Back here on Earth, things are getting intriguing. Last Thursday in my News and Views from the Nefarium I spoke about my idea of GMO geopolitics, and how it now has become clear that this is the game Russia is playing; it is deliberately using its ban on GMOs to export normal foods to a world increasingly skeptical of GMOs and various Western governments' pronouncements about their safety, pronouncements which increasingly sound hollow given a growing body of literature linking glyphosphates to increased cancer, and other potentially GMO related problems such as falling yields. Which brings us to today's high octane speculation in relation to the following article shared by Mr. B.:
Now, before I get to today's high octane speculation regarding all this GMO geopolitics, first let's set the record straight. Russia meddles in Western affairs all the time. It has had the unmitigated gall to meddle in Western culture with the contributions of scallywags like Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Chekov, Solzhenitsyn, Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Prokofiev and Shostakovich. Shame on them! For a while it was even trying to re-export its imported revolutionary Marxism with such people as Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin. It got tired of that troika and its descendants, and now seems to have successfully re-exported that contagion back into the West where it appears to be alive and well in places like Nuttyfornia. And as everyone knows, it is second only to Israel in meddling in other people's elections.
But one thing it is not meddling in is the world's food supply. In fact, it refuses to do so and has passed laws in the State Duma to that effect. For meddling with the food supply, one has to turn to the West and to its corporate agribusiness giants like I.G. Farbensanto, Duponzanto, Mon(ster)santo, and so on.
Now what's very interesting about this article is that Russian agriculture seems to be flourishing, and that without the presence within it of what once used to be called the "Breadbasket of Europe" the Ukraine, part of the Russian Empire prior to World War One, and part of the Soviet empire until its collapse. So in other words, the Soviet Union, with the Ukraine, still had to import grain from the West, and now, without it, they don't. There's a lesson there somewhere, and I'm not sure what it is, but it's there nonetheless.
Which brings me around once again to the subject of "GMO geopolitics." It has seemed clear to me (and others) for some time that the whole GMO mania was not about "feeding the world's poor" at all. It was about corporatizing and gaining control of the world's food supply. I recall Henry Kissinger having a few things to say about that back when he was working for President Waterga... er... Nixon. Say what you will about Richard Milhaus, at least he didn't start a foundation and sell uranium to the Russians.
I find it interesting that in a climate of meddling accusations that no one is bringing up the West's meddling in the Ukraine, with the disastrous results it has produced for that country. And GMOs might be at the very heart of it:
And in case you missed it:
In fact, a bit of political maneuvering by the IMF gave the Ukraine a $17 billion loan – but only if they would open up to biotech farming and the selling of Monsanto’s poison crops and chemicals – destroying a farmland that is one of the most pristine in all of Europe. Farm equipment dealer, Deere, along with seed producers Dupont and Monsanto, will have a heyday.
In the guise of ‘aid,’ a claim has been made on Ukraine’s (sic. et passim) vast agricultural riches. It is the world’s third largest exporter of corn and fifth largest exporter of wheat. Ukraine has deep, rich, black soil that can grow almost anything, and its ability to produce high volumes of GM grain is what made biotech come rushing to take it over.
And that, of course, leads me to wonder if the whole sanctions regime against Russia has, at its core, the whole GMO issue. After all, that means Russian agricultural goods cannot be imported, things like, oh, natural heirloom seeds and healthy grains and so on. That would, after all, represent a severe threat to the "market" that is all but dominated by the likes of I.G. Farbensanto in the west.
That would be meddling with the already-meddled-with food supply.
But think about it. There are already certain studies indicating declining yields per investment dollar in GMO fields as opposed to non-GMO fields. The end result seems predictable: either the cost will go so high that farmers will return to heirloom seeds as a matter of financial responsibility, or their lands will simply become so leached with chemicals and pesticides that they're no longer productive. Either way, it leaves Russia in the driver's seat.
The bottom line: the West needs to rethink - and soon - its entire GMO domestic policy, for it could quickly become national security matters.
See you on the flip side...