18 January 2012
Big Agribusiness Influence Threatens to Override Public Interest in Greed Revolution
A new 30-page report that documents the growing influence of agribusiness on the multilateral food system and the lack of transparency in research funding has been released today by the international civil society organization ETC Group. The Greed Revolution: Mega Foundations, Agribusiness Muscle In On Public Goods presents three case studies – one involving the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and two involving CGIAR Centers (Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research) – which point to a dangerous trend that will worsen rather than solve the problem of global hunger. The report details the involvement of, among others, Nestlé, Heineken, Monsanto, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Syngenta Foundation. Continue reading
Posted in Biotech Companies, Canadian Politics & Food, Food Security, Monsanto, World Food Politics, World GE Politics
Tagged Biotech Companies, Canadian Food Politics, Food Security, GE Foods, Monsanto, World Hunger
Altered fish on federal ministry's menu
From CountryWorld Online
For the first time since 2006, Roundup Ready alfalfa has been planted, despite suits that aimed to block the action. Continue reading
This book comes recommended by an organic farmer on Vancouver Island
Here’s a graphic display of how little of our food we grow.
BASF retreats from Europe as GM crops rejected
Brussels, 16 January 2012 –
BASF today announced it is abandoning its plans to develop and commercialise genetically modified (GM) crops in Europe .Greenpeace EU agriculture policy director Marco Contiero said: “BASF admits that Europeans don’t want GM crops, and for good reason. It’s not just the worrying health concerns, GM crops go hand in glove with factory farming, pesticide use, pest resistance and disappointing long-term yields.
“Europeans are not alone in rejecting GM food. BASF’s retreat to the Americas follows a string of defeats for the industry over the last two years in China, India, the Philippines, Thailand and elsewhere. Over 90% of GM food crops are grown in just four countries in the Americas.”
In 2011, India rejected the authorisation of a GM aubergine, the only GM food for which an authorisation was sought, while in September 2011 China suspended the commercialisation of GM rice. The Philippines and Thailand have also rejected GM rice.
BASF is shelving its antibiotic resistant potato Amflora, one of only two GM crops authorised for cultivation in Europe. The crop was a commercial flop.