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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: BRAZIL TO EXPAND AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS TO CHINA

This story is huge with implications, if one wants to read between the lines a bit, so here we go:

Brazil to expand agriculture exports to China

Brazil, as everyone knows, and as the article reminds, is an agricultural powerhouse, in the same league as Canada, Australia, the USA, and (formerly), the Ukraine, with fully over 20% of its growing gross domestic product accounted for by agriculture.

But Brazil is also, like neighboring Argentina, one of those countries that early on fell prey to the "agribusiness practices" of the agribusiness cartels - Mon(ster)santo, I.G. Farb... er... Synkrudda, Duponzanto, and so on - and hence it has been like many countries in the west, invaded by the GMO and all the problems to health, legal issues, and politics that it brings in its wake.

Which makes this announcement rather interesting, for as we have pointed out on this website, while China does allow GMOs, it has also been very critical of specific GMOs and forbidden the importation of certain GMO products from America and Europe on environmental and human health safety grounds. Additionally, China is, as most are aware, the leading member economically of the BRICSA bloc of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, and hence, to a great degree, coordinates its national policy with that wider entente. Notably, two of the BRICSA bloc's other powerful members, Russia and India, have had their own GMO issues. Russia, for example, has increasingly voiced strong criticism of the GMO, introduced strict bans on their importation, and more importantly, called for genuine long-term intergenerational scientific testing for health and environmental issues. Even more recently, one Russian official caustically quipped that the West's and America's food  supply was nothing but poison, in an obvious reference to GMOs. India similarly allows GMOs, but amid a very vocal and growing opposition to them, after a spate of suicides of Indian farmers - sucked into the financial vortex of paying exorbitant licensing fees to the GMO-agribusiness giants - rocked that country.

All of this is context for what I've been suggesting will inevitably happen among the BRICSA bloc, namely, that they will make it a matter of coordinated policy to make the GMO and its alleged safety, for which no scientific consensus exists (see today's tidbit), a matter of geopolitics, using opposition to GMOs, and providing natural seed and GMO-free agricultural alternatives to farmers in the developing world, as a means of challenging the West's hegemony via providing an alternative to its agricultural policies. Thus far, only Russia has explicitly done this.

Which makes China's selective opposition to imports of certain GMO products, and this announcement from Brazil, all the more interesting, for if Brazil wishes to expand its agricultural role within the BRICSA bloc, most likely this will require a major revision of its own domestic GMO policy in order to be compliant with China's standards. Additionally, one may envision Brazilian-Russian agricultural deals, which will require an even more stringent reassessment.

The bottom line here is that we are looking at the beginning of a process within the BRICSA bloc as they will try to introduce a measure of standardization of their policies toward GMOs. So long as Russia is involved in that bloc, so long as GMO opposition in India grows, and so long as China itself reassesses the GMO issue, look for those policies to be more and more anti-GMO, and to approach that agri-business geopolitical game-changer that I've been predicting for a few years.

See you on the flip side...

9 thoughts on “THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: BRAZIL TO EXPAND AGRICULTURAL EXPORTS TO CHINA”

  1. On the GMO battlefront in India, the recent Obama visit to Delhi coincided with the allowing of more GMO trials in Maharashtra State (Capital Mumbai: population 110 million). Trials again include cotton, but this follows on the revocation in 2012 of the Monsanto GMO cotton license after disastrous failure rates. Let’s see how long the latest offensive lasts…
    http://www.indiatvnews.com/news/india/maharashtra-gives-nod-for-field-trial-of-5-genetically-modified–47033.html

  2. Robert Barricklow

    Under TPP and TTIP, like in Public Banking, public banks on both sides of the ocean might get sued for unfair completion. In public banking’s case, simply because public banking has many advantages that private banking doesn’t have; like solvency, money that goes into working for the community instead of being extracted, interest on money in saving that isn’t being loaned out at Negative interest, and many, many more.
    Thus, Nature becomes unfair completion to the poisons of GMOs.
    Remember when they privatized water in Bolivia rainwater became unfair competition, and people gathering rainwater to drink were being arrested.
    I would like to think that the BRICSA are going to work hard to implement an over policy of anti-corruption[China Hangs Banksters]. The Westernized governments would the symbolize governments that have morphed into criminal organizations bent to NO OTHER BUSINESS than their own personal gain.& retooled the crucial gears of State Power to those ends. The West will stand for kleptocratic principles, ruling networks that cannibalize different State functions. The BRICSAs standing for governments bending to the will of their people; while the Western governments are nothing more than vertically integrated criminal syndicates.

      1. Robert Barricklow

        Great!
        I can’t get to the Corbett Report from my ISP COX connection directly; but through this site, I can piggyback.
        Of Course, the timing is auspicious, in that I had received The Corbett Report daily, until the Corbett Report started focusing on TTP/TTIP.

        Coincidence?

  3. Perfect cover for Brazil, Argentina etc against any WTO action. Sorry but our customers don’t want GMO so we aren’t growing any. In order to preserve our contamination free status we have to go non-GMO throughout our entire food chain.

    But I’ll tell you what Mr. Monsatano. If you are willing and able to cover all losses from refused shipments should they be rejected for contamination then we’ll let your products into our country.

  4. Gee, Brazil is having a very serious drought, while attempting to export it’s non-GMO crops to China.. And let’s not forget the simultaneous pounding that the original BRICS members’ currencies are taking now too.. So, it appears that if you prefer Free Market Capitalism, it brings with it immediate disfavor from the gods of rain and finances.. Yet Another Amazing Coincidence (YAAC). The lower case “g”ods appear to be working overtime. The greatest tragedy is their stealth campaigns are fueled with misappropriated public sector funds. I wonder what the overhead is on “Blue Pill” production and marketing?

  5. From the comment I read at the bottom of this story. Brazil will have to reign in corruption throughout it’s economy to be a reliable exporter of it’s agriculture products. But then that comment could be a Agribusiness troll trying to tarnish Brazil reputation I just hope the BRICAS can succeed in driving a stake through the heart of the GMO juggernaut

  6. Let the games begin,free and fair competition always make the products better,,,,,is Putin a yankee doodle dandy or what?

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