Hillary Clinton: Presidential Candidate for the GMO industry? (7th July 2014) If she runs and gets elected to the White House in 2016 she'll push the GMO industry agenda. Meanwhile she wants to help them with their "semantics". In other words she wants to help them to twist the truth even more than they already do.
Speaking to thousands of GMO industry delegates at the Biotechnology Industry Organisation (BIO) conference in California, Clinton urged them to use tactics straight out of George Orwell’s “1984” Ministry of Truth manual.
She told them the term "'genetically modified' sounds Frankensteinish," and turns people off GMOs. "Drought resistant sounds really like something you'd want,"
Clinton was being paid by BIO for the second time in as many months to speak to them.
Sounding every bit like the caricature superficial and unprincipled politician, she gave them a classic piece of Clintonism and told them they had to “improve their semantics.”
“There’s a big gap between the facts and what the perceptions are.” And as every dodgy salesman, propagandist and dubious career politician knows, you have to fill that gap with your own brand of disingenuity.
Taxpayer’s money to protect GMO industry
It’s not yet clear whether Mrs Clinton will run for the Presidential candidacy but her backing of the biotech industry is unequivocal and doubtless if it comes to it, they will back her as willingly as they fund efforts to obstruct most US citizen’s wishes to have GMO foods labelled.
Delegates applauded enthusiastically as Clinton told them how she had pushed GMO seed interests with foreign countries when she served as Secretary of State and how she doesn’t “want to see biotech companies or pharma companies moving out of our country simply because of some perceived tax disadvantage and potential tax advantage somewhere else.”
Smoke filled rooms are not the in-thing these days but, sounding every bit like the classic Washington insider and wheeler dealer, she seemed to suggest that things could be fixed so that taxpayer’s money could be used to protect the industry.
“Maybe there’s a way of getting a representative group of actors at the table” so that the federal government can help biotechs with “insurance against risk.”
Old clichés and half truths
Clinton's ties to the biotech industry are well known, particularly her history with Monsanto through the Rose Law Firm where she once worked.
Whilst she was Secretary of State, the State Department pressured other countries to take up GMOs and took foreign journalists to the US to "participate in a one-week biotech tour" so that they could help shift public opinion in their home country.
"Hillary Clinton's views on GMOs are disappointing, but not surprising," said Katherine Paul, associate director of the Organic Consumers Union. Clinton's positions are "taken straight from the biotech industry's talking points”
But, said Paul, “If Hillary Clinton intends to run for office in 2016, she should think carefully about supporting a food and farming system that is proven to be detrimental to public health,"
In reality Clinton looks and sounds like she has been around too long peddling the same old clichés and half truths: A bit like the GMO industry.
It might be a good thing if she runs in 2016, then US citizens can demonstrate what they think about GMOs and corporate control of farming and food by kicking her firmly off the field.
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