Farms Finest: Are silent farmlands the canary in the coal mine?

by Joni Keefe – The Aspen Times, 19 July 2014 Source: http://www.aspentimes.com/news/12218983-113/seed-modified-genetically-weeds The size of private donations given to universities by big agribusiness is astounding. From grant money to construction of research labs and even the funding of actual positions, corporate influence is firmly rooted in this once sacred world. Where do we go to find …

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GMO culture situation in Costa Rica

by Fabián Pacheco Rodríguez and Jaime E. García González – July 2014 Abstract: It gives a description of every GMO culture ever authorized in Costa Rica from 1991 to this day, including those limited to research and agronomic evaluation, naming which public and private entities have been involved in such activities. It then refers to …

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Dr. Vandana Shiva visits Sri Lanka

INDEX Article: Current development model all about greed and making money, says India’s top philosopher – The Sunday Times LK, 6 July 2014 VIDEO – Dr. Vandana Shiva: Right to Seeds & Water, a talk given on 30/6/14 in Colombo Sri Lanka VIDEO – Metta Convention 2014, 27-29 June – Colombo, Sri Lanka Facebook Photo …

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Civil Society Coalition Against the General Release of Genetically Modified Cotton in Malawi

Civil Society Agriculture Network (CISANET), 4 July 2014 Source: http://www.cisanetmw.org/images/Press_Release_Malawi_GM_cotton_-_Civil_Society_Coalition.pdf Press Release MONSANTO FACES STRONG OPPOSITION TO GM COTTON FROM MALAWI CIVIL SOCIETY Lilongwe, 4 July 2014 An alliance of 19 civil society organisations and an organic vegetable farmers group led by the Commons for EcoJustice (EcoJustice) and representing Malawian small-scale farmers, faith-based organisations, organic …

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Ghana: Atikpo Flails Away, Never Lands A Blow On Shiva

Food Sovereignty Ghana, 4 July 2014 Source: http://foodsovereigntyghana.org/atikpo-flails-away-never-lands-a-blow-on-shiva/ Dr. Atikpo and OFAB appear brilliant at building straw men to argue against and tear down with much ferocity.  Unfortunately they do not address the points made by Dr. Shiva regarding GMOs.  They do not address the real dangers of GMOs to Ghana or to the people who …

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Scientists write: EPA, ban ‘agent orange’ herbicide mix and GMO crops!

by The undersigned – The Ecologist, 3 July 2014 Source: http://www.theecologist.org/blogs_and_comments/commentators/2462976/scientists_write_epa_ban_agent_orange_herbicide_mix_and_gmo_crops.html Thirty-five distinguished scientists urge the US-EPA not to register new mixtures of the herbicides 2,4-D and glyphosate, intended for use on herbicide-tolerant GMO crops. Approval of the herbicide mixtures would endanger both human and environmental health. Administrator Gina McCarthy U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 1200 …

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UN to outlaw corporations’ human rights abuses

by Lucia Ortz – The Ecologist, 1 July 2014 Source: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2459002/un_to_outlaw_corporations_human_rights_abuses.html The United Nations has voted to legislate against human rights abuses carried out by transnational corporations, reports Lucia Ortiz. But the resolution, proposed by Ecuador and South Africa, was opposed by the US and the member states of the EU. The UN Human Rights …

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A High-Stakes Initiative Could Ban GMO Farming in Maui County

By Anita Hofschneider – Honolulu Civil Beat, 26 June 2014 Source: http://www.civilbeat.com/2014/06/a-high-stakes-initiative-could-ban-gmo-farming-in-maui-county/ In contrast, the Maui County proposal would ban most of the farming done by both Monsanto Company and Mycogen Seeds, an affiliate of DowAgroSciences, in addition to that of other farmers who rely on genetically modified seeds. The state Department of Business, Economic …

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Indonesia: Karawang Farmers Defend Land From Corporate Eviction

Revolution news, 27 June 2014 Source: http://revolution-news.com/karawang-farmers-defend-land-corporate-eviction/ About 1200 peasant farmers of the village of Karawang, Indonesia prepared to defend 350 hectares of farm lands that they have tended and survived off of for generations.  The land in dispute has been designated by local Indonesian government for the expansion of a factory owned by Agung Podomoro and the …

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