THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA AND CHINA IN $10 BILLION AGRIBUSINESS DEAL

In last Thursday's News and Views from the Nefarium I commented about the significant developments taking place between Saudi Arabia and the Russian Federation. Both countries, as I implied in my remarks, are embarking on aggressive and far-reaching diplomatic initiatives that - just by being broached - can fundamental alter the current diplomatic, geopoliical international order. As I've suggested in a few recent blogs, Saudi Arabia has been undergoing some internal shifts of power, succession struggles, and so on, for a number of years, and these overtures toward Russia are significant enough to suggest either that the kingdom has stabilized its internal affairs enough to undertake such overtures, or that it feels increasingly threatened by external developments, or both. One possible way to read it, from our amateurs' sidelines, is that Saudi Arabia is looking at the developments of China's "New Silk Road" project, and wants in on the game, and is not going to get in that game if it continues to be perceived (note the word) as a close ally of the West.

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For Russia's part, as I also noted in Thursday's News and Views, it is playing an increasing role - and trying to position itself - as the stabilizing and sympathetic element in great power involvement in the Middle East after Washington's abysmal failures of the last decade. Drones and bombs and covert ops aren't working, and the results are there for all to see, as powerful US allies continue not only to question Washington's course, but to increase the frequency of their questions. Russia along with France and Germany was a major factor in helping to negotiate the recent nuclear deal with Iran, and no significant cooling of relations between Moscow and Tehran appear to be in the cards for the foreseeable future.

Which makes the recent Riyadh overtures to Moscow all the more interesting, since Tehran is not - to say the least - high on the kingdom's list of favorite countries. And one can only assume that the Saudis do not undertake such sweeping overtures to Moscow without quietly feeling out the opinions of Tel Aviv either.

All of this makes this bit of information, shared by "Mr. S", all the more intriguing:

Russia and China to Launch Huge $10 Billion Agribusiness Fund

This development has profound long term implications on any number of grounds, but let's consider just a few of them. Siberia, for one thing, has been consistently, throughout its long history of incorporation into the Russian empire since the days of "the collection of the Russian lands" and the collapse of Mongol influence in the country, the most under-developed region of the huge country, in no small part because of its harsh climate. But imagine the transformation of that great wilderness into a rich agricultural region through the application of technologies and capital investments. This, in short, is what we're looking at: Russian development of the region as an agricultural region aided by Chinese capital. The Chinese, in return, gain a measure of relief to one of their most consistent and persistent problems: how to feed such a large population?

One key issue here, and one to watch, is the GMO issue, which is why I've put this article in our "GMO scrapbook" file, for Russia, as we have pointed out on this site, has increasingly called into question both the wisdom of, and science behind, GMOs, while China, on the other hand, has been a major investor into the development of those technologies. Hence the question occurs: will Chinese money buy an influence over and moderation of the Russian government's policies, or conversely, will Russia continue to insist on increasing yield and production in the region through other technological means? For the moment, I suspect that Russia will have the upper hand in this decision(after all, it's their land that's being developed). This in turn could have a major effect on how the GMO issue increasingly becomes a major issue of international politics.

But there's another key issue that will inevitably be involved in these plans, and that, quite simply, is Japan. In the wake of the ongoing Fukushima disaster, the Japanese food supply, like its energy supplies, is increasingly dependent on foreign sources. Development of the Russian far east as a major agricultural zone would inevitably suck Japan into the picture, as the region would be a nearby and ready-to-hand supply of food imports for the country, which thus far has relied heavily on American, Canadian, and Australian  food imports. The nearness of the region would dramatically cut shipping costs. And for Russia, Japan holds the geopolitical key to preventing the undo growth of Chinese influence within the region.

In short, all this means that these developments are again, onces to watch, for they contain, quite literally, the seeds of long term fundamental alteration of the international gepolitical stage.

 

9 thoughts on “THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA AND CHINA IN $10 BILLION AGRIBUSINESS DEAL”

  1. With the abundance of oil,gas, and coal for heat and energy production (I remember something about geo-thermal power being available in Siberia as well)in Russia hot house construction in the Siberian region would pay dividends quickly. Here in Holland hot house construction is going wild,supermarkets are growing there own vegetables locally in spite of cheap produce available from Spain. You can’t beat freshness when transport of the product is quick as well as cheap. As German Intelligence turn america into a political cesspool through the work of their minions; the Bush’s,Rockefeller’s,Morgens,Dulles’s,Goldman Sachs’s,Lehman Bros ,etc ,paperclip Nazi’s not withstanding we must remember one point of the German character that history has made apparent:When Germans defeat an enemy into surrendering their people and country Germans don’t subjugate, they eliminate because they hate to integrate.

  2. Dr F and all,
    Has anyone looked at Keshe’s systems? As desparate as Western strategy looks, it more and more looks like the West’s back is against a wall. Dr F looks to be right about the royals getting less and less happy with their colony. Where would the royals fit in with this plan? Also, the Chinese have and are wising up to more paleo type diets. Their livestock consumption is up and rising. Is Russian ag up to that kind of livestock production?

    Primary question: How does Jorge mario bergoglio feel about this? Does this splain his man of the people shift? Is he working another reduction as they did in Uruguay couple centuries ago?

    thank you,
    zdb

  3. I would be curious whether Russia/China takes advantage of Andean food crops in its press into Siberia. Several balanced-protein crops like Amaranth and Quinoa are grown in upper-elevation regions of the Andes. Since this would mimic the temperatures of the Siberian region, it would seem to be a natural fit…

  4. Robert Barricklow

    Ideally, I’d like to see the Chinese, Russia, & India lead the way out of the GMO/Chemical snare towards good old fashion agriculture. No heavy duty chemicals or genetically modified organisms. None of the insanity of geo-engineering planet earth. No chem-trials. None of those other mad scientist scenarios that are now in live-action experimental phases.
    But that’s like asking them to implement the free-energy technologies, share the new space technologies. Share the new knowledge of the ancient civilizations. But sharing isn’t in their business model in any shape, form or iota. Sharing is a word where they put up a crosses and garlic

  5. GMO products were going to replace the monopoly on fuel with a monopoly on food. So, what’s coming out in the energy arena is the big question?? Plus, GMO makes it clear these maniacs(clinically defined) are willing to tamper with the world’s food supply and our DNA just to make a buck.. So, how can any sane individual do business with these people?

    1. Cultural “mantras” have conditioned the West to engage in an economy of mutual predation. Finders keepers, losers weepers – Buyer beware, and trick or treat, a child’s first lesson in extortion, have all contributed to an undermining of a fair market economy organized around a principle of mutual affirmation and value for value exchange. Children skulking around in masks on Halloween calling “trick or treat, now trained from early childhood, yesterday’s children often become today’s CEO’s and tax collectors.

      So, what we have, is an unconscious or embedded meme of trained, conditioned moral illiteracy or indifference to both either a seller or a buyer offering and ensuring value in exchange. “Buyer beware, does not work in a fair market that operates around the principle of honest weights and measures, which is why the American founding fathers established a system of honest MONEY guided by established weights and measures. The DOLLAR, for instance, like a “quart” of milk, was adopted for its use as a measure (373.25 grains of pure silver), not a value. In other words, whereas the value of bullion may fluctuate, the measure of a measured DOLLAR, does not “fluctuate.”

      American born economic philosopher, Henry George, a man with an intact social conscience and a penchant for economic justice, attempted to enlighten Americans to the perils of Monopoly capitalism, as did Philadelphia Quaker Lizzie Magie, who from George’s book Progress And Poverty, constructed the original Monopoly Game, first named by Magie The Landlord’s Game.

      Opposite to modern accounting, that defines labor as a “cost of doing business” on the expense side of the ledger, George defines labor as a man’s most private or simple capital, complimenting Lincoln’s view holding up labor as the superior of capital. Without labor, Lincoln observed, there could be no capital. George shows, labor creates its own wage — that labor is an asset to a production of wealth, no matter at which stage labor is applied — that labor, is neither a demand nor a liability to the wealth or capital of another. All free men, are worth their salt, meaning salary or wage, in fair exchange for their labor.

    2. PS: The ethical context, and economic relationship between buyer and seller has been distorted and often completely severed, thus advancing a pragmatic economic psychopathology to infect commerce on a grand scale. Unlike human beings, Corporate Entities are totally lacking in moral capacity of independent volition.
      Monsanto, is a leading example of Corporate psychopathology.

      Further, children today are suffering from a trained ignorance. They are almost totally illiterate when it comes to either finance, or economic philosophy. Most “graduates” don’t even know how to calculate simple change. This leaves us with a consistently diminishing capacity and possibility for solving future problems, an addiction to the status quo and a dependency upon technology to do our “thinking” for us. Today’s economy, is in a state of stale ferment rather than robust vitality. To reboot the innovative economic engines of the West, we must move ahead to more of a stakeholder and dividend based philosophy, approximating Georgist ideas and possibly the example of The Alaskan Permanent Fund. The success of any future economy, will depend even more, upon the dynamic energy of creative individuals and a sound economic philosophy, not the feudalistic or Collectivizing machinations of Corporations and a centralized government.

  6. A link up of China-Japan-Russia makes a lot of sense and Korea added to this line up. Would secure this region of the World that has suffered from Western deprivations and looting for centuries. If they can pull this political and economic alliance off they can face any trouble the Western elites can throw at them in the future I hope this works out in the future for all of humanity.

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