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Several groups of ecologists and small farmers have expressed concerns at seed manufacturers’ increasing control over access to seed, due to property rights being extended to crops and the resulting seed.
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Blame an anti-inflammatory drug. Vultures that ingested animal carcasses containing diclofenac contracted kidney failure and died within weeks, scientists found.
You’ve all heard the news: farmers across the country are losing their fields to superweeds so formidable and fast-spreading that they break farm machinery and render millions of acres of farmland useless.
The big question is, can we possibly learn from this ecological and agronomic disaster? The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Monsanto’s rival, Dow Chemical, apparently cannot.
THE POWER AND REACH OF THE BIOTECH AND GENETICALLY MODIFIED MEGA CORPORATIONS IS HUGE. THEY ARE DETERMINED TO RULE AND OWN THE GLOBAL FOOD SUPPLY BY CREATING DEPENDENCE ON GMO AND THEIR ATTENDING PESTICIDES/FERTILIZERS
When it comes to genetically modified produce, public skepticism may be big, but big biotech’s reach may be even bigger, suggests a new Turkish regulation which legalizes the importation of genetically modified feed corn.
IRISH PEOPLE had been eating meat reared on feed containing genetically modified (GM) elements for years, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney has said, making a small number of people extremely wealthy while pretending they're feeding the poor and hungry.
Across the globe, local farmers are being displaced to make way for energy crop plantations...
POLOCHIC VALLEY, GUATEMALA—Echoes from armed raids still seem to resound in this valley, eight hours north of the capital city. In early 2011 military and paramilitary forces forcibly evicted 13 communities of indigenous Mayan peasants—some 300 families were dispossessed of disputed land they had been living on for three years to secure the property rights of one powerful local family, the Widmanns, and its agribusiness company Chabil Utzaj.
GMO labeling is also a top concern for organic farmers and food producers across the nation, and getting GMOs out of our food supply is a passionate cause lead by non-GMO advocates throughout the world.“The best effort today ... bypasses the corporate driven politics and legislators, giving consumers the direct ability to require mandatory labeling of GMOs,” says Jeffrey Smith, America’s most prominent non-GMO advocate, GMO expert, and author of The Seeds of Deception: Exposing Industry and Government Lies about the Safety of the Genetically Engineered Foods You’re Eating.
Our agriculture system requires a lot of pesticides. The problem is, it also requires a lot of bees.
Eric Holt-Gimenez talks here about the persistent problem of hunger, and how it is a product of the industrial corporate food regime, rather than an anomaly or the result of scarcity. Since hunger, as well as environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, increasing carbon emissions and climate change are produced by this system, new ways of thinking and acting are needed to bring about real change.
West Lafayette, IN (SPX) Jan 13, 2012 - Honeybee populations have been in serious decline for years, and Purdue University scientists may have identified one of the factors that cause bee deaths around agricultural fields, weakening their immune systems, making the vulnerable to other health issues.
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Jan 13, 2012 - A new study led by a NASA scientist highlights 14 key air pollution control measures that, if implemented, could slow the pace of global warming, improve health and boost agricultural production.
In the Philippines, a new kind of conventional wisdom about food: chemical free, community strong.
Part of the high expenses of chemical agriculture is that farmers must buy new hybrid seeds each planting season, a costly proposition. The traditional seeds that Delia and other organic farmers here are using are saved from the previous harvest or “in-bred” locally to work best in this particular area. Delia complains that the government’s agricultural extension agents sometimes give out free hybrid seeds, and that they mainly give seminars on chemical agriculture rather than providing support for “zero-chem” farming.
A take on cross engineering different species within our food supply, which we and the animals then eat...outcomes?
Ever wonder what's really in the food sold at grocery stores around the world?
People keep asking, “What ingredients should I avoid?” So here is a short list that covers all the most toxic and disease-promoting ingredients in the food supply. These are the substances causing cancer, diabetes, heart disease and leading to tens of billions of dollars in unnecessary health care costs across America (and around the world).
Video: What Happens In Your Body When You Eat Processed Foods http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-gmos-pesticides/p/1285605116/video-what-happens-in-your-body-when-you-eat-processed-foods
Grist: Unusual honeybee die-offs have become so severe that some US beekeepers will qualify for disaster relief funds...
In the industry we believe pesticides play an important role in what's going on," said Dave Hackenberg, co-chair of the NHBAB and a beekeeper in Pennsylvania.Of particular concern is a group of pesticides, chemically similar to nicotine, called neonicotinoids (neonics for short), and one in particular called clothianidin. Instead of being sprayed, neonics are used to treat seeds, so that they're absorbed by the plant's vascular system, and then end up attacking the central nervous systems of bees that come to collect pollen. Virtually all of today's genetically engineered Bt corn is treated with neonics. The chemical industry alleges that bees don't like to collect corn pollen, but new research shows that not only do bees indeed forage in corn, but they also have multiple other routes of exposure to neonics.
Scottish livestock farmers have been alerted to look out for a new viral disease which causes foetal malformations in cattle, sheep and goats.
Court rules organic farmers can sue conventional, GMO farmers whose pesticides 'trespass' and contaminate their fields...
- Union of Concerned Scientists
Our agricultural system has lost its way. Industrial agriculture is unhealthy—for our environment, our climate, our bodies, and our rural economies.
Millions of acres of corn, soybeans, and other commodity crops, grown with the help of heavy government subsidies, dominate our rural landscapes.
To grow these crops, industrial farms use massive amounts of synthetic fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides, which deplete our soil and pollute our air and water.
Much of this harvest will end up as biofuels and other industrial products—and most of the rest will be used in CAFOs (confined animal feeding operations) or in heavily processed junk foods, which seem cheap only because their hidden costs don't show up at the cash register.... http://www.scoop.it/t/agriculture-and-gmos-gm/p/985450868/our-agricultural-system-has-lost-its-way
Researchers in Sweden have confirmed that exposure to pesticides classified as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) increases the incidence of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries.
Known to be a “major risk factor” for heart attacks and strokes, atherosclerosis is one of many health threats posed by POPs pesticides, which can persist in the environment for years or decades after use. In fact, this study comes on the heels of several others in recent years that show a correlation between POPs and health harms associated with poor heart health, such as hypertension, obesity, and diabetes.
GMWatch is an independent non-profit making organisation founded in 1998. We seek to counter the enormous corporate political power and propaganda of the biotech industry.
The food crisis and the environmental crisis are two sides of one coin, so any solution to hunger and food security must also be sustainable and contribute to ecological integrity.
Olivier explains the principles of agroecology and why it is so important for transitioning away from fossil fuel technologies which dominate the industrial food system at present. In practice small scale, locally independent models are best for implementing it. However, if governments support the adoption and spread of agroecological principles it can be scaled up to meet the needs of food security around the world.
Compelling new evidence from the US government's top bee expert that modern pesticides may be a major cause of collapsing bee populations led to calls yesterday for the chemicals to be banned.
Farmers and civil society organizations around the world are outraged by the recent discovery of further connections between the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and agribusiness titan Monsanto.
In the words of a representative from the Kenya Biodiversity Coalition, “AGRA (founded by the Gates Foundation, is poison for our farming systems and livelihoods. Under the philanthropic banner of greening agriculture, AGRA will eventually eat away what little is left of sustainable small-scale farming in Africa.”
African Centre for Biosafety, November 18, 2013▶ A CRITICAL LOOK AT THE ALLIANCE FOR A GREEN REVOLUTION IN AFRICA (AGRA) - 2013 REPORT -- GIVING WITH ONE HAND, TAKING WITH TWO http://www.acbio.org.za/
▶ THE CORPORATE 'PHILANTHROCAPITLISTS' TAKEOVER OF AFRICAN AND GLOBAL FOOD SECURITY http://sco.lt/6CHP3R
...there are reasons to think that our current anomalous abundance of inexpensive food may be only temporary; if so, present and future generations may become acquainted with that old, formerly familiar but unwelcome houseguest—famine.
The following are four principal bases (there are others) for this gloomy forecast.
The Obama Administration approved Monsanto's GMO corn designed to be 'drought tolerant', despite receiving nearly 45,000 public comments voicing opposition.