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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA SET TO BAN US AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS

There has been an interesting - if not predictable - development in the ongoing feud between Russia and the USA, and this time, it's food that's in the crosshairs, as Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Duma are toying with the idea of a complete ban of all American agricultural products:

Russia to ban all agriculture imports from US: report

The ban is obvious, at least as far as the NY Post is concerned; it is retaliation for Western economic sanctions against Russia. But regular readers here will recall that Russia was considering such bans before the Western-backed coup d'etat by elements including extremist Fascist groups took power in Kiev. The reason? Concerns over the safety( and corporate bought-and-paid-for "science" assuring us of the safety) of GMO products, which dominate American agricultural exports. Russia was not alone: Germany, Hungary, France, India and China have all enacted bans against selected American GMO products.

In this context, while there can be no doubt that the Western sanctions are driving Moscow's moves, they must not be seen as the sole motivation. What it rather suggests, in a bit of high octane speculation, is that the Ukrainian crisis may simply be the opportunity that Russia needed to make the GMO vs heirloom seeds issue a geopolitical issue, and a ban on American agricultural imports would certainly provide a first step in what could be a much longer strategic agenda. As already noted, the two major BRICSA powers, Russia and China, have enacted limited GMO bans, and as I blogged a few weeks previously, the Russian State Duma - long before the Ukrainian crisis became the center of attention - was considering a total ban.And within Brazil and India, there has also been a growing move ent against GMOs, and the corporate "practices" accompanying them, particularly in India.

Nor would Mr. Putin be playing to an audience in the West that didn't exist, for GMOs have had a small though very vocal community of opposition in almost every country in the West, from Argentina to Australia. Thus, I suspect what we might be looking at is another case of a crisis of opportunity that Mr. Putin, if he plays his cards correctly, can turn against the West.

So herewith the prediction: Russia will enact some sort of ban; after all, it's been in the works for some time. But since the BRICSA nations just held their summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, and announced their development bank, watch for anti-GMO news and developments coming from that bank, particularly in aid of agricultural development in South America and Africa.

See you on the flip side...

12 thoughts on “THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA SET TO BAN US AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTS”

  1. If you are going to fight a world war then you want to be agriculturally self-sufficient. This move, demonstrative of the
    principles of ‘Classical Warfare” as LaRouche recently applied
    the term could further serve the BRICS economic model should
    there be a commensurate understanding of the need to apply
    value monetization of such essential raw materials production.

    What most economist do not understand, and even LaRouche does not
    explicitly utilize it in his Four Points, is the essential role
    played by the “Parity Price” towards having a stable financial
    system that is not at the mercy of creditors, for fair production price in the open market, based upon cost of production and a fair
    profit that is at a par with the domestic production of manufactured
    goods is the key equation that few economist know anything about.

    The reason for this is the glamor of economics is no longer in what
    is real, but in mathematical formulas to extract maximum profit
    at the betting tables as I think the people here well know.

    1. They have Argentina’s markets to fall back on, and with its Peso in free-fall the Russians should be able to contract at very good prices over the next few years. I’d love to get my teeth into some of their excellent beef steak. Betcha 100 to q odds that Putin loaded up on some of it during his recent trip to make a deal with Argentina.

      1. Well this article from RT popped into view after I posted my response, and it appears Putin’s agenda on his recent trip to South America had elements that indicate the ban of ag imports from countries imposing sanctions against Russia will backfire on the Western nations. Just another example of Putin playing chess whilst the stammering fools in the West are playing checkers.

        rt.com/business/178540-russia-ban-us-poultry/

  2. Joseph, I was half expecting you to offer the speculation that key reasonings behind the increasingly shrill denunciation of Russia had to do with its moves to extract the financial fangs of the Venetian octopus; plus its moves to fend off the agrimonsters, including MonSatan, plus the drive for the Breakaway Civvie gangsterbanker west to collateralize the World Island more or less completely. Oh! But you’ve already said those things in this and many other forums. And they are all part of the same octopus more or less. How ’bout that!

    But, lest we forget, the BC is really here to help us fend off the aliens. Oh! Shoot. I keep forgetting that we are the aliens! Isn’t that what “Children of God” and “Made in His image” means? They’ve been hanging the truth in front of us while sparing us the fine print…

    1. The wheat genome was full mapped by August 2010. What reason can you imagine whereby wheat would not be a target for genetic modification?

  3. What if the rejection of the GMO products causes them to unleash “pestilence”, one of their problem-solution tactics

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