Thomas Malthus, history’s celebrated pessimist, wrote in 1798 that, should war and disease fail to claim humanity, “gigantic inevitable famine stalks in the rear, and with one mighty blow levels the population with the food of the world.”...
The words “wild” and “farming” may seem at odds. In the last century, with the development of petroleum-based pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers, farms were increasingly modeled on industry. “Fencerow to fencerow,” mono-crop farming emphasized high production and minimized the importance of biodiversity. Farmers ripped out vegetation, cut down forests, shot predators, and filled in wetlands and streams. Today, agriculture is a major cause of the habitat loss that puts endangered species at risk.
“Hundreds of citizens, (even including NYC chefs in their white chef hats) joined Occupy the Food System groups, ie Food Democracy Now, gathered outside the Federal Courts in Manhattan on January 31st, to support organic family farmers in their...
Unless we have a powerful growndswell of movemnt, grass roots movement of consumers and farmrs, we can't take on the paid agents in the Governmnt of India to save us and protect our health from th neo-liberal onslaught on our survival as a nation. The women of Zaheerabad showed one way of doing it.
This article is sequel to 'For Whom The Bell Tolls.'
Just as the American small farmers are being systematically decimated [yes, decimated: arrested, penalized for violation of idiotic rules, burdened with excessive costs, etc] and American consumers have been fed poisoned foods, our small farmers and agricultural system are being destroyed; and Indian consumers will soon be eating the same poisoned foods as their American counterparts. For us, therefore, tolls the bell.
Putting health back into your hands ... While the Food and Drug Administration has allowed the sale and planting of genetically modified foods for 15 years, it has never required premarket safety evaluations of the foods.
Biotech agriculture expanding globallyVancouver SunThe total area planted with genetically modified crops grew by eight per cent in 2011, reaching 160 million hectares worldwide, according to new figures released by an inter-national agricultural...
Hungary has taken a bold stand against biotech giant Monsanto and genetic modification by destroying 1000 acres of maize found to have been grown with genetically modified seeds, according to Hungary deputy state ...
Al Jazeera does an indepth investigation: WATCH:Does 'biopiracy' endanger world food supplies?
Seed monopolies could affect livelihoods of farmers, biodiversity. Patenting crop-breeding techniques has economic, ecological and ethical implications. Currently, five biotech corporations account for 77 percent of patents on living organisms.
Consumer resistance to transgenic (GMO) food is high, part of a debate that is coming to life in courtrooms and online.
Last year, according to the Department of Agriculture, about 90 percent of all soybeans, corn, canola and sugar beets raised in the United States were grown from what scientists now call transgenic (genetically modified) seed. Most processed foods (staples like breakfast cereal, granola bars, chicken nuggets and salad dressing) contain one or more transgenic ingredients, according to estimates from the Grocery Manufacturers Association, though the labels don’t reveal that. (Some, like tortilla chips, can contain dozens.)
Common ingredients like corn, vegetable oil, maltodextrin, soy protein, lecithin, monosodium glutamate, cornstarch, yeast extract, sugar and corn syrup are almost always produced from transgenic crops.
Please remember that, like the big pharmaceutical firms, the biotechnology seeds' firms contol the regulatory authority...nearly everywhere. In every country. AND: the US diplomatic channels have been used to impose acceptance of these lethal seeds and foods and feeds. More on this later.
My first review paper on the outcome of neo-liberal attack on our farmers and agriculture. The farmers' suicide is just the beginning. Food shortage is looming large over the world population and the forecast is utterly gloomy.
If the people of India don't aggressively protect the rice crop from sustained and criminal attacks of multi-national seeds companies, specifically from genetic engineering and the use of nano technology to "engineer" rice seeds, we may forever lose this crop. Remember that India is the center for origin of rice crop.
indiabloomsSabzi heroes in Kolkata to save vegetablesindiabloomsA law like this is definitely not in the interest of the public and will only benefit the Multinational seed companies who stand to make profit by selling these GM seeds” said Azim...
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GMO's. (Genetically Modified Organisms). GMO's are defined by the World Health Organization as “foods derived from organisms whose genetic material has been modified in a way that does not occur naturally”.
Monsanto Co. said it's leaving Britain due to opposition to genetically modified foods. Officials at Monsanto — a multinational agricultural biotechnology corporation and leading producer of genetically engineered seed — said ...
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