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CorpWatch : Monsanto Bullies Small Farmers Over Planting Harvested GMO Seeds

CorpWatch : Monsanto Bullies Small Farmers Over Planting Harvested GMO Seeds | News in english | Scoop.it
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March 26th, 2013 
"Seed Giants vs. U.S. Farmers." New report by Center for Food Safety.

Does Monsanto own all future generations of genetically modified seeds that it sells? The Missouri-based agribusiness giant wants farmers to pay a royalty to plant any seed that descended from a patented original. The legal decision has ramifications for other patented "inventions" that reproduce themselves like strands of DNA.

The U.S. Supreme Court appeared to side with Monsanto in oral arguments heard this past February in a lawsuit that the world's largest seed company has brought against Vernon Hugh Bowman, a 75 year old farmer in Indiana, who grows corn, soybeans and wheat on a small farm of 600 acres (242 hectares).

The impending court decision, which will probably come this June, has sparked alarm among consumer advocates.

"Judges don't understand agriculture," says Bill Freese, science policy analyst for theCenter for Food Safety, a Washington DC based watchdog group. "The Monsantos of the world have everyone convinced through a massive misinformation campaigns that biotech crops are essential to feed the world, and patents are necessary for biotech crops. So there's this patina of virtuous innovation when in fact what biotechnology is really used for primarily is to develop pesticide-promoting crops."

The crop in question is Roundup Ready soybeans, which are genetically-altered to be resistant to glyphosate, the main chemical in Roundup, a pesticide also manufactured by Monsanto.

Bowman first fought back when Monsanto sued him in 2007 for patent infringement. At the time, Bowman was a regular Monsanto customer. Like the 275,000 other U.S. farmers who buy "Roun

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Open Letter to #Nestlé by @yasminemotarjemi #FoodSafety #Suisse #Justice #Swiss

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Open Letter by 
Yasmine Motarjemi , Former Corporate Food Safety Manager (2000-2010), Assistant Vice President
to
Mr Peter Brabeck-Letmathe
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Nestlé, S.A
55 Avenue Nestlé
CH-1800 Vevey

"Nyon, 4th Septembre 2010
Dear Mr Chairman,
I was your Corporate Food Safety Manager from 2000 to 2010. I write to you today for two reasons: 
first, to share with you my concerns regarding a culture and management practices in Nestlé, which 
undermine food safety; and, second, to inform you of my personal experiences while attempting to
improve the situation.
I long nourished the hope that you would be interested in meeting the person responsible for dealing 
with everyday problems of the Company in an area as important as the safety of Nestlé products. 
However, to my regret we have never had the opportunity to meet and discuss the food safety 
situation in the Company. As both corporate-level management of food safety and my professional 
status deteriorated to the point of being unacceptable, I was compelled to report my concerns to 
Management with the expectation that a fair evaluation of the situation would be undertaken. In 
the event, my efforts were in vain. 
Mr Chairman, I always found listening to your speeches a source of motivation and inspiration. 
Moreover, Nestlé Policies and Management Principles portray a model Company, with the most 
laudable corporate values. A glance at the Company building, offices and facilities is enough to make 
any outsider believe that this is an ideal working environment. 
However, after only a short time, I was profoundly disappointed at how people are managed, the 
discrepancies between your public statements and the private deeds of managers; between the 
Company’s policies and management principles and actual practices; and between the proclaimed 
values and the prevailing fear culture (including mobbing and intimidation) that managers nourished. 
I was particularly saddened by the growing realisation that Management was not only aware of this 
situation but that it was also fully accepted by the very people who should have been, in fact, the inhouse guardians of policy compliance.I failed to see the flawless execution of policy that you promoted in your speeches. Didn’t you state 
that the management of food quality and safety depends on the quality of management? What can 
be said about food safety management when the members of Management themselves do not 
respect Company policies and principles? 
If I dared challenge the Company’s food safety and human resource practices I can assure you that it 
was not out of disrespect. On the contrary, it was because of my loyalty to the Company, my 
colleagues and the consumers we served. It was also because for me the safety of our products and 
respect for our colleagues were non-negotiable values. Involving staff in building a better company 
unavoidably includes exposing shortcomings. But surely it is better to receive timely feedback from 
within than to be publicly embarrassed later by failures.
You have often expressed your commitment to food safety. Please allow me to share with you my 
own vision in this regard. Over and above the technical and scientific aspects, the foundation of 
good food safety management is an equitable system of people management that is based on 
professionalism, fairness, objectivity, open-mindedness, respect for staff and, most importantly, for 
their dignity. I regret to say that I failed to see this approach implemented at the Nestlé Head Office. 
My own situation is a case in point. 
On several occasions I reported – first to members of Management and then, in November 2009, to 
Mr Paul Bulcke – serious shortcomings in food safety management, the professional difficulties I 
faced, and the shameful treatment that I experienced in Nestlé. I hoped that I would be given the 
opportunity to provide a full and accurate account of events during the period 2005-2010. In 
response, my contract was terminated with no opportunity to provide details of my experience. 
Nevertheless, I am prepared to meet with you, at your convenience, to share my observations on 
practices in Nestlé and their eventual repercussions on Nestlé’s reputation and consumers. I would 
also hope to use this opportunity to identify an equitable solution for my personal difficult situation, another consequence of the past events in Nestlé" 
source : http://www.rts.ch/info/3989665.html/BINARY/Mr+CEO.pdf
more here (in french) http://www.rts.ch/info/economie/3988696-une-ex-responsable-de-la-securite-alimentaire-depose-plainte-contre-nestle.html
more again (in french) 
more (in german ) : http://www.handelszeitung.ch/unternehmen/nestle-im-keim-erstickt

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Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many #US Cities - New York Times - #violence #USA

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Murder Rates Rising Sharply in Many #US Cities - New York Times - #violence #USA

More than 30 cities across the country have seen a startling rise in murders so far this year from a year ago, oftentimes ending decades of decline.

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" #US considered using #nuclear bomb on #Afghanistan after 9/11 " – German diplomat - RT America - 3:42 #History

" #US considered using #nuclear bomb on #Afghanistan after 9/11 " – German diplomat - RT America - 3:42 #History


Ajoutée le 31 août 2015

In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the US reportedly considered using a nuclear weapon on Afghanistan, according to a German diplomat. Michael Steiner, the current German ambassador to India, recently told news magazine Der Spiegel that the US was so distraught following the tragic event, policymakers in Washington had put on paper an actual plan to nuke the Middle Eastern nation. Legal and media analyst Lionel gives his take of the report.

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"La pharmacie offre aux Arabes un coup de pouce dans leurs carrières" #israel #Palestine - Times of israel

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"La pharmacie offre aux Arabes un coup de pouce dans leurs carrières" #israel #Palestine - Times of israel

Plus d’un tiers des pharmaciens israéliens sont des Arabes, qui se fraient une voie – un peu cahoteuse – vers la classe moyenne

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« En général, certaines questions ethniques ont émergé dans les entrevues, comme les habitudes vestimentaires ou l’utilisation de la langue arabe entre collègues de travail », dit le rapport. « Le contact direct au travail entre les pharmaciens juifs et arabes les conduit à se connaître et à se respecter mutuellement. »

S’il y avait une tension, c’était entre les pharmaciens arabes et les clients juifs : « il apparaît que l’insatisfaction des clients est souvent exprimée en termes de groupe ethnique des pharmaciens, » dit le rapport, certains clients mentionnant l’origine arabe d’un pharmacien comme la raison du problème avec leur prescription, la disponibilité d’un médicament, etc.

« Souvent, les pharmaciens ne jouissent pas du plein soutien de leur employeur », ajoute le rapport.

Néanmoins, l’afflux d’Arabes dans le monde pharmaceutique israélien a été un développement positif pour les deux parties, dit le rapport.

« Dans l’ensemble, les relations personnelles et les interactions quotidiennes entre les pharmaciens juifs et arabes ont été qualifiées de positives, et même d’expérience éducative pour les pharmaciens juifs qui ont eu l’occasion d’apprendre à connaître leurs collègues arabes. »"


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#DonaldTrump Donated Millions To #Clinton Foundation #oligarchy #MAFIA #corruption #USA

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#DonaldTrump Donated Millions To #Clinton Foundation #oligarchy #MAFIA #corruption #USA“

Hillary Clinton, I said be at my wedding, and she came to my wedding," the reality-star-turned-politician said at the first GOP presidential debate in Cleveland. "She had no choice because I gave to a foundation.”

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excellent ! ▶ "Love #Palestine, Love Freedom, Love #justice" - YouTube #Boycottisrael #music #clip #Apartheid


excellent ! ▶ "Love #Palestine,  Love Freedom, Love #justice"  - YouTube #Boycottisrael #music #clip #Apartheid

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#Fukushima fishing cooperative allowed #Tepco to discharge the contaminated groundwater to the sea - #environment

#Fukushima fishing cooperative allowed #Tepco to discharge the contaminated groundwater to the sea - #environment | News in english | Scoop.it

#Fukushima fishing cooperative allowed #Tepco to discharge the contaminated groundwater to the sea - #environment


Following up this article.. Tepco to pump up highly contaminated groundwater for potential discharge today / Drainage plan submitted to NRA [URL]   On 8/11/2015, Fukushima fishing cooperative officially admitted Tepco
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14 images that show just how laughable #TTIP is - The Independent #Europe #Mafia #Tobacco #Lobbycracy

14 images that show just how laughable #TTIP is - The Independent #Europe #Mafia #Tobacco #Lobbycracy | News in english | Scoop.it


14 images that show just how laughable #TTIP is - The Independent #Europe #Mafia #Tobacco #Lobbycracy

TTIP controversy: The European Commission and Big Tobacco accused of cover-up after heavily redacted documents released

The European Commission has been accused of a cover-up after refusing to release details of talks between its officials and the tobacco industry during negotiations over the proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) treaty.

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#US State Dept. spokesperson knows nothing about major #Iraq War inquiry - YouTube

#US State Dept. spokesperson knows nothing about major #Iraq War inquiry - YouTube


Ajoutée le 25 août 2015

British newspaper the Daily Mail has been lobbying since 2009 for more information from the US government over documents related to a probe of high-ranking UK officials and their involvement in the run-up to the Iraq War, also called the Chilcot Inquiry, but it has received only a handful of documents and most of it was redacted. When Gayane Chichakyan pressed the US State Department, the spokesperson claimed to know nothing about the years-long inquiry.

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#HipHop Legend #BootsRiley on #BlackLivesMatter & How His Cousin Was Accused of Shooting a Cop - #USA #racism


#HipHop Legend #BootsRiley on #BlackLivesMatter & How His Cousin Was Accused of Shooting a Cop - #USA #racism

Ajoutée le 25 août 2015

DemocracyNow.org - Legendary hip-hop artist Boots Riley has just published a new book, "Tell Homeland Security–We Are the Bomb,” of his songs, commentaries and stories from his work with the Oakland hip-hop group The Coup and the band Street Sweeper Social Club. Riley has been deeply involved in political activism for decades, from taking part in protests against police brutality to supporting Occupy Oakland to speaking out on Palestinian issues. Last week, he joined more than 1,000 black activists, artists and scholars in signing on to a statement supporting "the liberation of Palestine’s land and people." He also describes how his his cousin, Carlos Riley, who was accused of shooting a police officer in Durham, North Carolina, in 2012 was just found not guilty of shooting the police officer.

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Is #Russia #Hamas' bridge to global #diplomacy? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East #Gaza #Palestine

Is #Russia #Hamas' bridge to global #diplomacy? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East #Gaza #Palestine | News in english | Scoop.it

La Russie est-elle le pont pour que le Hamas puisse avoir accès, après une période d'isolement, aux relations diplomatiques internationales ?


Is #Russia #Hamas' bridge to global #diplomacy? - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East #Gaza #Palestine


Hamas is seeking to improve its international relations by reinforcing some ties and mending others following a period of relative isolation.
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This map shows how enormous #US military spending really is


This map shows how enormous #US military spending really is

The Pentagon absolutely dwarfs any rival.

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How One Film Gave Voice To Three #Whistleblowers The #US Government Tried To Silence - #whistleblowing

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How One Film Gave Voice To Three #Whistleblowers The #US Government Tried To Silence - #whistleblowing

“Silenced,” a film directed by James Spione has tapped into a zeitgeist moment, when people all over the world are deeply concerned about powers their government has claimed to protect security which infringe upon civil liberties, press freedom, and openness in government.

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Sign the #Petition to Musicians scheduled to participate in " #TitansofMetal" concert in #apartheid #israel - #BDS

Sign the #Petition to Musicians scheduled to participate in " #TitansofMetal" concert in #apartheid #israel - #BDS | News in english | Scoop.it

Sign the #Petition to Musicians scheduled to participate in " #TitansofMetal" concert in #apartheid #israel - #BDS


This petition has received 1,250 signatures. Culture is not created in a vaccume. Culture that ignores human rights violations and is used to whitewash war crimes...
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Activists disrupt "#TelAviv beach party" in #Berlin #Germany #israel #Palestine

Activists disrupt "#TelAviv beach party" in #Berlin  #Germany #israel #Palestine | News in english | Scoop.it


Activists disrupt "#TelAviv beach party" in #Berlin  #Germany #israel #Palestine “

Tel Aviv’s luxury restaurants, hipster bars and hi-tech companies are home to the pilots setting Gaza ablaze,” protesters say.

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#Saudi Coalition Bombs #Yemen Water Bottling Plant, Killing Dozens of Civilians - another #WarCrime #KefayaWar !

#Saudi Coalition Bombs #Yemen Water Bottling Plant, Killing Dozens of Civilians - another #WarCrime #KefayaWar ! | News in english | Scoop.it

#Saudi Coalition Bombs #Yemen Water Bottling Plant, Killing Dozens of Civilians - another #WarCrime #KefayaWar !

As onslaught enters sixth month, death toll soars past 4,300


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'#US State Dept has been whitewashing the violence of right wing protesters on #Maidan' - #Ukraine - 6 mn - RT



Voici un exemple de ce que l'Union Européenne appelle de la "propagande russe"

Perso, je dis merci à RT et autres médias de "propagande" car grâce à eux, j'ai accès à une information plus équilbrée.

D'un côté la propagande atlantiste véhiculée par BFM, Libé, Le Monde, Le Temps (et un large etc.. ) et eux

Et je me fais mon opinion.

Bref, que l'UE aille se faire f.. avec ces mesures pour contrer la soi-disante "propagande russe"

Le seul but est que nous, citoyens, n'ayons qu'un seul son de cloche : celui de l'Empire US et de l'Europe vassalisée'


#US State Dept has been whitewashing the violence of right wing protesters on #Maidan' - #Ukraine - 6 mn - RT

Deadly clashes erupt outside the parliament building in Kiev, Ukraine. Crowds of protesters are opposing amendments to the constitution that would provide for the decentralization of the country. Washington says that the Ukrainian government has the right to use force to uphold the rule of law. However, this is not what they were saying during Maidan, which they state to have been “largely peaceful.” RT talks to Roger Annis, an editor at the New Cold War news website.


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#US #Police Routinely Travel to #Israel to Learn Methods of #Brutality and #Repression - #TestedOnPalestinians

#US #Police Routinely Travel to #Israel to Learn Methods of #Brutality and #Repression - #TestedOnPalestinians | News in english | Scoop.it

#US #Police Routinely Travel to #Israel to Learn Methods of #Brutality and #Repression - #TestedOnPalestinians

By Justin Gardner on August 30, 2015

Ever wonder why a police officer would jump on top of an unarmed woman and smash her face in? They are trained to do so.


Read more at http://thefreethoughtproject.com/u-s-police-routinely-travel-israel-learn-methods-brutality-repression/#EukBiUs7X7CL9kiB.995

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From war-torn #Syria to imprisonment in #Europe - Al Jazeera

From war-torn #Syria to imprisonment in #Europe - Al Jazeera


Ajoutée le 30 août 2015

With thousands forced to remain in Hungary, Al Jazeera spoke to one of those stuck in a detention centre in Budapest.

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#israel reveals "delegitimization department" to spy on boycott activists (source : Haaretz) - #BDS #Palestine

#israel reveals "delegitimization department" to spy on boycott activists (source : Haaretz) - #BDS #Palestine | News in english | Scoop.it


Haarez, journal israélien de centre-gauche, a révélé la semaine passée que l'état voyou d'israel a crée un "département de délégitimisation" des activistes et groupes BDS étrangers (cela fait longtemps qu'ils le font pou les militants israéliens) . Il lui est permis d'utiliser des méthodes "possiblement illégales"


#israel reveals "delegitimization department" to spy on boycott activists (source : Haaretz) - #BDS #Palestine

The Israeli military intelligence agency tells Haaretz that it is working against left-wing and BDS groups around the world.

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#NoamChomsky: #israel #Apartheid ‘Much Worse’ Than #SouthAfrica

#NoamChomsky: #israel #Apartheid ‘Much Worse’ Than #SouthAfrica | News in english | Scoop.it

Pour Noam Chomksy, l'apartheid pratiqué par israel envers les palestiniens est pire que celui que l'Afrique du Sudi pratiquait envers les Noirs


#NoamChomsky: #israel #Apartheid ‘Much Worse’ Than #SouthAfrica


Famous American linguist Noam Chomsky has described the actions of the Israeli occupation in Palestine as “worse than South African apartheid”.

In the Occupied Territories, what Israel is doing is much worse than apartheid,” Chomsky says, according to Days of Palestine. “To call it apartheid is a gift to Israel, at least if by ‘apartheid’ you mean South African-style apartheid.

“What is happening in the Occupied Territories is much worse. There is a crucial difference. The South African Nationalists needed the black population. That was their workforce…

“The Israeli relationship to the Palestinians in the Occupied Territories is totally different. They just do not want them. They want them out, or at least in prison.”

He described listening to the American mainstream media, such as CBS, like listening directly to the Israeli propaganda agencies. “It is a shameful moment for US media when it insists on being subservient to the grotesque propaganda agencies of a violent, aggressive state [Israel],” he said.

Chomsky accused the United States of continuing to provide the decisive support for the [Israeli] atrocities against the Palestinians.

“When what is called Israeli jet planes bomb defenceless targets in Gaza, that is US jet planes with Israeli pilots,” he said. “And the same with the high-tech munition and so on and so forth. So this is, again, sadism masked as compassion. Those are the actions.”

In a long interview with Democracy now, Chomsky insisted that the US is a violent state and is it exporting violence to other countries like the Israeli occupation.

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How #Google is poised to steal the #US election - RT America

How #Google is poised to steal the #US election - RT America


Ajoutée le 25 août 2015

Robert Epstein, a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology, and his team recently published their findings in a recent study in the National Academy of Sciences. They found that Google has the ability to rig the upcoming US Presidential Election in 2016. The Resident discusses. Follow The Resident at http://www.twitter.com/TheResident

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#portrait : #Syria’s lords of war - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

#portrait : #Syria’s lords of war - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East | News in english | Scoop.it


#portrait : #Syria’s lords of war - Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

Car dealer and amateur astronomer Hatim Ali Staiti became a warlord and now commands a notorious militia known for fighting for the regime.

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#UN Official Says Human Suffering in #Yemen ''Almost Incomprehensible'' #MediaBlackOut #HiddenWar

#UN Official Says Human Suffering in #Yemen ''Almost Incomprehensible'' #MediaBlackOut #HiddenWar | News in english | Scoop.it

#UN Official Says Human Suffering in #Yemen ''Almost Incomprehensible'' #MediaBlackOut #HiddenWar


Yemenis are in need of aid after 1.5 million displaced and a death toll of 4,000 in just five months.
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#israeli #NGO accused of subsidizing Jewish extremists with #US money - Jerusalem Post #Palestine

#israeli #NGO accused of subsidizing Jewish extremists with #US money - Jerusalem Post #Palestine | News in english | Scoop.it

#israeli #NGO accused of subsidizing Jewish extremists with #US money - Jerusalem Post #Palestine

Honenu partially raises funds in the US and provides financial support to Jews convicted of or on trial for violence against Palestinians.

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#SaudiArabia Beheads Nearly Twice As Many People As #ISIS #Daesch So Far This Year - #Barbarism #OurFriends ..

#SaudiArabia Beheads Nearly Twice As Many People As #ISIS #Daesch So Far This Year - #Barbarism #OurFriends .. | News in english | Scoop.it


#SaudiArabia Beheads Nearly Twice As Many People As #ISIS #Daesch So Far This Year - #Barbarism #OurFriends ..

Saudi Arabia recently killed three convicted robbers and a murderer, while ISIS executed an elderly archaeologist for idolatry last week.

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