WikiLeaks Cables Show US Diplomats Promote Genetically Engineered Crops Worldwide

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  1. Anonymous Member

    Er, how about just boycotting products from those and other similarly bent companies?
    Life CAN continue without Froot Loops and Golden Grahams.
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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    For anyone interested, here's a good source for background and updates:

    Occupy Monsanto

    As Monsanto has occupied our farms and foods, it's time we take them back.
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    What could possibly go wrong? GM fish set for supermarket shelves after U.S. watchdog rules 'Frankenfish' is safe for environment | Mail Online

    • AquAdvantage salmon would be the first genetically altered animal approved for human consumption anywhere in the world
    • They contain two extra genes from other fish that make them grow to full size twice as fast as natural salmon
    • FDA draft ruling declares they are unlikely to damage the environment when grown according to proposed 'conditions of use'
    • But opponents warn any GM fish that escape and interbreed with wild fish could undermine genetics of already-endangered Atlantic salmon

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    Genetically modified food labeling measure to qualify for Washington state ballot | Reuters

    A measure to require special labeling of genetically modified foods appeared virtually certain to qualify for the ballot in Washington state on Friday, two months after voters in California rejected a similar initiative.

    Sponsors of the measure turned in petitions signed by an estimated 350,000 registered voters - at least 100,000 more signatures than required - on Thursday, a day ahead of deadline, said David Ammons, a spokesman for the Washington secretary of state.

    The submission all but assures that the GMO-labeling initiative would be certified by the secretary and sent on to the state legislature, which could adopt the measure or leave it to a popular vote on the November 2013 election ballot, Ammons said.

    The initiative would make Washington the first U.S. state to require that all genetically modified seeds used by farmers as well as food with genetically altered ingredients be labeled as such.

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  5. bodyspeaks Member

    Great links!
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    Farmers demand an appeal in Monsanto GMO case

    Back in 2011, 83 plaintiffs united in lawsuit against the bio-tech giant Monsanto. The farmers fear that Monsanto seeds would make their way to their farms in which their livelihoods would be at risk due to patent infringement. The case which was shot down by a New York District court, but on Friday oral arguments are being heard by an appeals courting in Washington, DC.

    So do the plaintiffs stand a chance against Monsanto? Dave Murphy, executive director for Food Democracy Now, explains.
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    Monsanto and the FDA: Two crime families working a trillion-dollar hustle

    By Jon Rappoport


    Imagine this. A killer is put on trial, and the jury, in a surprise verdict, finds him not guilty. Afterwards, reporters interview this killer. He says, "The jury freed me. It's up to them. They decide. That's what is justice is all about."

    Then the press moves along to members of the jury, who say: "Well, we had to take the defendant's word. He said he was innocent, so that's what we ruled."

    That's an exact description of the FDA and Monsanto partnership.

    When you cut through the verbiage that surrounded the introduction of GMO food into America, you arrive at two key statements. One from Monsanto and one from the FDA, the agency responsible for overseeing, licensing, and certifying new food varieties as safe.

    Quoted in the New York Times Magazine (October 25, 1998, "Playing God in the Garden"), Philip Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications, famously stated: "Monsanto shouldn't have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA's job."

    From the Federal Register, Volume 57, No.104, "Statement of [FDA] Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties," here is what the FDA had to say on this matter: "Ultimately, it is the food producer who is responsible for assuring safety."

    The direct and irreconcilable clash of these two statements is no accident. It's not a sign of incompetence or sloppy work or a mistake or a miscommunication. It's a clear signal that the fix was in.

    Passing the buck back and forth was the chilling and arrogant strategy through which Pandora's box was pried opened and GMO food was let into the US food supply.

    In order for this titanic scam to work, the media had to cooperate. Reporters had to be a) idiots and b) sell-outs.

    With few exceptions, reporters and their editors let the story rest there, as a "he said-he said" issue. No sane principled journalist would have cut bait at that point, but who said mainstream reporters are sane or principled?

    Underneath the Monsanto-FDA buck-passing act, there was a conscious deal to give a free pass to GMO crops. This had nothing to do with science or health or "feeding the world." It was about profits. It was also about establishing a new monopoly on food.

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    Their Crimes Continue

    The Monsanto "Protection Act" was signed into law on Tuesday against the backdrop of the hundreds of thousands of petitioners against it.

    It was "hidden" in the 269 page "Spending Bill" that was just signed on Tuesday by the President.

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  13. The Qi Dr. Member

    The biggest threat to our national security is Mansanto. They are creating genetically modified food. Now, there's a massive dying off of honey bees. Because the toxin in the food is confusing them. Einstein quoted "the world will only live for 4 years if all of the honey bees die". Interesting. Now they are creating genetically modified honey bees. If Anonymous brings them down, it will be known as the single greatest feat in the history of the Nation, to our children and our children's children. It will essentially bring down the evil empire that is on the verge of destroying the entire Country.
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  14. Anonymous Member

    Got some evidence to go with that "the bees are dying because the 'toxin' in the GM crops is confusing them" claim?
  15. Ogsonofgroo Member

    Monsanto. Threads already exist on those assholes, and quite a few sites exposing their greed and fuckery.
    FWIW, its not the genetically modified crops doing the damage, its the fuckers using pesticides because they think the crops are not affected by them, weed and pest control blah-blah. The petro-chemical industry giants are Monsanto's buddies, and it is all about greed, and the apathetic attitudes of NA peoples, and the complacency of our own governments (bunch of bought off mofo's) are amongst those to blame.
    OP, get it straight, the biggest threat to 'national security' is people doing nothing, and for fuck's sake if you're going to floor a topic this big at least get some info links in there and get some facts out there. Go and use the 'search' function, check here and over there (ESMB), find some of the old threads.
    And also, this is not something anyone would have to be Anon for, the information is already out there and there are thousands of IRL people facing it.

    My take on it.
  16. Anonymous Member

    In the 1970s there was a general panic around the world that there would not be enough food production to support the population. In the 1970s the news was constantly reporting on dire famines in Africa and in Asia, with millions of people threatened with starvation.

    Since then technology and agribusiness has come to the rescue and there is an overabundance of food available dirt cheap, and hunger is now only a political/economic problem, not one of production.

    Anyone who wants to place rules on food production that would diminish this abundance and hinder progress can go take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut.
  17. The Wrong Guy Member

    Op-Ed: The logic of Monsanto vs. Occupy Monsanto

    By Paul Wallis, April 15, 2013

    Perhaps the world’s only eight letter four letter word, Monsanto is unique. Its march through the courts and governments of the world is extraordinary. This corporation acts like it owns the world. The Occupy Monsanto idea is to prove otherwise.

    The new Occupy Monsanto March, scheduled for May 25 this year, is designed to show how strong public feeling is against this corporate lawsuit factory. The march, however, will have to compete with “the logic of Monsanto”.

    Some background: Check out this search of Digital Journal Monsanto articles. There are eight pages of search results, which include:

    Alleged electoral fraud (Prop 37 re GMO labelling in California)

    Alleged payment to government investigators of Monsanto products

    Endless lawsuits by and against Monsanto

    Endless patent law disputes Legislation favouring Monsanto

    Scientific issues related to Monsanto products

    Alleged Monsanto influence on dieticians/nutritionists

    Various public health issues related to basic Monsanto products like Roundup and constituents like glyphosate

    Foreign class actions against Monsanto US government input into an appeals court hearing on behalf of

    Monsanto’s case Monsanto influence on dieticians

    For most companies, the endless stream of problems would be fatal. Not Monsanto. This obviously very privileged corporate citizen apparently isn’t subject to normal political judgment. Most corporations which attract this sort of heat would be too hot by far. Not Monsanto.

    Follow the logic here:

    1. A corporation effectively imposes its products on the world. Most companies are expected to be compliant with laws. This company gets the laws changed or written to suit itself. A corporation which sues and loses gets a second shot, even in an absurd case like the Bowman case in which the unwitting buyer of Monsanto seeds was alleged to have infringed Monsanto’s legal rights- With US government backing, memorably including the interesting (if insane) information provided to the court that Congress knew more about the proper result of the appeal than the court.

    2. Monsanto also commercially imposes- there’s really no other word- its GMO products on the global food production sector. There’s no comeback for crop failures, farmer suicides, health issues, economic disasters or any other form of practical redress other than court cases. Governments won’t touch Monsanto, for some reason. A few have banned its products, but they’re a small minority.

    3. Legal issues related to Monsanto have ranged from the profound to the absurd, and the company continues to operate as it always has- With total disregard for anyone or anything. It is absolutely uninterested in its public image. It’s the “1%” of the corporate world, above and beyond criticism, if its behaviour is anything to go by.

    4. The Obama administration and Congress, to their eternal discredit, have signed into law a rider which protects GMOs from any liability for health risks. There should be no exemption for anyone or any corporation which causes health injury or risks to the public. This is a temporary (6 month) clause, but it should never have happened. Anyone suffering ill effects from GMOs has no legal redress to protect themselves?

    How is that good law, if you deny legal rights to the public and private citizens? Why should any commercial product be protected against liability? It will now be a defence for any case to say that a plaintiff suffered the injury during the period covered by the rider. An enabling act will have to be provided to end the protection of that provision. Lousy legislative practice.

    This is the existing logic of Monsanto. This company has foisted on the world dubious products with unknown health risks, and governments around the world don’t have a problem with that. It spends as much time in courts around the world and in the headlines as most wars. Evidently nobody thinks that unusual.

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  18. The Wrong Guy Member

    Study reveals GMO corn to be highly toxic — RT USA

    April 15, 2013

    A leaked study examining genetically-modified corn reveals that the lab-made alternative to organic crops contains a startling level of toxic chemicals.

    An anti-GMO website has posted the results of an education-based consulting company’s comparison of corn types, and the results reveal that genetically modified foods may be more hazardous than once thought.

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  19. The Wrong Guy Member

    "Monsanto and government merge into one" - anti-Monsanto protests planned worldwide

    Published by RTAmerica on May 11, 2013

    An international protest is planned for May 25 against biotechnology company Monsanto in six continents and demonstrations are planned in tens of countries. Monsanto, a titan of the emerging biotech industry, has come under attack from environmentalists, agriculturalists and average consumers over the company's conduct in the realm of genetically-modified organisms and genetically-engineered foods. Despite research on the effects of GMO crops being largely considered inconclusive, Monsanto has lobbied hard in Washington and around the globe to be able to continue manufacturing lab-made foods without the oversight that many have demanded. Nick Bernabe , the director of Social network "March against Monsanto" joins us for more.
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    U.S. tax dollars promote Monsanto's GMO crops overseas: report - Reuters

    U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for overseas lobbying that promotes controversial biotech crops developed by U.S.-based Monsanto Co and other seed makers, a report issued on Tuesday said.

    A review of 926 diplomatic cables of correspondence to and from the U.S. State Department and embassies in more than 100 countries found that State Department officials actively promoted the commercialization of specific biotech seeds, according to the report issued by Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit consumer protection group.

    The officials tried to quash public criticism of particular companies and facilitated negotiations between foreign governments and seed companies such as Monsanto over issues like patents and intellectual property, the report said.

    The cables show U.S. diplomats supporting Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, in foreign countries even after it paid $1.5 million in fines after being charged with bribing an Indonesian official and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in 2005.

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    Challenging Monsanto: 200,000 in 40 countries to rally against GMO — RT News

    Activists around the world are gearing up for a weekend of rallies to protest Monsanto, the biotechnology giant accused of genetically engineering agriculture and food while turning a blind eye to their potentially deadly health ramifications.

    Organized by the 'March Against Monsanto' movement, an estimated 200,000 activists will participate in the massive campaign spanning six continents, 40 nations, and at least 48 US states.

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  25. Anonymous Member

    Monsanto actually makes the famous toxic Roundup too to go with their crops. Are there no famines now because the African farmers grow genetic crops? No, only Americans grow and eat them.
  26. The Wrong Guy Member

    Monsanto hires infamous mercenary firm Blackwater to track activists around the world

    By Carolanne Wright, May 26, 2013

    Remember the private mercenary army Blackwater that caused such a stir in Iraq during an unprovoked attack in 2007? Apparently, Monsanto and the controversial security firm are in bed together, described by blogger Randy Ananda as "a death-tech firm weds a hit squad." At this point, you might be wondering what in the world the GM seed giant needs with the services of a 'shadow army'? It appears as though the corporation found it necessary to contract with Blackwater in order to collect intelligence on anti-Monsanto activists as well infiltrate their ranks.

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  27. The Wrong Guy Member

    Monsanto backing away from GMO crops in Europe | Reuters

    Monsanto Co (MON.N) is not pushing for expansion of genetically modified crops in most of Europe as opposition to its biotech seeds in many countries remains high, company officials said on Friday.

    European officials for the St. Louis, Missouri-based Monsanto told the German daily "Taz" that they were no longer doing any lobby work for cultivation in Europe and not seeking any new approvals for genetically modified plants.

    "We've come to the conclusion that this has no broad acceptance at the moment," Monsanto Germany spokeswoman, Ursula Lüttmer-Ouazane, told Taz.

    Monsanto corporate spokesman Thomas Helscher said on Friday that the company is making it clear that it will only pursue market penetration of biotech crops in areas that provide broad support.

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  28. BooNdoCk Member

    Check this bullshit out...

    Will Potter, Green Is The New Red
    Waking Times

    Two million people in 52 countriesmarched against Monsanto last week in protest of genetically-modified food and in support of consumer choice. There’s international pressure on this GMO giant like never before.

    But proposed legislation in North Carolina would make it illegal for whistleblowers to expose how Monsanto and other corporations are threatening public health and the environment.

    North Carolina’s SB 648 is appropriately named the “Commerce Protection Act.” The bill makes it illegal to obtain employment in order to “create or produce a record that reproduces an image or sound occurring within the employer’s facility, including a photographic, video, or audio” or “to capture or remove data, paper, records, or any other documents…”

    It goes on to say that “any recording made or information obtained… shall be turned over to local law enforcement within 24 hours.”

    The proposal is one of a dozen “ag-gag” bills that have been introduced across the country this year. Tennessee’s Governor Bill Haslam recently vetoed a similar proposalafter a national outcry from groups like the Humane Society, ACLU, labor unions, the Sierra Club, and others.

    Most recently Amnesty International called the bills an affront to human rights:

    “What at first might appear to be exclusively an animal abuse issue is, on closer inspection, clearly also a freedom of expression issue, a workers’ rights issue, an environmental issue and a public health issue,” said Vienna Colucci, Director of Policy at Amnesty International USA. “And this is why such a diverse coalition has come together to oppose ‘ag-gag’ bills.”
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  29. Anonymous Member

    It's a Domino like theory. You may feel helpless on so many issues - food, chemicals in personal care products, environment, arm dealers ... But the first one to fall is hard, the others will follow. BST milk is first. Aspartame is on the way out. Politicians who were against 90% Americans on gun laws are expected to be decimated on their votes. Only Americans eat GMO and states are revolting against Monsanto. Blackwater has to change name already. Now Monsanto-Blackwater becomes two bird needing only one stone. Remember the scary securities COS haired around the first LA protests? It is really stupid and desperate to hire BW. I suspect that goods guy all learn from how Scientology falls. Bad guys never learn, or they have no choice.
  30. The Wrong Guy Member

    GMO Wheat Lawsuit: Idaho Farmers Sue Monsanto

    By Rebecca Boone, June 12, 2013

    Farmers in Idaho have filed a potentially class action lawsuit against seed giant Monsanto after genetically engineered wheat was found in an eastern Oregon field.

    The farmers, represented by a Boise law firm, filed the federal lawsuit Friday contending that Monsanto's development of Roundup Ready wheat resulted in increased production costs and lowered prices because the genetically engineered wheat is likely to infiltrate the non-genetically engineered wheat supply.

    No genetically engineered wheat has been approved for U.S. farming, and the discovery of the Roundup Ready wheat growing in Oregon in May prompted Japan to suspend some wheat imports.

    Monsanto didn't immediately respond to a request for comment, but the company has said a similar lawsuit filed in Kansas was done so prematurely and without any evidence of fault, and that it plans to present a vigorous defense.

    Already a handful of lawsuits have been filed in other courts around the country over the same issue. The lawsuit in Boise's U.S. District Court was filed Friday by Behrend, Behrend & Knittel Farms and CoMa Farms, both in Aberdeen, and County Line Farms in American Falls. The Idaho farmers are asking for class-action status on behalf of thousands farmers of soft white wheat in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and other states.

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    States weighing labels on genetically altered food | The Associated Press

    In the absence of federal regulation, states from Rhode Island to Hawaii are considering laws to require labels on food items containing genetically modified ingredients.

    Currently, only Connecticut and Maine have laws requiring labels for genetically modified food. But those requirements won't kick in until other states adopt their own rules. Bills to do just that are expected in more than two dozen states.

    Seventy percent of processed foods contain at least one ingredient made or derived from genetically modified crops, known as GMOs, according to the nonprofit Center for Science in the Public Interest. The industry-backed Grocery Manufacturers Association puts the number between 70 and 80 percent.

    Genetic modifications to a plant can improve its quality, hardiness or resistance to pests or disease. Scientific studies have found no evidence that GMOs are more harmful than foods without genetic modifications, but those pushing for label requirements point to the value in the information itself.

    "I don't know if it's harmful or unhealthy, but it's something people have a right to know about," said Rhode Island state Rep. Dennis Canario, a Democrat sponsoring a labeling bill. "They put calories on a package. They put the fat content. If the ingredients have been genetically altered, shouldn't that be listed on there somewhere?"


    Voters in California and Washington rejected ballot proposals in the past two years that would have required GMO labeling. And in New Hampshire, lawmakers defeated a GMO labeling bill Wednesday. Among other arguments, opponents said any labeling requirements would likely face a legal challenge.

    "If you believe genetic modification produces food that has a health risk, then you're saying the FDA should be the one to label it," said New Hampshire state Rep. Linda Lauer, a Democrat and a retired chemist. "And if there's no health risk, then why are you requiring a label?"

    So Connecticut and Maine continue to wait on other states to enact laws before their own will take effect. Lawmakers in those two states added that provision to prevent a patchwork of state labeling rules that might be onerous to food producers.

    The issue may be decided in Washington, where both sides are pushing for a federal standard on how GMO foods are labeled. The Food and Drug Administration, which says all genetically engineered foods must meet the same requirements as traditional foods, now allows producers to voluntarily label their items as genetically engineered or not.

    Last week, a coalition of organic food producers, GMO critics and supporters in Congress wrote to President Barack Obama urging the FDA to require labeling.

    Meanwhile, last month the Grocery Manufacturers Association wrote to the FDA asking whether foods "derived from biotechnology" could be allowed to be labeled "natural."

    The association represents Monsanto Company, McDonald's, Procter & Gamble and hundreds of other companies. It notes that GMOs have been on the market for two decades, and include soy, corn, sugar and other items commonly used in a variety of foods.

    The full article is here:
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  32. The Internet Member

    This anti-GMO disinformation reminds me of the anti-global warming disinformation. Lots of crazy talk and very little actual science. I know enough biology to understand what GMOs are and they really are important to us and our environment.

    I wonder if the Russians started this panic about GMOs like they started the panic about the US government creating the AIDS virus. It would be a pretty clever way to fuck up American agro-business.

  33. The Wrong Guy Member

    Well, for me, the alarm rang in 2000 when I went to Safeway and bought a "tomato" that sliced like an apple and had no taste.
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  34. No Ruler Member
    Massive Review Reveal Consensus on GMO safety
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  35. No Ruler Member

    There;s your problem
  36. The Internet Member

    70-90% of Indian and Chinese cotton business is a lot. If I were Russia, with its longstanding troll industry looking for ways to troll US interests, I would probably want to fuck that shit up.
  37. The Internet Member

    Humans used old fashioned selective breeding to create tomatoes that were tough enough to be thrown into boxes and shipped by truck across the US.

    Maybe we could ask the GMO scientists to fix our tomatoes.

    Some scientists appeal to protesters:

    If scientists have to put up with mass hysteria from both the political left and the right, they aren’t going to be able to work.

    I like GMOs because I like wild places filled with wildlife. More efficient farming means we can leave some land free for the other creatures who share this planet with us.
  38. White Tara Global Moderator

    I'm up for anything that will fix out tomatoes. ;)
  39. The Internet Member

    We have a farmers market near where we live so I am not forced to buy tough tomatoes. I can get big juicy vulnerable ones that bruise when you simply pick them up.

    Hey just comparing notes here --Italy seems to have the best canned varieties.

    What is up with that? Do they have more amazing tomatoes over there?
  40. White Tara Global Moderator

    I can't speak for the fresh tomatoes in Italy, but boy the tomatoes in Greece are the most heavenly flavoursome delights I have ever had the joy of ingesting :) Mmmm taste memory!

    oh and farmers markets are the only way to go. :)

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