THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: GMOs NEITHER SAFE NOR NECESSARY? THE EMERGENCE OF ...
As regular readers here know, for some time I've been maintaining that the GMO issue will become one of geopolitics, and that one could expect the BRICSA nations to make it so. Specifically, I've been predicting that they will eventually seek to challenge western agribusiness on its own turf by becoming suppliers of organic, natural (or "heirloom") seeds. To become trusted merchants of such seeds, however, they will have to establish a regulatory culture in opposition to GMOS, and to demonstrate to the world that they are serious in their practice as well.
Within the BRICSA bloc, Russia and China are, of course, by far the most powerful partners. So it is interesting in this respect to contemplate Russia's and China's most recent moves with respect to GMOs. Consider first that China has turned to the Ukraine for imports of non-GMO corn or maize:
China Rejecting U.S. Corn as First Shipment From Ukraine Arrives
As if that is not enough, apparently the Chinese army has rejected all GMO foods for its troops:
Chinese Army Bans all GMO Grains and Oils
Similarly, in Russia, Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev has stated, just this year in April, that Russia will reject GMOs:
Russia will not import GMO products - PM Medvedev
Mr. Medvedev's remarks are worth citing:
"Russia will not import GMO products, the country’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, adding that the nation has enough space and resources to produce organic food.
"Moscow has no reason to encourage the production of genetically modified products or import them into the country, Medvedev told a congress of deputies from rural settlements on Saturday.
“'If the Americans like to eat GMO products, let them eat it then. We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food,' he said."(Emphasis added.)
As the article goes on to state:
"The State Duma’s Agriculture Committee supported a ban on the registration and trade of genetically modified organisms. It was suggested that until specialists develop a working system of control over the effects of GMOs on humans and the natural environment, the government should impose a moratorium on the breeding and growth of genetically modified plants, animals, and microorganisms."
We've noted here on this website the apparent role of Mr. Medvedev in making important policy announcements for the Russian government, particularly when it comes to controversial issues such as "asteroid defense" and now GMOs. What we are witnessing, I suspect, is precisely the next stage of what may be a BRICSA plan to geopoliticize the issue of GMOS, and to do so in a way to challenge yet another aspect of American "unipolarism," of which the attempt to control the world's food supply via GMOs and the imposition of American standards of patent law to international agreements and institutions. In other words, we are looking precisely at the creation of a regulatory culture and practice within the two most important members of the BRICSA bloc designed to demonstrate a "trustworthiness" of their agricultural industry with respect to this issue.
So what will be the next stages? One may rather easily predict what these will be if my hypothesis is true: (1) an extension of the non-GMO policy culture to other BRICSA bloc nations. (Already, the new Indian government has indicated that it will stop the promotion of GMOs.) (2) Once this is in place, one can expect more formal arrangements and announcements on the issue to be taken by the BRICSA bloc. (3) The ultimate goal will be not simply to challenge western agribusiness by making their own heirloom seeds available to farmers internationally, but also to challenge the GMO regulations and standards within international agreements and international institutions such as the World Trade Organization, where, as has been noted, agribusiness has sought to extend the standards of American patent law and regulatory practice and culture. One possible avenue of attack for the BRICSA bloc in this respect will be to point out the growing body of evidence and studies of adverse health effects.
Time alone, of course, will tell if this assessment and prediction is true or not. But for my part, I suspect that it is coming down the pike, perhaps faster than we realize.
See you on the flip side...
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@“we are looking precisely at the creation of a regulatory culture and practice within the two most important members of the BRICSA..”
Most definitely. There is deinitely a change with regard to people’s awareness of GMOs in the last few years in the country, i can attest to that fact.
I remember a conversation i had with my own brother four plus some years ago.
I was advicing him to stay away from GMO foods, but i really had some difficulty to convince him and my other relatives of its potential harm to human health back then.
So, i bought a copy of (the translated version) Mr.William Engdah’s “Seeds of Destruction: The Hidden Agenda of Genetic Manipulation” as gifts to them in a hope they would start(like me) “boycotting” GMOs, but i doubt they have even actually read the book..
But today, things are somehow different. I just need to tell them this,
“look, if GMO is something that’s ‘good’ for your health, then why increasingly, you see all these food companies advertising on TV and other medium in highlighting their products that are “Non-GMO” products, as something that’s ‘good’ for you?”. And this, will actually make them start to think about GMOs.
“Capitalist commercial culture”, can be a ‘double edged sword’, and the irony is, now it has actually provided Non-GMO products the effective means to challenge some of the misconceptions held by those people who have never read or heard of Mr.Engdahl’s.
It seems 1 minute commercial from a “Non-GMO” product aired on prime time on national TV might be far more influential and penetrating, in terms of the impact on people’s perception of GMOs, than all Mr.Engdahl’s works(on GMOs) put together.
Not sure if this is a ‘good’ or ‘bad’ thing, but that’s another “philosophical” question for another time.
What may also be interesting to observe, and was alluded to by Joseph’s article, and previous articles, I believe, is… consider the following scenario: Argentina, a “Bricksa +’a’ nation to be (I believe) grows organic food…only… A nearby South American nation is within the US/hegemonic/GMO/’sicko’ group… It’s GMOs contaminate Agentina’s organic crops… Do you think Argentina would stand for some idiotic US/City of London World Court’legal’ ruling saying it was Argentina’s fault? I think not. .. Thus, the entire world ‘legal’ hegemony of the elite’s might well faulter.. if not dissolve.. when faced by BRICKSA + A power to dissent. And Make It Stick.
Could the Ukraine firestorm be connected to the GMO crops. Since the Ukraine seems to part of the breadbasket of Europe could this war be part of a plan to contaminate the their food growing areas and well as the rest of the world’s breadbaskets.
I’m with BRICSA on this one.
But I just had a horrible thought. After reading your Part 1 (link to Jon Rappaport’s article on the connection between food now GMO’d to resist heavy metals (and chemtrail spawn)…and now this…
…I am brought to a “what-if.” What if: Since Chemtrails seem to be a global event (do they have them in Russia, too?), what if Monsanto/DuPont foods are the only ones that will survive. All of us going “organic” will starve…right?
Oh, ethics. Thou art so challenging sometimes…
Something tells me that elites in various parts of the world are waking up to the risk of the weaponization of food – from the economic and genetic point of view.
Until now, there seems to have been little concern about the use of “conventional” pesticides/herbicides in countries like Russia and China with their own chemical business.
The harm being done by the GMO industry could and should stimulate a return to or extension of natural agricultural practices. An issue that is being increasingly discussed in India, the world’s second most populous country after China.