Government for the businesses by the businesses

And people think government is anathema to business:

The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show.

In response to moves by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety in late 2007, the ambassador, Craig Stapleton, a friend and business partner of former US president George Bush, asked Washington to penalise the EU and particularly countries which did not support the use of GM crops.

[…] In other newly released cables, US diplomats around the world are found to have pushed GM crops as a strategic government and commercial imperative.

Because many Catholic bishops in developing countries have been vehemently opposed to the controversial crops, the US applied particular pressure to the pope’s advisers.

If genetically modified crops are so great, it makes you wonder why Monsanto and others need the U.S. government to strong-arm other countries into buying them.

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8 Comments

  1. This as a side note…I do a lot of cooking and found that the vegetables coming out of Mexico are far superior to the stuff grown here……..the stuff from the corporate farms is truly taste-less…..

  2. Chris

    Taste is definitely not a top priority.

  3. Ian

    “If genetically modified crops are so great, it makes you wonder why Monsanto and others need the U.S. government to strong-arm other countries into buying them.”

    That isn’t really an argument, you are just connecting two tangentially connected things and pretending that there’s a cause/effect relationship. Lots of people reject GM food based solely upon the fact that it is GM, and thus “unnatural” or whatever. Taste, nutrition, etc. aren’t even considered. Here is a tip: Everything you eat is genetically modified. Everything. Get over it.

  4. Ian

    Should read: “tangentially related”. I’m hyped up on green tea.

  5. Chris

    Then what is the US pushing if everything is GM anyways?

  6. Ian

    Is it wrong for a government to support its businesses?

  7. Chris

    No, but the government should make sure it supports its people first and foremost.

  8. Ian

    Corporations employ people.