NaturalNews) Embattled Ukraine, which is currently under siege (practically) by a belligerent Russia, once upon a time used to be called the “Breadbasket of the Soviet Union,” because most of the U.S.S.R.’s food came from there.
Even after the U.S.S.R. dissolved, Ukraine continued to be productive agriculturally, though its production of other goods and services, by 1999, had fallen to 40 percent of what the country was producing in 1991, when the breakup took place, according to the CIA World Factbook.
But now, while the Ukrainian government faces off against a powerful Russian army, the country’s agricultural production is about to be ambushed as well, according to CounterPunch:
On July 28, the California-based Oakland Institute released a report revealing that the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), under terms of their $17 billion loan to Ukraine, would open that country to genetically-modified (GM) crops and genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) in agriculture. The report is entitled “Walking on the West Side: the World Bank and the IMF in the Ukraine Conflict.”
GMOs are banned in Ukraine, but…
CounterPunch reports further that, in late 2013, Viktor Yanukovych, who was then president of Ukraine, turned down an agreement with the European Union that was tied to a $17 billion International Monetary Fund loan; the terms of that agreement are just now becoming known.
Instead, the Ukrainian leader chose an aid package from Russia which amounted to about $15 billion, in addition to a discount on Russian natural gas (Ukraine gets nearly all of its natural gas from Russia, the CIA notes). Frederic Mousseau, Policy Directory of the Oakland Institute and co-author of “Walking on the West Side,” reported that the discount was 33 percent.
In any event, that decision was a major element of the ensuing deadly protests that eventually led to his ouster from office in February of this year, and the current crisis with Moscow.
Written by J. D. Heyes
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