Many have watched and learned in horror that Hillary Clinton has been in lock-step approval of Monsanto’s agenda for world dominance of food. During her time with the US State Department the company was ushered in with solutions for problems they identified. Food and Water Watch provided a white paper reviewing this practice – Biotech Ambassadors: Diplomacy or Food Marketing?
The State Department’s efforts impose the policy objectives of the largest biotech seed companies on often skeptical or resistant governments and their citizens, and exemplifies thinly veiled corporate diplomacy. Of the 926 diplomatic cables analyzed, 7 percent mention specific biotech companies and 6 percent mention Monsanto specifically. The State Department promoted the commercialization of specific seeds, acted to quash public criticism of particular companies and facilitated negotiations between foreign governments and seed companies like Monsanto over issues like patents and intellectual property. This corporate diplomacy was nearly twice as common as diplomatic efforts on food aid, which was mentioned in only 4 percent of the cables.
“It’s not surprising that Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta, Bayer and Dow want to maintain and expand their control of the $15 billion global biotech seed market, but it’s appalling that the State Department is complicit in supporting their goals despite public and government opposition in several countries,” said Ronnie Cummins, executive director of Organic Consumers Association. “American taxpayer’s money should not be spent advancing the goals of a few giant biotech companies.”
Dominance of Monsanto in the Food Industry
Monsanto exemplifies the growing influence of GM agribusinesses and seed companies: its GM crop traits are found in more than 85 percent of global GM crop hectares, and the company controls 23 percent of the global proprietary seed market.Worldwatch calculations based on Monsanto, “Biotechnology Trait Acreage: Fiscal Years 1996–2008F,” information sheet (St. Louis, MO: 25 June 2008), and on James, op. cit. note 1, p. 3; percent of seed market from ETC Group, Who Owns Nature? Corporate Power and the Final Frontier in the Commodification of Life (Ottawa, Canada: November 2008), p. 11. Monsanto has been a leading proponent of prohibiting farmers from saving seeds to plant as future crops, increasing the dependence of farmers on seed companies.Center for Food Safety, Monsanto vs. U.S. Farmers: November 2007 Update (Washington, DC: 2007). The company has collected tens of millions of dollars from farmers charged with illegally saving GM seed, even in cases where accidental contamination was the likely culprit.Ibid.; Bernard Simon, “Monsanto Wins Patent Case on Plant Genes,” New York Times, 22 May 2004; Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, “Monsanto’s Harvest of Fear,” Vanity Fair, May 2008.
Imagine having access to developing countries and assisting them … not with methods they understand – but by implanting our corporate influence, and our government structures upon them.
Is the United States truly out to conquer the world and have it eating from the palm of its hand? Know the candidates and where they stand on issues that affect your health and life. Please get out and Vote each time you are invited to do so.