Thursday, August 29, 2013

US Government is Monsanto's Sales Rep, and other GMO News

US Government is Monsanto's Sales Rep, and other GMO News:

"This report provides yet another distressing example of how Monsanto and its ilk have a stranglehold over the global food supply and how it does everything it can - including influence U.S. diplomacy - to silence people who only want to make informed choices about the food they feed their families," says  Pamm Larry, a leader of the US grassroots movement to label GMO foods.

A report by Food & Water Watch documents the efforts of US ambassadors acting as sales reps for the biotech industry. They "twist the arms of countries" pushing sales of GMO seeds, it says, at US taxpayer expense.

Besides Monsanto, the biggest biotech companies are DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow Chemical.

The group obtained more than 900 State Department diplomatic cables spanning 100 countries through WikiLeaks, which reveal pro-biotechnology public relations campaigns and outright attempts to influence government policies and laws that ignore "commonsense biotechnology safeguards and rules - including opposing genetically engineered food labeling laws."

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