Saturday, May 18, 2013

GMO Ambassadors: State Dept. Lobbies Abroad for Monsanto

The consumer advocacy organization, Food & Water Watch, reviewed 926 U.S. diplomatic cables produced from 2005 to 2009 and published by WikiLeaks, and found that American diplomats spent a considerable amount of time promoting genetically engineered (GE) food seeds and crops.


By 2009, 93% of soybeans and 80% of corn grown in the United States came from GE seeds patented by Monsanto.

But, except for four other countries—Brazil, Argentina, Canada and India—the rest of the world has remained relatively free from the spread of biotech seeds and crops.

Thus Monsanto sees the international market as the source of enormous potential profit, if only foreign governments would let Monsanto make inroads into their agricultural economies.

And, in a major example of corporate welfare, the State Department has marshaled its resources to lobby for Monsanto.