Washington was advised by the US embassy in Paris to engage in a trade war with EU nations opposing genetically modified crops, new Wikileaks cables have revealed.
The proposal was put forward as a reaction to France moving to ban a variety of Monsanto GM corn in 2007.
Ambassador Craig Stapleton, also a business partner of George Bush, requested that Washington penalize EU countries not supporting the use of genetically modified crops.
“Country team Paris recommends that we calibrate a target retaliation list that causes some pain across the EU since this is a collective responsibility, but that also focuses in part on the worst culprits”
“The list should be measured rather than vicious and must be sustainable over the long term, since we should not expect an early victory. Moving to retaliation will make clear that the current path has real costs to EU interests and could help strengthen European pro-biotech voices,”
In other cables, US officials were discovered to have been promoting genetically modified crops as being important to US government and business interests. The cables show US diplomats working directly with companies such as Monsanto.
“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.”
Cables revealed that Spain and the US have worked closely together to attempt to convince the EU not to make biotechnology laws stronger.