Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Wikileaks : US threatened to create a retaliation list if EU continued to ban BIO-TECH food (BT seeds)

In a recent WikiLeaks revelation, the then-US Ambassador to France Craig Roberts Stapleton threatened creating a list of retaliations if France and the EU continued to ban biotech seeds. (original Wikileaks cable)

(C) 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 our view, Europe is moving backwards not forwards on this issue with France playing a leading role, along with Austria, Italy and even the Commission. In France, the "Grenelle" environment process is being implemented to circumvent science-based decisions in favor of an assessment of the "common interest." Combined with the precautionary principle, this is a precedent with implications 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. End Summary.

What does it mean for India ? BT Bringle ! sounds fimiliar ?

There was a very big hue and cry against the use of BT Bringle in India. Our Environment and Forest minister Mr.Jairam Ramesh was very insistant to bring BT Bringle into Indian Market without success.He had to face a very fierce protest from all walks of people including yog guru Shri Baba Ramdev.

Mr.Jairam Ramesh's Defence to use BT : He said that because of India's growing population and poverty, we should start using BT seeds to increase production.But the fact is that 25% of the cultivated food does not reach the destination and goes into garbage because of our poor transport and infrastructure system.

So, we can assume that US must have threatened(by sam,dam,dand,bhed) india as well if it does not start using Genetically Modified seeds like BT Bringle.This time it was unsuccessful but in future, US may and will do the same thing.

Note : We have been using BT Cotton already but its different from BT Bringle as it is a edible food product and may create health hezards because of its altered genetic structure and may not be good for the soil as well.

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