May 2013 Food and Water Watch
BIOTECH AMBASSADORS: DIPLOMACY OR MARKETING?
EXPLOSIVE MUST READ....
New indepth report gives first comprehensive analysis of U.S. State Department’s promotion of the biotech seed industry’s global agenda... http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/pressreleases/biotech-ambassadors-diplomacy-or-marketing/
Executive Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
State Department Strategy, Message, Tactics and Goals . . .
State Department Biotech Charm Offensive . . . . . . . . . . . .
Taking the Biotech Spin Cycle on the Road . . . . . . . . . . . .
The Four Goals of Biotech Diplomacy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Corporate Diplomacy and Monsanto’s Goodwill Ambassadors.
Patently Offensive: State Department Intervenes in Commercial Disputes for Monsanto….
Pressuring Foreign Governments to Reduce Oversight of Biotech Crops. . .
U.S. Embassies Aggressively Opposed GE Labeling Efforts
Pushing Biotech on the Developing World. . . . . . . . . . .
U.S.-Biotech Industry Campaign to Commercialize GE Crops in Kenya. . . .
U.S. Government Pushes Ghana Biotech Law Over
Finish Line Nigeria Advances U.S.-Drafted GE Legislation…
Combining Diplomatic Carrots With WTO Sticks . . . . .
Conclusion and Recommendations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Methodology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Reuters, RT News, August 2014
MONSANTO IN UKRAINE: IMF LOAN FOR UKRAINE TIED TO GETTING GMO GIANT THROUGH BACK DOOR INTO EU. Ukraine’s bid for closer ties with the west could come at a cost. With the IMF set to loan the country $17 billion, the deal could also see GMO crops grown in some of the most fertile lands on the continent, warns Frederic Mousseau. "in return for the cash, Ukraine could very well become a test ground for GMO crops in Europe, something the rest of the European Union has been looking to prevent" http://rt.com/op-edge/183956-gmo-ukraine-monsanto-imf/
Counter Punch, August 22, 2014
IMF, WORLD BANK (= THE USA) TO UKRAINE: IF YOU WANT OUR MONEY LOANS, TAKE GMOs MONSANTO, GMOs AND UKRAINE
Oakland Institute, July 28, 2014
THE WORLD BANK, THE IMF, US AID OPEN UP UKRAINE TO WESTERN INTERESTS. A new report from the Oakland Institute, Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict, exposes how the international financial institutions swooped in on the heels of the political upheaval and are vying to deregulate and throw open Ukraine’s vast agricultural sector to foreign investors, in return for aid
Our World, August 2, 2014
WHAT DO THE WORLD BANK AND IMF (= THE USA) HAVE TO DO WITH THE UKRAINE CONFLICT. The neo-liberal conditions imposed by the Bank to lend money, including that the government limit its own power by removing restrictions that hinder competition and limiting the role of state control in economic activities. http://www.oaklandinstitute.org/what-do-world-bank-and-imf-have-do-ukraine-conflict-0
Yahoo Finance, July 21, 2013
HOW MONSANTO CONTROLS THE GOVERNMENT http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/monsanto-controls-government-chris-parker-135253110.html
-▶ USA GOVERNMENT STARTS 'TRADE WARS' WITH NATIONS OPPOSED TO MONSANTO'S BIOTECH GMO CARTEL http://sco.lt/7AcjHV
June 5, 2013 Green Left Weekly
-▶ U.S. GOVERNMENT BACKS MONSANTO'S THREAT TO GLOBAL FOOD SUPPLY http://www.greenleft.org.au/node/54223
July 13, 2013 Sustainable Pulse
-▶ HOW U.S. DIPLOMACY REPRESENTS THE INTERESTS OF MONSANTO http://sustainablepulse.com/2013/07/15/demons-and-dispatches-how-us-diplomacy-represents-the-interests-of-monsanto/#.UeN-nVPpiRQ
Farmers Weekly, June 27, 2014
-▶ USA USING TRADE DEAL AS LEVERAGE ON GENETICALLY ENGINEERED (GMO) CROPS, AND FACTORY FARMED HORMONE-PRODUCED MEAT http://www.fwi.co.uk/articles/27/06/2014/145275/usa-using-trade-deal-as-leverage-on-gm-crops.htm
-▶ THRU THE BACK DOOR: MEGA BIOTECH GIANTS USE NEW USA-EU TRADE DEAL TO DESTROY GMO SAFEGUARDS http://sco.lt/8E3Xsn
Oxfam International, September 01, 2014
-▶ LARGE-SCALE PARTNERSHIP WITH PRIVATE SECTOR UNDERMINE AFRICANS' LAND RIGHTS, DRIVE INEQUALITY AND DAMAGE ENVIRONMENT. (Addis Ababa) Government policies and almost US$6 billion in aid money to support large partnerships with the private sector are risking Africans’ land rights, worsening inequality and damaging the environment. http://www.oxfam.org/en/pressroom/pressreleases/2014-09-01/large-scale-partnerships-private-sector-could-undermine-africans
▶ USA STRONG-ARMS AFRICAN AGRICULTURE: LAND GRAB, CROOKED POLITICS, GMO'S ALL ROLLED INTO ONE http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/952264864/usa-strong-arms-african-agriculture-land-grabs-crooked-politics-gmo-s-all-rolled-into-one
Natural Society, June 13, 2014
▶ EL SALVADOR PRESSURED TO TAKE GMO SEED IF THEY WANT USA FINANCIAL AID http://naturalsociety.com/us-ambassador-pressures-el-salvador-government-purchase-277-worth-monsantos-gm-poison-seed/
New York Times, July 03, 2014
-▶ EL SALVADOR ENDS DISPUTE WITH U.S. OVER GMO SEEDS. 16 members of the House of Representatives called on Secretary of State John Kerry not to use changes to the food program as a condition for aid http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/04/business/international/el-salvador-ends-dispute-with-us-over-seeds.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0
July 24, 2013 The Guardian UK
-▶ GM CROPS: CAMPAIGNERS IN GHANA ACCUSE USA OF PUSHING MODIFIED FOOD http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-development/2013/jul/24/gm-crops-ghana-us-genetically-modified-food
GreenMedInfo, December 27, 2013
-▶ MONSANTO WINTER OFFENSIVE STRIKES INDIA, CHINA AND RUSSIA http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/monsanto-winter-offensive-strikes-india-china-and-russia
May 28, 2013 The Top Information Post
-▶ RUSSIA WARNS OBAMA: MONSANTO http://topinfopost.com/2013/05/28/russia-warns-obama-monsanto
AgWeek, December 28, 2013
-▶ U.S. WANTS SWIFT GMO APPROVAL IN CHINA AFTER REJECTION OF 600,000 METRIC TONS OF U.S. GMO CORN http://www.agweek.com/event/article/id/22347/
Huffington Post, December 26, 2013
-▶ CHINA REJECTS GMO CORN IN DISTILLERS GRAINS FROM U.S.: MORE REJECTIONS EXPECTED http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/26/china-rejects-gmo-corn_n_4502719.html
Huffington Post Green, June 17, 2014
-▶ CHINA'S REJECTION OF GMO CORN HAS COST U.S. UP TO $2.9 BILLION http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/17/gmo-corn-china_n_5162921.html
Sustainable Pulse, December 22, 2013
-▶ CHINESE POLICE BUST GM CORN SMUGGLERS AS GMO CRISIS DEEPENS http://sustainablepulse.com/2013/12/22/chinese-police-bust-gm-corn-smugglers-gmo-crisis-deepens/#.Ur-V8PZQ1K4
April 4, 2013
- ▶ ITALY ASKS EU TO HALT GM MAIZE CULTIVATION : AFP http://www.seeddaily.com/reports/Italy_asks_EU_to_halt_GM_maize_cultivation_AFP_999.html
Global Research, July 02, 2014
-▶ ACQUIESCING TO BIG BIOTECH: RELENTLESS DRIVE TO FORCE GMO CROPS INTO BRITAIN http://www.globalresearch.ca/acquiescing-to-big-biotech-relentless-drive-to-force-gmo-crops-into-britain/5389562
June 21, 2013 Mail Online
- ▶ WHY DID THE UK TORY MINISTERS CHANGE THEIR TUNE ON GM FOOD? THE SECRET SUMMIT OF THE BIOTECH LOBBY GIANTS http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2346246/Why-did-Tories-change-tune-GM-food-We-expose-secret-summit-slick-lobbyists-bio-tech-giants-seduced-willing-Ministers.html
-▶ INDIA'S BIOTECH INDUSTRY TRICKERY: THE POWER OF THE GMO SEED PATENT MONOPOLY http://sco.lt/6vIzMf
Pambazuka, July 24. 2014
-▶ GMOs AND FOOD SOVEREIGNTY: WHICH WAY AFRICA?
African governments are under intense pressure from within but also from big agribusiness and Western governments to embrace GMOs. Governments must resist all forms of arm-twisting and food colonialism and make their biotechnology choices based on the facts http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/92594
SPECIAL ISSUE: PAMBAZUKA NEWS
GMOs, FOOD SOVEREIGNTY AND AFRICA
MONSANTO: A CORPORATE PROFILE
From Chemical Warfare to Saccharin to GE Seed - Chemicals for Food, Agriculture http://sco.lt/5TGVDl
- ▶ 10 REASONS WHY MONSANTO IS POLLUTED AND CORRUPTED FROM ITS CORE http://www.seattleorganicrestaurants.com/vegan-whole-food/Monsanto-corruption-gmo.php
MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT
March 22, 2013
▶ MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT PROVES CORPORATIONS MORE POWERFUL THAN GOVERNMENT http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/16598-focus-monsanto-protection-act-proves-corporations-more-powerful-than-government
March 15, 2013 - Salon
HOW MONSANTO OUTFOXED THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION http://www.salon.com/2013/03/15/how_did_monsanto_outfox_the_obama_administration/
March 21, 2013
▶ NEW "MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT" GIVES BIOTECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY AND GENETICALLY ENGINEERED FOODS IMMUNITY FROM FEDERAL LAW, MINIMUM REGULATIONS, OVERSIGHT AND NO LABELING http://sco.lt/4sXm89
March 21, 2013 - Center for Food Safety
MONSANTO RIDER PASSES CONGRESS - The Center for Food Safety Denounces Dangerous “Biotech” Earmark in Senate-passed Spending Bill http://www.centerforfoodsafety.org/2013/03/20/the-center-for-food-safety-denounces-dangerous-biotech-earmark-in-senate-passed-spending-bill/
March 18, 2013 - US SENATORS TRY TO STRIKE SNEAKED IN "MONSANTO RIDER" WAIVING LIABILITY, REGULATIONS, OVERSIGHT FOR GMO GIANT http://foodpoisoningbulletin.com/2013/senators-try-to-strike-monsanto-rider/
May 15, 2013 RTCCnewswire
THE "MONSANTO PROTECTION ACT" AND GMO FISH http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=R9KDfGvxLn8
-▶ OBAMA QUIETLY DEREGULATES THE GMO, BIOTECH INDUSTRY
Fast-tracking Approvals, Waiving Regulations, Oversight http://sco.lt/5uCx8b
UNITED STATES OF MONSANTO
GMO GIANT IS NOW LITIGATION PROOF
▶ MONSANTO BUYS OBAMA, THE US SENATE AND THE GLOBAL FARM http://sco.lt/8xdkYb
-▶ HOW MONSANTO CONTROLS OUR FOOD, POISONS OUR LAND AND INFLUENCES ALL THREE BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/15856-how-monsanto-went-from-selling-aspirin-to-controlling-our-food-supply
-▶ THE GLOBAL CONTROL OF FOOD, COUNTRIES AND POPULATIONS http://sco.lt/4kuXlB
29 March, 2013 -
▶ THE USDA DETERMINED TO SPREAD GMO CROPS, ONE WAY OR ANOTHER USDA Announces New Conservation Collaboration with DuPont to Promote "Sustainable" GMO Harvesting of Bio-based Feedstocks for Cellulosic Ethanol http://usda.gov/wps/portal/usda/usdahome?contentid=2013/03/0058.xml&contentidonly=true
- ▶ GENE GIANTS SEEK 'PHILANTHROGOPOLY' - 6 MULTINATIONAL GENE GIANTS CONTROL THE DIRECTION OF AGRICULTURE AND FOOD WORLDWIDE http://sco.lt/6h3lzt
- ▶ GMOs and BIOTECH: THE FOOD FIGHT OF OUR LIVES - CROSSING ROSES WITH PIGS AND BUTTERFLIES WITH WORMS http://sco.lt/4olIPJ
WHY THE BIG PUSH?
▶ WHY ARE COUNTRIES BANNING GMO GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS, ANIMALS AND FOOD? http://sco.lt/7l7AVV
Truthdig, March 20, 2014
- ▶ RADICAL U.N. REPORT PROMOTES DEMOCRATIC CONTROL OF FOOD AND AN END TO CORPORATE DOMINATION http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/radical_un_report_promotes_democratic_control_of_food_2014032
▶ FINAL REPORT TO UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ON THE RIGHT TO FOOD. In his final report to the UN Human Rights Council after a six-year term as Special Rapporteur, Olivier De Schutter today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned.
“Objectives such as supplying diverse, culturally-acceptable foods to communities, supporting smallholders, sustaining soil and water resources, and raising food security within particularly vulnerable areas, must not be crowded out by the one-dimensional quest to produce more food,” he urged.http://www.srfood.org/en/final-report-to-un-human-rights-council
June 4, 2013 Guardian
GM CROPS: THE GENETIC COLONIALISTS http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/24/gm-crops-the-genetic-colonialists
▶ 2012 GREENWASH AWARD - MONSANTO'S CLAIM THAT IT'S A "SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE COMPANY" DOESN'T HOLD WATER http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3655673535/2012-greenwash-award-monsanto-s-claim-that-it-s-a-sustainable-agriculture-company-doesn-t-hold-water
-▶ THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO (FULL LENGTH)-▶
The Leader of the Biotech Chemical Cartel http://sco.lt/7FFsXZ
March 14, 2013 Al Jazeera VIDEO REPORT
-▶ ARGENTINA'S BAD SEEDS: THE HUMAN COSTS OF GMO SOY http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/peopleandpower/2013/03
- ▶ THE GLOBAL CORPORATE MONOPOLY IN SEED PATENTS AND CONTROL OF YOUR FOOD http://sco.lt/7WCnGT
-▶ 30 YEARS OF GENETICALLY ENGINEERED PLANTS - 20 YEARS OF COMMERCIAL CULTIVATION IN THE U.S. - A CRITICAL ASSESSMENT http://sco.lt/5PYIM5
BAN GMOs NOW - SPECIAL REPORT
Institute of Science in Society
-- WATCH --
A Must see VIDEO for all. Dr. David Suzuki - :
"WHAT ARE MONSANTO'S ROUNDUP READY & Bt PESTICIDE GMO CROPS? http://sco.lt/5n6cuP
- ▶ MONSANTO'S DEATH GRIP ON YOUR FOOD http://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2013/03/19/monsantos-death-grip-on-your-food/
The Institute of Science in Society, May 29, 2013
-▶ 800 SCIENTISTS DEMAND GLOBAL GMO "EXPERIMENT" END http://wewillblowyourmind.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/800-scientists-demand-global-gmo.html?m=1
European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility, October 21, 2013
▶ THERE IS NO CONSENSUS ON GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD SAFETY http://www.ensser.org/increasing-public-information/no-scientific-consensus-on-gmo-safety/
Global GMO Free Coalition, May 20, 2014
▶ GLOBAL GMO FREE COALITION BRINGS TOGETHER 4.5 MILLION PEOPLE TO FIGHT BIOTECH INDUSTRY PROPAGANDA http://www.gmofreeglobal.org/
Biosafety Information Centre, May 16, 2014
▶ INTERNATIONAL COALITION CALL TO STOP GENETICALLY ENGINEERED ORGANISMS SPREADING INTO THE ENVIRONMENT http://www.biosafety-info.net/article.php?aid=1070
WHY IS THERE SO LITTLE INDEPENDENT PEER REVIEWED
GMOS HAVE PERVERTED SCIENCE - GENETICIST -Dr Suman Sahai:
Power, Plurality and Uncertainty and The Global Politics of Scientific Advice. A fascinating talk by Dr Suman Sahai of GeneCampaign containing a powerful indictment of the science of GMOs.... http://www.gmwatch.org/gm-videosb/27-gm-in-india/14678
SILENCING THE SCIENTIST
TARGETED BY HERBICIDE FIRM SYNGENTA - "ALTRAZINE"
SOARING PESTICIDE USE AND POISONING BY CHEMICAL CARTEL LINKED TO GMO CROP PRODUCTION http://sco.lt/8iunRp
-▶ THE NEXT GM BIOTECH WAVE: EXTREME SYNTHETIC GENETICS. THE IMPLICATIONS, THE ETHICS http://sco.lt/6TyUmv
-▶ HOW GMO FOODS AFFECT HEALTH - GENE ALTERED FOODS NOW SECRETLY A LARGE PART OF AMERICAN DIET http://sco.lt/7oVxQH
▶ GROWING MEDICINES IN GMO PLANTS REQUIRES NEW, STRICT REGULATIONS AND OVERSIGHT - PATENT MONOPOLIES http://sco.lt/7KM4qv
- ▶ DO WE NEED A GENETIC BILL OF RIGHTS? http://sco.lt/6jmb1l
- ▶ BIOTECH RE-ENGINEERING, PROGRAMMING AND PATENTING LIFE ITSELF http://sco.lt/4thM6j
THE "FOOD AID" FEED-THE-WORLD CHARADE
THE HUNGER GAMES
THE FOOD AID CHARADE
Pambazuka -Voices for Freedom and Justice in Africa
▶ HOW COMPANIES FRAME ISSUES OF FOOD AND GLOBAL HUNGER FOR THEIR OWN SELF-INTEREST AND BOTTOMLINE PROFITS
There is a new, but deceptive, foreign drive to end hunger in Africa through large-scale agribusiness. Yet helping poor households in rural Africa feed themselves in an affordable manner means introducing low-cost, sustainable enhancements to farming.
History is riddled with examples of the poor dying of hunger when food was plentiful. Classic amongst these is the famine which wracked the West African Sahel during the early 1970s. While people were dying of hunger in Senegal, Mali and Niger, peanuts — a key sauce ingredient and source of protein across the region — were being exported to Europe....
...The rise of philanthrocapitalism in the US, where former and current business leaders, through the strength of their foundations, have increasingly come to influence the shape and direction of US international development programmes. Central to the philanthrocapitalist worldview is a belief that private enterprise is the fundamental agent of progressive change and that business acumen trumps other forms of expertise... http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/features/85291
WHEN WALL STREET WENT TO AFRICA
-▶ AFRICA G8 AND MONSANTO - FOOD SECURITY FOR WHOM? CORPORATE PROFITS vs SMALL HOLDER FARMERS INTEREST http://sco.lt/8JKbIn
-▶ WALL STREET, CORPORATIONS GOBBLING UP AMERICAN, FOREIGN FARMLAND THREATENING FUTURE AGRICULTURE AND GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY http://sco.lt/6B5AvJ
-▶ NEW SECRETIVE GLOBAL TRADE PACTS WILL IMPACT US ALL AS SOVEREIGNTY RIGHT NEGOTIATED AWAY - CORPORATE GOVERNANCE http://sco.lt/6P14JF
- ▶ CONTEMPORARY AGRICULTURE IS BURNING UP OUR PLANET http://sco.lt/99tRI1
THE POWER OF MONSANTO OVER FARMERS
A FARMER'S STORY : A DOCUMENTARY MUST WATCH
"MONSANTO FOOD WARS: GMO SEEDS AND ANIMALS" http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/3997411054/watch-monsanto-food-wars-gmo-seeds-and-animals
-▶ MONSANTO, UN AGENDA 21 AND GLOBAL FOOD MONOPOLY http://sco.lt/7v9ZMv