U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for overseas lobbying that promotes controversial biotech...


U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for overseas lobbying that promotes controversial biotech crops developed by Monsanto (MON), according to a report issued by Food & Water Watch. A review of hundreds of diplomatic cables to and from the State Department and embassies in more than 100 countries found officials actively promoting the commercialization of specific biotech seeds.

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  • jacobtr
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    It's good to see MON getting some value for all the taxes it pays. The State Dept, among other things, is an advocate for American businesses in other countries.
    14 May 2013, 10:35 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Of course. They own the SCOTUS after all. Paying off a few diplomats isn't that hard.
    14 May 2013, 10:35 AM Reply Like
  • User 11644161
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    Geneticly altered seeds offer higher yields. This should aid countries which are having difficulty feeding their population and/or aid their farmers.

     

    The controvery is mostly generated by people who are not aware of the benefits. To feed the rapidly expanding population we will need ways to expand our means of crop production.
    14 May 2013, 12:16 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Those benefits have to be looked at through the monopolistic view of MON's seeds. Pretty much anyone who happens to have MON seeds contaminate non-GMO seeds can be sued for infringing patents. Eventually this will lead to a monopoly of MON's seeds in the marketplace.
    14 May 2013, 02:54 PM Reply Like
  • Bookseller
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    I thought it was common knowledge that an important part of the State Dept's. work in other countries was to help US firms to find and improve markets for their wares overseas. It's kind of mind boggling that some people placing essays on SA (1) don't understand this (it's really not a secret) and (2) think it's a scandal that this work be done.
    14 May 2013, 02:16 PM Reply Like
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