Monsanto (Bayer) Connections to Those Pushing Hard For “Regime Change” In Venezuela
Ed.’s note: Take note of the fact readers and sustainable farmers as you read this material, Russia is supplying non-GMO (genetically modified organisms) heirloom seeds. That should be indicative of Russia banning GMO foods in Russia since 2016. There remains quite a bit of uncertainty about the safety of GMO foods and usually it’s those in the industry connected to universities who receive government grants who actively promote GMO foods. What isn’t available is detailed research and investigation into the detrimental effects Monsanto’s (now Bayer) Roundup (glyphosate is the active ingredient in Roundup) product is having on people and on the environment in conjunction with GMO foods. All we have seen from the media in the US is “Russia’s war on GMOs” but nothing to explain specifically why. It wasn’t coincidence either that Venezuela banned GMO seeds and crops in 2016 from being grown in their country that corresponded to Russia’s decision to also ban GMOs.
All these GMO engineered crops like granola, wheat, corn, soybean, sugar beets and alfalfa are grown on a massive scale. The significance is that when these industrial GMO crops are sprayed with Roundup containing glyphosate, it makes it very easy to grow these crops. The GMO engineered industrial crops mentioned are engineered to be impervious to Roundup. There are very few studies available to show just how destructive glyphosate is and especially so when big ag and the seed cartels prevent this research from being known by the general public. This is the biggest reason why Russia under Vladimir Putin has banned GMO crops in Russia as Russia becomes the largest exporter of organic food in the world. Despite Russia banning GMO foods, it has become a powerhouse of agricultural exports.
CNN did a hit piece on Venezuela claiming Venezuelans were being “forced to work on farms” which isn’t the case at all. Under President Chavez and continuing with President Maduro, Venezuelans were given the opportunity to raise their own crops and farm for their own benefit on land that was deprived from them by big multinationals and including probably 500,000 acres that were slated for Monsanto genetically modified soybean production but was cancelled in 2016. Look what happened to Ukraine (bread basket of Europe) in which that country has been turned into a GMO fortress.
How GMO Seeds and Monsanto/Bayer’s “RoundUp” are Driving US Policy in Venezuela
With Juan Guaidó’s parallel government attempting to take power with the backing of the U.S., it is telling that the top political donors of those in the U.S. most fervently pushing regime change in Venezuela have close ties to Monsanto and major financial stakes in Bayer.
by Whitney Webb | May 6, 2019
CARACAS, VENEZUELA — As the political crisis in Venezuela has unfolded, much has been said about the Trump administration’s clear interest in the privatization and exploitation of Venezuela’s oil reserves, the largest in the world, by American oil giants like Chevron and ExxonMobil.
Yet the influence of another notorious American company, Monsanto — now a subsidiary of Bayer — has gone largely unmentioned.
While numerous other Latin American nations have become a “free for all” for the biotech company and its affiliates, Venezuela has been one of the few countries to fight Monsanto and other international agrochemical giants and win. However, since that victory — which was won under Chavista rule — the U.S.-backed Venezuelan opposition has been working to undo it.
Now, with Juan Guaidó’s parallel government attempting to take power with the backing of the U.S., it is telling that the top political donors of those in the U.S. most fervently pushing regime change in Venezuela have close ties to Monsanto and major financial stakes in Bayer.
In recent months, Monsanto’s most controversial and notorious product — the pesticide glyphosate, branded as Roundup, and linked to cancer in recent U.S. court rulings — has threatened Bayer’s financial future as never before, with a litany of new court cases barking at Bayer’s door. It appears that many of the forces in the U.S. now seeking to overthrow the Venezuelan government are hoping that a new Guaidó-led government will provide Bayer with a fresh, much-needed market for its agrochemicals and transgenic seeds, particularly those products that now face bans in countries all over the world, including once-defoliated and still-poisoned Vietnam.
U.S.-Backed Venezuelan opposition seeks to reverse Chavista seed law and GMO ban
In 2004, then-president of Venezuela, Hugo Chávez, surprised many when he announced the cancellation of Monsanto’s plans to plant 500,000 acres of Venezuelan agricultural land in genetically modified (GM) soybeans. The cancellation of Monsanto’s Venezuela contract led to what became an ad hoc ban on all GM seeds in the entire country, a move that was praised by local farmer groups and environmental activists. In contrast to anti-GM movements that have sprung up in other countries, Venezuela’s resistance to GM crops was based more on concerns about the country’s food sovereignty and protecting the livelihoods of farmers.
Although the ban has failed to keep GM products out of Venezuela — as Venezuela has long imported a majority of its food, much of it originating in countries that are among the world’s largest producers of genetically modified foods — one clear effect has been preventing companies like Monsanto and other major agrochemical and seed companies from gaining any significant foothold in the Venezuelan market.
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Venezuela Bans GMO Crops, Passes One of World’s Most Progressive Seed Laws
by Lorraine Chow • Jan. 05, 2016
Venezuela approved a new law on Dec. 23, 2015, that imposes one of the world’s toughest regulations on genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
The anti-GMO and anti-patenting seed law was approved by the National Assembly of Venezuela in its final session. Today, the new opposition coalition—the Roundtable of Democratic Unity—will take over.
The Seed Law seeks to consolidate national food sovereignty, regulate the production of hybrid seed, and rejects the production, distribution and import of GMO seeds, according to GMWatch. The law will also ban transgenic seed research.
The law will establish the National Seed System, a central body that will implement the new law. The group will monitor and sanction any agricultural violations, with a focus on the protection of traditional seeds, teleSUR reported.
The legislation, which comes after years of collective grassroots efforts, was promptly signed by Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro.
“Approval of the Seed Law was pending since last year after being proposed through a national dialogue process in 2013,” teleSUR reported. “Public consultations have sought popular input on the law, and campesinos [farmers] and environmental advocates have long urged for its approval.”
Please go to EcoWatch to read the entire article.
Vladimir Putin has banned the production of GMO products in Russia
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Vladimir Putin signed a law that bans the production of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and products in Russia. The law also bans the imports of such “goods”. The only exceptions are cases of GMO production that are used for the purpose of scientific research.
The document was published on the official web portal. According to the text of the new law, products importers will be required to undergo special registration procedures to eliminate the possibility of the impact of genetically modified organisms on humans.
Breaking the law provides for administrative responsibility. Officials will be obliged to pay a fine of 10 to 20 thousand rubles. Legal entities are to be fines from 100 to 500 thousand rubles.
The biggest pain in the ass to Monsanto (Bayer) outside of Russia and Venezuela, Abby Martin on Monsanto.
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