Monsanto, Wikileaks, and Lobbying Expenditures.
Rania Khalek reports in an Alternet article on June 21st, 2011: That the US Diplomatic Corps and Monsanto should have some explaining to do at the very least. Of course hardly anybody is ever held accountable for anything anymore, but see if you think any of these shenanigans meet the smell test.
“US diplomats by day — Monsanto henchmen by night.”
In a cable from late 2007, former ambassador to France, Craig Stapleton, advised Washington to launch a military-style trade war against any European Union country that opposed genetically modified (GM) crops.
Stapleton was reacting to efforts by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety. He specifically asked Washington to punish the EU countries that did not support the use of GM crops.
So much for how we treat our French allies, now how about the Spaniards:
An embassy cable from 2009 written by the ambassador to Spain directly cites meetings with Monsanto executives, showing that US diplomats were taking orders directly from GM companies.
Monsanto’s director for biotechnology for Spain and Portugal briefed embassy officials about the region, complaining that “Spain is increasingly becoming a target of anti-biotechnology forces within Europe. If Spain falls, the rest of Europe will follow.”
The cable ends with a dramatic call for intervention by the US government on behalf of Monsanto: “ACTION REQUESTED: In response to recent urgent requests by [Spanish rural affairs ministry] State Secretary Josep Puxeu and Monsanto, post requests renewed US government support of Spain’s science-based agricultural biotechnology position through high-level US government intervention.”
“If Spain falls, the rest of Europe will follow.” I don’t know about you guys, but to me, that sounds anything but diplomatic.
How does Monsanto secure such generous cooperation from the United States Government?
Open Secrets gives at least a part of the answer with the following graph: