Skip to comments.Wikileaks cable reveals U.S. conspired to retaliate against European nations if they resisted GMOs
Posted on 12/26/2010 3:49:52 PM PST by opentalk
Wikileaks continues to rock the political world by shedding light on conspiracies, corruption and cover-ups. The latest batch of diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks reveals what can only be characterized as a U.S.-led conspiracy to force GMOs onto European countries by making those countries pay a steep price if they resist.
The cable reveals the words of Craig Stapleton, the US ambassador to France, who was pushing the commercial interests of the biotech industry by attempting to force GMOs into France. In his own words (below), he expresses his frustration with the idea that France might pass environmental laws that would hamper the expansion of GMOs:
Europe is moving backwards not forwards on this issue with France playing a leading role, along with Austria, Italy and even the [European] Commission Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voice.
Got that so far? His own words: Retaliation as a way to make [it] clear that resisting GMOs will have a price.
Stapleton goes on to say something rather incredible:
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
As you read these words again, remember that these are the words of the U.S. ambassador to France who is suggesting the US calibrate a target retaliation list in order to cause some pain across the EU that must be sustainable over the long term.
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These are the bastards that are harming the US’s reputation. Selfish people in our own gov’t and business.
It would be nice to know what a “GMO” is.
I looked to the article in vain for any inkling of what a GMO is. What are we talking about here?
Did I skim too fast and miss it, or am I just the last to know?
Every single crop since the first snatch grain thrown down by Homo Erectus is a GMO.
For the EU green enviro nuts to protest is nonsense.
Every single domestic animal, including dairy cows and every breed of dog & cat, and all of the rest are genetically modified.
Genetically modified food
genetically modified organism
A genetically modified organism.
Genetically Modified Organism.
The EU countries have been crying over what they perceive to be potential health dangers. none of which have ever presented themselves since GMO’s have been entering the food chain over 4 decades ago.
Genetically Modified Organisms, aka, anything that they want to define as such.
Should America's policy be to bend over and accept Europrotectionism?
I see. So in other words the source website is a forum for environmentalist nonsense.
Shall I take my product and shove it down your throat backed by gov’t threats?
I’m in business myself. This is just bad business. They don’t want to buy, tough sh*t.
Great! About time they defended American interests.
It appears that you are at least second to last since I also had not a hint of a clue what they were talking about.
They are conspiring against the US economic interests. If the EU cartels want to make economic war on us, let them expect retaliation.
This is exactly what the US should be doing, e.g., acting in America’s interests. Surprise that might just happen with the Obama dude in charge is the only surprise here! Of course, this may be a core campaign contributor to the Dem’s and hence this administration actually acting in “America’s Interests” internationally.
Yep, Monsanto’s interests...
Our "Representatives" and our fedgov are nothing but corporate whores to the highest bidder - JUST in case anyone was naive enough to believe they actually work for WE The People.
The problem is that genetically modified crops produce sterile seeds. So the farmers have to keep buying new seed (from Monsanto) every year.
I suspect you already realize how lame that statement is. The situation is not the US government forcing anyone to buy any product but European governments forcibly preventing people from selling them.
They don't want to buy
If they didn't want to buy the products, why would it be necessary for European governments to prevent people from selling them? They wouldn't need to act against the products at all if their citizens had no desire to purchase them.
Monsanto. The real authors of S510.
The enemy of your enemy may not be your friend. In this case, the US government probably wasn’t working in our best interests. Which is why brokencondom-boy leaked it. So if you don’t have a scorecard, the known enemy of the American people (Monsanto) has been outed by a known enemy of the American people (WilkiLeaks).
GMO seeds do not reproduce. Heirloom seeds produce plants which you can save the seeds from and replant them. You have to BUY GMO seeds EVERY YEAR for your crop. He who controls the seed controls YOUR FOOD! Read the FOOD SAFETY LAW just passed.
Free the heirloom seeds!!!
Fighting for Monsanto sounds a little fascist to me, no surprise there.
Your statement is only PARTIALLY accurate.
Seed that contains 'the terminator' gene does not produce more seed. But there are other types of genetically modified seed. For instance, there is seed that is resistant to glyfosate (genetic name for Round-up) and there is Bt corn, which is resistant to certain types of corn bore. Both the Roundup resistant and the Bt varieties can be reproduced from their own seed, altho in some situations, farmers are asked to sign an agreement NOT to plant bin run grain, using it as seed, the following year.
There are plenty of NON GMO hybreds, and farmers have a choice as to what they plant. If they don't want to sign the agreement NOT to use the grain they harvest as seed for the following year's crop,, they can just plant another variety.
How can the people know if a seed is GMO? I buy seeds and don't know if they're sterile or not.
THANK YOU. It’s good to know that not everyone is a paranoid fear monger.
I envision a future in which Europeans are literate and can read the packaging on the products they buy.
See my post in #27
Heirloom seeds are absolutely NOT THE ONLY seeds that reproduce. There are plenty of Hybred Seeds that reproduce seed, and as I mentioned before, there are plenty of GMO seeds that reproduce seed, as well.
Could you please provide us a source for your statement?
Pontiac is making a comeback:
oops, maybe not/S
Don't this actually mean he represents France on the US's behalf ?
Wouldn't this actually mean that France is being duped by it's own Representative ? If so who is holding the purse strings someone in France or someone in the U.S.?
Not all. Some of their patents are starting to expire.
Monsanto is headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, which is in the US, last time I checked. It is normally expected that the US government protects American interests against foreign conspiracies.
What is a GMO?
People that write in alphabet soup shoud be executed!!!
By law, a package of seed must be labeled with the Germination Rate. Example: 85%,, 97%, etc.
Hybred seeds are going to have a much higher germination rate than most heirlooms. That doesn't make the heirlooms bad,, it actually makes the produce grown from the Heirloom Seed more valuable.
No, France has its own ambassador to the US.
They eat everything in sight.
If they are sterile they will not sprout.
Buy mine from here every year cheap and never had one not grow and not produce guaranteed no GMO seeds .....
Why do you think the Government wants to control whats grown at your own house it's because of the stake they have in GMO's
This has nothing to do with American interests and everything to do with Monsanto's interests! If GMO is so harmless, why is Monstanto and all the other companies working so hard to hide it's presence in our food supply?!
You must be a trusting person. Do you really think that all the required information will be on a package? I don't.
That's not entirely true. If you plant a non Monsanto crop and some of your crop gets contaminated w/ pollen from your neighbors GMO crop and you try to save or resell your seeds, Monsanto will come down on you like a ton of bricks and sue you for "copyright infringement" and take you to the cleaners.
Conservatives should not be the cheerleaders for Monsanto!
“Soros buys 897,813 Monsanto shares” (Nov, 2010) http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/morning_call/2010/11/soros-buys-897813-monsanto-shares.html
As ofMarch of 2010, Soros’ hedge fund had a 3.5% stake ownership of Monsanto, IIRC.
And now, voila. S510. All your seed are belong to us. And your food. And your vitamins. And herbs. And gardens. And food ‘safety.’ And breakfast, lunch, snacks and dinners for school kids.........
GMO are not labeled so your snarky comment about literacy is out of place. Monsanto and companies like them fight tooth and nail against any requirement to tell the truth about their seeds or the foods made from them. Monsanto are sneaky SOB's.
Michael R. Taylor's appointment by the Obama administration to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on July 7th sparked immediate debate and even outrage among many food and agriculture researchers, NGOs and activists. The Vice President for Public Policy at Monsanto Corp. from 1998 until 2001, Taylor exemplifies the revolving door between the food industry and the government agencies that regulate it. He is reviled for shaping and implementing the government's favorable agricultural biotechnology policies during the Clinton administration.
“Vitamin C now requires a prescription
“And that includes those risky oranges,” explain anonymous doctors”
Monday, August 01, 2005
By Bill Powell
“In another two-vote landslide victory Thursday, the House voted that Vitamin C can no longer be purchased without a prescription.
“With our new CAFTA allegiance to the U.N.’s CODEX health police, we can finally nail all this quackery of ‘herbs’ and ‘vitamins,’” exulted Senator Jeff Jefferson (R-NZ). “And vitamin C is a perfect place to start.”
This is from 2005, folks. Vitamin C. Hello????