Thursday 25 August 2011
by: Mike Ludwig, Truthout | Report
Dozens of United States diplomatic cables released in the latest WikiLeaks dump on Wednesday  reveal new details of the US effort to push foreign governments to approve genetically engineered (GE) crops and promote the worldwide interests of agribusiness giants like Monsanto and DuPont.
The cables further confirm previous Truthout reports on the diplomatic pressure the US has put on Spain  and France , two countries with powerful anti-GE crop movements, to speed up their biotech approval process and quell anti-GE sentiment within the European Union (EU).
Several cables describe “biotechnology outreach programs” in countries across the globe, including African, Asian and South American countries where Western biotech agriculture had yet to gain a foothold. In some cables (such as this 2010 cable  from Morocco) US diplomats ask the State Department for funds to send US biotech experts…
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