GM crops: Wikileaks exposes US push

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Cables released by Wikileaks have exposed United State diplomatic efforts to strongly back the corporate push for GM crops to be accepted in Europe and elsewhere.

Not only that, the US diplomats under the Bush administration recommended retaliatory action against a list of ‘targets’ in Europe for failing to embrace GMOs. In a leaked cable, US Ambassador to France Craig Stapleton wrote:

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.

Check out the Democracy Now! War and Peace report here.

This clearly shows US government backing for transnational corporations that peddle GM crops and products.

No wonder they don’t like Wikileaks! (Incidentally, the the French newspaper Le Monde has named WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as its ‘Man of the Year’.)

Watch out for GMOs in Malaysia and any attempt to push GM crops or food on us. Do we even have an official policy on GM crops? And what about mandatory labelling of GM food so that consumers can make informed decisions?

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Sammy Boy
Sammy Boy
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Salak
Salak

One of these days, we may end up with worst crop failures with all those GM seeds, despite the friendly science behind them.

But it looks like it’s halal …
http://muxlim.com/blogs/HalalFocus/malaysia-resolution-on-halal-status-of-gm-crops-and-foods-adopte/

FenceSitter
FenceSitter

Let’s a certain GM corn as an example. This corn is engineered to be resistant to agri. chemicals manufactured by the some co., herbicides or weed killers in particular. People say you fight fire with fire, poison with poison. Imagine what sort of genetic material is in this crop in order to be resistant to herbicide. And we all know herbicide is a very effective and most popular suicide chemical. This example is the tip of the iceberg of concerns.

semyanya OK kot
semyanya OK kot

Yes we have a policy and it allows around 5 items including soy and maize flour, soy oil and HFCS (syrup). This means that foods we have been eating safely for generations (e.g. tau hoo) have become poisonous, but legally so. There is little awareness that
– GM crops represent permanent and unstoppable pollution of the biosphere.
– despite the extended delaying tactics in launching INDEPENDENT animal studies on the safety of the resulting food, there was a major finding this year that one type of GM food (at least) damages internal organs.

moo_t
I must point out that it is not simple to make PURE GOOD vs PURE BAD conclusion when come to GM food. But it is plain common sense that cooked GM food are little different than so called “non-GM” food. After all, GM doesn’t change food protein structure. When it break down in human stomach, it make little different. So I wonder, what kind of GM food are so “powerful” enough to cause organs damage? How is the study conducts? In fact, I don’t trust unconfirmed scientific study, not matter is is dependent or independent. If those study result cannot… Read more »
semuanya OK kot
semuanya OK kot

Good try, but it was the EU that commissioned and announced the danger of GM.. finally.

moo_t

ROFL. GM food turn political.

moo_t
In fact, I am not against GM crops. Alas, the GREATEST EVIL of GM crops are not just about cross pollination risk of creating “super weed”, but the seed patterns issues and damage to biodiversity. Mother natures has did the same evolution for plant evolution, GM merely speed up the improvement process. However, big company involved in “create” GM seeds, has become a mixtures entities of thief, scientist, rent seeker and bullies. GM company extract many country biodiversed seed without compensate the original farmer. Then they play scientist and put those biodiversed DNA strain and call it “invention”. Then they… Read more »
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