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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA APPEARS WILLING TO PLAY GMO GEOPOLITICS

A few days ago I blogged about China's recent decision to play 'GMO geopolitics" in reverse, by going after the acquisition of major western GMO seed companies like Syngenta. In following the GMO story over the years here at this website, I've advanced the notion that, with rising global opposition to GMOs, the BRICSA nations might be able to play a kind of geopolitical game with GMOs as the issue, by (1) pointing out the dubious science in favor of the "safety" of GMOs, (2) the increasing evidence that GMO cost effectiveness decline over time compared to natural or so called "heirloom" seeds, (3) by pointing out the corrupt corporate culture and mercantilist policies that have enabled the first two, and finally, (4) by injecting themselves into the markets as suppliers of heirloom seeds in opposition to the big GMO corporations, thus positioning themselves as the champions of GMO opponents.

In China's case, I had to chalk its recent decisions up in my "big miss" column, but maybe it's only half a miss, according to this article shared by Ms. M.W.:
Putin wants Russia to become world's biggest exporter of Non-GMO food

What's notable here is the context, and it's worth underscoring it for its signal importance:

Russia could become the world's largest supplier of ecologically clean and high-quality organic food, said President Vladimir Putin on Thursday. He also called on the country to become completely self-sufficient in food production by 2020.

"We are not only able to feed ourselves taking into account our lands, water resources – Russia is able to become the largest world supplier of healthy, ecologically clean and high-quality food which the Western producers have long lost, especially given the fact that demand for such products in the world market is steadily growing,"said Putin, addressing the Russian Parliament on Thursday. (Boldface emphases added).

President Putin, as noted, stressed the production of "ecologically clean and high-quality food" during his address last Thursday to the Russian State Duma. In this context, Mr. Putin appeared, as the RT article points out,  to be signalling Russia's opposition to GMOs and its willingness to fill the breach on the global food market by supplying not GMO foods. Note that Mr. Putin also stressed that this is a quality "Western producers have long lost," thus placing his remarks in a clear geopolitical context.

But do we yet have the kind of GMO geopolitics I've been suggesting over the years might emerge from within the BRICSA bloc?

Well, yes and no. Yes, in that Mr. Putin makes it clear that he wants Russia to fill the breach "which Western producers have long lost." One can therefore imagine that the Russian move will play to countries that have experienced growing opposition to GMOs: India, and, more close to the news, the Middle East. One can imagine, for example, that GMO foods might, under Islamic law, be considered unclean or "not halal". We need only recall the destruction of Iraq's agriculture - based on heirloom seeds - for GMOs in the wake of the American-led invasion, or more recently, Russia's intervention in Syria.

However, it appears that what Mr. Putin is talking about are foodstuff that are to some degree processed, and not the actual natural seeds themselves. Time will tell, of course, how his statements to the Duma will be interpreted by actual Russian practice and trade. But if Russia should enter the markets as a supplier of non-GMO seeds to countries with their own track record of disastrous pro-GMO policies, with their inevitable backlash - think only of Argentina and India in this respect - then the major GMO companies might be facing stiff competition.

So perhaps we can chalk this on up in a "half hit" column to the idea of "GMO geopolitics."

See you on the flip side...

27 thoughts on “THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA APPEARS WILLING TO PLAY GMO GEOPOLITICS”

  1. I love the idea of buying Syngenta to shut it down. Imagine enough stockholders in Monsanto determined to shut the thing down, burn the seeds, labs, buildings, and pour salt on all of it. Oh, and imprison everyone in upper management. … I am entitled to one mad fantasy before work today I reckon.

    More power to Russia if they can become the clean food exporter of the world. I am mindful of Edgar Cayce’s prophecy regarding Russia, and it is more than unnerving to find that 9.5 times out of 10 I am agreeing with Russia these days against the decisions and geopolitical manipulations of the West. I would never have imagined such a world thirty years ago.

    As it is I pray the USA can survive the last days of Obama without a major war with Russia. It seems inevitable that the war under the surface will simply flame large and consume the world. May I please be very wrong about that inevitability.

  2. hey all,
    slightly off topic. finally got round to watching secret space conference. Doc and Fitts are hilarious. in a good way. Got me to watch Alternative 3. ya know the scary part about it is how the ensuing 30+ years seems like the msm has used that plot as a playbook. like we’ve all been marketed heavy to believe just that scenario. reminds me how w used revelations hype as a playbook in geopolitics. sure did crank up his share of christian right supporters.

    found out a few years back how orson wells got support through think tank and university research directly who got funds from cia and other tavistockites. they ran psyche analysis on it for years after. said they stopped. then again they said they stopped bluebird and mkultra years ago too. so yeh, who was the money behind alternative 3?

  3. Recalling my comments on China the other day–China wants the GMO to develop “good GE Crops,”–better seeds/plants absent the drive for chemicals or gut-flora destroying genes–for the long run. However, in the meantime, I believe they will use them for similar reasons the US deep state is/has been so determined to have them be part of the landscape: ASlow depop plan….China also wants to use gene-drive tech to create 3 GE Mod “people’s” as they also will be a large user of AI/Robots–with their “ramping-up” of the bots being some 5 years behind the US’ and UK’s…

  4. As were speaking there’s no biological integrity left on the planet as a whole. But what has been lost can be regained but not without a fight for consciousness at all levels, because that’s the lost shield that could’ve preserved us from the monstrous inorganic entity’s machiavellian worldwide engineered attacks and traps from all sides.
    Most people are at a loss when first they need to look at and into themselves before taking any kind of action capable of truly reversing the tide. To make the concrete moves to regain sobriety because without it there is no lucidity, this goes very very deep. We cannot take refuge in any system because they are corruptible, just as we are, not to say because we are. That being said we need to really understand the nature of spiritual corruption at the source of all others.

  5. Zendog , mitakuye oyasin is Lakota , it means we are all related , or all my relations, I do inipi ceremonies (sweat lodge ) on a regular basis , since I was young my family went backpacking , camping, etc… Even though i live in Michigan I grew up in Reno NV, so I had a lot of Paiute and Apache friends, when I got too Michigan a man who gardens in the garden I run is Cree , he does sweat lodges in the Lakota teachings , however he does heyoka which is backwards or the contrarian , I never got into the Abrahamic religions like I said Unci Maka ( Mother Earth ) is the real deal , Wakan Tanka (the great mystery) is there vision of God , just know we are all a part of wakan tanka. It is fitting Dr.farrell lives in SD , there are many Rez ( reservations) there, Pine Ridge, Rosebud , etc… I appreciate everyone’s input on this site and I started getting into Dr.Farrells work around 10 years ago or so he does wonderful work and is very dedicated . Thank you all , A’ho mitakuye oyasin

    1. nathan. nice. thank you. google translate tried to make it greek. the irish (at least the ones i’ve met stateside) have a similar saying- what comes around goes around.

      funny, your cree friend got me thinking of little big man. since he’s the opposite of all, does he fit in perfectly in mainstream?

      also, i thought joseph’s further south now and only grew up in sd.

      thank you and good night.

  6. it’s not the creation of that guy marcos.
    although they might try to have you believe it. just that fact that they’re expending so much effort to make us believe tells us plenty about their veracity. ever notice how the effort required to market a product or service is inverse to the worth of that product or service?

    dead and robert,
    as ever agreed wholeheartedly. quotes come to mind from bad movies (actually outstanding movies that were intentionally starved for cash):

    SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!!!!!

    and what were some of the good ones from “they live”?

    dating myself but here goes:
    we’re old enough to remember when buying organic was possible only in small hole-in-the-wall stores and co-ops. we did it when and where and with what we could. eventually those stores got bigger. then they chained and john mackey bought almost every one and called them whole foods market (wfmi) and we bought from them and bought shares of wfmi and organics were everywhere and most grocery stores started selling them and on and on and on. after mackey integrated horizontally (buying up his competitors) he integrated vertically (buying up all his suppliers and their comptetitors). all very walmart.

    then as we got more internet literate, we found mackey was lying all over the place. he trolled and got caught repeatedly. he was denigrating competitors (especially before hostile taking them over) he denigrated customers, he was this walking lie. he published what a peacenik vegan organic yoga love nik he was.

    but he was a punk throughout. even his long time employees were not enthused. what pushed us over the top was when he got caught anonymously spending millions to lobby for weaker and dissappeared organic food laws. so he was actively trying and occasionally succeeding at taking non organic ingredients and getting them labeled and sold as organic at organic prices.

    this tactic was part of a larger strategy. the walmart strategy. keep reducing costs regardless of slavery, toxic quality, lies whatever and hold prices low enough to kill competition until the moat is wide enough and safe enough, then jack the prices back up. rinse repeat.

    so we sold our shares of wfmi and quit buying there. we now buy local for all we can. csa’s our own garden, friends with land,…. now we’re noticing that most organic sections at grocery stores are a bit smaller but stable. wondering what’s to happen next.

    the reason for this whole anecdote is the thought that it’s fractal. i wonder if putin’s met mackey. it wouldn’t surprise me that much. for sure he’s got to have familiarity with walmart. as i understand it the owners of aldi (a ussa food chain) have done the same thing in germany. they’re two brothers who are something like the two wealthiest oligarchs in germany.

    so nathan,
    what language and what’s it mean?
    A’ho mitakuye oyasin

    ?

    1. Not wishing to date myself as older than dirt, I remember a time when our family ate nothing but organic from our own garden and stock. Venison was served quite often along with rabbit, fish, shrimp, quail, dove and wild pig.
      I still grow my own vegetables, fish, seine wild Georgia shrimp, and hunt for venison and wild pig, but can’t totally escape the GMO crap though due to the processed ingredients I have to purchase.
      “Thank God I’m a country boy” John Denver

    2. Another memorable end-line comes from the Twilight Zone.
      “It’s a cookbook!”
      Aired March 2, 1962 from a short story by Damon Knight.

      In another medium of novels, the best end line comes from
      Richard Condon’s, Arigato [1974]
      “He was a naturally lucky man.”

        1. yeh. i remember that twilight robert. read years later that serling was intent on making social commentary about things that the mccarthy-ites would have blacklisted him for.

          dead, you can avoid more gmo than you think. i went paleo/primal years ago. most of it is in grains and grain fed meat. it’s much easier to avoid than most think. also it’s much better to avoid than most think – with or without gmo, grains are a mistake.

          at least that’s my story and so far i’m sticking to it. after 5 years primal i ran my fastest mile in 27 years. looking to beat that this year. if you’d seen how bad i got 23 years ago, you’d be impressed. rob wolf, nora gedgaudas, william davis and all the primal crowd are wiser than most.

          thank you and have a good night

  7. GMO is a slippery term. Both gene splicing and selective breeding can be considered GMO. The arrogance of the former is astounding, whose possible effects cannot be calulated. Even if we humans decide to tamper with the genes of food sources and consent to eating it, the other animals are affected and have not consented. Not only that, future generations will have no choice, their only option could be GMO. I do wonder if this sort of thing has happened in the very distant past. Are some of our ‘heirlooms’ actually descendants of ancient GMO?

    Anyway, I don’t know if the Russians are considering this for moral reasons or simply geopolitical reasons, but I appreciate the end result.

    If the pro-GMO corporations PR want to change public opinion, maybe splice a redwood with cannabis and show us the true wonders of their technology.

    1. “Are some of our ‘heirlooms’ actually descendants of ancient GMO?”

      You might want to check-out “The Shining Ones” by Christian & Barbara Joy O’Brien. Also, I did a big review of that book on Amazon dot com.

      1. I went into Amazon to read your review and I can’t find it. That book didn’t show on a search by the book name. Only found it by typing in the authors’ names and it’s not available any more and no reviews are showing. Looks like they’ve all but scrapped that entire entry.

      2. I went to Amazon and found “The Shining Ones” still there. The book and my review is at:

        www dot amazon dot com/gp/product/0946604207

        Yeah, I know it is expensive. I hesitated in buying it, too. Read my long review to decide whether it is worth it to you. It is the ‘magnum opus’ of the author. You would not believe how many mini-bookmarks I have stuck in that book.

        Amazon does not stock it; I had to go to the ‘source’ in England. It is sold by the “Golden Age Project” at:

        www dot goldenageproject dot org dot uk

        I believe that I paid around eighty dollars for it, from there (hardback)…

  8. Given our psychopathic elites plan of murder-suicide for all living things on Earth. Putin might be all that stands between life and death on this planet fingers cross if not then this Universe is truly the creation of the Lord Of Darkness the ultimate cosmic joke.

  9. The world is a stage and the GMO issue is but one of the plays presented on its stage for your distraction. Both sides of the every issue are controlled. The same can be said of art, science, history, education, politics, geopolitics, all the wars, etc. They all are designed to distract you from the fact that the elite are stealing our money and enslaving us through debt. The tools used are the Intelligence apparatus, the global corporations, and the trade agreements currently being put into place. The goal is world domination and the acquisition of all resources (including human resources) into the hands of the few.

    The endgame is set in stone on the Georgia guide stones. We have been warned of what is coming. The pace is accelerating. What will we do about it?

      1. Unfortunately convincing most to drop the petty differences constantly in our face in all the media to actually see the real threat is a battle you can seldom win. I haven’t given up, I just pick the battles more carefully now.

  10. I for one am all for Russia selling organic food. I live in Michigan and I run a community garden , also a couple of houses down from me got demolished so I contacted the Lansing land bank ( which is a federal program) to see if I could turn this land into another community garden for my neighborhood , they test the soil , till the soil , put in the rye for a winter crop then till it in next spring for the soil. This only costs 15$ a year to do and the rewards are wonderful, Lansing has over 800 empty lots due to the Wall Street real estate scam, 100 of them are currently being used for community gardens. This in my opinion is the way forward for America , get back to agragarian practices, I start and grow heirloom seeds only with organic methods. I tell People if you are having trouble in your life get back to your roots , Mother Earth is always there for you. A’ho mitakuye oyasin

  11. Some oligarch sectors have been cultivating the dream (or nightmare) of collateralized industrially-manipulated food) but there is no consensus on this; and there is a grey area, neither for nor against but willing to make,or try to make, a quick buck on the securities markets.
    The question is who, apart from those minorities susceptible to the 2 types of gmo propaganda (“it is just an improved version of your old crops” for the rural illiterate and “it is a huge step forward in science” for the urban illiterate), will in the longer term buy into this by buying gmo food.
    The historical record of people consciously or semi-consciously poisoning themselves in rather mixed and closely connected to the social memes circulating at any given moment…

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