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Wikileaks cables used to show how State Dept promotes agribusiness & seed companies
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Wikileaks cables used to show how State Dept promotes agribusiness & seed companies
By Food and Water watch on May 14, 2013:

Agricultural development is essential for the developing world to foster sustainable economies, enhance food security to combat global hunger and increase resiliency to climate change. Addressing these challenges will require diverse strategies that emphasize sustainable, productive approaches that are directed by countries in the developing world.

But in the past decade, the United States has aggressively pursued foreign policies in food and agriculture that benefit the largest seed companies. The U.S. State Department has launched a concerted strategy to promote agricultural biotechnology, often over the opposition of the public and governments, to the near exclusion of other more sustainable, more appropriate agricultural policy alternatives.

The U.S. State Department has also lobbied foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws, operated a rigorous public relations campaign to improve the image of biotechnology and challenged commonsense biotechnology safeguards and rules — even including opposing laws requiring the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

Food & Water Watch closely examined five years of State Department diplomatic cables from 2005 to 2009 to provide the first comprehensive analysis of the strategy, tactics and U.S. foreign policy objectives to foist pro-agricultural biotechnology policies worldwide. Read the full report to learn more.

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/reports...bassadors/

(Food and Water Watch is an international non profit organization that promotes policies of sustainable and secure food systems, advocates for public control of water resources and services and work to stop the financialization of nature and the privatization of common resources.

The article presents a report, done by the organization, that shows how US State Department has launched a strategy to promote agricultural biotechnology for the benefit of agribusiness and seed corporations, lobbying foreign governments to adopt pro-agricultural biotechnology policies and laws.

This report is based on the diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.
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see also http://wikileaks-press.org/cables-how-th...al-agenda/
05-15-2013 07:30 AM
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I must say I am really very pleased with this kind of news, because it shows how much WL is of public interest. To see the WL releases used by an organization for its own purpose makes really understand how much it is useful
05-15-2013 07:43 AM
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Hello,
WikiLeaks clearly thinks that the latter is that the case -- and uses a tool of copyright, the net, despite the fact that it's no copyright to the fabric itself. In WikiLeaks mind, the copyright and therefore the exercise of its tools don't belong together; one party will have the copyright to the fabric, nonetheless a distinct party will wield the tools to publish this material.
06-06-2013 01:42 AM
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Re: Wikileaks cables used to show how State Dep promotes ag. business & seed co.s
I believe Irien's above post applauded the fact that information leaked by WikiLeaks (i.e. State Department cables, released by WikiLeaks) had been used by the Food and Water Watch organization. I believe she was celebrating how this organisation had used the information to present their own argument, thereby demonstrating Wikileaks' usefulness to the international community.

Just to clarify, are you suggesting that an individual or organisation should require permission, by means of copyright, to use the internet at all? One can't possess the air. The internet is a global activity, not owned by particular individuals, though certain multi-national corporations and governments (particularly American) are doing their best to take control of it to their own Political and Economic ends.

When you say "nonetheless a distinct party will wield the tools to publish this material" are you suggesting that WikiLeaks claims to have, or seeks, a monopoly on the publishing of material? From what I have seen, this has never been the case. My understanding is that their stance is the exact opposite. They support the free flow of information, a free and open internet and government transparency but with privacy for citizens, in relation to personal information, to prevent tyranny.
06-06-2013 12:01 PM
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The cables Wikileaks printed created a buzz among journalists and politicians of various countries, several note-able personalities of japanese world commented on these cables and a few rejected them as faux however curiously there was no or minimum response from USA. These documents modified the political situation of whole world and affected the peacekeeping between completely different countries.
06-07-2013 04:23 PM
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RE: Wikileaks cables used to show how State Dep. promotes ag. business & seed co.s
Wikileaks Cable releases created far more than a buzz. I believe they forever changed the way the world views the United States. The United States are well aware of his, hence the aggressive prosecution of Bradley Manning and the pursuit of Julian Assange. I'm not aware of anyone in the media, nor any politician, suggesting the releases were not genuine. I don't think any politician would have dared. Do you have any concrete examples of that occurring?
06-07-2013 06:45 PM
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