If you're a regular reader here you know that one of the stories I like to cover is the growing resistance around the world to GMOs in general, and to the bully-tactics of certain American agribusiness giants in particular. Now it seems that Italy is set to join the growing list of countries enacting either full or partial bans of American GMO products:
"First India gives Monsanto a run for their ill-gotten money by refusing their patent applications, and now Italy, with the help of three Italian ministries, will try to undo Monsanto. A decree has been signed which will ban Monsanto’s MON810 maize, one of the two genetically modified crops currently legally grown in Europe and sold commercially. The decree is not yet binding as it has to be published in the official gazette, but the public stands behind the three Italian ministers who put forth the document with a resounding 80% against GMO and Monsanto, as evidenced in a public survey."
What I find interesting here is that this move comes at a time that there are talks between the USA and EU to create a "trade zone" between Europe and North America. And as I blogged previously, this appears to me to be an attempt to secure the Anglo-American hegemony over that continent in the face of growing "pushback" to post Cold War American unipolarism. Control of the food supply was always a tool in that imperial arsenal, as Dr. deHart and I attempted to show in our Transhumanism: A Grimoire of Alchemical Agendas. Other researchers, notable Marie-Monique Robin (The World According to Monsanto) and F. William Engdahl (Seeds of Destruction), have pointed out the scientific and geopolitical agenda lying behind GMOs.
I doubt that the EU "commissioners" in Brussels are any more responsive to the people they claim to govern than are the bureaucrats in Mordor...er....Washington, D.C., and the servants of the lidless Eye at the NSA. But as readers here already know, individual European countries - France, Germany, Hungary, and Poland to name a few - have taken a dim view of the bought-and-paid-for "science" coming out of the USA on GMOs. More recently, Russia has raised concerns. So this is a tightrope for Brussels to walk: too much caving to the Lidless Eye in Washington will provoke a response from member states and perhaps even worse; too little "compliance" to their masters in London and Washington will provoke other responses.
Meanwhile, there's always that geopolitical and economic opportunity for the BRICSA nations to capitalize on: wholesale global marketing of heirloom seeds. There's even an opportunity for some geopolitical epistemological warfare: it's one thing to plant ordinary seeds and battle pests with pesticides and so on, and quite another to modify the seeds themselves, so a golden opportunity is presented to the BRICSA nations to wage a propaganda war as well, calling into question the corruption of Western agencies that have caved to corporate pressure, and the science they advocate. After all, it was the West that decided, long ago, to make food a weapon. Two sides can play that game.
See you on the flip side.