Monsanto cannot 'force' farmers not govts to buy their products. But they can 'buy out' the US politicians and thus the government which some label not a democracy but an oligarchy and now even a 'kleptocracy'. Whereby politicians are bought and mostly sold to the wealth of conglomerates/ the rich- and be paid to create policies profitable to lobbyist but detrimental to humanity without doubt.
Their environmentally/ humanly unsustainable modus operandi is as follows:
1) Manipulate the govt into funding the production of excess staples to feed their animal factories- where GM animals grow sickeningly fat, in abusive and unnatural conditions to yield intensive farmers/ agri businesses a quick profit, pay some taxes and make political donations. Arm-lock the politicians into more funding for intensive agriculture and farming, forgetting the environmental and water damage and the overfed local population plagued with cancers and heart disease.
2) Team up with food companies to churn out quick and instant meals, never mind their high trans fat content, never mind their low nutritional values, American conglomerates is all about profit through "faster-fatter-bigger-cheaper". Immediately gratifying as the profits may be, this mode of profit-maximizing through consumer ignorance and political manipulation has taken its toll on the American worker- many of whom have become slower, fatter, weaker, paid cheaper wages by virtue of their size and stupidity. I understand that there are 'healthy' 'calorie-free, fat-free' oil sprays being sold in the USA- not because oil is calorie free per se, but because regulations allow for anything less than 5.0 calories or 0.5g of fat per serving to be published as '0'. If this was not due to lobbying by agri/ food companies then what is?
3) And then till recently, the bankers and their sub-prime mortgages had a field day exploiting the American worker- leaving most in debt if not depressed and disabled by the still half resolved sub-prime mortgage crisis.
4) So having totally run down, bankrupted and worn out the average American consumer/ worker, what choice have American "faster-fatter-bigger-cheaper" conglomerates to do but to seek new lands to export their breed of exploitative capitalism- the life style of "faster-fatter-bigger-cheaper" that pays food and agri companies so well? How but through manipulation of world food commodity prices (US hyper production simply flooding of world markets, crashing food prices so as to cower the traditional farmer into either quitting his job or else buying into their unsustainable capitalistic concept of "faster-fatter-bigger-cheaper" where litigation reigns, and farmers and their governments too become beholden and subservient to the suppliers of copyrighted GM seed and supplies. "Faster-fatter-bigger-cheaper" is thus the American concept of colonization through bankruptcy and immediate gratification of the traditional farmer that would eventually drain the soul and spirit of any peaceful agri producing and consuming nation.
5) Nutrition is mostly lacking in these "Faster-fatter-bigger-cheaper" of novel concoction. Produce them as they may, but to use US govt funding to perpetuate their avarice through forcing traditional farmers to buy and be beholden to GM seed isn't something the world should look kindly to.
Non-rice, beef and poultry exporting countries have little problem with allowing these products into the market.
Taiwan, Japan, Korea who have these economic sectors have a lot of things to say about allowing import of these products.
Korea allowed it and then used their legislative hall to prevent the beef imports.
Japan still just imports the minimum amounts of rice. Beef, while allowed into the country it is checked with extreme prejudice. Taiwan had to resort to the same method used by Korea to block beef after the administration signed the agreement.
Of course, the lousy thing is that Taiwan does not even have a trade agreement with USA. Not even the TIFA...
Why sell our dignity for the immediate gratification of cheap but nutritionally empty meat- not forgetting the pesticide load that the feed must contain. Methane and global warming is a non-issue?- yeah, because it's the next generation's problem, not ours.
About the Taiwan thing- think its just US-China big brother bully thing that is best resolved in another forum- your posting of links here on the issue would be helpful though.
Remember that most countries with agricultural sectors will impose tariffs on the same things being imported into their doors. The problems start when these nations negotiate FTAs with USA. The top priority of the negotiations are mostly concentrated on agriculture and automobile.
As for the flab problem. It really is down to education and culture. The results of effective education will go a long way to combating the flab
References (as quoted, in order of importance/ appearance):
- 'Soil depletion': "Soil depletion occurs when the components which contribute to fertility are removed and not replaced, and the conditions which support soil fertility are not maintained. This leads to poor crop yields. In agriculture, depletion can be due to excessively intense cultivation and inadequate soil management.... overtillage which damages soil structure, overuse of inputs such as synthetic fertilizers and herbicides, which leave residues and buildups that inhibit microorganisms, and salinization of soil." [Wiki: 'Fertility_(soil)']
- 'Monsanto': "The Monsanto Company (NYSE: MON) is a U.S.-based multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation. It is the world's leading producer of the herbicide glyphosate, marketed as "Roundup". Monsanto is also the leading producer of genetically engineered (GE) seed; it provides the technology in 90% of the world's GE seeds." [wiki:Monsanto] "Legal issues: Monsanto is notable for its involvement in high profile lawsuits, as both plaintiff and defendant. It has been involved in a number of class action suits, where fines and damages have run into the hundreds of millions of dollars, usually over health issues related to its products. Monsanto has also made frequent use of the courts to defend its patents, particularly in the area of biotechnology."
- 'How do we wipe out the debt problem today?' (27Feb2009): 'Six Minutes with the Renegade Economist - Michael Hudson Special...': [YouTube link]: “...They're not acting democratically. A.. What the governments have done is to turn from a democracy into and oligarchy. And we’re seeing an oligarchy and in-fact a 'kleptocracy' emerge here; and the governments are not doing what the people are expecting them to do. They are not representing the interest of their constituents.”
- 'Food Inc - Official Trailer [HD]' (Jun2009): Plot: "An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry". [Magnolia Pictures/YouTube][IMDb]: "We’ve never had food companies this powerful in our history.Everything we’ve done in modern agriculture, is to grow at faster fatter bigger cheaper."
- 'Fat Free Calorie Free Spray Butters? You Better Count Your Sprays!': "The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows companies to list calorie and fat content of their product as zero if the calories per serving are fewer then 5 and the fat content per serving is less then 0.5 grams. ... the whole bottle of Parkay Butter Spray actually contains 832 total calories from 93 grams of pure fat..." [associatedcontent.com]