As most readers here know, we’ve been following the developing mess in the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, the economic sanctions against Russia, and Russia’s response (particularly with respect to GMOs). One of my concerns has always been that this could backfire against the Anglo-American political-financial oligarchy in a major way, as Europe is far more dependent on its trade relations with Russia, and in the long run, it has no real geopolitical interest in seeing a rise of tensions between it and Russia.
Now, according to Zero Hedge (and my thanks to Ms. M.L. for sharing this important article), the smaller nations of Europe – and the European locomotive, Germany – are beginning to feel the impact of this insane foreign policy being dictated in Washington and its satrapy in Brussels:
Hidden within this article is a lurking implication, and I want to spend some time with it, as it goes directly to my hypothesis that the BRICSA bloc, and Russia in particular, is cleverly maneuvering the GMO issue as a means to turn it into a geopolitical issue for use against the growing western agribusiness hegemony over the world’s food production. So, while the general thrust of the Zero Hedge article is clear, I want to focus on this:
“As we reported previously, it all started with the Greeks, a nation of heavy food exports into Russia, who were the first to announce their displeasure with the “Stop Putin” coalition:
“The moment Russia retaliated, the grand alliance started to crack. Enter Greece which has hundreds of millions in food exports to Russia, and which was the first country to hint that it may splinter from the western “pro-sanctions” alliance. According to Bloomberg, earlier today the Greek foreign minister and former PM said that “we are in continuous deliberations in order to have the smallest possible consequences, and if possible no significant impact whatsoever.”
And making it very clear that this will be a major political issue was a statement by the main opposition party Syriza which today said that the Greek government’s “blind obedience to the Cold War strategies of Brussels and Washington will be disastrous for country’s agriculture.” In a moment of surprising clarity, Syriza asked govt to immediately lift all sanctions to Russia, as they don’t contribute to a solution of the Ukrainian crisis, and “instead fuel an economic and trade war, in which Greece has unfortunately become involved.” Syriza concluded that the government hasn’t weighted Greece’s special interests and bilateral relations with Russia.”(all emphases in the original article)
Now in this context, recall last Thursday’s News and Views from the Nefarium (August 21, 2014), where I reported on the recent Russian government labeling laws and imposition of fines on entrepreneurs who did not observe them. Also recall the stories from earlier this year that a significant segment within the Russian bureaucracy and state Duma want a complete ban on all GMOs in order to conduct long-term inter-generational scientific studies of the problem. Recall additionally the impending Russian court action against McDonald’s, and an interesting picture begins to emerge.
Let us say the Greek government should withdraw from the sanctions regime in order to continue its agricultural exports to Russia(and given the scale of revenues involved in that already financially-strapped country, who can blame them?). Under the current Russian agricultural regime, those imports would have to be relatively GMO-free or labeled, and in a country such as Russia where GMO use has dramatically fallen, that could have the effect of transforming Greek agriculture to less dependence on the American and European agribusiness corporate giants.
And that means the GMO issue just became geopolitical. Of course, this is a far cry from my speculation that it is the BRICSA bloc doing this, but it is a step in that direction. TIme will tell. In the meantime, however, the Greek and Slovakian situation are a microcosm, and a warning, of what will eventually happen in Europe at large. The real question is, are American foreign policy mandarins willing to risk losing Europe in the long term, just to punish Russia today?
See you on the flip side…