April 24th, 2014
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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: CHINA, PESTS, AND HIGH-NON-PROLIFERATION-OCTANE SPECULATION

Russia Today(RT) is reporting on a couple of stories and I thought you should known about them. First, US corn(maize) exports to China have fallen some 85%, due to that nation’s government not having yet approved one GMO additive:

US corn exports to China drop 85 percent after ban on GMO strains – industry report

While most might be expecting me to comment that this might be another stage in the BRICSA nation’s eventual direct challenge to American-backed GMOs, and a challenge to its GMO-based agribusiness industry and hence, a kind of BRICSA sponsored economic warfare, I’m not going there right at the moment (though we’re going to get there eventually, but via a rather different route).

Recently I have also blogged on the topic of GMOs, indicating that the great “Boon” that so many think they have brought, might in effect be backfiring, since some studies suggest that per/acre productivity of GMOs, which initially and over the short term, are impressive, over the long term, seems to fall relative to the old fashioned use of heirlooms and pesticides (University of Iowa Study: Non-GMOs increase productivity, and New Study Collapse Genetic Diversity).  Last March 18, RT is also reporting another development, and that is that mother nature has once again adapted, and pests are showing immunities to GMO toxins:

Rootworms developing resistance

Now here is my high octane speculation of the day. For some time I have been arguing that there would be an inevitable pushback from the BRICSA nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa), and that this would come in the form, eventually, of entering the agricultural market with natural, non-GMO, heirloom crop seeds, and to do so as a challenge to American agribusiness, which has become almost wholly GMO-based and “subsidized” via a short-circuited “scientific process” and a revolving door of personnel between agribusiness and government agencies.  As I’ve indicated, there does appear to be a growing, gradual pushback from those countries, as environmental and regulatory concerns have been raised. Russia, as is now known, is calling for an almost complete moratorium until inter-generational scientific studies of their effects, can be undertaken.

And it takes little imagination to see how stories of productivity over time between GMO crops and non-GMO crops, or growing resistance of pests to GMO toxins, would be of concern to nations with large populations to feed, such as China and India.

So herewith my high octane speculation of the day, and there have already been hints coming from those nations. As the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations continue in secret, negotiations to guarantee an unlevel playing field and even further extension of American concepts of jurisprudence internationally, there is a golden opportunity presenting itself on the stage of world opinion, a golden opportunity for the BRICSA nations. In the early days of the Cold War, the USSA and USSR (joined later by the “USK” and France), conducted atmospheric tests of their nuclear and thermonuclear bombs, the largest of which was the Russian test of the 57 megaton monster “Tsarbomba” (or was it 67…well, who’s counting?). It was a way of refining yield calculations, and demonstrating to “the other side” that “our science is able to do this.” (Thankfully, no one has lit off anything like the Tsar Bomba since). But the fallout effects were suffered by everyone. President Kennedy, of course, called a moratorium to atmospheric testing, and eventually this led to the test-ban treaty between the United Kingdom, United States, and Soviet Union.

So why am I raising this topic? Simple: GMOs have spread to fields where farmers do not even want them on their fields. Additionally, farmers found in this circumstance through no fault of their own have been sued for license and royalty violations on the part of agribusiness giants.

This “genetic fallout” has not yet gone international, at least, not in this sense. But all it will take to provoke BRICSA calls for a GMO “test ban” treaty is for it to do so. Such a call would, of course, be rejected by the corporate oligarchy that constitutes the government of the USSA. But such a call would at least reveal the USSA’s handling of the whole GMO issue to be the hypocrisy that it is, and it would be a geopolitical coup for the BRICSA nations, who could emerge as “standard setters” for a global standard for agricultural products, both GMO and non-GMO.  Given the range of reports coming from India, Brazil (and other South American nations), China, and Russia concerning GMOs, I rather suspect that this will be the next thing to watch for: calls for an international mediating body that is not disproportionally “pro-American” and thus “pro-GMO.”  This may be one to watch.

See you on the flip side.

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...]

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM APRIL 3 2014

Joseph  comments on some important international financial developments, including an insight from an important article regarding Ukrainian soveriegn debt securities. Here are the articles he cites: Germany and China Sign Yuan Settlement Pact Putin Flushes US Dollar? And the most important article: Is Putin Quietly Dumping US Treasuries?  

NEWS AND VIEWS FROM THE NEFARIUM MARCH 27 2014

Joseph comments on new geopolitical initiatives from Russia and what they might portend, referencing the following three articles: Russia to launch its payment system in months, as disruption fears mount Petrodollar alert: Putin Prepares To Announce “Holy Grail” Gas Deal With China Russia Prepares Mega-Deal With India After Locking Up China With “Holy Grail” Gas[More...]

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Over the course of the last few weeks I have, like many of you, been following the spate of sad banker “suicides,” and like many of you, I suspect that the grief that their families have been subjected to is not accidental, that their “suicides” may have been impelled or “helped along” by external factors.[More...]

VLADIMIR PUTIN AND US MEDIA BIAS

Yesterday I blogged about the possibility that the recent report of the Chinese government about U.S. human rights violations may be heralding a new stage in a stepped up propaganda war against the USA. I suggested, you’ll recall, that this may signal a heightened Chinese effort, to parallel and perhaps supplement, Russia’s considerably successful RT(Russia[More...]

CHINA SLAMS US HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS

Yes, you read that headline correctly. The Chinese government is calling into question the USA’s human rights record. Check out this article from Zero Hedge’s “Tyler Durden”: China Strikes Back at US Human Rights Violations The article, as you’ll note, specifically references the NSA spying-Ed Snowden affair as the primary violation of human rights that the[More...]

GERMANY’S GOLD & 9/11: SOME SPECULATIONS ON A RETROSPECTIVE BY JON RAPPAPORT

As many of you know, I follow the blogs of Jon Rappaport and occasionally link them here, and this one, composed just a little over a week ago on Jan 30, 2014, is worth reading and pondering carefully, especially in the context of the recent stories that we’ve been following on this site regarding the[More...]

CHINA’S AMBASSADOR TO CANADA WARNS ABOUT RISING JAPANESE MILITARISM, AND SOME PRECAUTIONARY WORDS

Communist China’s Ambassador to Canada, Mr. Zhang Junsai, has raised some sobering points about the government of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and this one, coming as it does in the form of articulate and informed criticism of the culture and attitude of postwar Japan and its various governments, and in the context of growing[More...]

GMOs VS BRICS: AN UPDATE

One of the stories I’ve tried to stay abreast of here is the growing geopolitical implication of GMOs and the backlash against them, and the geopolitical implication of that backlash. As Dr. Scott deHart and I pointed out in Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas, and as other researchers have also observed (notably F. William Engdahl),[More...]