The effective use of Pioneer’s "better seed" relies on a package of inputs that costs money. This includes synthetic fertilisers and pesticides ( produced and supplied by Pioneer Hi- Bred), irrigation and established marketing channels. The majority of small-scale food producers in SA do not have any hope of gaining sustained access to this package of inputs. They don’t have the resources, and will never have them until there is a fundamental redistribution of wealth in our society as a whole.
This package of inputs, the basic technologies of the so-called Green Revolution, is also proving unsustainable globally as the long-term negative ecological effects of soil depletion, excessive water use, narrowing of seed diversity and monocropping take their toll in the form of stagnating yields, destruction of ecosystems and increasing crop vulnerability.
When it comes to ensuring that food enters the market carrying as few pathogens and insects as possible, the large majority of health, governmental and scholarly authorities seem to agree -- food irradiation is an effective final safety measure.
With their eyes firmly on the money making potential of the bottom of the pyramid (BOP) global food market, profit-seeking corporates punt food security through the enhancement of the global food value chain. But, writes Carol Thompson, this avoids distinguishing who is 'valued' and who is 'chained'.
The Ontario Court of Justice on Wednesday found rural dairy farmer Michael Schmidt guilty of selling and distributing raw milk and raw-milk products — the latest development in a nearly five-year legal battle with the province about consumers'...
A San Diego produce company has recalled one lot of organic grape tomatoes imported from Mexico after a container of the tomatoes, collected in Michigan in a random sample by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, tested positive for Salmonella.
Andrew Williamson Fresh Produce said the grape tomatoes were sold under the Limited Edition® and Fresh & Easy labels in 18 U.S. states -- Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Utah -- and two Canadian provinces, British Columbia and Ontario.
This is a very exciting piece of work that suggests that the food we eat may directly regulate gene expression in our bodies,” said Clay Marsh, Director of the Center for Personalized Health Care at the Ohio State University College of Medicine who researches microRNA expression in human blood but who was not involved in the study.
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