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Posted: January 11 2011
The Guardian UK
WikiLeaks: US Targets EU Over GM Crops
US embassy cable recommends drawing up list of countries for 'retaliation' over opposition to genetic modification
by John Vidal, environment editor
The US embassy in Paris advised Washington to start a military-style trade war against any European Union country which opposed genetically modified (GM) crops, newly released WikiLeaks cables show.
In response to moves by France to ban a Monsanto GM corn variety in late 2007, the ambassador, Craig Stapleton, a friend and business partner of former US president George Bush, asked Washington to penalise the EU and particularly countries which did not support the use of GM crops.