Leaked: US-Lobbyarbeit für Monsanto in Europa

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19.12.2010 | 20:47
Leaked: US-Lobbyarbeit für Monsanto in Europa

wikileaks cable 07paris4723 france and the wto ag biotech case monsanto usa gmo
Eine heute veröffentlichte Depesche verdeutlicht, wie die US-Regierung versucht, im Interesse des Biotech-Monopolisten Monsanto, Einfluß auf die EU zu nehmen, um die Einführung gentechnisch veränderten Saatguts in Europa zu bewirken:

“ Summary: Mission Paris recommends that that the USG reinforce our negotiating position with the EU on agricultural biotechnology by publishing a retaliation list when the extend „Reasonable Time Period“ expires.(…) In France, the „Grenelle“environment process is being implemented to circumvent science-baseddecisions in favor of an assessment of the „common interest.“Combined with the precautionary principle, this is a precedent withimplications far beyond MON-810 BT corn cultivation. Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voices.In fact, the pro-biotech side in France — including within the farm union — have told us retaliation is the only way to begin to begin to turn this issue in France.(…) 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 theworst 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.“
07PARIS4723, FRANCE AND THE WTO AG BIOTECH CASE

Einer zweite Depesche aus Madrid thematisiert die spanische Kampagne gegen gentechnisch veränderte Organismen und fordert eine „high-level intervention“ der US-Regierung:

„ACTION REQUESTED: In response to recent urgent requests by MARM State Secretary Josep Puxeu and Monsanto, post requests renewed USG support of Spain’s science-based agricultural biotechnology position through high-level USG intervention in support of the EFSA findings. Post also requests USG support for a non-USG science fellow to meet with influential Spanish interlocutors on this issue and assistance with developing an agricultural biotechnology action plan for Spain. Post would alsowelcome any comments from other posts concerning the anti-GMO campaign.“
cable 09MADRID482, SPAIN’S BIOTECH CROP UNDER THREAT

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