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ITALY MAY JOIN GROWING LIST OF COUNTRIES ENACTING GMO BANS

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:

Italy to Ban Monsanto GMO Corn with 80% Public Support

"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.

26 thoughts on “ITALY MAY JOIN GROWING LIST OF COUNTRIES ENACTING GMO BANS”

  1. Cardinal Turkson, say “no” to GMOs
    Catholics are pushing back against the campaign by the US and Monsanto to gain endorsement for GMOs from the Roman Catholic church.

    COMMENT from Dr Brian John: Worth sharing. These open letters reflect the debate within the Roman Catholic church about GMOs and the ongoing diplomatic offensive by the US administration to push the interests of Monsanto and the other biotech multinationals within the Vatican and within the Roman Catholic church generally. The Wikileaks cables gave us some indication of how the US works behind the scenes. This correspondence is interesting and — in the case of the letter to the Pope [item 2] — very moving. Please read!

    http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/52-2013/15001-cardinal-turkson-say-qnoq-to-gmos

  2. Off-topic, but interesting and in the category “how surprising!” regarding the Internet-filter that has been proposed in the UK:

    “According to Wired:

    As well as pornography, users may automatically be opted in to blocks on “violent material”, “extremist related content”, “anorexia and eating disorder websites” and “suicide related websites”, “alcohol” and “smoking”. But the list doesn’t stop there. It even extends to blocking “web forums” and “esoteric material”, whatever that is. “Web blocking circumvention tools” is also included, of course.”

    Via:
    http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-07/27/pornwall
    http://www.activistpost.com/2013/07/uk-internet-porn-censor-to-also-block.html

    “Esoteric material” as well?

    Under that broad definition, even this site could be filtered in the future UK.. :-/

  3. Hey, Antoine
    The country is the world’s biggest consumer of soybean, 80% of soybeans consumed in China are imported, Mainly from America, Brazil and Argentina which accounts for 99% of imported soybeans. ADM, Bunge Limited, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus, these four Transnational Corporations accouts for 80% of imported soybean, out of 97 Chinese soybean oil companies, they are shareholders to 64 of them.
    Except soybeans produced in Northeast provinces of China, plus the product must specify that it is “GMO-free”, otherwise its all GM-soybeans.

  4. Well we all know that the Italians love their food, so it seems that someone has raised the red flag with GOM’s.

    But I’ll bet Monsanto wont give up without a fight, so lets see who the next nation will be to stonewall these vipers of food molestation.

  5. massive starvation is a eastern fact, Russia, china,….the latest death by hunger zimbabble….just saying.

    Western grocery stores are par excellent……

  6. yriuv62@mail.ru

    Не бойтесь! Российским ворам заплатят и они примут не то что ГМО, но и черта лысого.

  7. Robert Barricklow

    Once the ‘GMOs being substituted for oil’ meme, as the backing for the dollar, reaches a certain information tipping point, the game will be changed. First it was gold, then black gold, the a wanna be GMO, then…
    will the ever present bullet in the background explode out front?

    1. I don’t see how GMO/biotechnology could ever be used as backing for the dollar. It’s even less reliable, if as dishonest … It’s failed technology … the ‘benefits’ are market-hyped, not science-based. GMO crops, after 30 years, have failed to live up to their claims to feed the poor, reduce herbicide use and increase crop production. The lies and myths of biotech are heavily promoted and their spread has been accomplished only by monopoly control, ruthless business practices, capture of regulatory agencies, and forced internationally by political coercion … (oh, maybe this does sound like the dollar!)
      I have linked an ISIS report down below your last comment but it’s in moderation. In fact, another comment for more than 24 hrs on a response to Marcos. I hope Dr Farrell is alright …

      BTW, recent NYT poll found that 93% of respondents want GMO food labeled. (Headline ‘Strong Support for Labeling Modified Foods’ 7/27/13)
      Next step: total ban!

        1. Robert Barricklow

          Reminds me Antoine of a great book:
          Bet the Farm: How Food Stopped Being Food by Frederick Kaufman.
          Really opens those Open-wide-shut eyes of mainstreat on the growin problem of food being financialised/securitized, an instrument in Wall Street derivatives, ect.
          Like oil, and other commodities.
          The futures market is being corrupted beyond repait. Basically Wallstret is past the SNAFU mode & into FUBAR territory.

      1. Robert Barricklow

        This blew my mind as well, when the ever-observant Dr. Farrell, brought up the subject at this site. He alluded to the plan being untenable, due to the fact that the GMO information warfare front was losing it’s grip on perception management of GMOs worldwide..

        I was unaware of the obvious again.
        But, fortunately, for us, it’s been hard for “them” to get one past the gloves of Dr. Farrell, who is catching whatever they hit, throw, or pitch.

      2. Forcing GMOs on the world by any means … A major German newspaper exposes the machinations of the corporatocracy by revealing more of Mon[ster]santo’s dirty tactics and the collusion of the state to advance its own economic interests.

        Groundbreaking Investigation Reveals Monsanto Teaming Up With US Military to Target GMO Activists
        http://www.globalresearch.ca/groundbreaking-investigation-reveals-monsanto-teaming-up-with-us-military-to-target-gmo-activists/5344496

    1. Robert Barricklow

      I have read it is there, but a strong resistance is growing. GMOs are not really entrenched as yet. Only in a few food lines.
      I read so much that I’ll have to try and find “where” I picked that up.
      Googling gmo in china gives you some info.
      But, as always, information is suspect.
      Separating the wheat from the chaff
      has now become, separating food from GMOs.

    2. Hey, Antoine
      The country is the world’s biggest consumer of soybean, 80% of soybeans consumed in China are imported, Mainly from America, Brazil and Argentina which accounts for 99% of imported soybeans. ADM, Bunge Limited, Cargill and Louis Dreyfus, these four Transnational Corporations accouts for 80% of imported soybean, out of 97 Chinese soybean oil companies, they are shareholders to 64 of them.
      Except soybeans produced in Northeast provinces of China, plus the product must specify that it is “GMO-free”, otherwise its all GM-soybeans.

      1. Antoine, Henry, Robert … Due to a hold because of the links, the China info, at bottom, was posted late and didn’t show up in the comments feed. Includes an ISIS report on the failure of biotech ag here in the US. This is good info to share.

        The biotech industry is on the defensive all right! Their latest PR drive includes a new disinfo website – GMOAnswers dot com – aimed at combating growing opposition to GM foods. See Huffington Post article dated July 29th: “GMO Answers” Website Launched By Monsanto, DuPont, More. It’s a doomed attempt because activists will flood the public comments with actual science/facts about failures and hazards against industry’s marketing myths and lies.

    3. Thanks Robert, found it here:
      http://www.thehindu.com/news/international/growing-debate-over-gm-foods-in-china/article113016.ece

      Regarding China, the Institute of Science in Society (ISIS) just posted a short report about an international forum – GMOs and Food Safety – held this month in Kuming, Yunnan and in Beijing, titled “China’s Consumers Reject GMOs – World’s Leading Scientists Expose the Hazards of an Obsolete Technology based on False Promises & a Flawed Science”.
      http://www.i-sis.org.uk/Chinas_Consumers_reject_GMOs.php

      Problems in China:
      Pig deaths, human reproductive problems, and suspected GMOs
      Good reason for Chinese people to be suspicious of GMO food. Last March thousands of carcasses of diseased pigs were found floating in a Chinese river. As we’ve seen from reports in Europe, pigs have suffered internal disease and abnormalities from eating a diet of GM feed. Mass deaths of fetuses, piglets and pigs have occurred in other regions of China where animals were fed on domestic corn, suspected to be an unapproved GM strain. Nearly all animal feed is based on GM corn and GM soy imported from the US. … In March the Ministry of Agriculture said that China will halt the introduction and commercialization of GM rice and corn in order to ease public concern.
      http://gmwatch.org/latest-listing/52-2013/14716-gmo-problems-in-china-part-2

      ISIS has also published this research on the dismal failure of GMOs here:
      US Staple Crop System Failing from GM and Monoculture: Resilience, yields, pesticide use, and genetic diversity, all worse than Non-GM Europe
      http://www.i-sis.org.uk/US_Staple_Crop_System_Failing_from_GM_and_Monoculture.php

      1. Very appreciated for the update Margaret, always helpful infors from you. Especially for the reminder for domesticated animal being fed with GM corns. For a moment i almost forgot about these “poisoned” meats since i’m a vegan, i guess meat has been sort of absent in my thoughts for years now. I can get needed “complete protein” from soybeans instead.
        Originally its just about pursuing personal health given the fact that its well known the people of ‘Longevity Villages’ in China mainly eat vegetarian dishes,(You can check that out with a report titled “China’s Two ‘Longevity Villages'”) though it has become something spiritual for me as well, a way of life i choose for myself for the rest of my mortal life in spirit of the tale of “Sakyamuni Buddha cut off his own flesh to feed an eagle” as told by the article “Not Killing And Liberating The Living”.
        But for me, It’s more than just a personal choice of diet, its also about countering occult power of “Satan” worshippers.
        http://blogs.msdn.com/b/acid49/archive/2007/01/04/an-example-of-cultural-mistranslation-behold-your-doom.aspx
        As their GM corns have largely transformed something that was gifted to human life by the white Tezcatlipoca into something that destroy human life instead. Like their debt based economic system and social model, its all but variant of their age old practice of “human sacrifice”,thus by refusing to consume their GM foods i’m also resisting their “black magic”, so to speak.

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