Notorious GMO producer Monsanto may have more control over what we eat than many are aware. Along with fighting to keep GMO food from being labeled as such, the company also has its hands in the U.S. government and is influencing trade wars with countries that attempt to ban its products, according to sources.
Last summer, after an investigation of maize seeds in Hungary, controllers discovered seeds containing GMOs and destroyed nearly 1000 acres of maize across the country, eliminating entire harvests for many farmers. GMO seeds were banned in Hungary earlier in the year, and all seeds are supposed to be tested for the presence of GMOs before being introduced to the market. However, some seeds made it to the farmers without their knowledge. Monsanto products were found among the seeds planted.
Hungary deputy state secretary of the Ministry of Rural Development Lajos Bognar said the checks will continue to ensure GMO seeds like the ones from Monsanto do not enter the country.
But Hungary and other countries trying to keep Monsanto out may be in trouble with the U.S. government according to cables released by WikiLeaks. The cables show US diplomats working directly for Monsanto and detail instructions to punish any foreign countries trying to ban GM crops. In one cable, US ambassador to France Craig Stapleton said:
“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."
More recent cables indicate pressure from the U.S. embassy on the Pope, one reading, “opportunities exist to press the issue with the Vatican, and in turn to influence a wide segment of the population in Europe and the developing world." This pressure comes as a response to many Catholic bishops in developing countries who are vehemently opposed to GM crops.
Even though Monsanto's genetically modified corn has been linked to organ damage and environmental devastation, “United States diplomats are found to have pushed GMO crops as a strategic government and commercial imperative,” notes Anthony Gucciardi of NaturalSociety. However, the company continues to face massive opposition from individuals and groups both at home and abroad.