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U.S. Diplomats Force-Feed 'Frankenfoods' to Unwilling World (Le Monde, France)


"The cables, published by WikiLeaks in 2010 ... shine a light on the public relations strategy carried out at dozens of conferences, events and all-expense paid trips to the United States, with the objective of convincing scientists, media, manufacturers, farmers and elected representatives of the ... low risk of genetically modified products ... Between 2005 and 2009, 28 such trips to the United States were organized, with delegations from 17 countries."


By Audrey Garric


Translated By Katarzyna Wisniewska


May 22, 2013


France – Le Monde – Original Article (French)

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We know that genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) are subject to lobbying by biotechnology firms like Monsanto, Syngeta, Bayer and others. But what one least suspects is that part of this active and even aggressive promotion has been conducted for years by U.S. diplomats in many of the world's countries.


Published May 14, American NGO Food and Water Watch compiled a report analyzing 926 diplomatic cables exchanged between the U.S. State Department and the embassies of 113 countries from 2005 and 2009 - part of a carefully-devised campaign to break the resistance to genetically-modified products outside of the United States, and help promote the profits of the major U.S. agrochemical companies that dominate corn, soybeans and cotton production across the Atlantic.


The report provides another glimpse of the power of this industry, after the Supreme Court backed Monsanto on Monday against a small Indiana farmer accused of patent infringement regarding the use of transgenic seeds.


The cables, published by WikiLeaks in 2010, first of all shine a light on the public relations strategy carried out at dozens of conferences, events and all-expense paid trips to the United States, with the objective of convincing scientists, media, manufacturers, farmers and elected representatives of the advantages and low risk of genetically modified products - including the issue of costs and returns.


Among the many examples revealed by the report, a cable from 2005 indicates that a tour by a delegation from four pro-GMO Italian cities, organized by the U.S. Consulate in Milan, resulted in a four-page interview in the L'Espresso magazine, as well as reprints in newspapers and coverage on television. In 2008, to prevent Poland from banning GMOs in animal feed, the State Department invited a delegation from the Polish Ministry of Agriculture to meet experts, including from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Between 2005 and 2009, 28 such trips to the United States were organized, with delegations from 17 countries.




U.S. diplomats also facilitate relations between biotechnology firms and foreign governments, particularly in developing countries like Kenya and Ghana, not only to promote policies favorable to biotechnology and the patenting of plants, but also the products and exports of such companies. In 2005, the South Africa Embassy informed Monsanto and Pioneer of two vacant positions within that country's government agency regulating biotechnology, suggesting that they provide “qualified candidates.”


Finally, efforts of the State Department were also expended in the legal field: American diplomats living abroad also opposed legislation on the labeling of GMO products, and rules blocking their import. And several times, the United States has raised the issue at the World Trade Organization, particularly over bans on the cultivation of the MON 810 corn in seven European countries.


According to the Food and Water Watch report, 70 percent of the exchanged U.S. diplomatic cables were related to the laws and regulations in foreign countries on agrochemicals, and 38 percent related to E.U. member states which are among the most hostile. In a 2009 cable, the U.S. Embassy in Spain demanded “high-level U.S. government intervention” in regard to “urgent requests” of Monsanto for it to combat Spanish opponents of GM crops. The embassy of the United States in France proposed a conference on the theme “How Biotechnology can Respond to Shortages in Developing Countries,” to counter the negative image GMOs suffer in France.




Following Wikileaks' publication of these cables, one Monsanto spokesman, Tom Helscher, said it was “crucial to maintain an open dialogue with the authorities and other industrial countries ... We are committed to helping farmers around the world, as they work to meet food demands of a growing population,” he said.


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“It really goes beyond promoting the U.S.'s biotech industry and agriculture,” retorts Wenonah Hauter, executive director of Food and Water Watch, who was quoted by Reuters. “It really gets down to twisting the arms of countries and working to undermine local democratic movements that may be opposed to biotech crops, and pressuring foreign governments to also reduce the oversight of biotech crops.”


It's appalling that the State Department is complicit in supporting their (the biotech seed industry's) goals despite public and government opposition in several countries,” regrets Ronnie Cummins, executive director of nonprofit organization Organic Consumers Association. “American taxpayer's money should not be spent advancing the goals of a few giant biotech companies.”




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