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Monsanto: Controlling The World Food Supply

Alltime Conspiracies and Truthloader present: Monsanto and Control Of The World Food Supply Are Monsanto's ambitions good for the health of the world? Music ...

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USAID Pushes Monsanto GMO Corn on Nepal - VIDEO

USAID Pushes Monsanto GMO Corn on Nepal - VIDEO | Monsanto |

The Nepalese government has teamed up with agricultural giant Monsanto to force farmers to use its GMO seeds. The strain, banned in several EU countries, will be used to substitute imports....


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ANALYSIS: Nepal’s Monsanto debate spotlights seed sovereignty

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An effort by US donors and multinational agribusiness Monsanto to partner with Nepal to boost local maize production with imported hybrid seeds has met civil society opposition calling - instead - for home-grown solutions.

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Monsanto deal with Novozymes aims to accelerate new crop products

Monsanto, the world's largest seed company, said Tuesday a deal with Danish company Novozymes to form a long-term research and development alliance should accelerate the release of microbial-based products designed to improve crop production.

The news helped to slightly lift shares in St. Louis-based Monsanto, and analysts said while the biological work is not likely to offer a near-term revenue boost, it does hold long-term promise.

"I like the transaction. This is a brand new opportunity," said BGC Financial equity research analyst Mark Gulley. "This supplements Monsanto's current crop protection portfolio."

Monsanto is known for its development of genetically modified crops and Roundup herbicide. The company has broad global market share of biotech corn, soybeans and other crops altered to tolerate being sprayed with herbicides and to ward off harmful pests.

But increasing weed and pest resistance to Roundup and other crop protection chemicals has been a mounting problem for farmers, and Monsanto and rivals are racing to offer alternatives.

The work in microbials could help address some of those concerns but has broader implications for improved production and sustainability, using bacteria and fungi to optimize the performance of crops. Row crops as well as fruits and vegetables are target areas for product research.

The deal with Novozymes provides an "important head start" for Monsanto's work in this area and will help create more value for farmers faster, said Monsanto chief technology officer Robb Fraley.

"By combining the capabilities of both companies, there is a unique opportunity to reach a global market... faster than either company or others in the industry could have accomplished on their own," said Fraley.

Seed treatments in a group of core crops that includes corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton, canola and fruits and vegetables is a priority for the near term, the companies said.

Biologicals are used to complement or replace agricultural chemical products and represent a growing market segment of roughly $2.3 billion in annual sales, according to Monsanto (all figures US$).

Novozymes has an established commercial business in microbials, offering products that improve fertility, yield and help control disease. The company had 2012 revenue from its "bioag" portfolio of about $120 million.

One of the company's products, known as JumpStart, is a micro-organism that is applied to seed before planting. The active ingredient, a soil fungus, grows on the roots and interacts with the plant in a way that allows improved nutrient uptake in the plant's early life and increases yield.

In the deal with Novozymes, Monsanto will make an upfront payment of $300 million and establish the "BioAg Alliance," which joins Novozymes' microbial discovery work with Monsanto's commercial capabilities, the companies said.

Under the terms of the arrangement, each company will maintain an independent discovery program to generate leads for what will be a joint research and development pipeline, Monsanto officials said.

Projects will be equally funded at a 50-50 cost sharing for each phase of development, and Monsanto will act as the lead in field testing, registration and commercialization of new products.

The deal is subject to approval by national antitrust authorities and is not expected to close before early 2014.

Company officials said as Monsanto extends its research into the microbials, that work will help the company strengthen performance in another new business platform -- its precision planting product called "FieldScripts" that uses individualized field data to guide farmers in planting decisions.

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Organic Farming Cooperatives In Nepal: One That Is Exclusively Run By Women

Organic Farming Cooperatives In Nepal: One That Is Exclusively Run By Women | Monsanto |
Panchakanya Agriculture Cooperative Ltd is a Nepalese cooperative well known for its use of organic methods and for being an exclusively women run organization.
Amandine Pohardy's curator insight, December 12, 2013 2:58 PM

Du biologique et des femmes à la tête de ces coopératives !

shamlabeth's curator insight, December 13, 2013 10:57 AM

I think that more people should follow this. That more people that farm should use organic methods.  Organic growing is better because when modifified it means we are tempering with nature and that doesn't sound right. Thye people of Nepal have lower cost for healthcare because they dont use pesticides. We should follow the footsteps of Nepal and f=grow things organically.-Amanda

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Nepal and Others Mull Monsanto's Role in Advancing Agriculture

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A fresh look at tensions over Monsanto and the arrival of “big ag” in Nepal.


Here’s a quick update on efforts to expand access to higher-yielding hybrid seed in Nepal. Even though the country already has lots of different varieties beyond their own traditional supplies, a recent plan to expand access to higher-yielding seed, facilitated by the United States Agency for International Development and involving Monsanto, hit a big roadblock, as was explored here not long ago (“In Nepal, Farmers Struggle as City Dwellers Fight Monsanto“).


Below you can read reactions to this situation from Pamela C. Ronald, a professor of plant pathology at the University of California, San Diego, and her husband Raoul W. Adamchak, an organic vegetable farmer. Together they are authors of the eye-opening book “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food” (which was praised by Bill Gates).


But first, here’s an update on the situation in Nepal, where a Ministry of Agriculture hearing was held last Sunday and covered by Kashish Das Shrestha, a Nepal-born photographer and writer now based in New York City. (Have a look at his photos of farming and protests over Monsanto on the Asia Society blog.) His report, posted on MyRepublica, is worth a full read. Particularly notable is this long statement by Hari Dahal, the ministry spokesman:


Because we are food insecure to some extent we do feel that we should use hybrids. Second thing is, there is tremendous pressure from the companies too. If there is a provision to file an application then companies will and have been filing applications. So we can’t pick and chose. There is no denying the companies are quite influential. Personally, I feel even hybrids need to be kept within a restriction—the quantity we use, the space we allocate and the regions we pick, that has to be clear. If a company like Monsanto comes it will eat us whole.

Which is why we need to be aware from the start; this is an extremely sensitive issue for us. We cannot accept hybrids just because China or India does so because their capacities and ours are starkly different. They can chase a company out, but not us. Our budget is dependent on the donor community and we are generally weaker. Yes, we need hybrid for food production. Sure, the companies need to do some business too. But it needs to be restricted….

If an organization like USAID wants to help us with a company like Monsanto, we would hope that they would help us to actually develop our own hybrids instead, not to import their foreign seeds.


Here’s Pamela Ronald’s reaction to the news from Katmandu (the italicized snippets are from Shrestha’s piece) and the general situation in developing countries weighing the merits and drawbacks when multinational companies come calling:


Hybrid seed yield more and require less pesticides (because they carry robust traits for resistance to pests and disease) as compared to open-pollinated seed. Because farmers reap both environmental and economic benefits, most farmers in the U.S., including organic farmers, purchase hybrid seed. The drawback to hybrids is that the seeds saved from hybrids are not very productive. To maintain productivity, farmers must purchase new seed each year. It seems reasonable then to run a pilot project for “20,000 farmers and include training on hybrid maize production practices and facilitate linkages between producers and end-users.” That way farmers can evaluate for themselves the costs and benefits of the seeds. Let the farmers decide.

“the Secretary cautioned against building an anti-hybrid mood explaining that the nation needs it for food production.”

I agree.

The important question are much broader than whether to plant hybrids or not. Do the seed promote food security so the Nepalese can reduce imports? Do the seed enhance economic stability of Nepalese farmers? Do they seed reduce the use of insecticides and pesticides, thereby enhancing health of farmworkers?

“30 international companies have introduced more than 250 foreign seeds so far, 16 maize hybrids have been approved by the Ministry.”

This seems reasonable diversified and should allay fears that Nepal will be reliant on a single company, Monsanto. If this is the main concern, suitable regulations could be developed. Another point to consider is the potential benefits of fostering a home-grown hybrid seed industry, which would reduce reliance on foreign companies and produce another source of income for the Nepalese.


Here’s Raoul Adamchak:


I’m an organic vegetable grower in California and plant over 50 different varieties each year. Some of those varieties are hybrids because they have traits like yield, pest resistance, or flavor that make them far superior to open pollinated (OP) varieties. While hybrid seed usually costs more than OP seed, it is a small proportion of overall costs of production. For example, I buy only hybrid sweet corn seed, usually a variety called Vision ($26.90/lb). It is a supersweet variety that is delicious and maintains its sweetness for up to week. I use it for my CSA (subscription produce system), where I can put it into baskets each week without icing it, and be sure that when my customers eat it in a day or two, they will be happy.

There are no OP sweet corn (e.g. Double Standard from Johnny’s Selected Seed @$18.60/lb) varieties that even remotely compare to Vision. I think of OP varieties as “cow corn”, tough, chewy, lots of corn flavor, and little sweetness. No, I can’t save seed from Vision, but I wouldn’t want to save seed from the OP variety. I don’t grow field corn, which is the crop at issue in Nepal, but virtually all of the U.S. field corn crop is from hybrid seed. The reason growers, organic or conventional, chose hybrid corn is yield, uniformity,and disease resistance.

If only OP corn was grown here, yields would be dramatically lower, resulting in poorer farmers and more land in production. To insist that growers in Nepal only grow OP corn is to insist that they remain poor, subsistence farmers. Nepal is presently a net importer of food. Land degradation due to population pressure is an increasing problem. Without improved seed and increased yields, the situation will only worsen.

Producing hybrid seed is a scientific advancement of the last century. Many seed companies around the world, in Japan, Europe, India, China, and North America, produce hybrid seed. If Nepal wants to develop its own hybrid corn varieties in the name of local food and ag sustainability, it wouldn’t take more than one university-trained plant breeder, a field site, and 5 to 10 years to produce productive hybrid varieties suitable for Nepal.

I encourage farmers in Nepal to evaluate existing hybrid varieties to see if they meet their needs and do it in ways that minimize risk. They need to know if hybrid varieties increase yield and/or reduce fungicide use, if they are cost effective, and if they meet the demands of their customers.

I also encourage them to use crop rotation, cover crops, compost, crop diversity, and use practices that support beneficial organisms. Improved seed is only one facet of sustainable farming. Most importantly, farmers need to be at the table to help decide what is sustainable for them and for the country.



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NEPAL - The Evil Cooperate Gaint MONSANTO continues to lie -The Truth by Jogiraj

Monsanto means CONTROL OF THE SEED SUPPLY and CONTROL OF THE PEOPLE and we want to prevent that from happening in Nepal. Nepal must urgently address the food...
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Genetic Fallacy: How Monsanto Silences Scientific Dissent


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GMO, genetically modified organisms.

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Who are Monsanto and are they really evil? - Truthloader

Monsanto were voted the most evil corporation in the world in 2011 by readers of Natural News - but why do they have such a bad reputation? We take a look at...

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