Yesterday I blogged about the following article concerning Russia's growing opposition to out-of-control American GMO companies like Mon(ster)santo:
Notably, the article itself is not nearly as sensational as the headline. The article does not mention a threat from Russia, but rather, a warning that the consequence of continued denial of the relationship of the collapse of bee colonies to GMO use would lead to a world war. As I noted yesterday, the image of hydrogen bombs raining down on Mon(ster)santo's headquarters is not in play.
But what the warning does do is that it has confirmed my suspicions: GMOs have become a geopolitical issue, and Russia intends to make it so, and to lead the charge. So what kind of "world war" is the Kremlin warning about? I rather suspect that it will be a "soft" war, a war of sponsored conferences, high profile Russian television coverage, and, eventually, a direct intervention in those markets that have been victims of American agribusiness "practices" by the sale of heirloom seeds, and bees.
And this, I predict, will be accompanied by something else: a growing and targeted boycott of American goods. Like Bolivia, which has threatened to close the U.S. Embassy there over American pressures on European countries not to allow the Bolivian president's airplane to enter their airspace over fears he was transporting Ed Snowden, we can expect a growing movement to shun American firms and trade missions. As the above article notes, Mr. Putin kept Secretary "John reporting for duty Skull and Bones Kerry" waiting for three hours before receiving him:
"According to these minutes, released in the Kremlin today by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of the Russian Federation (MNRE), Putin was so incensed over the Obama regimes refusal to discuss this grave matter that he refused for three hours to even meet with Kerry, who had traveled to Moscow on a scheduled diplomatic mission, but then relented so as to not cause an even greater rift between these two nations."
Make no mistake: this wasn't Mr. Putin "having a snit" or a "fit of temper." This was calculation, a deliberate snubbing and shunning, and as long as the bought-and-paid-for US Government turns a blind eye to GMO concerns, and to force them on other nations through a variety of mercantilist "Mon(ster)santo Protection Acts," this snubbing is going to increase.
And on this one, I for one, agree with the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, and Mr. Putin. I look for the following things, among others, to happen:
- A spreading movement against GMOs, sponsored at various levels of non-official involvement, by Russia and the other BRICS nations, which will include
- Sponsorship of conferences
- Grain exchanges
- regulation recommendations
- subsidies to farmer using non-USA originated seeds.
See you on the flip side.