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THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA CONTEMPLATES BAN ON US GMO CORN AND SOYBEANS

The new year has also started with a bang on the GMO issue, and one of them concerns this story from RT, shared by Mr. G.B. Before we get to that, I want to recall a theory or hypothesis that I have been advancing over the past few years on this site in connection to the GMO issue, namely, that it would become a hot geopolitical issue, and that the BRICSA nations would lead the charge. On this prediction, we might put this one in the "half hit" column, for it appears that Russia is willing to do so. There were first the stories intimating that Russia was reconsidering the whole issue of GMOs. Then came those stories over the last two years that bans were being contemplated for indigenous Russian agriculture. Then came the bans, accompanied by stories that the Russian government wanted to sponsor long term scientific studies of their effectiveness, and human and environmental impact studies that were genuinely inter-generational.  Last year, Russian Federation President Putin weighed in during his "state of the union" message to include mention of GMOs.

Now according to RT, Russia is considering a ban on American(note, American, and not all, GMO soybeans and corn):

Russia may ban American corn and soybeans

There's a little statement here in this article that may indicate that a wider geopolitical context is indeed in the mind of the Russian regulators than meets the eye:

Regular supplies of the contaminated products may not only affect Russia’s food safety, but also increase the risk for other members of the Eurasian Economic Union, according to a statement from the regulator.

In other words, Russia may be trying to position itself as the champion of food safety and anti-GMO advocate for the Eurasian Economic Union, that is to say, for countries in Central Asia, in other words, and therefore, precisely in that region targeted by US foreign policy since the days of Zbgnw Brzznsk's "Grand Chessboard" mania.

If that reading of Russia's impending US corn and soybean ban is true, then it is clear that Russia is beginning to put into place the first steps of what may be - in typically calculated Russian long-term planning and fashion - the first steps of a geopolitical GMO strategy, beginning first with areas within Russia's sphere of influence.

This will eventually lead us back to the Ukraine, for lest it be forgotten, the influence of large GMO companies within that nation grew enormously in the runup to the Maidan crisis, with various GMO companies extending their influence within that country by opening large port facilities. Here the "logic" of companies like Mon(ster)santo can easily become a hot potato international issue, and an example may clarify what I mean. In the past, these companies have pursued in the courts farmers whose fields have been discovered to have licensed GMO crops growing on their fields, in spite of the fact that a farmer may not have planted any GMO crops. "Field contamination" by GMOs was, in other words, no excuse. If Farmer A planted GMOS, and Farmer B, whose property line was contiguous with Farmer A, did not, and his field was nonetheless found to contain the licensed GMO crops, so much the worse for him.

Now, draw an international border between Farmer A, in the Ukraine, planting GMOs, and Farmer B, in Russia, who is not, and the GMO is set to become a hot potato international issue. And with the growing evidence from independent scientific study that GMOs do cause environmental and human health issues, "inadvertent field contamination" by GMOs in such cases could conceivably by viewed by the contaminated field's owner, and nation, as an assault on its sovereignty.

In short, the issue appears to be poised to go global, and to become a matter for international relations and law. How Russia plays it, will be one to watch in coming months.

See you on the flip side...

28 thoughts on “THE GMO SCRAPBOOK: RUSSIA CONTEMPLATES BAN ON US GMO CORN AND SOYBEANS”

    1. Robert, guess who owns the patent on the Zika virus? The Rockefeller Foundation! And it can be bought cheaply online!
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/who-owns-the-zika-virus/5505323

      Rappoport’s blog of Jan. 31 reported that there were 25,000 cases of microcephaly per year in the US, unrelated to the Zika virus, but possibly to pesticides or other conditions harmful to the fetus. In Brazil, where the link between the Zika virus and microcephaly hasn’t been conclusively established, the hype and fear-mongering are underway, the vaccine agenda being pushed, even abortion!
      https://jonrappoport.wordpress.com/2016/01/31/busted-25000-cases-of-microcephaly-in-the-us-per-year/

      1. Yes Margaret
        Surprising, yet not in that Rockefeller Foundation is at the root of a globalized corrupted health system for too dam long[I know how to spell it; but so does the moderator].
        Not surprising to see that your on top on things.
        Always good to see your flowering icon and your seeding links of information providing other sources on the subject matters at hand.
        Thanks.

    1. I would put it down to a combination of ’emergency’ and long-term. Emergency, in the sense of China bailing out of US Treasury bonds ASAP and needing places to put resulting funds. Long-term, in the sense of Syngenta holding a lot of advanced biological technology. (Plus, it is easier to accomplish technology-transfer when you are the ‘boss’.)

      I am pretty-sure China does not brand GMOs as universally-bad, the way Westerners have been Pavlovian-trained to do. It is a ‘tool’. How you use it determines whether it is good or bad for humanity. Think outside of Mon(ster)Santo…

      1. i think doc hit on something else there a month or so ago. at least i think i saw it here. about the time the old ceo was being ousted for not handling mostersanto’s hostile takeover offer well, someone somewhere announced a claim to intellectual property rights for a non genetically modified seed. the prospect of owning all rights to all seeds to all future generations gmo or not suddenly justifies the tactic of burning through gazillions to force through a failed tech like gmo’s.

        then again, anyone else remember something along these lines? ya know memory is the second thing to go.

  1. Perhaps some of these farmers should sue the Monster for violating their private property rights by growing their frankenfood seeds on their private property without permission and stealing nutrients from their fields without authorization. After all, turn about is fair play, is it not?

      1. Many times.
        The courts side with Monsanto for technical reasons.
        Technically Monsanto butters their toast. Or, if it proceeds to a higher court; a decision has to be made between Au/Pb.

  2. it’s too easy to get distracted with arguments about whether gmo’s are ok or not. the answer is obvious. that conversation is over. the other dialectic with an obvious answer is whether or not monstersanto et al are incidentally insanely stupid or evilly genius. so now that conversation is over.

    so can we move on to more pertinent ideas?

    like what strategies and goals these tactics betray? and what the reactions of the various kabuki players mean? protagonists and antagonists? it’s not likely that china is buying up gmo companies to facilitate putting such tech in its proper perspective and place. possible, but given past performance,… probable?

    what’s up with russia and bricsa?

    throughout all this, it runs a more subtle meme harder through us all. it’s an undercurrent of propaganda that never gets outright stated. the idea that laws matter. the idea that laws make a difference. like whether or not gmo’s are legal we can or cannot do something to protect ourselves? or that mr global’s hostility will hesitate, abate or end?

    it’s an idea that runs through all the demogogic hypocrisy. we need laws to prevent banks from preying on their clients? or to prevent polluters from poisoning entire municipalities? we need laws that prevent criminals from getting weapons? or laws to stop rogue governments from selling drugs, weapons, slaves and oil to finance other rogue governments? or laws to stop pharma/industrial/ag from poisoning mr everyman?

    1. or that rockefeller et al financed pro-life and planned parenthood at the same time? greenpeace and exxon at the same time? global waming (maurice strong) vs climate denial?

      besides having mr global’s cake and eating it too by financing both sides, it seems we’ve missed a pertinent point.

      what would society and we have done if we hadn’t gotten busy working out all these dialectics? what if we had focused on something else besides campaigns to save a whale or a neighborhood?

    2. ZDB, you are right and proper to direct the thinking in strategic terms rather than tactical terms. There is some very-long-term and very-encompassing ‘thinking’ at work here. One can either chop-up a snake’s tail or try to identify the head. With clear vision, effective action can be taken.

      I am curious whether the ultimate-perps will turn out to be non-physical, or non-Earth-based, or non-carbon-based, or non-Present-based, or just some ugly manifestation of us (Khan! KHAN!). Most pressing, that identification!

      The fact that we have not already been conquered (swift and in-toto) means that we have some ‘advantage’ that we may not be seeing. We need to recognize that aspect, and then proceed-on for the snake’s head…

      1. I am intrigued by your reference to “just some ugly manifest ion of us (Khan! KHAN!)” as I have expected us to discover that at least one so-called E.T. group were the products of eugenics scientists (driven more or less underground but working in combination with the hidden transnational Nazi state).

        Of course, the Nazi state was seriously interested in those who could be revealed by occult means. Putting all of those bits together, the ultimate perps are likely a combination of “all of the above” starting with “an ancient enemy in the Shining Darkness” all the way to the present with the visible minions we can all name.

        1. Exactly, on “all of the above”.

          The core of my post was on whether there is a ‘weak-point’ somewhere. Like Sauron, unless we can get-to “an ancient enemy in the Shining Darkness”, we are unlikely to achieve a lasting peace. High non-physical types cannot be ‘killed’. However, there ARE ‘banishment’ possibilities. Without a ‘head’, the focus of ‘lesser types’ is bound to wander…

          I was using “Khan! KHAN!” as shorthand for everything from eugenics-based evil to us being genetically-manipulated in the distant past to present, pseudo-race/religion-related ‘exclusivity’. Of course, I just like reliving the moment of “Khan! KHAN!”… (grin)

          1. alright so i feel like spock here, being too logical and all but whatever.

            alright now i feel like doing a whole holden caufield thing and swearing cynically as though nasty sarcasm gets me anywhere.

            blahhhhh

            here’s the thing. i agree with the feeling that we must have a strong point somewhere as opposed to mr global’s weak point. i’m positing that mr global’s entire stance is his weak point. and our desire to do no harm and live well is probably our strength.

            meanwhile the rest is guessing. much more wildly than my WAG above. and sounding authoritative in my guess or your well developed but still no more than a guess, does us no good. we don’t even know if understanding the who of it all is pertinent, let alone achievable. much less what the limits and powers are of the various who.

            so deciding definitively on anything sounds more like religion than logic. hmmm i’m gettin a whole mind meld thang here of the old spock vs kirk logic vs emotion paradoxes.

            so is there an intelligent design with good intent throughout everything? or is it all chaos and golgothans and fear and and and whatevs? well do ya feel lucky punk?

            oh yeh. i forgot my dogma again. there’s only fear and love and fear is just an illusion.

          2. btw gosh, ya compelled me to watch the dreaded and way too emotional scene on youtube. and then to read almost all the wiki on the flick. i feel so disloyal to the entire enterprise crew for never having seen the movies.

            ah well, i’m over it. i did my penance reading up on it. and yeh that was pretty cathartic hearing that scream.

            oh wait, another dialectic. i’m too good for the movies. i’m an old school tv only kinda nerd. i get to go around saying “kids today hrrrmph” for the rest of the night now. cool. oh yeh and stuff like “kids today probably liked the stooges after curly too.” and “hrrrmph” again.

          3. ZDB: “I forgot my dogma again. There’s only fear and love, and fear is just an illusion.”

            Ah, a “Course in Miracles” truism. I haven’t heard that for decades…

            Seriously, there are those of us who have investigated the ‘woo-woo’ side. Book-study and experiential. And from an engineer’s perspective, not a dogmatic, true-believer’s perspective. There ‘is’ something there.

            And, every time I ‘climb the ladder’ of Mr. Global, the sheer scope and time-scale of the endeavor puts it out of the human ‘style’. Humans do not think (and act) in a concentrated, multi-thousand-year ‘focus’. Something else is at work, whatever it is.

            So: Religion; no. Logic and experience; yes. I will be curious where the rabbit hole goes…

            On age/maturity (grin): My father showed us “Hoppalong Cassidy” episodes on the family reel-to-reel film projector. I remember the excitement from converting from B&W to Color televisions. (And getting more than one channel.) My Aerospace Engineering Master’s Thesis was mostly done with a slide rule. (I still have two slide rules somewhere, along with a non-electric typewriter.)

            We have come a long way with Technology. No too sure with Wisdom…

    3. ZDB
      Law is central to the ruling class authority. It’s a starting point, an idol-like power to entertain the intellect. It is neither law, or critical law to the hanged men and women who challenged those laws and their owner-ness[onerous] class.
      Law, in other words, is only a mask for class interests.
      A wild West Judge Colt.

  3. A great political issue to be on the side of what’s good for a 100% of the populations of Earth instead of the less than 1%. The Monsanticized-science is all trumped-up; based upon a paid-in-full, just-in-time, pseudo-science that is both economic and biological warfare, rolled into an in-your-face propaganda enchilada for the dumbed-down TV Land grazing sheeple[by-design]- and this is all played out against Roberta Flack’s new Killing Me Softly With Your Frankenstein Foods.

  4. But the contamination of neighboring farmers fields by GMO crops is no mistake. It part of the plan to sue independent farmers out of existence destroying and ridding themselves of any completion. Russia is right in defending it’s sovereignty especially in food.

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