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...yes, you read that correctly. There is a bill being considered before the Russian state Duma to consider those who introduce GMOs into a region to be "terrorists":

GMO producers should be punished as terrorists, Russian MPs say

What's interesting here is that the headline of the article is not targeting the grower or farmer of GMOs, but rather, the producer, i.e., the large agribusiness giants themselves. The key paragraphs in this article are here:

"The draft legislation submitted on Wednesday amends Russia's law regulating GMOs and some other laws and provides for disciplinary action against individuals and firms, which produce or distribute harmful biotech products and government officials who fail to properly control them.

"At worst, a criminal case may be launched against a company involved in introducing unsafe GMOs into Russia. Sponsors of the bill say that the punishment for such deeds should be comparable to the punishment allotted to terrorists, if the perpetrators act knowingly and hurt many people.

“'When a terrorist act is committed, only several people are usually hurt. But GMOs may hurt dozens and hundreds. The consequences are much worse. And punishment should be proportionate to the crime,' co-author Kirill Cherkasov, member of the State Duma Agriculture Committee told RT.

"Russian criminal code allows for a punishment starting with 15 years in jail and up to a life sentence for terrorism." (Emphasis in the original)

While I can to a certain degree sympathize with the idea that criminals - whether the criminally negligent or criminally intentioned regarding this issue - should be treated as such, I suspect that there may be another agenda in play here, and it may be a subtle one. 
Whatever the intent of the Russian law or those behind it (are they just old Communists grasping at whatever issue they can as a means of clawing their way back to power?), I suspect that what we may really have here, whether or not the bill ever becomes the law in Russia, is a subtle move towards precisely what I have been predicting, namely, that the BRICSA nations will turn GMOs into an international geopolitical issue, both by questioning the obviously flawed corporate "science" behind them, but also by placing themselves as the champions of the non-GMO farmer in the teeth of the questionable Mafia-mercantilist policies of the West's agribusiness giants. And eventually, they may seek to become a new market for international "heirloom seeds." 
And to do this, you need a law or a policy on the books. 
Thus far, it has been Russia that in the BRICSA entente has been driving most of the discussion about GMOs within that bloc of nations. If this strategy or prediction therefore is to have any merit, one will expect to see similar policies or measures being entertained in the other BRICSA nations, particularly Brazil, India, South Africa, with their own rich agricultural economies. But there is also another safe prediction here: Russia, regardless of what the other BRICSA nations may do, may be serving more notice that it is willing to buck the mercantilist policies of American on this issue as well. If so, there will be a rising market for Russian agricultural products.
See you on the flip side. 


  1. I know none of you are slurping down GMO soybean oil in a subway tuna or your own mayo!

  2. Milton Zentmyer

    Putin knows how to play chess, we don’t. Zibig sort of does, hence the title of his book…it may not be so bad for Russia. The West is not holding up well on the board so far.

  3. Milton Zentmyer

    This is a step ahead of Monsteranto moving into the Ukraine and sowing their filth and creating dead zones in the Russian food chain.

    Wonder how this will play out? WWIII?

  4. johnycomelately

    The scary aspect of this is that it seems like Russia is being set up much like Germany prior to WWII, the parallels are scary.

    Depression after collapse of Soviet Union, reestablished nationalism, state run corporations, supression of Jewish Oligarchs, conservative social outlook (supposed discrimination of homosexuals and feminism), pro natalism, advanced technology, annexation of Crimea (Sudetenland), Nashi youth movement (Hitler’s youth), anti establishment bi-lateral agreements, taking on the banks, healthy foods (remember the Nazis banned smoking and promoted health) etc.

    I don’t think this bodes well for Russia…

  5. Robert Barricklow

    From Common Dreams comes an article whose title say it all:

    ‘Tide Is Turning’
    As Oregon Voters Overwhelmingly Approve Ban Of GE Crops.

  6. An absolutely brilliant anti-US put-down. The propaganda side of Cold War 2.0 is going to be far more brutal and dangerous for the Cabal than they ever imagined. Russia is definitely on-game and fed up.

    I can’t wait until Russia starts to declassify all sorts of files to “correct” post-WWII “history.”

    1. Hi Basta:

      Yep, I’ll bet Putin is sitting on a mountain of material on the Anglo-American elites, and I wouldn’t discount 9/11. Whatever they do have must be a worry to the elites and I would imagine a sign of this would be Ukraine disappearing from the “front pages”, and all going quiet.

  7. marcos toledo

    Unfortunately the West has practice food imperialism for centuries. They convinced the indigenous farmers around the world to look down on their own native crops and think of the imperialist crops as progress. Maize and Potatoes were keep because the West could make bundles of money from them so GMOs are the latest in a long line of crops to enslave and poison us brutals.

  8. Ach du lieber, the west is embarrassing in its ineptitude. Who knew one day I’d be giving Russia kudos in foreign policy. Or that America would end up looking like a 2nd rate fascist idiocracy. I can only applaud a govt that is looking out for the health and well-being of its people. GMOs were never about producing more, only about controlling the means of production.

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