By Daniel Taylor
U.S. officials say European fears “misguided” as EU moves to allow states to “opt out” of GM crop cultivation.
Under the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), genetically modified foods could flood Europe where harsh opposition to America’s “dirty” food is prevalent.
As the Washington Post reports, the TTIP is a globalization “milestone” that will bring in an additional 800 million consumers to multinational corporations. Jean Cabaret, an organic farmer in France, told the Post that “In France, food is about pleasure, about taste. But in the United States, they put anything in their mouths. No, this must be stopped.”
Meanwhile the EU is moving to allow member states to block gm crop cultivation. Member states that want to block GMO’s will have to seek a special opt out for every crop they wish to ban. The push is backed by biotech lobbyists who see it as an opportunity to gain a foothold in the region.
Talks have recently resumed for a separate trade agreement called the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
The TPP, sold as a “free trade agreement” has been criticized as allowing another wave of outsourcing similar to the 1994 NAFTA agreement. The TPP will also create an international “internet police” that will have the power to censor content and remove whole websites. Mega corporations will gain more power to wage war against competition and censor speech online. To demonstrate the influence these entities have, over 600 corporate advisers have helped create the TPP.
Just as the TTIP has been discussed behind closed doors, the TPP has been just as secretive.
Senator Ron Wyden strongly opposed the TPP in remarks to Congress in 2012. Wyden pointed out that the U.S. Congress is being kept in the dark on details of the agreement. Wyden stated,
“…the majority of Congress is being kept in the dark as to the substance of the TPP negotiations, while representatives of U.S. corporations – like Halliburton, Chevron, PHRMA, Comcast, and the Motion Picture Association of America – are being consulted and made privy to details of the agreement.”
The science of genetic engineering is currently transforming into an entirely new process. Synthetic biology is an advanced form of genetic engineering that, according to a 2005 European Commission paper, is “…the engineering of biology… the synthesis of complex, biologically based (or inspired) systems which display functions that do not exist in nature.” The United Nation’s Convention on Biological Diversity recently announced a decision on part of 194 countries to regulate synthetic biology technology. The question is; Will these world bodies actually do anything about it, or merely use the systemic nature of gmos to extend the reach of global government?