Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Potential Trade War Over Genetically Modified Crops Revealed by WikiLeaks

Posted By on Wed, Jan 5, 2011 at 7:00 AM


A WikiLeaks cable indicates that the U.S. was advised to start a trade war with European Union members who banned genetically modified grains. The Guardian reports that in 2007, France attempted to ban a form of Monsanto's GM corn, leading to ambassador Craig Stapleton asking the U.S. to penalize countries that refused to allow GM crops. The cable also details pressure put on the Vatican to get bishops in Third World countries to allow GM grains, and diplomats working directly for companies who make GM seeds.

The rumors from nearly a decade ago about the demise of bananas as we know them might be coming true. An abstract of an article in the new issue of The New Yorker outlines the problems facing Cavendish bananas. Tropical Race Four, a soil fungus that has been called "the HIV of banana plantations", which has caused tens of millions of dollars in damage against the variety that makes up 99 percent of exported bananas. The fungus has destroyed banana trade in Asia and Australia for over twenty years. Scientists are trying to find a remedy before the fungus hits Central America.

Food trucks are so mainstream. How do we know? Because Ron Jeremy's starring in a XXX food truck-themed porn DVD. A sausage truck, of course. has some of the details and what they can show of "The Flying Pink Sausage" cover. Elsewhere, Time says that women think about food more than sex.

We've been duped! A vigilant Super Big Gulp drinker in Texas did some experimenting and discovered that 7-11's downsized the Super Big Gulp by four ounces without changing the price or informing consumers. Paul "Sunby said [to the Austin Statesman] he wouldn't be upset if it just said '40 ounces' on the side of the new Super Big Gulp. 'They still called it a Super Big Gulp, when in fact it's no longer,' he said. 'It's somewhere between a Big Gulp and a Super Big Gulp. It's a Not So Big Gulp. To me, the Super Big Gulp is deceased.'"

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