WikiLeaks Unveil Vatican’s Secret Approval Of GMOs

As the debate over whether or not GMOs are fit for public consumption waxes hotter all over the world, the Catholic Church has been conspicuously silent on whether or not it endorses this biotechnology.

Despite this attempt to remain publicly neutral, WikiLeaks recently uncovered a transmission from Christopher Sandrolini, a U.S. diplomat to the Holy See, that demonstrates the Vatican’s clandestine approval of genetically modified crops.

“Recent conversations between Holy See officials and USAID and EB representatives visiting the Vatican confirmed the cautious acceptance of biotech food by the Holy See. Vatican officials asserted that the safety and science of genetically modified foods would eventually be non-issues at the Holy See” reads the memo.

GMO Journal’s Deniza Gertsberg writes that while in 2000, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences gave its preliminary approval, and more recently, some of its vocal members have openly endorsed GMOs, the Holy See, in its public communiqués, always went the way of Switzerland.

Despite the transmission’s startling dismissal of scientific research that points to GMO’s dangerous health and environmental impacts, it does acknowledge that their widespread adoption would be disastrous for farmers, especially those in developing nations.

“…the main issue for the Church will continue to be the economic angle of biotech food. Many in the Church fear that these technologies are going to make developing-world farmers more dependent on others, and simply serve to enrich multi-national corporations,” the memo continues.

Gertsberg writes that rather than shocking anti-GMO advocates, the cables merely “reaffirmed what many already believed, namely that the Vatican supported GMOs and that a more hearty endorsement from the Holy See is likely in the foreseeable future. Furthermore, WikiLeaks cemented for many the understanding that US diplomats around the world are pushing GM crops as a strategic government and commercial imperative.”

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Image: Vatican Gardens, circa 2009. Credit: Flickr - NH53


William C
William C1 years ago


W. C
W. C1 years ago

Thank you for the article.

Jim Ven
Jim Ven2 years ago

thanks for sharing.

Blaise G.
Blaise G5 years ago

@Roger N., Dear Roger N. HAHAHAHA! You crack me up! HAHAHAHA! If there IS a god, then Wikileaks is a GOD SEND! That organization has opened up the doors to all the crimes committed and being committed by the Ruling Elite, their corporations, military, military industrial complex, and the corrupt politicians and various corrupt judges of the so-called justice system in this country known as The Untied States of Central North America.

Perhaps you ought to drop whatever religion it is that you so blindly follow and start doing the research that you so desperately need to do in order to get in line with the facts and the truth. Julian Assange is just a symbol of Truth to Power, that's all. Clearly you seem to support the corporate fascists, but then again, there are plenty of your kind who do...blindly, ignorantly and arrogantly I might add.

It's time to spiritually grow up my fellow human being.

Blaise G.
Blaise G5 years ago

Well...the Vatican DID co-operate with the Nazis. And it is widely understood that the Vatican along with the Catholic church, that they have had a child porn, prostitution and child sex trade going on (secretly?) for hundreds of years. There are books out on that very subject nowadays. This is why I find it so incredulous that there are still so many devoted followers of that silly made-up religion in the first place. All religions for that matter are made up, invented by man, in order to control other men...women and children. Sheer stupidity really. Ignorance is bliss they say and faith is blind. How true.

DENNY GEORGE7 years ago

Damn Vatican & the Catholic Church for going against the interests & welfare of the people :((

D. Mindock
dean m7 years ago

It is scary to me that the Pope is on board with GMO's. This makes me feel that leaving that unholy church was very much the right thing to do.

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal8 years ago

The Vatican is a nation unto itself. Endorse GMOs? It seems the Vatican endorses whatever keeps up an appearance of piety and clean living.

Laurie S.
Laurie S8 years ago

You don't think Pope Benedict is a problem? Watch him smile and wave at a crowd on any video. The smile never reaches his eyes.

Roger R.
Past Member 8 years ago

The Pope owns US and we are the peasants,