Our special relation was lobbying politicians and agricultural officials for Monsanto and other similar corporations

 Surprise, surprise?

The August 2011 WikiLeaks revelations showed that American diplomats had requested funding to send lobbyists for the biotech industry to hold talks with politicians and agricultural officials in “target countries” in areas like Africa and Latin America, where genetically-modified crops were not yet a mainstay, as well as some European countries that have resisted the controversial agricultural practice.

monsanto logoUS diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks showed that the State Department was lobbying worldwide for Monsanto and other similar corporations, a new report based on the cables shows Washington’s shilling for the biotech industry in distinct detail.

After a concerted effort to “closely examine five years of State Department diplomatic cables from 2005 to 2009 to provide the first comprehensive analysis of the strategy, tactics and U.S. foreign policy objectives to foist pro-agricultural biotechnology policies worldwide,” nonprofit consumer protection group Food & Water Watch published on Tuesday a report showing in plain detail the depth of the partnership between the federal government and a number of controversial biotech companies that have slowly but surely pushed their GMO products on a number of new countries in recent years.

Their pdf may be downloaded here: http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports/biotech-ambassadors/
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Posted on May 15, 2013, in Civil servants, Conflict of interest, Corporate political nexus, Government, Lobbying, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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