WikiLeaks Cables Reveal U.S. Sought to Retaliate Against Europe over Monsanto GM Crops

U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the Bush administration drew up ways to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified seeds. In 2007, then-U.S. ambassador to France Craig Stapleton was concerned about France’s decision to ban cultivation of genetically modified corn produced by biotech giant Monsanto. He also warned that a new French environmental review standard could spread anti-biotech policy across Europe. Democracy Now! speak with Jeffrey Smith of the Institute for Responsible Technology. (12:39 min)

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  1. Redroom Studios says:

    this is an issue I have been following for years now. I hate this corporate bullying against the will of nations and people. Finally through wikileaks we get the confirmation of what was suspected of happening – this behind the scenes collusion of Monsanto with the US government to force the GM crops on the rest of the world. I applaud Europe for resisting this pressure! It’s unfortunate when money and greed hold sway over popular will and even negative scientific evidence… and yet another let down in policy with Obama. It’s a shame that so many government agencies that are supposed to protect the citizens have actually become tools for the corporations to promote their products. It’s all so cynical…

  2. shapeshift says:

    For those new to this issue, I suggest following the Monsanto tag on this site to find out more about the politics and economics of genetically modified crops.

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