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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: A LOSS IN HAWAII, GAINS IN FRANCE AND GERMANY?

July 7, 2015 By Joseph P. Farrell

If you're following the GMO issue, it's been a week both of setback(or sorts) and gains. First, in what comes as no surprise, the judge in the Maui county, Hawaii case against Mon(ster)santo not surprisingly has ruled against the county(My thanks to Ms. M.W. for two of the following articles, and to Mr K.L for another):Federal Judge Strikes Down Maui County’s GMO MoratoriumHere's the legal essence of the case:

(Judge Susan) Mollway emphasized that the ruling is not a statement on whether genetically modified organisms are beneficial or detrimental.

“The court recognizes the importance of questions about whether GE activities and GMOs pose risks to human health, the environment, and the economy, and about how citizens may participate in democratic processes,” she said. “But any court is a reactive body that addresses matters before it rather than reaching out to grab hold of whatever matters may catch a judge’s fancy because the matters are interesting, important, or of great concern to many people.”

Yea... sure... tell that to the Supremes...

Now, while from a strict legal standpoint, Judge Mollway is correct, as Mr. Jon Rappaport has reported, her background does suggest connections to the GMO industry. But if that's the case, her statements regarding the actual risks of GMOs are noteworthy. Mollway is taking great care to avoid making any statements from the bench about the actual GMO debate itself. In a sense, one may perhaps view the (expected) decision as a kind of Pyrrhic victory.

But there's little to now debate over what's happening in the United Kingdom, Germany and France:

UK GM wheat 'does not repel pests'

Now, note first that the U.K. article is from the BBC, the mouthpiece of the British government and oligarchy, itself, a piece that should be causing some concern in St. Louis. Then there;s these:

France bans the sale of glyphosate

Well... we knew that, but nonetheless, this ban, coming within the same time frame as the U.K.-BBC article, suggests that Europe is quietly beginning to coordinate a revolt against GMOs, and hence the American dominance of the field(though Europe has its own giant participants in the game). As if that's not enough, there's this news from Germany, and it may be the most significant of them all:

German farm KTG plans China expansion after Fosun buys stake

Take note of one significant statement in this last article:

KTG, one of the few listed farms in Europe, hopes to increase food sales to China to between 100 million and 200 million euros annually in the coming three years from 20 to 30 million euros expected in 2015, KTG CEO Siegfried Hofreiter told Reuters.

"China could become KTG's largest market," Hofreiter said.

Currently about 80 percent of KTG's sales are in Germany and 20 percent are exports.

Fosun International purchased a 9.03 percent shareholding in KTG via a Portuguese unit, KTG said on Monday.

Fosun has interests in a Chinese food retail chain with 8,000 shops and also in Internet commerce which should help the launch of KTG's food products in China, Hofreiter said.

"China's middle class is around 700 million people and I see strong demand there for organic German foods free of GMOs (genetically modified organisms)," Hofreiter said.(Emphasis added)

In other words, the market, and China's market in particular, will ultimately determine the fate of the GMO issue, not the mercantilist policies of Mon(ster)santo and other companies (and, while we're on the subject...can you say RICO?)  In short, if America intends to remain a major agricultural powerhouse, it might want to rethink that whole GMO thing, for what these articles are all suggesting is that the "GMO geopolitics", which I've been predicting will inevitably occur, with the finger of blame being pointed clearly at the US government's shielding of the GMO corporations, is happening before our eyes, and Europe seems to be quietly, slowly, but discernibly, turning in that direction.

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Oh, and one more thing, courtesy of this article also shared by Ms. M.W.: you can add South American agricultural powerhouse Argentina to the list as well:

Justice ordered the National Executive to suspend the sale of GMOs and associated pesticides

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