One of the latest WikiLeaks cable releases shows that US has a policy of waging trade war against countries that oppose genetically modified crops. In late 2007, France had moved to ban a GM corn strain from Monsanto.
The US embassy in Paris had advised the US government to create a list of opposing countries to "cause some pain across the EU." Spain and the US had worked closely to prevent the strengthening of biotechnology laws in the EU.
The Vatican was lobbied extensively to change the pope´s stance and influence a large segment of the population in the EU and developing countries. US diplomats pushed GM crops “as a strategic government and commercial imperative” on a global scale.