology. The world’s largest producer of genetically engineered seeds has been gaining ground in India to benefit the Indian farmers – or so the company claims. However, instead of letting farmers grow their crops organically, the company has influenced them to use the genetically modified (GM) seeds.

It is one thing to convince farmers to use artificial seeds for the purposes of enriching their lives, it is quite another to manipulate nature and technology to profit from them.

The irony is GM seeds have not been effective in India and the consequences are not as rosy as what Monsanto had promised to deliver. Scathing reports of the mass suicides of Indian farmers broke out as recently as three years ago when scores of farmers took their own lives in order to escape the burden of high prices and the failure of Monsanto’s GM seeds.

Monsanto offered its GM seeds to the farmers of India with hopes of reaping plentiful crops. Mostly uneducated farmers thought Monsanto had come to provide a “magic” formula that would transform their lives. They had no idea what was coming.

Monsanto’s seeds in India did not produce what the company had promised and farmers hoped. The expensive seeds piled up debts and destroyed farming fields. In many instances, the crops simply failed to materialize. The farmers were not aware that the GM seeds require more water than the traditional seeds. Lack of rain in many parts of India exacerbated the crop failure.

With no harvest, the farmers could not pay back the lenders. Burdened with debts and humiliation, the farmers simply took their own lives, some by swallowing poisonous pesticides in front of their families. To date, an estimated 125,000 farmers have committed suicide all over India.

To add to the misery, wives inherited the debts along with the fear of losing their homes and lands. With no money coming in, they also had to pull their kids from schools. The mass suicide among the Indian farmers is known as the “GM genocide.”

In its company website Monsanto declares that its pledge is “our commitment to how we do business.” And then there are the business philosophies with virtuous words like “integrity” and “transparency.”

Monsanto’s business practices in India quite remarkably live up to the company’s motto. It leverages its power and influence to penetrate farming markets with motive but without morale.

Market power

Using legal and market powers, Monsanto penetrated Indian markets. It convinced the Indian local government by producing scientific data to invest its biotechnology for producing better crops. Through binding contracts and “vested interests,” the company prohibited selling traditional seeds in the local markets.

Unable to purchase traditional seeds, the farmers had to pay a hefty price for the expensive GM seeds. Many farmers had to borrow money from the local lenders to buy Monsanto’s seeds. To cite an example of how expensive the GM seeds are, 100 grams of GM cost $15 to the farmers compared with $15 for 1000 grams of traditional seeds.

Early last year, India Today reported that Monsanto manipulated scientific data to get approvals from the Indian government to sell its GM seeds to the local farmers. Monsanto has sold genetically altered seeds for products like tea leaves and brinjal to farmers all over India.

Vandana Shiva, a renowned scientist and activist in India, wrote that Monsanto had also planned to control water in India.

Its aim was to control water supply by privatizing its source. In other words, Monsanto sought to profit from water, a lifeline of Indian livelihood. By seeking control of water, Monsanto also seized the opportunity to benefit from the scarce water supply that plagues communities throughout India.
Manipulation and misinformation

The failure of Monsanto’s GM seeds was palpable. The farmers held onto their hopes for better crops after they had planted the “magic” seeds. Their crops never came. Throughout the villages in India the harvest from the GM seeds failed. The parasites destroyed the so-called “pest-proof” GM seeds.

By contract, the farmers could not save the seeds for the next season because of Monsanto’s patent clause which prevents farmers from reusing the seeds. Whether or not the farmers understood this legal binding would merit an examination to underscore the extent of Monsanto’s market power and business practices.

Action against GM seeds

Prince Charles does not like what Monsanto is doing or causing to the lives of the farmers in India. He has expressed his contempt for the “bio-tech leaders” and “politicians” who have contributed to suicides among the Indian farmers. His charity organization promotes “long-term benefits of sustainable agriculture” that would provide “decent returns” to the farmers.

The Indian government has stepped up to fight against the GM seeds. In 2010, the Indian Environment Minister issued a “moratorium” on Monsanto to introduce genetically engineered egg plant seeds in India. Only time will tell how long this policy’s effects will last.

A number of private companies have also teamed up with transnational companies like Monsanto to rake in profits from the GM seeds. In a country where money, politics, and business often go hand in hand, the farmers are at the mercy of their own fate.

http://www.eurasiareview.com/28122011-monsanto%E2%80%99s-ill-effects-in-india-oped/


Edited by key2thecup, 05 January 2012 - 11:47 AM.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:12 PM

Oh...good.... :(

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 12:48 PM

Monsanto is the most evil corporation on the planet.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:19 PM

A blatant attempt to impose artificial $carcity of a vital resource, what's next, an transnational oxygen tax?
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 01:29 PM

These dudes are the 1% we need to be worried about...
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 05:20 PM

I know I'm an idiot when it comes to world economics but how does a bankrupt country go to economic war?
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 07:51 PM

Sigh...

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 09:41 PM

Are most vegetables bought in canada gmo?

Is Organic gmo?
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:25 PM

Relevant



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Posted 05 January 2012 - 10:31 PM

Scary stuff. Thanks a lot for the heads up. Something we all need to keep an eye on.

Someone posed a good question about GMO's being labelled Organic... is that possible?

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:13 PM

Relevant

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=tIvNopv9Pa8


I don't have a problem with GM foods in general. This doesn't justify unethical corporate practices though.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:19 PM

Why not! They've started every other type of imaginable war...

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:21 PM

^^^ no problem? The impications and potential scenarios around GM is about the most disturbing thing I can think of.
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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:37 PM

These dudes are the 1% we need to be worried about...


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Same 1% that can be found everywhere else. There is no 1% you don't need to worry about.

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Posted 05 January 2012 - 11:37 PM

^^^ no problem? The impications and potential scenarios around GM is about the most disturbing thing I can think of.


well of course there are risks, as does any technology. The potential upside is huge though.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 12:11 AM

well of course there are risks, as does any technology. The potential upside is huge though.


I don't like Monsanto for a number of reasons but the biggest one is that if you try to save the seeds from a crop, by the 3rd generation, the plants will no longer grow. This is done on purpose to force you to buy more. It's unethical and dangerous to the food supply.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:36 AM

well of course there are risks, as does any technology. The potential upside is huge though.


The potential downside is "huge-er".

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:39 AM

I'm afraid :frantic:

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 10:42 AM

The potential downside is "huge-er".


that seems to be a call for some better regulations, not for stopping scientific progress altogether.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 01:15 PM

that seems to be a call for some better regulations, not for stopping scientific progress altogether.


Who's arguing against scientific progress? The issue here isn't necessarily that Monsento is tweaking nature (that's a whole other argument). The issue is that the people/government that's supposed to be regulating them has been infiltrated by them. They're "regulating" themselves rather than an external body doing it. And with that freedom they're using the USG to strong arm better profits for themselves.

It's the very definition of corruption and just one of many examples as to why the occupy movement exists.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 01:32 PM

Who's arguing against scientific progress? The issue here isn't necessarily that Monsento is tweaking nature (that's a whole other argument). The issue is that the people/government that's supposed to be regulating them has been infiltrated by them. They're "regulating" themselves rather than an external body doing it. And with that freedom they're using the USG to strong arm better profits for themselves.

It's the very definition of corruption and just one of many examples as to why the occupy movement exists.


well if your problem is with Momensto's unethical corporate practices rather the idea of genetic modification, then I am on your side.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 02:37 PM

well if your problem is with Momensto's unethical corporate practices rather the idea of genetic modification, then I am on your side.


I don't PERSONALLY agree with GMO products which is one of the reasons I voted NDP in the last federal election as they have an excellent food/agriculture policy that would require clear labeling for products containing GMO ingredients similar to the EU.

In other words, I'd much prefer to have the freedom as an indiviual to make a decision of whether to purchase/ingest GMO products via clear labeling. That doesn't mean that I don't think they should have every right to make those products and have them available for those that want them/don't care.

However their corporate practices, desire to hide from labeling, the strong arm tactics, government infiltration etc are deplorable.

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:48 PM

Thank you JR..I'm strongly against GMO's as well and I think that when a company patents a seed and goes around the world suing organic farmers then something is really wrong with this world..Monsanto,syngenta,Dow chemicals,BASF,and the us government have been in cahoots a long time to get GMO'S into our grocery stores under a cloud of secrecy and disinformation..I suggest people boycott any of their products..I only eat organic and it will stay that way!!..GMO's have been linked to the decline of bee populations as well!There's a reason why GMO's are being banned all over the world..studies show they're not good for you or the environment and the insects that pollinate our food..be smart..check my twitter account for more info.. @dirka41

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 03:56 PM

Another reason to buy organic is to stay away from Monsantos pesticides and herbicides namely "roundup" glysophate which is extremely toxic to humans, insects,pretty much all living things including degrading the minerals in the soil which the food is grown on..Monsanto is bad news..stay away from these chemicals..buy and support organic farmers!!..conventional farming methods are absolutely disgusting!!they ruin our water supply with chemicals and ruin the land and our health..want more reasons to go organic!..follow me on twitter (@dirka41)this is not the appropriate place to talk about a company as evil as Monsanto although people MUST know what they're eating!!

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 04:04 PM

Corn,soy,cotton are Monsanto's major ventures and there's more on the way..buy organic to avoid GMO'S


http://m.digitaljour.../article/285594

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 04:12 PM

never let facts get in the way of fundie thinking.

http://blogs.scienti...al-agriculture/

Edited by Carpe Diem, 06 January 2012 - 04:14 PM.


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Posted 06 January 2012 - 04:21 PM

never let facts get in the way of fundie thinking.

http://blogs.scienti...al-agriculture/


I grew up on a farm in Ladner buddy...don't start posting propaganda saying organic isn't better..they use thirteen times less chemicals..and they don't use Monsantos "glysophate" and organic also means no GMO's..i eat organics and I can tell you first hand that they taste way better..the soil on organic farms contains a substantial amount of more minerals..these minerals are responsible for growing healthy food with lots of phytonutrients..if you think dumping chemicals on foods at an unregulated level is good for you then you need help bud..

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Posted 06 January 2012 - 04:24 PM

I grew up on a farm in Ladner buddy...don't start posting propaganda saying organic isn't better..they use thirteen times less chemicals..and they don't use Monsantos "glysophate" and organic also means no GMO's..i eat organics and I can tell you first hand that they taste way better..the soil on organic farms contains a substantial amount of more minerals..these minerals are responsible for growing healthy food with lots of phytonutrients..if you think dumping chemicals on foods at an unregulated level is good for you then you need help bud..


you are certainly entitled to your opinion, but did you even bother reading the article?

on taste:

Strong organic proponents also argue that organic food tastes better. In the same poll where 95% of UK organic consumers said they buy organic to avoid pesticides, over two-thirds of respondents said organic produce and meats taste better than non-organic ones. But when researchers had people put their mouths to the test, they found that people couldn’t tell the difference between the two in blind taste tests


on nutrients

Just recently, an independent research project in the UK systematically reviewed the 162 articles on organic versus non-organic crops published in peer-reviewed journals between 1958 and 2008 11. These contained a total of 3558 comparisons of content of nutrients and other substances in organically and conventionally produced foods. They found absolutely no evidence for any differences in content of over 15 different nutrients including vitamin C, β-carotene, and calcium. There were some differences, though; conventional crops had higher nitrogen levels, while organic ones had higher phosphorus and acidity – none of which factor in much to nutritional quality. Further analysis of similar studies on livestock products like meat, dairy, and eggs also found few differences in nutritional content. Organic foods did, however, have higher levels of overall fats, particularly trans fats. So if anything, the organic livestock products were found to be worse for us (though, to be fair, barely)


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