As you know, one of the things I like to follow here from time to time is the subject of GMO foods and the various "agribusiness" giant corporations - an entity that I simply refer to here and in previous articles as the Bozos at Duponzanto - and the legal and downright intimidating tactics they have used via their cronies in various government agencies, and international organs and agencies, to force farmers to plant their "scientifically tested" products.
As I've also noted here, a growing list of countries in Europe, including France, Hungary, Poland, and Germany, have banned come of these products, most recently for the damage they appear to be causing to honey bee hives, so essential for the pollenization of plants.
According to RT TV a couple of weeks ago, Brazil now appears to be the most recent nation to join a growing list of "dissatisfied customers":
I hope you caught that: some five million Brazilian farmers are suing the bozos for over six billion euros(which may not be worth all that much by the time the suit is settled, if it is settled at all).
Corporations can literally buy the "science" they need when real data conflicts with their bottom line. And in the USA, a revolving door between the Bozos at Duponzanto and the FDA has resulted, since the administration of G.H.W. Bush, in a variety of policies favorable to the agribusiness giants and making short shrift of the need for real scientific testing and real open dissemination of results, and decisions for the public good. In this case, the statement by Monsanto's spokesman, sited by RT TV, says it all: "Director of corporate communications for Monsanto, Phil Angell, summed up Monsanto’s take on the issue in a report by food author Michael Pollan for New York Times Magazine in 1998: 'Monsanto should not have to vouch for the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is FDA's job.'"
Easy for them to say when a check of appointees to the FDA reveals close connections between the Bozos of Duponzanto and the supposedly independent government agency.
But this isn't the only real story here. The other one is that once again, we have to turn to a foreign source of news to learn of things that are scarcely, if ever, reported in the lamestream American media. It is a sad indicator that European countries, in the midst of a financial crisis with its own deep roots to the financial elites making such corruption their hallmark, still have enough pluck and independence to take on these companies, and to report about their activities, while in the country that is the supposed "leader of the free world", we hear little to nothing of it at all. It is perhaps a measure of just how corrupt and inbred this decaying corporate-oligarchical-mercantilist system is in this country.
See you on the flip side.