I was all tickled this morning to find out that the leaked cables about the U.S. push for genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe finally made it to the European mainstream press. In good English-journalism tradition, The Guardian kept its story clean of all opinion and conspiracy-leaning assertions, and simply presented the naked truth (unlike here, I acknowledge). The result is scarier and creepier than anything I had read on various activist blogs and websites on both sides of the Atlantic these past couple of weeks.
“Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits,” wrote US Ambassador in Paris, Craig Stapleton, in the wake of a decision by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety in late 2007. “The list should be measured rather than vicious and must be sustainable over the long term, since we should not expect an early victory. Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voices,” he added.
Should there be any remaining illusion out there that “free market” refers to anything else but a rhetorical tool that politicians throw around to cover their true agenda, this last revelation should serve as a drastic reality-check.