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Consumer choice, Genetic modification & Diplomacy

by Upstate NY Wed Jul 6th, 2005 at 10:46:07 AM EST

I ran across this interesting article about diplomatic threats against Cyprus for allowing customers to choose between GMO foods and,well, foods that haven't been messed with.

This is an affront!

Anytime I read about the influence of companies like Monsanto, my ears prick up. They have completely infilitrated all realms of American gov't to the point where diplomats are now ballsy enough to blackmail countries for something so innocuous as offering GMO foods on shelves alongside non-GMO foods. Obviously, they are overreaching. And this tells me that their tentacles have gotten control of agricultural policies all over the world, and so now they need new markets to overwhelm.

How long before farmers will not be able to grow their own crops because of corporate patents? They'll have to buy from Monsanto and the like. Within the codicils governing Iraqi food production and farming, Monsanto and the US agricultural industry have a firm footprint.

Frankly, I can't believe they are so bold as to complain about a supermarket shelving GMO food on its own shelf.

NICOSIA, July 6 (Reuters) - A plan by Cyprus to put genetically modified food on separate supermarket shelves angered the United States on Wednesday, as Washington warned the move could harm bilateral ties.

The U.S. had sent a letter to the Cypriot parliament warning that the move by the European Union country would stigmatise biotech goods and could contravene Cyprus' obligations as a World Trade Organisation member, deputies said.

Don'cha just love "freedom" and "free trade" and "spreading democracy"... thanks for the headsup.

The difference between theory and practise in practise ...

by DeAnander (de_at_daclarke_dot_org) on Wed Jul 6th, 2005 at 07:01:04 PM EST

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