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.
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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?