August 30th, 2014
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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA SET TO BAN US AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

There has been an interesting – if not predictable – development in the ongoing feud between Russia and the USA, and this time, it’s food that’s in the crosshairs, as Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Duma are toying with the idea of a complete ban of all American agricultural products:

Russia to ban all agriculture imports from US: report

The ban is obvious, at least as far as the NY Post is concerned; it is retaliation for Western economic sanctions against Russia. But regular readers here will recall that Russia was considering such bans before the Western-backed coup d’etat by elements including extremist Fascist groups took power in Kiev. The reason? Concerns over the safety( and corporate bought-and-paid-for “science” assuring us of the safety) of GMO products, which dominate American agricultural exports. Russia was not alone: Germany, Hungary, France, India and China have all enacted bans against selected American GMO products.

In this context, while there can be no doubt that the Western sanctions are driving Moscow’s moves, they must not be seen as the sole motivation. What it rather suggests, in a bit of high octane speculation, is that the Ukrainian crisis may simply be the opportunity that Russia needed to make the GMO vs heirloom seeds issue a geopolitical issue, and a ban on American agricultural imports would certainly provide a first step in what could be a much longer strategic agenda. As already noted, the two major BRICSA powers, Russia and China, have enacted limited GMO bans, and as I blogged a few weeks previously, the Russian State Duma – long before the Ukrainian crisis became the center of attention – was considering a total ban.And within Brazil and India, there has also been a growing move ent against GMOs, and the corporate “practices” accompanying them, particularly in India.

Nor would Mr. Putin be playing to an audience in the West that didn’t exist, for GMOs have had a small though very vocal community of opposition in almost every country in the West, from Argentina to Australia. Thus, I suspect what we might be looking at is another case of a crisis of opportunity that Mr. Putin, if he plays his cards correctly, can turn against the West.

So herewith the prediction: Russia will enact some sort of ban; after all, it’s been in the works for some time. But since the BRICSA nations just held their summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, and announced their development bank, watch for anti-GMO news and developments coming from that bank, particularly in aid of agricultural development in South America and Africa.

See you on the flip side…

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY: CHINA AND RUSSIA INDICATING NEW SPACE COOPERATION

Here  is a very important article that was sent to me by Mr. G.B., indicating the newest developments in Russo-Chinese cooperation within the BRICSA bloc. And this one deserves some careful attention: Russia may join forces with China to compete with US, European satnavs First, you’ll note that the Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitri Rogozin[More...]

DANIEL ESTULIN AND THIS YEARS BILDERBLITHER MEETING

Well, predictably, the world’s elites gathered in Copenhagen for this year’s Bilderblither meeting, and amid the prattling and globaloney, a certain agenda emerged, according to RT which reported on a set of talking points gleaned by Bilderblitherer researcher Daniel Estulin. Mind you, I like Mr. Estulin’s research, so the blither isn’t coming from him, it’s coming[More...]

THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: GMOs NEITHER SAFE NOR NECESSARY? THE EMERGENCE OF ANTI-GMO GEOPOLITICS

Yesterday I blogged about the recent decision in an Australian court against a farmer raising GMO crops on his fields, by a non-GMO farmer whose fields had been contaminated by the GMO crops brought to his field by processes of nature, causing him to lose his organic farming certification. The lesson of the suit is[More...]

… AND SPEAKING OF THE COLD WAR, ACT TWO…

The late US Senator Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii), a decorated World War Two veteran, after the conclusion of the Senate Iran-Contra hearings, complained of something that most Americans completely dismissed at the time, but his concerns are worth recalling. Senator Inouye complained that the executive branch, in league with elements from the intelligence sector and the[More...]

THE COLD WAR ACT TWO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA DUMPS US TREASURIES

Many of you notices these two stories over at Zero Hedge, and since I have been predicting an inevitable backlash against Washington’s heavy-handedness, and the inevitable BRICSA backlash against the reserve currency status of the US dollar, the following stories are worthy of mention: Russia, China, Iran hold De-Dollarization Meeting Of course, there’s nothing new there, and, underneath[More...]

CHINA WANTS TO LAUNCH 50 SURVEILLANCE SATELLITES IN THE NEXT TWO YEARS

There’s yet another development in space affairs that is worth reporting, in the wake of yesterday’s blog about the break between NASA and Russia’s Roscosmos over America’s dissatisfaction with Russia’s incursion into the Crimean peninsula. As most of you know by now, I’ve been maintaining for some time that the BRICSA nations would attempt to[More...]