Cameron has made his support of GM crops public at a conference of scientists and business leaders in London, despite the British public being firmly against the proliferation of GM crops and products.
When Cameron was in opposition, he expressed being very sceptical of the development of GM foods, and has (for some reason) changed his position.
With agri-giant Monsanto producing (and having patented) 90% of GMO seeds, this must cast suspicion on Cameron’s motivation for his change of opinion.
In April, Obama signed-off legislation in the US which has come to be known as the ‘Monsanto Protection Act’ which has effectively placed the company above the law.
The official name of the act is ‘HR 933: Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2013’, which gives blanket approval for the sale, planting, harvest, and distribution of GM seeds, even if those activities are linked to environmental problems, illness or disease.
In among the legal mumbo jumbo, there is a clause which means that not even the US government can stop the use of GM foods, or prosecute GM producers. The wording is:
“In the event that a determination of nonregulated status made pursuant to section 411 of Plant Protection Act is or has been invalidated or vacated, the secretary of agriculture shall, notwithstanding any other provision of law upon request by a farmer, grower, farm operator, or producer, immediately grant temporary permit(s) or temporary deregulation in part, subject to necessary and appropriate conditions consistent with section 411(a) or 412c of the Plant Protection Act, which interim conditions shall authorise the movement, introduction, continued cultivation, commercialisation and other specifically enumerated activities and requirements, including measures designed to mitigate or minimise potential adverse environmental effects, if any, relevant to the secretary’s evaluation of the petition for nonregulated status, while ensuring that growers or other users are able to move, plant, cultivate, introduce into commerce and carry out other authorised activities in a time manner …”
The backlash from this legislation has been severe, with pressure groups, farmers, the general public, and politicians from all sides criticising Obama for allowing this kind of ‘licence to kill’ legislation.
Cameron’s latest U-turn and revelation indicates that he is in favour of similar legislation across Europe, and especially in the UK.
Currently, EU regulations restrict the use of GM crops to small scale cultivation trials with widespread use effectively banned.
The main opposition to GM foods (known as ‘Frankenfoods’) is that there has not been sufficient testing to ensure they are safe for consumption and do not significantly impact on the natural ecosystem over time.
Cross-pollination and the development of resistant strains of weeds and pests could evolve from engineered crops.
This all smells very fishy indeed.
- Monsanto has patented and supplies 90% of the world’s GM seeds.
- Obama gives Monsanto cart blanch to do as they please without regulation.
- Cameron U-turns on his position on GM crops
- Cameron wants to introduce similar freedoms for Monsanto in Europe
The only conclusion we can come to is that this has been pre-planned, with a definite schedule to ensure Monsanto has total freedom to damage the delicate ecosystems that sustain the world.
Monsanto have openly admitted that they are able to introduce modifications into crops to achieve human sterilisation and ‘mass medication’.
The plan to allow one giant company to effectively control the world’s food production is a reckless and dangerous position to be in, especially when that food production can be tampered with for other purposes.
Monsanto has been the subject of many legal actions, including restrictive business practices, destruction of natural faming, and causing illnesses in the inhabitants of farming communities. They could hardly be referred to as a responsible company.
Not many people in the UK are aware of the influence of this US based company on the British political system.
Since the 1990s, Monsanto has lobbied the British government, and former political party members and associates have been offered positions at Monsanto, including Tony Blair’s former election advisor, Stanley Greenburg. In several political jurisdictions (including the USA) Monsanto have been significant contributors (both directly and through its subsidiaries) to political parties who support Monsanto’s GM strategy.
Members of the Monsanto board include former and current directors of major food companies, including the Sara Lee Corporation, McDonalds, and Proctor and Gamble.
Monsanto’s reach is global. Even so, there are countries where Monsanto’s GM operations are banned or severely restricted, including Algeria, Egypt, Kenya, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, Japan, Philippines, Norway, Austria, Germany, the UK, Spain, Italy, Greece, France, Luxemburg, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Paraguay, Hungary, Peru, and others.
The question still remains, why would Cameron want Monsanto to gain control over food production in the UK and the rest of Europe when there is sufficient concern about GM products to get them banned and severely restricted?