September 18, 2012 BBC NEWS UK
▶ Thousands of Sri Lankans have been struck by a deadly form of kidney disease. A new study points to a likely cause - pesticides and fertilisers. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-19628295
▶ DOCUMENTARY "BITTER SEEDS" - 2012 Award Winning Film - Filmed in India https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZtKB_KuASc
Bitter Seeds is the final film in Micha X. Peled's Globalization Trilogy, following Store Wars: When Wal-Mart Comes to Town and China Blue. The films won 18 international awards, aired on over 30 television channels and screened in more than 100 film festivals. They also connected viewers to NGO action campaigns and encouraged Western consumers to understand their impact on the rest of the world.
Bitter Seeds explores the future of how we grow things, weighing in on the worldwide debate over the changes created by industrial agriculture. Companies like the U.S.-based Monsanto claim that their genetically modified (GM) seeds offer the most effective solution to feeding the world's growing population, but on the ground, many small-scale farmers are losing their land. Nowhere is the situation more desperate than in India, where an epidemic of farmer suicides has claimed over a quarter million lives. Every 30 minutes one farmer in India, deep in debt and unable to provide for his family, commits suicide.
▶ Story at-a-glance
Over the past 16 years, a quarter-million of India's farmers have been driven to suicide by Monsanto's false promises and ruthless global monopolization tactics. It's estimated that one Indian farmer now commits suicide every 30 minutes. Most end their lives by drinking pesticide...http://www.kqed.org/arts/movies/article.jsp?essid=108818
▶ "BITTER SEEDS" Trailer Bitter Seeds - TRAILER YouTube
"Bitter Seeds" looks at the beginning of the SUPPLY CHAIN – the raw materials – shedding much-needed light on the crisis created by Monsanto's genetically engineered Bt cotton. Buried in debt and struggling against the rising cost of GE seeds and the chemicals required, combined with failing yields and GE-created super weeds and resistant pests, Indian farmers have taken to suicide at a frightening rate.
=▶ 'BITTER SEEDS" is an examination of the debate surrounding biotechnology and the future of farming.
Biotechnology is changing the way farming is done all over the world. Advocates believe the “New Green Revolution” is the only way to provide sufficient food for the world's growing population while opponents raise environmental concerns and fear that GMOs drive small-scale farmers off the land. Bitter Seeds explores the controversy — from a village in India that uses genetically modified seeds to U.S. government agencies that promote them... http://www.itvs.org/films/bitter-seeds
=▶ BRILLIANT DOCUMENTARY "BITTER SEEDS" ILLUMINATES PLIGHT OF THE INDIAN FARMER
"Bitter Seeds" is a character-driven documentary which shows us the bleak situation for cotton farmers in India. More than 250,000 farmers have killed themselves since 1995.
A MUST WATCH DOCUMENTARY
▶ "SEEDS OF FREEDOM" - VANDANA SHIVA ▶ http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/seeds-of-freedom/
Over the past 16 years, a quarter-million of India's farmers have been driven to suicide by Monsanto's false promises and ruthless global monopolization tactics. It's estimated that one Indian farmer now commits suicide every 30 minutes. Most end their lives by drinking pesticide...
=▶ INDIA: 8,200 FARMERS SUICIDE: MAHARASHTRA STATE REVOKES MONSANTO'S COTTON SEED LICENSE http://sco.lt/6UU39d
The Financial Express, June 07, 2014
BIOTECH INDUSTRY ON ATTACK: YOU WILL TAKE OUR SEEDS
-▶INDIA: THREE CELLS TO BE SET UP TO USE INDUSTRY DATA TO IMPROVE PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF Bt COTTON http://m.financialexpress.com/news/three-cells-to-be-set-up-to-improve-public-perception-of-bt-cotton/1257937/
=▶ THE CHILD VICTIM OF AGRICULTURAL PESTICIDE POISONING IN INDIA http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/945760086/the-child-victims-of-agricultural-pesticide-poisoning-in-india-pesticide-industry-dismissive
▶ THOUSANDS OF DYING FARMERS IN SRI LANKA: STUDIES LINKS KIDNEY DISEASE TO AGROCHEMICALS http://sco.lt/6gKuMT
MYSTERY IN THE FIELDS (SLIDESHOW)
December 28, 2012 The Center For Public Integrity
▶ IN SRI LANKA, NEW STEPS TARGET MYSTERIOUS TENS OF THOUSANDS WITH KIDNEY DISEASE - AGROCHEMICALS, PESTICIDES http://www.publicintegrity.org/2012/12/28/11985/sri-lanka-new-steps-target-mysterious-kidney-disease
▶ MYSTERY IN THE FIELDS- VIDEO
As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers | The Center for Public Integrity http://ow.ly/dN3TU
Earth Justice, July 16, 2013
▶ PESTICIDES TAKING HEALTH TOLL ON FARMWORKERS.
If the apples in your local store are bug-free because of pesticides, then you might ask who the pesticides hurt before the apples left the farm. That’s because many pesticides are toxic enough to seriously harm the humans who work in the orchards http://earthjustice.org/blog/2013-july/pesticides-taking-toll-on-farmworkers
March 2013 - DW World
=▶ INDIA: WHERE MONSANTO HIDES OUT : SCIENTIST SAYS GENETICALLY ENGINEERED CROPS HAVE NOT LIVED UP TO THEIR CLAIMS
India has a huge research program on genetically modified crops, and unlike many other parts of the world, it also has a very large public sector investment. That means a lot of the research programs are government-funded. There is also the presence of private seed companies and collaborations of these companies with the large US seed company Monsanto... http://futurenow.dw.de/english/2011/02/04/genetic-engineering-has-not-lived-out-its-potential-says-scientist/#more-839
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A Must see VIDEO for all. Dr. David Suzuki
WHAT IS GENETIC ENGINEERING
"WHAT ARE ROUNDUP READY & Bt PESTICIDE GMO CROPS?"
▶ The Economic Times, November 25, 2013
AS OPPOSITION TO GM CROPS GROWS, COMPANIES ARE TURNING TO MUTANT BREEDING http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/agriculture/as-opposition-to-gm-grows-companies-are-turning-to-mutant-breeding/articleshow/26334154.cms
=▶ 1. SEEDING DEEP DEMOCRACY - VIDEO - Vandana Shiva http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1054461972/seeding-deep-democracy-vandana-shiva
=▶ 2. THE SEED PATENT GAME: Do Seed Companies Control GM Crop Research? - Scientific American http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/946593435/the-seed-patent-game-do-seed-companies-control-gm-crop-research-scientific-american
=▶ 3. WATCH: "Seeds of Freedom" (10 min) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyh9-K3n4Kg&sns=em #Navdanya, Dr. Vandana Shiva
=▶ 4. MONANTO AND THE SEEDS OF SUICIDE http://sco.lt/84jT17
=▶ INDIA'S BIOTECH INDUSTRY TRICKERY: THE POWER OF THE GMO SEED PATENT MONOPOLY http://sco.lt/6vIzMf
=▶ SEED PATENTS, PESTICIDES, GLOBAL MONOPOLIES AND CONTROL OF YOUR FOOD http://sco.lt/7yB3XF
=▶ GLOBAL SEED GIANTS PATENT SEEDS REDUCING FARMERS' SEED OPTIONS http://sco.lt/5jHmU5
-▶ ON SEED FREEDOM AND SHARING THE WORLD'S RESOURCES http://sco.lt/68uwuv
=▶ INVESTIGATIVE REPORT: SOARING PESTICIDE USE AND POISONING LINKED TO GE CROP PRODUCTION http://sco.lt/8iunRp
July 22, 2013 Reuters
-▶ WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAD ASKED INDIA TO BAN PESTICIDE THAT KILLED 23 CHILDREN IN THEIR SCHOOL LUNCH http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/07/22/us-india-poisoning-monocrotophos-idUSBRE96L0HB20130722?feedType=RSS&
=▶ ARE YOU EATING 'PESTICIDE PLANTS'? THE CONNECTION BETWEEN GMO AND TOXIC PESTICIDES http://sco.lt/9JFS65
-▶ PESTICIDE OVERLOAD: 1.1 BILLION POUNDS USED PER YEAR, AND NEW USA LEGISLATION BANS RETALIATION http://sco.lt/7ilmE5
-▶ PESTICIDE LOBBY SPENDS MILLIONS TO DEFEND CHEMICALS TIED TO HUMAN HEALTH AND BEE DEATHS http://sco.lt/5Fiin3
Link TV (27:17)
UNSAFE: THE TRUTH BEHIND EVERYDAY CHEMICALS
They contribute to disease and are linked to conditions such as asthma, autism, ADHD, diabetes, cancers, infertility, cognitive disorders, obesity, reproductive disorders and birth defects. Earth Focus looks at endocrine disruptors, ubiquitous chemicals that affect development, metabolism, fertility and intelligence at extremely low doses and at what measures could be taken to better ensure public safety.
▶ THINK THOSE CHEMICALS AND PESTICIDES IN YOUR FOOD HAVE BEEN TESTED? http://sco.lt/7QxMob
▶ CONTEMPORARY AGRICULTURE IS BURNING UP OUR PLANET http://sco.lt/9E1XDV
THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MONSANTO (FULL LENGTH)
The Leader of the Biotech Chemical Cartel