Monday, 6 December 2010

Wikileaks about GM.

The Wikileaks release of U.S. classified information has been headline news as the sites that are the source of the information have been under attack from every known virus available. It has however been a treasure trove of details on the working of the U.S. Government and their foreign policy.

One mention of agriculture in the released information is in a document that outlines priorities for intelligence gathering in the African countries of Burundi, the Republic of Congo, and Rwanda. In this document is a list of what information the U.S. Government wants to know about the those countries, i.e. their government policies on food security and food safety, information on the impact of rising food prices, agricultural yield statistics, infrastructure improvements, data on deforestation and desertification, water issues and invasive species are included. But also on the U.S. priority list is this:

Government acceptance of genetically modified food and propagation of genetically modified crops.

Says it all!

1 comment:

homebrewlibrarian said...

There are times when I feel the need to apologize to the world about the actions of my country. This is one of those times:

Dear World,

On behalf of all the caring and concerned people in the U.S., I'd like to apologize for our government. It has lost its way and been seduced to the Dark Side of Greed and Power. Most of us believe in the motto "live and let live" but have been swept along against our will to a place we do not want to be. Unfortunately, there are enough people in the US who are blind to the actions of our government and do not see the connection between those actions and the world's response back to them. Their blindness prevents reparation and change and for that, I am truly sorry.

While I can understand your anger, and it is justifiable, I think you might be better served to pity us; what has happened and is happening are symptoms of a terrible, debilitating illness. We are not the only ones to suffer, for all First World governments are susceptible, but the disease has progressed much farther with us. I fear that it may even prove to be fatal.

Please know that there are thousands of Americans who believe that everyone should have access to locally produced, healthy food, clean air and clean water. Thousands find US corporation actions overseas to be abhorrent and lacking concern for any living creature. Thousands have made serious life changes to reduce their resource use because they do not want to be complicit in the degradation of creation. We, alas, are too few to bring needed change to our government but work hard to improve what and where we can with our families, friends and neighbors.

I pray that our small, individual efforts are not too little nor too late. We stand in solidarity with those everywhere who love and respect this planet we have been gifted with. Please forgive us.

With great respect and humility,