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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: INDIA: THE FLY IN THE BRICSA OINTMENT

Yesterday I blogged about a scenario I speculated about in last Thursday's News and Views from the Nefarium, namely, that it appears President Putin of Russia is using the Western sanctions as a crisis of opportunity to forge a BRICSA bloc agricultural trade zone, and through that perhaps, to start negotiation on a set of agricultural standards in the BRICSA bloc for agricultural products. Since anti-GMO statements and bans have been made both in Russia and in China, it appears - so I argued - that the steps were being deliberately taken for some sort of wider BRICSA policy.

The fly in this analytical and speculative ointment is India:

India: Selling Out To Monsanto. GMOs and the Bigger Picture

As the article clearly outlines, the same old mercantilist tactics are being employed in that country by Western agribusiness: corporate "sponsorships" of funds, agencies, conferences, and so on, to hollow out the bureaucracies of that nation and position GMO-friendly personnel into management and policy-making positions. In short, that nation is being subjected to the bought-and-paid for scientism of corporate-s[ponsored "peer review," and as a result, India's small farmers are suffering, and for that matter, dying.

There has been pushback, however, within India as elsewhere:

"In the meantime, Monsanto and the GM biotech sector forward the myth that GM food is necessary to feed the world’s burgeoning population. They are not. Aside from the review by GRAIN, the World Bank-funded International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge and Science for Development Report stated that smallholder, traditional farming (not GMOs) can deliver food security in low-income countries through sustainable agri-ecological systems [5].

"The Standing Committee on Agriculture in Parliament unequivocally concluded that GM seeds and foods are dangerous to human, animal and environmental health and directed the former Government of Manmohan Singh to ban GMOs [6]. Despite such evidence and the recommendations to put a hold on open field GM trials by the Supreme Court-appointed Technical Expert Committee, the push is on within official circles to give such trials the green light."

The article suggests a plausible scenario for how this came about:

"In India, there is a drive to remove small/family farms, which are capable of ensuring the nation’s food security, and eventually replace them with larger biotech-controlled monoculture farms with GM crops for Western styled processed-food supermarkets and export [20]. It is no surprise that the likes of Syngenta, Monsanto and Walmart had a direct hand in drawing up the Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture, which was in turn linked to the US sanctioning the opening up of India’s nuclear power sector.

"Despite India not being a signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, US corporations are now actively involved in helping India develop its civil nuclear capabilities. Payback appears to come in the form of handing over the control of India’s agricultural land and food system to the US via that country’s biotech companies."

There are two ways forward here: India can either remain in the BRICSA bloc, and eventually accept whatever agricultural standards as might be negotiated by that bloc, or it can become an increasingly marginalized and mistrusted member of that bloc due to subservience to western agribusiness interests. It can adopt a policy of support for small farmers, and the possibility of a rich BRICSA-bloc market for agricultural exports, or go along with "nuclear deals" from the West (which it certainly doesn't need).

However this might fall out, India constituted the a contra-indicator to my speculation that the BRICSA bloc may be setting the stage to use anti-GMO opinion in the world as a geopolitical issue, so India is one country to watch quite closely.

See you on the flip side...

13 thoughts on “THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: INDIA: THE FLY IN THE BRICSA OINTMENT”

  1. That Monsanto is feverishly working its dedicated staff of humanitarians into the wee hours of the night to feed the world, is a perfect example of THE NOBLE FRAUD or NOBEL LIE. Is there a NOBEL PRIZE for such massive obfuscations? Evil, because it cannot stand on its own, must cloak itself in an appearance of virtue, thus, seducing a people into the embrace of their destroyer.

    As the metaphor which exemplifies the under girding of any truly sustainable human economy suggests, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for lifetime.” In other words, giving a man fish for a day, will see him returning every day thereafter for another. The “Noble Lie,” or “Fraud of Virtue,” is that it is Monsanto’s allegedly Divinely appointed role to feed the world. Indeed, rather than teaching and empowering the people of the world to fish — to plant and grow their own nutritionally rich food, Monsanto strives for global food dominance, and complete dependency in negation of the positive lesson of economy. Once again, it is not Monsanto’s role to “feed the world.” Never has been. This is a tower of hubris — a Tower of Babel.

  2. A savvy advocacy body wanting to wage a war against the full implementation of GMO’s in India need only engage the following three people in support of their cause:

    1)Sachin Tendulkar

    2)Mahendra Singh Dhoni &

    3)Preity Zinta

    The war would be over before it even begun.

  3. India is in an either/or dilemma. Stay a trusted member of BRICSA, or sellout to the west. There are signs that newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi will stand firm against western interests. On Friday, Aug 01, 2014 Modi forcefully told visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry that the first responsibility of his government was to the poorest people of the country, the farmers.

    Kerry was not able to change Modi’s mind or his August 4th veto of the World Trade Organiztions. A deal worked out in Bali last year before Narendra Modi was elected PM of India. The reason was because the agreement would not have allowed any increase of subsidies to Indian farmers.

    Reports say: “Trade diplomats in Geneva have said they are “flabbergasted”, “astonished” and “dismayed” and described India’s position as “hostage-taking” and “suicidal”. One Western diplomat was quoted as saying the refusal of India’s PM Modi to go along with the trade deal, “It will be suicidal, absolutely. ”

    Now the threats start and I suppose that’s why people were shocked when Modi ordered his bullet-proof glass shield taken down just prior to his Indepenence Day address to the nation. Who knows what comes next from the west? Things could get ‘hot and spicy’.

    If the policy of support for small farmers continues, and India can rid itself of GM food crops, or at least guarantee GM-free exports, then it has a great opportunity to market its agricultural exports to the other BRISCA partners.

  4. Just about everyone fails to pay heed to what is written on the Georgia Guide stones, especially the first statement.
    Whoever is behind the current state of the world has already informed you what their intentions are. GMO’s, chemtrails, Big Pharma, the medical profession, eternal war, genocide, ebola, open borders/homogenizing humanity, the shifting of all manufacturing to essentially slave economies and a score of other means have been put into place for just that purpose.
    Trying to convince most people of that is a serious uphill battle, especially those on the government subsidy programs who have lost the will to fend for themselves. The corruption is so widespread now it has become the norm.
    There will come a tipping point sometime in the future when enough of us finally realize what is truly happening; at that point all heck will break loose, the world will reset, and things will begin anew. The cost will be very high, but maybe we wont be so quick to forget the lessons of the past this time around.
    With any luck, the insane “leadership” will find a way off planet. Good riddance and stay gone….

  5. This is a very old playbook the first thing the European conquerors did when the took over was to impose their crops on their victims. This is a tradition going back to the Roman Empire with their slave farms and just as efficient as today descendants as now it was the small farmers who feed the empire. By the way what are thoughts on using atomic power waste to generate power it’s a fifty year old technology. Wondering why the nuclear power industry didn’t pick up on this technology if it works this would solve their nuclear waste problems. There was a segment on GPS today on CNN on this that why I asked.

  6. India looks to be moving in two directions. On the one hand, a massive adoption of open-source technology has occurred recently w/in the University of India, and on the other hand, for the elite leadership of India, the corporation has come to seem a far more fertile form of social organization than the state, and as such they have sought out enclaves of efficient, post-public living. So the source teaching appears open; while living in a closed system.
    But the elites who make the global decisions have figured out how to keep the benefits for themselves while ‘sharing’ the costs w/the poor, the future, & other species.
    But to conclude that our future is a continuation of the past is a death warrant for society.

      1. Thank you RB for this link. I have been watching the YT video by Dana Dumford. This is scary and huge. This will evolve and also contaminate the Atlantic Ocean by time via the ocean currents.

        Now, I am listening to the radio audio file…
        All the Best,
        Dag

        1. The ultimate decision space of humanity is/was between how to liv/the life-versus-death choices of the species still driven into the unconscious. The ultimate collective choices has been increasingly repressed at the system-deciding level. Social responsibility has been displaced by ‘leaving it to the market to decide’. “life-capital” is not even on the radar of private transnational money. Instead the transnational corporatized closed system has subjugated terrestrial life as its slave.

          There maybe intelligent life on Earth;
          it’s just not mankind.

  7. A Classic deal with the you-know-who. A pseudo incentive is offered in the form of nuclear energy, with India not considering the long term effects of GMO and possible scenarios the nuke could bring about. Or it could be that the nuclear deal is just a front. Since as jpf said India doesn’t need it.

  8. The East India Bay Company, the corporation of corporations, never left India, and the GMO’s but the latest ruse that has been bought, under fear of starvation, and under the belief that in order to grow up, a Darwinian hypnotic suggestion, they of the “sub-continent” need to ever emulate the west.

    If this is the case,(?) the American patriotic vanguard, against the same East India Bay Company, needs to secure control over the U.S.A once again….which will require an economic platform…

    We need to learn from the strategic and practical brilliance of Putin…

    This is where crazy old compromised LaRouche happens to be correct on this whole strategic crisis to which he is the intellectual founder of the BRICS with what he was calling the “Survivors Club” in the 1990’s. The “Survivor’s Club” was the only way to break the British (City of London/Wall Street) financial oligarchy.

    LaRouche’s present Four Laws Recovery Program represents the road map with which Americans can fight back, by joining the BRICS, or rather releading them as is the American System Strategy that they are following specifically with plans to mine the Moon for H3 Helium 3 for Fusion power.

    LaRouche’s Four Law Strategy is missing the articulation of an important element: Parity for Raw Material Production where the value of the dollar is pegged to the Parity Price of storable commodities and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange is in essence shut down.

    Thus we go to a “Seed Standard” and Hamiltonian Credit for internal improvements (western water projects, fusion, a national not privatized space program, etc)

    He called for the BRICS back in the mid 1990’s as the
    Survivors Club

  9. Once again MonSatano, one of FedGov.Inc’s premier players gets it’s hooks into a nation and sets it up for destruction. The destruction and heart break of GMO has been felt hard in the sub continent. How India’s leadership can ignore this tells you the state of the State.. The BRIIICSAA confederation should be very wary of this unholy alliance.

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