I've been trying to follow the increasing pressure developing throughout the world against GMO foods in general, and more particularly, the corrupt mercantilist business practices that American "agribusiness" has sponsored in its revolving door between corporate personnel and federal agency staffers.
In that respect, I've reported on the growing list of countries in Europe and elsewhere that, on the basis of various scientific studies, are either partially or completely rejecting America's "agricultural" products as harmful to the health and well-being of their citizenry. It began with partial bans in France and Poland, and quickly spread to other countries such as Germany and Hungary.
Well, it seems that Hungary is particularly intent on making good its ban:
There's a passage here that concerns me and it should concern you too, especially if you live in Europe:
"The free movement of goods within the EU means that authorities will not investigate how the seeds arrived in Hungary, but they will check where the goods can be found, Bognar said. Regional public radio reported that the two biggest international seed producing companies are affected in the matter and GMO seeds could have been sown on up to the thousands of hectares in the country. Most of the local farmers have complained since they just discovered they were using GMO seed."
The free movement of goods in the EU, in other words, can be used to move GMO seeds into places where it isn't welcome.
Yesterday I advanced some modest proposals to the BRICSA nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) for how they might turn the growing issue of GMOs to their advantage and actually help humanity in the process (since the American government certainly doesn't seem to be interested in doing so on this issue). One of those proposals involved the issuance of public statements of support of nations such as Hungary that, while not a part of BRICS, are taking a stand against GMOs.
So we might extend the modest proposal to the EU: Hungary needs to prosecute whoever initiated the transfer of the seeds to that country, and the EU needs to take a long and hard look at its policy with respect to GMOs... Who knows? the issue might even be the issue that either tears the EU apart, or stitches it back together.
And another suggestion to Hungary: rather than plowing the fields under, why not uproot the plants, load them onto a big airplane, fly them to St. Louis, Missouri, and drop them on the company's HQ?
See you on the...
Oh yea, one more thing. If you're not sufficiently pissed off yet, then maybe this will do the trick:
Now I can go. See you on the flip side...