ADI 08HingstmanGMOs Toolbox – p. 2 of 37
Agricultural Trade Liberalization PromotesGMOs
_____ Every move to remove agricultural support helps GMOs.
Agreement on Agriculture proves this for Monsanto.
Shiva in 2006
Dr. Vandana, Director of The Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy, How TenYears of WTO have Created an Agrarian Crisis in India, http://www.navdanya.org/articles/articles15.htmThe Agreement on Agriculture (AOA) of the WTO is a rule-based system for trade liberalization of agriculture thatwas pushed by the United States in the Uruguay Round of the GATT. However, these rules are the wrong rules for protecting food security, nature and culture. Instead, they are perfectly shaped for the objective of corporate ruleover our food and agriculture systems.The AOA rules apply to countries, even though it is not countries for their farmers that engage in global trade inagriculture but global corporations like Cargill. These
firms gain from every rule that marginalizes farmers byremoving support from agriculture. They gain from every rule that deregulates international trade, liberalisesexports and imports, and make restrictions of exports and imports illegal. Market openings through the AOAare therefore market opening for the Cargills and Monsantos.
The outcome of negotiations for the AOA should not be surprising, because global agribusiness corporations heldtremendous influence over the negotiations. In fact, the U.S delegation was led by Clayton Yeutter, a former Cargillemployee.
______Transnational companies want agricultural trade liberalizationto double GMO penetration in an open world market
Bové in 2005José,
leader and founder of the Peasants Confederation in France (La Confederation Paysanne), which then enlargeditself to become the peasants' coordinated confederation for all of Europe, Yale Global Online, April 6,http://www.yaleglobal.yale.edu/display.article?id=5529
In the past 15 years of the movement on globalization and agriculture with the WTO, only 10 percent of world agricultural production is in the open market
. We understand that
all the big transnational corporationswant it now to be 20 or 30 percent
, but of course, farmers all over the world are resisting this because it makes nosense for their own population. Over 90 percent of food is produced where people live. So we don't understand – andnobody can explain to us – why we need to have free trade for food; that is going exactly in the wrong direction. Sothis is roughly our principle fight.After that, we talk within Via Campesina about agrarian reform, landless people, about what we call peasantagriculture.We also talk about the problems of seeds – the possibility for farmers to use their own seeds – and also the WTOrules on patents.
We are fighting also to have seeds free of patents; that's why we are fighting specially againstGMOs. Even if GMO had no ecological problems or health problems, we would also be against GMOs on thisspecific issue: the fact that farmers can't use their own seeds
. So these are some of the examples of the troublesof Via Campesina. This is getting bigger and bigger.