- Published on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 10:40
In the US, corporations can do anything not "proven" to be dangerous or damaging. Furthermore, the science and regulation surrounding GMO is controlled by companies such as Monsanto, which managed to capture the regulatory process for GMOs in the 1980s on President Ronald Reagan's watch. Europe adopts the precautionary principle: new technology, processes, chemicals etc. cannot be introduced into the EU until they are proven to be safe.
One of the many corporate "prizes" to be gained from TTIP is opening up Europe to GM foods and technology on a much larger scale. Although we eat GM foods in Europe, their use is much more tightly regulated than in the US. One of the problems of planting GM crops is that they contaminate adjacent crops and mutations find their way into non-GM produce. Choosing to avoid GM then becomes more difficult.
The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is meeting growing resistance across Europe as more people learn about its damaging consequences. The more people understand TTIP, the more outraged they become. TTIP will throw open Europe's doors to GMOs, hormone treated beef and chickens washed in chlorine (all currently resisted in the EU but prevalent in the US).
So where does Ukraine fit into this? European agricultural policy has been dominated by France since the creation of the Common Market (forerunner to the EU). Food is central to French culture. Expansion of the EU eastwards has diluted France's influence and weakened resistance to technology such as GM but Europeans generally (particularly in western Europe) remain suspicious of GM.
How to break resistance to Monsanto's ambitions? Absorb Ukraine into the EU and ensure the country adopts GM foods thereby creating a backdoor for GM into the EU. A $17 billion IMF loan to Ukraine, currently being negotiated, is conditional on the lifting of the ban on GM crops. Both GM corporations and the IMF are under the control of the RC,