THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: GMO OPPOSITION IN GERMANY REACHING CRITICAL MASS?
Yesterday I blogged about Mon(ster)santo's termination of merger talks with Syngenta, another GMO giant. Of course, as I pointed out, the real details would seem to indicate that Syngenta was having misgivings about whether or not Mon(ster)santo was negotiating in good faith. I also pointed out that the merger could be seen as part of a larger trend to amalgamate and cartelize all GMO corporations into a true IG Farbensanto, an GMO giant.
The problem, of course, is that GMOs face increasing scrutiny, as more and more studies begin to trickle through the Maginot Line of corporate science, studies questioning not only the health and environmental impact of GMOs, but also questioning their cost-to-benefit ratios over the long haul, versus their natural counterparts. Additionally, nations such as Russia have passed laws subjecting GMOs to a regulatory culture as strigent there as they are lax and mercantilist in the USA.
Now, however, GMO opposition in Germany, as this article shared by Ms. K.M. demonstrates, may have reached a critical mass:
These statements say it all:
The Agriculture Ministry plans to officially request that producers of GMOs exclude Germany when applying to sell seeds in European Union, Christian Fronczak, a spokesman for the ministry, said Tuesday. Scotland took similar measures earlier this month.
“The German government is clear in that it seeks a nationwide cultivation ban,” Fronczak said by phone from Berlin. “There’s resistance from all sides, from the public to the farmers.”
Germany is taking advantage of new measures allowing countries to opt out of growing gene-modified crops. Switzerland’s Syngenta AG and U.S. rival Monsanto Co. have been among the strongest proponents of the seeds, which are mostly banned in the EU because of what some say are uncertain environmental and health effects. Monsanto maintains the products are safe.
In other words, it is no longer a matter merely of popular opposition, but rather a united economic and government opposition.
Or, to put it somewhat differently, Germany just made GMOs a geopolitical issue.
The implications, if these moves are successful, will be immense, and I suspect, ultimately imperil the whole GMO enterprise, for the revolt of Europe from GMos will mean that the agribusiness giants such as IG Farbensanto will no longer be able to monopolize the scientific debate, nor close out public discussion of studies questioning the health or environmental risks of GMOs. In other words, while the agribusiness "industry" continues to pressure American state and federal governments with pro-GMO legislation and seeks to close down any discussion, much less even labelling, of GMO products, Europe may break loose. And if Europe breaks loose, the discussion breaks out into the open, and becomes an international issue.
And again, America, led by the nose by corrupt corporations, will come out on the losing side.
See you on the flip side...
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