WikiLeaks documents show just how tight the connections are between the biotech industry and the US government, a more than cordial relationship that began before Obama came into office. Truthout reported this week, “Dozens of United States diplomatic cables released in the latest WikiLeaks dump on Wednesday reveal new details of the US effort to push foreign governments to approve genetically engineered (GE) crops and promote the worldwide interests of agribusiness giants like Monsanto and DuPont.”
Here are two excerpts from leaked cables:
US Ambassador for France Craig Stapleton, December 14, 2007: “…we should not be prepared to cede on cultivation because of our considerable planting seed business in Europe…
“Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU…”
A 2010 cable marked “sensitive”: Embassy Rabat’s Economic, Agriculture, and Public Affairs Sections request Biotech Outreach Funds as outlined in the proposal below to support efforts to influence scientists and policy makers in Morocco regarding the benefits of agricultural biotechnology.”
So much for regulators, and so much for the government’s looking after the interests of people at home or abroad. Clearly, the US government is more concerned about trade relations and the income from a highly successful agribusiness sector than about the health of people or the planet.
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