GMO seeds & other things are spreading in Thailand
Industrialization is changing the dynamics of the global seeds industry… agricultural
sector is changing hands, although slowly, from the farmers to the seed giants…
Already second day I’ve watched on local Thai TV some news reports, first by Ch.3 then by TPBS, when they give away rice seeds to farmers for FREE.
of course, they do not explain to them that these are GMO seeds, merely mention something like “these are new especially developed seeds which are resistant to flood” or drought, pests, etc.
and of course farmers, being uneducated, have no any clue of what GMO is.
they are desperate to get seeds, because of the recent and still ongoing floods.
and of course, the “so kind” guys who distribute those seeds do not explain it to them!
they only mention, like “well, this time we are giving these seeds for free, but sorry, we hope you understand, next years you will have to buy seeds because we can’t give for free all the time”
THIS IS HOW THEY DUPE THE POOR UNEDUCATED PEOPLE into accepting GMO seeds.
some guy from BAAC bank was speaking on TV. BAAC is in fact the main player in this GMO rice affair !
aka “Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Coopperatives”
it is the entity which gives loans to farmers, sells fertilizers to them, etc. etc.
now it is run by pop-Korn, former chief of Thai branch of JP Morgan
so. why I’m not surprised at all that especially during his term as Thai Finance Minister this GMO seeds program is so aggressively being pushed upon the farmers ? 😀
To provide just some idea of HOW HUGE this effort is by BAAC / Finance Ministry:
In the News (Thailand): Farm-linked NPLs need urgent attention August 6th, 2010
“Non-performing loans in the agriculture sector could double to 200 billion baht with one million farmers hurt if proper debt restructuring does not take place…
Currently, 510,000 farmers with total debts of 100 billion baht need to enter the debt restructuring process sponsored by the government…
Four banks – Krung Thai Bank, the Government Savings Bank, the Government Housing Bank and the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Co-operatives – have joined the programme.
About 70% of debts to be restructured are lent by BAAC and the rest by the other three banks.“
Alright, get the picture? 😉 pop-Korn is clever ! he made sure that ALL or majority of all the loans normally given by private lenders (aka “loan sharks”) to farmers has been taken over by government, under blatant conditions of “you better agree to that or else!” This was already briefly covered even in Thai MSM. So, the point is, BAAC is an instrument of the expansion of Transnational Corporations, as certainly pop-Korn is a puppet of global gang of Banksters. And all of them together are slowly but surely implementing step by step the plan of taking over the ALL Agri sector in Thailand! Taking into consideration that even now Thailand still remains about 80% agricultural country, and rice as a main crop – thus Thailand is the world’s biggest rice exporter – pop-Korn & Co. has figured it out long in advance HOW GIGANTIC the “pie” will be, if they manage to take under firm total control rice production in Thailand! 😉
Only some well enough educated people in Bangkok are discussing it in Thai Forums.
Some share the information about HOW MANY actually different GMO species has been silently and secretly introduced into Thai market and spread already ! especially soy bean, corn, papaya, pumpkin. list goes on….
it was also mentioned that many products are on the sale already for public consuming.
Here is just one example of article on BAAC website about soy bean, which they imported from Taiwan and grown in Thailand already for a while, under the “reason” that local Thai species have too strong odor during making soy milk and other products, while those imported seeds didn’t. (article is in Thai language, use Google translation or similar one)
So, it is happening globally now, and Thailand is of course no exception. Here it is well summarized, notice that it is not some rumors, but a solid Market report just 1 years old:
Industrialization is changing the dynamics of the global seeds industry. The agriculture land is not going to increase over a period of time; in fact, it is decreasing owing to the growing industrialization world over. The agricultural land is increasingly being used for setting up of industries. This is putting pressure on agricultural sector as the increasing population is driving food demand.
The need of the hour is to produce more crops with the same or the diminishing land. This has in a way sacrificed the variety of crops we used to have once. Companies have introduced hybrid seeds and then introduced biotech traits into them which made them resistant to many diseases and calamities. Moreover, these corporate giants patented these seeds in their names, to make their sales grow and make them more profitable. This is gradually killing the traditional way where farmers would save the seeds for the next season. Rather now they have to buy them every time from these companies. The government is also promoting these biotech or hybrid seeds in order to make up for the increasing food demand.
So, the agricultural sector is changing hands, although slowly, from the farmers to the seed giants. Monsanto, DuPont, Syngenta are the few big players in the seed industry. Another interesting trend in the industry, however contradictory to the cause of introducing these biotech crops, is the use of crops as biofuels, sacrificing the need for food. Governments as well as companies are encouraging farmers to grow crops which can be used for biofuels.
This is EXACTLY what is happening in Thailand right now ! (Scroll down to read more plans for Thailand since at least 2004, in the “World Kitchen scenario“; also read there about broader view on these events, as in terms of global geo-politics)
Here is also brief mentioning about GMO : Agricultural and Environmental Diagnostics: Market Research Report
9.CORPORATE ACTIVITY IN THE RECENT PAST- A PERSPECTIVE BUILDER
Thailand Supports ASEAN Effort to Standardise GMO
Scientist supports GM crops
taking into consideration that Thailand’s crops are devastated by floods and concerns expressed that very possibly Thailand may start to import rice from Vietnam, this article about attitude of Vietnam towards GMO is pretty relevant !
World Agroforestry Centre and Chiang Mai University and was sponsored by ………
guess whom? 😉 “Rockefeller Foundation, through its office in Bangkok, Thailand” ! Southeast Asia Regional Office
no wonder, these are the people who shape the lives of millions of poor people in developing countries such as Thailand.
Here is a glimpse, in what is called “The World Kitchen scenario” for North Thailand region:
The success of commercial agri-business sees small-scale farming essentially disappear except for specialist high-value ingredients, like herbs and spices. Farmers without the capital or business skills loose out completely to larger better organized firms. Market mechanisms loom large in inputs and dealing with externalities. Water is costly and a major constraint in production until a series of innovations in farm management aided by breeding and GMO technologies sees large improvements in water efficiency and recycling. The primary livelihood option is labor on larger commercial farms. Because of competition from cheap labor from Burma, this causes some unemployment and social disturbance. The implications for the environment are complex, but many serious problems are avoided because local firms need to meet rising standards to successfully compete in international consumer markets.
Need anymore comments ? or have anymore doubts of what, how and why is happening in Thailand with all the floods and GMO seeds? 😉
And BTW I bet all the current floods in Thailand are related to the geo-political games between US and China. Hillary Clinton has introduced in July 2009 at ASEAN summit in Phuket the “Lower Mekong Initiative“, the part of Obama’s foreign policy in SE Asian region. related to that is “Mekong Policy Program“. Brief article about this policy is here:
January 25, 2010
The Lower Mekong Initiative represents a US attempt to reinvent itself in a quadrant of countries it once viewed as critical to its Cold War policy of containment. The Mekong figured prominently in that strategy, and the United States was a strong supporter of the Mekong River Committee, a precursor of the present Mekong River Commission. A 21st century policy must take into account new power dynamics in the Asia-Pacific region; challenges the four Lower Mekong countries face in strengthening cooperation; and the increasing importance of citizen-state relations in these countries. The Lower Mekong Initiative may open the door to a new role for the United States on mainland Southeast Asia, but it also raises a range of new policy issues that merit closer examination and discussion.
China’s Water Grab AUG 24, 2010
Forget the South China Sea. If America really cares about strengthening its presence in Asia, it’ll focus on the Mekong River instead…
another, subtler regional push, one that’s flown under the radar in Washington, has an even greater capacity to upset Beijing: America’s interference in the Mekong River region. Clinton recently met with the foreign ministers of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam and pledged $187 million to support the Lower Mekong Initiative, which has the stated aim of improving education, health, infrastructure, and the environment in the region. It doesn’t have the same firepower as military training exercises — but privately, several Chinese Ministry of National Defense officials have told me that they believe this new, softer approach in the Mekong has the potential to achieve something that all the naval partnerships in the world cannot.
The 2,700-mile-long Mekong River begins on the Tibetan plateau and runs from Yunnan province in China through Burma, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. China has built three hydroelectric dams on its stretch of the Mekong (called Lancang in China) and will complete a fourth dam in 2012. At the moment, water levels of the lower Mekong are at record lows, threatening the livelihood of an estimated 70 million people in the countries south of China, where subsistence agriculture supports a large majority of the population. These countries blame Beijing for damming up water to benefit Chinese citizens while people downstream are starving.
There is no conclusive proof that the Chinese dams and water policies are responsible for the low water levels downstream, but Beijing’s refusal to allow extensive inspection of its activities in the Lancang — as well as its disdainful attitude toward the smaller complainants — hasn’t reassured the smaller countries that they’re being treated fairly. They fear a future in which their access to water will be controlled by China’s Ministry of Water Resources…
But China’s approach in much of Asia is basically a hearts-and-minds one. It is a major distributor of cheap, no-strings-attached loans to other Asian governments, especially to those countries, such as the Philippines and Thailand, that are occasionally drifting away from Washington’s embrace…
Washington’s willingness to get involved in the Mekong River dispute could create an almost perfect counterweight to China’s strategy among the tens of millions of people dependent on the river for sustenance… America’s ability to keep Beijing in check over the Mekong River could remind millions of ordinary Asians that U.S. primacy in the region still matters… For the tens of millions of Asians in these countries that depend on the Mekong River for their survival and livelihood, nothing matters more than a policy that addresses water rights… lending America’s weight to local “bread and butter” issues is a clever way for Washington to win millions of new friends in the region — and keep one very eager competitor at bay
October 29, 2010
Strengthening Engagement with the Lower Mekong Countries. On October 30, the Secretary will meet with her counterparts from Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia for the third time since July 2009 to discuss regional cooperation on capacity-building in health, environment, education, and infrastructure. At the meeting the ministers will discuss plans to explore permanent and sustainable operating structures for the Lower Mekong Initiative, an important vehicle for bolstering regional capacity to address some of the most pressing challenges confronting the region.
16 November 2010
Clinton Foundation will continue to help Vietnam in HIV/AIDS prevention, expand cooperation in coping with climate change and manage water resources, especially in the Mekong region….