The US is threatening nations that want to ban Monsanto's genetically-modified seeds with trade sanctions. This includes some of our major Western trading partners, such as France, which has banned the planting of the aggressive GM Starlink variety of corn.
Wikileaks reveals that in 2007, the US ambassador to France (and business partner of President George W. Bush), Craig Stapleton, requested that the nations in the European Union that did not support GM crops should be penalized.
On the Natural Society website, Anthony Gucciardi quotes Stapleton as saying, in that meeting, "Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is 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. Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voices."
The US has also targeted the Vatican, since many clerics oppose GM crops. Gucciardi writes that "the Vatican has openly declared Monsanto's GMO crops as a 'new form of slavery.'" It's evil corn, all right!
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