Debbie Coffey  Copyright 2011   All Rights Reserved.

Investigative Reporter/PPJ

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President Obama’s new Rural Council is led by the Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

How does the USDA tie into the United Nations and international laws?

Let’s look at the USDA’s Forest Service. 

USDA’s FOREST SERVICE (FS)

The Forest Service is also on the USDA’s Invasive Species Council, and issued a report about Invasive Species titled “Addressing the Four Threats in an International Context,” which states “While the U.S. is not party to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), forest service experts participate in invasive species working groups sponsored by the CBD to share information and establish guidelines for border control, mitigation, and management.”

Does this vague supposed difference between “party to” and “participate” seem a little loosey goosey to you?  (The Convention on Biological Diversity is a United Nations treaty that our U.S. Senate didn’t ratify, so it seems like U.S. government agencies shouldn’t be a “party to” participating in these “working groups.”)   

This report also states: “The Forest Service is a member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), an international partnership of government agencies and non-governmental organizations interested in nature conservation.  The IUCN hosts the Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).” 

On the IUCN website, it states: “IUCN links its Mission to the paramount goals of the international community on environment and sustainable development, in particular Agenda 21…”   More