The Wikileaks report (video below) tells us that the US government is attempting to aggressively impose genetically modified foods on European markets. This in itself must be of concern. The US is manipulating on behalf of Monsanto. That’s bad enough but the really worrying fact is that the French ambassador reported that France was not being compliant (as if the French would be) and therefore he recommended applying retaliation in order to effect a change of stance on GM.
Country team Paris recommends we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits.
The list should be measured rather than vicious and must be sustainable over the long term since we should not expect an early victory.
Craig Stapleton 14th December 2007
We also learn that a British advocate of GM was granted £3 million to test for safety. He was stunned to find that the seeds are inherently unsafe, causing massive damage to the immune system, the reproductive system etc. He lost the funding and was shunned.
The present proposition within the EU is that individual countries will be able to choose whether or not to go GM. I have a gut feeling that France and Germany will say non and nein respectively and the UK will say ‘ How much do you want us to buy from you?’ In fact I wouldn’t mind betting that this is already a topic at DEFA IOM.
America, the well-known home of healthy cuisine and natural food (not), can’t impose it’s Frankenfoods on us by normal means so they adopt dirty methods? The French will have none of this but the Brits will almost certainly buy into the junk science. The Isle of Man does not have to follow – as far as we know (I’m seriously beginning to doubt our autonomy). Farmers and growers have the final say. They have the power.