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TWO MEMBERS OF THE BRICSA NATIONS PUSH BACK ON GMOS

There's been more news from two BRICSA nations, in this case Brazil and South Africa, pushing back against western agribusiness giants and their GMOs. Brazil's federal appeals court has issued a ruling stopping cultivation in Brazil of Bayer's GM corn(maize) in that country, and South Africa has forced Mon(ster)santo to withdraw advertisements in that country that claim benefits of GMOs, citing the fact that these claims are unsubstantiated:

Brazil's Historic Court Ruling Stops Bayer's GM Maize Cultivation in that Country

MONSANTO FORCED TO WITHDRAW UNSUBSTANTIATED ADVERTISING CLAIMS ON BENEFITS OF GM CROPS-ADVERTISING STANDARDS AUTHORITY OF SOUTH AFRICA

As far as the South African article goes, it appears that country has gone directly for the jugular of the "science" supporting Mon(ster)santo's claims: the science for GMO safety appears to be something less than independent:

“We are elated with this decision. Monsanto has already been warned by the ASA as far back as 2007, that it needs to substantiate its claims from an independent and credible expert in the matter of GM Food/M Wells/ 8739 (18 June 2007) regarding its claims of the so called benefits of GM crops. However, it appears Monsanto does not have much regard for South African law as it is hell bent on disseminating false information to the South African public, “ said Mariam Mayet, Executive Director of the ACB.

And as far as Brazil is concerned, the same issue appears to be in play:

"The Brazilian Court annulled the decision by Brazil’s Biosecurity Commission (CTNBio), who had allowed the release for cultivation of Liberty Link GM Maize. The civil action against CTNBio was started by Land Rights, the Brazilian Institute for Consumer Defense – IDEC and the National Association of Small Farmers.

"The decision is reported to have created new legal paradigm and may force Brazilian authorities to reconsider all other commercial releases of GMOs in Brazil. Never before has a Judge stated that there is a need for studies on the negative impacts of GMOs in all major biomes in the country."(emphasis added)

But I strongly suspect there is something else going on here, and that this "something else" may be a quiet, and coordinated, policy on the part of the BRICSA nations(Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). For quite some time I have been arguing that eventually we would see the BRICSA nations turning the Western oligarchies' own use of food as a weapon, via control of the food supply by dint of the process of patent law, on its head, as they would enter the arena of "food geopolitics" by speaking for those small farmers persecuted by the western agribusiness industry, and those concerned about their food supply and its healthfulness and nutritional value, by promoting and selling non-GMO or natural crop seeds.

In this respect, the Indian government, it will be recalled, began to raise concerns when several Indian farmers began to commit suicide, unable to pay the loans and fees the agribusiness companies were extracting. More recently, the Russian state Duma has considered a total moratorium on GMOs while inter-generational scientific  studies were conducted, and that, more than anything else, probably sent shockwaves - never publicly acknowledged of course - through the agribusiness industry, for such a study would expose the weaknesses inherent, and already repeatedly pointed out, in the so-called "studies" that claimed their safety. It would be major exposure of the industry hypocrisy.

Now, a Brazilian high court, and South Africa, have joined Russia in effect by voicing similar concerns.

The implication is clear: those countries are singing off the same page, doubtless for valid scientific concerns over the long term effects of GMOs on human health and the environment, but also because of the wider geopolitical implication. It's more pushback, and it's only going to increase. Maybe, just maybe(indulging in some high octane speculation here) this is a hidden financial and gepolitical reason driving the Ukrainian mess, and the current hysteria for sanctions against Russia. If those calls are expanded to concoct reasons to include South Africa, or Brazil or India in that effort, we'll know the game's afoot, at least as far as the "food geopolitics" goes.

See you on the flip side...

8 thoughts on “TWO MEMBERS OF THE BRICSA NATIONS PUSH BACK ON GMOS”

  1. Interesting that Bayer chemical is also in the GMO business. I wonder if the company is selling seeds for planting locally in germany? I think the germans would go nuts if they found out their eating GMO products or GMO feed meats. I don’t think they’d use GMO’s on their own people but I don’t really know,I hear nothing about that over here in europe,anyone know something about that on this forum?

  2. Goons is to good a word for these slave lusting sadist misery and torture is all these mindless things exist for. This is good news from Brazil and South Africa the struggle continues to halt the elite march to full spectrum dominance over our bodies and minds given these mammon worshipers think of nothing else than deifying themselves. Every victory no matter how small counts.

  3. A scene from inside Monsanto executive headquarters:

    An elated Monsanto yuppie goon charges into the boardroom, startling another executive goon who looks up from his laptop.

    Monsanto goon #1: “Another dot head farmer in India killed himself! That’s ten this month. You owe me a beer!”

    The two men high five each other.

    Monsanto goon #2: (giddily) “How did he kill himself? Did he drink pesticides like the last guy?”

    Monsanto goon #1: “Nope. He fed himself into a threshing machine! Chopped himself up into bits!”

    Monsanto goon #2: “F***ing awesome!”

    Monsanto goon #1: “Yeah, and get this: he had seven kids. Somebody’s not getting supper tonight! Booyyaahhh!”

    The two men high five again. A stern looking older man in a business suit enters the room.

    Monsanto older goon: “What are you two knuckleheads so excited about? Did you kill another homeless man driving home drunk from the company golf course again?”

    Monsanto goon #1: “Nope. Better. Another Indian farmer up to his eyeballs in debt to the company killed himself! That’s ten this month!”

    Monsanto older goon: (turning red with anger) “You boneheads! Don’t you know every time a farmer kills himself we don’t get paid!”

    Monsanto goon #2: “I thought we get their house and all their equipment?”

    Monsanto older goon: “You moron! These people live in shacks with tin roofs and dirt floors! Their homes are worthless! When they kill themselves that is one less farmer indentured to us. We want to squeeze most of the life out of them but not all of it.”

    Monsanto goon #1: “What about their kids? Can’t we take ownership of them?”

    Monsanto older goon: “The patent lawyers are working on it. We have to prove they have been genetically modified by our seeds. In the meantime, how are things going with our corn bomb seeds? The bosses want that stuff ready to be planted in Ukraine in the spring and blowing into Russia by the fall. Russia is going GMO whether they like it or not. And its not going to be the sneaky Germans selling their GMO seeds. Leave it to those damn Huns to stab us in the back like that– start an anti-Monsanto backlash around the world, just so they can sell their GMO seeds. What bastards!”

    Monsanto goon #2: “But if we contaminate Russia with our seeds, couldn’t that start a war?”

    Monsanto older goon: “You’re damn right it will, if they refuse to pay royalties on our seeds growing in their fields. Now what do you say we order out for lunch. What was the name of that restaurant that doesn’t cook with any of our products?”

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