By Jorge Rulli
What is this state policy? Well, as you may have imagined, it is that of transgenic soybeans ... That is our State policy, that everyone is informed: our State policy is to continue being a Soy Argentina ...!
Produce GM Soy as a State Policy
In the previous meetings at the Foreign Ministry to the meeting of the Biosafety Protocol and later in the dialogues with the Argentine delegation in Curitiba, the existence of a State policy in Argentina emerges explicitly for the first time, at least for us. . Yes, our country, which has almost no state, seems to have a state policy instead ... What is a state policy? It is a strategic policy that transcends the Government that initiates it and that is continued as a mandate by the other governments that succeed it. It is what can also be called: a country project. Someone thought about it and took the first steps, then the government changed and perhaps their opponents occupied the decision-making positions, who are going to modify all policies, except that strategic policy that corresponds to State policy and that are then continued beyond all political party. That is a state policy. We did not know we had them ... Rather, we had denounced it many times and even our friends accused us of seeing ghosts, and we ended up feeling almost paranoid ... But it turns out that ghosts exist, and it turns out that we have a state policy ... and what is it? that state policy? Well, as you may have already imagined, it is that of soybeans ... That is our state policy, that everyone be informed: our state policy is to continue being a Republiqueta Sojera ...!
That policy was designed in the nineties by Jorge Castro and Héctor Huergo, both men who were from the left and later converted to Menemism, they were later joined by Trucco and Grobocopatel, the Destiny of Argentina will be to produce transgenic forages and be a champion of Biotechnology in the globalized world. They drew our destiny. From the leftover forage fed by ruminants and poultry in Europe and China, we will make biodiesel and the remaining by-products will feed the poor, a lower species on the scale of values of a parasitic elite that delivered the homeland for a few containers of transgenic soybeans.
When we question the Delegation in Curitiba during MOP3, they defend themselves by telling us: this is not the place to discuss State policies. Those policies imply in Curitiba: resisting and postponing compliance with the Protocol, making the discourse of companies their own and influencing small countries through the so-called "Capacity building" In other words, creating capacities in other countries, taking for granted our self-referential solvency in Biotechnology and in forming teams capable of controlling the processes of handling and transfer of LMOs or genetically modified living organisms.
A state policy means determining a transcendent objective and to the extent that this objective is hidden and at the same time respected and fulfilled above partisanship and ideologies, we can speak with property of "Gatopardismo", when the accessory is modified so that the important remains the same.
A State policy, to the extent that it transcends parties and ideologies, should be the product of consensus or of a great national agreement that puts the interest of the nation as a whole first. But producing transgenic soy as a State policy and fantasizing about a supposed national Biotechnology was decided as a State policy behind the backs of the Argentines and with the exclusive vote of agribusiness, large soy producers and agro-exporting companies.
The Argentine Delegation is right in the sense that it is not with them, here in Curitiba, where a State policy can be modified, but it is also true that every time we have spoken with those who decide policies, they not only do not recognize that there is State policy some and less inherited from Menemism, but what is worse, they completely ignore everything concerning Soy, Biotechnology and even our obscene relationship with the WTO, that is, the World Trade Organization. So who to talk to about these state policies? Are some international NGOs that no longer speak to governments and negotiate directly with corporations instead? Or is this also a way to legitimize our new state of transcolonialism?
Sometime many years ago, we Argentines felt expressed by a slogan that mobilized us from the guts: Homeland yes Cologne no! That cry was a watershed in any discussion and put some on one side and others on the other, because at that time it was clear that there was a national and an anti-national camp. And now what, won't it be the same but we don't know how to see it? Let's leave it here ... I feel that the time is coming to return to taking roads with heart ...
* Jorge Eduardo Rulli
EDITORIAL FOR SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2006 - Horizonte Sur, National Radio AM - From April we will be on Sunday morning, from 8 to 9 hours.