Monsanto spells failure – peasants want it gone

Many of the studies Monsanto uses to justify its claims did not look at hybridised and indigenous seed (non-GM).

In Argentina

Monsanto has now announced that it will dismantle its multi-million dollar GMO seed plant in Malvinas.
A spokesman for the company conceded that protests, local pressure, and resistance by environmentalists, anti-GMO activists and local residents was indeed part of the reason the company decided to dismantle the plant. In addition, a number of lawsuits have been filed against Monsanto over the legality of the construction permit as well as environmental impacts.

It’s been almost three years that Monsanto has not been able to put a brick or a wire at the construction site… The company is leaving the field but does not yet recognize its defeat in this battle. We remain on alert and continue blocking, waiting to see what will happen. We want the site to now be devoted to organic and sustainable agriculture.” – Sofia Gatica, one of the main activists and leaders of the protest blockade.

In India

The Indian government is now actively promoting the use of indigenous seed, and has called Monsanto out for profiteering illegally on Bt cotton seed.

Monsanto has already lost nearly $75 million in royalties this year (5 billion rupees) due to the change in seed choice by farmers. Sales in India have fallen by 15 percent, and though this is a relatively small market share, it is still making a huge impact on the company’s bottom line.

This could be the end of Monsanto altogether, in India. Just wait for the crucial three to four years to see a complete, natural turnaround. By then most farmers will give up Bt cotton and go for the indigenous variety.” – Keshav Raj Kranthi, head of India’s Central Institute for Cotton Research

In Africa

Drought-hit Burkina Fasso (West Africa) also recently rejected Monsanto’s Bt cotton seed after finding the seed produced a poor quality cotton that fetched low prices for the farmers who bothered to grow it.

In Russia

In 2015 Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, at the 12th International ‘Science and Technology in Society (STS) forum’ in Kyoto, stated that it is not necessary to use genetic modification to feed the world. The Russian Government has stood firm against increasing pressure from U.S. biotech companies, managing to see through the U.S-based pro-GMO forces’ misleading claims and pseudoscience.

In February (2016) they banned all imports of U.S. soybeans and corn due to microbial and GMO contamination. Russian authorities are now stepping up efforts to limit the import of GMO animal feed, the country’s food safety regulator Rosselkhoznadzor announced in August. The move comes following a complete ban on the cultivation of GM crops and the breeding of GMO animals that was signed in to law by President Vladimir Putin in June.

In July Russia introduced temporary bans on imports from a number of Brazilian, Chinese, Argentinian and German trading companies, due to the large percentage of GMOs in their animal feed products.


References

  1. Monsanto Backs Out of Seed Plant in Argentina After Protests: Activist Post
  2. Argentina Has A “City Of Death” Thanks To Monsanto: Natural Blaze
  3. India Calls Out Monsanto: Underground Reporter
  4. Russia Sets Limits to Animal-feed Imports: Sustainable Pulse

EU poised to renew approvals for the weedkiller glyphosate

June 6 2016 could be remembered as the day that European governments gave in to pressure from the agrochemical lobby despite warnings from the UN’s International Agency for Research on Cancer about glyphosate.

Twice already this year the public has won battles against the Big Agriculture companies, when the European Commission failed to win enough support from governments to give glyphosate the green light.

To approve glyphosate, the Commission needs the approval of 16 European governments, representing at least 65% of the EU’s population. Even states with a massive agrochemical industry like Germany can be moved by people power, but others may put the interests of the agrochemical industry above public safety concerns. It’s down to the wire – so we need to raise a ruckus like never before. 

Multinationals like Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, Dow and DuPont have made fortunes selling glyphosate weedkiller and glyphosate-tolerant genetically engineered crops (GMOs) around the world.

But glyphosate’s European license is set to expire at the end of June. A spokesperson from the Commission said recently: “If no decision is taken before 30 June, glyphosate will be no longer authorised in the EU and member states will have to withdraw authorisations for all glyphosate based products.”

We’ve never been this close to an international ban!

Tell EU governments not to approve glyphosate when they meet in Brussels next Monday to consider the European Commission’s proposal.

GMO Crops in Decline

GM crop planting declines for the first time

Nature magazine reported (April ’16) that the main GM seed markets in the Americas, where 90% of all GM crops are grown, are near saturation. So GM companies will try to foist GM seed onto Europe, Asia and Africa instead. Burkina Faso has grown GM cotton since 2003 but its reputation for quality is in tatters so they will be GM-free again next season.

ISAAA’s 1annual global GM crop report found GM crops declined 1% in 2015. The decline — the first in the technology’s 20-year global commercial history — was primarily due to an overall decrease in both GM and non-GM crops planted caused by low commodity prices. How this correlates to the decline was not explained.

International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications (ISAAA), is a non-profit biotech industry group that tracks GM crops.

Source: Nature (April 2016)

President Putin Calls Westerners ‘Intensively Vaccinated Borderline Autistic Fat Man …’

Russian President, Vladimir Putin is making waves again today and this time, it is because he is once again, slamming the pharmaceutical alliances and big food corporations. He believes that both of these entities are divisive, mind-controlling and poisonous beings with the ambition of world population control.

In a report prepared by the Security Council (SCRF), President Putin has put these entities on notice and stated that his people should be protected from pharmaceutical companies and GMO foods “at all costs.” According to YourNewsWire Putin also stated that human evolution is at “grave risk” and that Western powers are “intentionally decelerating the process for personal gain.”

We as a species have the choice to continue to develop our bodies and brains in a healthy upward trajectory, or we can follow the Western example of recent decades and intentionally poison our population with genetically altered food, pharmaceuticals, vaccinations, and fast food that should be classified as a dangerous, addictive drug.”
“We must fight this.  A physically and intellectually disabled population is not in our interests,” the report states. It also states Putin describing Western culture as, “intensively vaccinated borderline autistic fat man slumped in front of a screen battling a high-fructose corn syrup comedown.”

Russia has always been anti-GMO, promoting the rise of farmers who do so under non-GMO circumstance. All this being fair and equal, Putin has also announced that Russia has invented an Ebola vaccine.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed that his country has developed a vaccine for the Ebola virus which has killed thousands of people in west Africa.

But Putin, who is famed for his talent for headline-grabbing announcements, did not divulge the vaccine’s name, nor did he say how it worked, who was developing it or give details of any trials.

“We have good news,” Putin was quoted as saying by RIA Novosti news agency.
We have registered a drug against Ebola, which after the corresponding tests has been shown to be highly effective, more effective than the drugs used worldwide up to now.”

Maybe he’s headline-grabbing on this issue? Either way, it is difficult to invalidate his prior statements regard the West’s relationship with pharmaceutical companies. While his proclamation may be rather rough around the edges, it is nonetheless accurate. The rate of autism in U.S. children is now at 1-45 with no viable solution or investigations into solutions in play. The future would seem dismal on this front. Childhood obesity is now at over 50% and growing. At some point the West most certainly needs to wake up and see that the powers that be aren’t working in our favour.

Source:  |  truthkings.com

African Peasants Protect Indigenous Seed Rights

Elizabeth Mpofu of Zimbabwe

Elizabeth Mpofu of Zimbabwe is General Coordinator of the international peasant movement, La Via Campesina.

We need to go back to indigenous knowledge-based farming systems, what is now called agroecology, because we know that these systems work peacefully with nature and don’t damage the environment.

Elizabeth Mpofu of Zimbabwe, General Coordinator of La Via Campesina, speaks out about the need for seed sovereignty in Africa.

Via Campesina members organise seed exchanges and fairs which allow farmers to learn how others are producing and mobilise them to join to peasant movement. We also prioritise building relationships and working hands-on with policy-makers. We lobby governments to incorporate and protect our indigenous, local seeds as they develop policies, while asking that GMO seeds are not promoted. Of course, this is a big challenge because the commercial industrial seed companies have a lot of money to give our governments.

The biggest challenges to peasant farmers in Africa are threats to our agriculture and native, local seeds. Transnational corporations and the green revolution for Africa have introduced contract farming whereby a farmer commits to producing a product in a certain manner and the company commits to purchasing it – and GMO seeds without being transparent about the implications. Usually farmers provide both the land, the cheap labour, and carry most of the risk

Peasant farmers without the resources to produce enough food are pressured to accept these contracts and new means of production. They are forced to pay corporations back for what they’ve received [GMO seeds or loans]. If a season doesn’t go well, they are left to suffer, selling their livestock or being jailed for not being able to pay.

Harmonised seed laws, which require that seeds be ‘officially registered’ in order to be traded pose another challenge across Africa, as this introduces the slippery slope of intellectual property rights over seeds. Regional bodies like the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) are developing rules that will increase the availability of commercial seeds, only benefiting corporations like Syngenta and Monsanto. Indigenous seeds are not recognised. Meanwhile, peasant farmers are not provided with adequate information about these laws and are not invited to participate in the policy formulation process. Because of this, we are forced to take action and put our concerns on the table.

In Zimbabwe, a member-state of the regional bodies COMESA and SADC, we are most focused on the harmonised seed laws. We’ve organized dialogues with relevant ministers and members of parliament about the policies and how we can work together to develop our country’s agricultural sector. The Via Campesina member group Zimbabwe Organic Smallholder Farmers Forum has been leading the process, together with women farmers. We’ve had success in rural areas, where we had a minister-facilitated workshop on seeds and cooperative African agriculture development.

Peasant farmers push for a Universal Declaration of Rights

Many people and organizations beyond Via Campesina now support the Declaration of the Rights of Peasants and are campaigning for it to be accepted by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) and the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO). Support for the peasant rights declaration has been growing in the UNHCR, since drafting the declaration began in 2012. This comprehensive declaration includes issues from agricultural policies that recognise peasants: privatisation of water, seeds, and energy, and respect for gender in agriculture.

“We are organised and we know what we want. If the money syndrome continues to rule the world, the struggle won’t come to an end. We are fighting this fight together and we must strengthen our resilience together.” ~ Elizabeth Mpofu

Monsanto Faces Insider Rebellion

Monsanto assumes that most of its victims — especially poor famers in the developing world — will never be able to confront it.

In just two weeks, a group of SumOfUs members will file an official shareholder resolution at Monsanto’s annual meeting demanding the company change the way it does business. Last year Monsanto tried to shut down support for the resolution before the meeting even started. This time around they were ready for us — and we’re expecting the company to send a letter full of misinformation to every shareholder urging them to oppose our resolution.

Monsanto wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t worried. We have them on the run–but now we need to respond. If we can raise just $50,000 this week, we’ll be able to back up these SumOfUs members at the meeting.

Chip in to help stand up to Monsanto.  Together, we can finally hold it accountable.

Here’s what they’ve got in store for Monsanto:

  • Mobilising SumOfUs members who are most affected by Monsanto’s practices to attend the annual meeting
  • Getting prime media coverage to help make Monsanto feel the pressure
  • Using a short, shareable video on the shareholder resolution to communicate the value of the motion to Monsanto’s owners
  • Get a team on the ground at the AGM to promote the motion to Monsanto shareholders face-to-face

Monsanto won’t listen to the public — but it has to listen to their shareholders. And because of this brave group of SumOfUs members and Monsanto shareholders, we have an opportunity to finally force change at Monsanto.

Companies are watching with intense interest at how it goes this year.Almost no other campaigning groups are using this tactic to force change from within companies. Stand with these SumOfUs members as they head into “shareholder season” as one of the pioneers of this new revolution.

Chip in to help stand up to Monsanto.

Clear Winner! Our Family Farms Coalition    

In November 2014, voters in Jackson County, Oregon overwhelmingly passed an ordinance to ban the planting of genetically-engineered (GE) crops in the county.
The local farmers in particular were fearful that contamination from GE crops could destroy their livelihoods.

Not long after the ban came into effect opponents backed by Monsanto and their allies went to work trying to overrule the voters in court. Similar laws had also been passed in California and Hawai’i and were also challenged in court … this was a test case.

The Center for Food Safety (CFS) quickly stepped in to legally defend the Jackson County ban — and were victorious: a precedent-setting win that will protect family farmers from genetically-engineered crops, and give consumers a choice in the marketplace, for decades to come.

This case marks the first time that a U.S. FEDERAL court has recognised farmers’ right to protect their crops from GE contamination.

MOBAY Returns with Mustard

Monsanto and Bayer have a long history. They made explosives and lethally poisonous gases and sold them to both sides of both the World Wars. Bayer was part of IG Farben, Hitler’s economic power and pre-war Germany’s highest Foreign Exchange earner, with offices in the United States and Switzerland.

The Biotech Industry – the Chemical-Military-Industrial complex of our times – is a singular global entity. They have no concern for what happens to the farmers crop once they have made the sale of their seeds and chemicals. Unless, of course, the farmer hasn’t used their seeds and their seeds have managed to pollute the farmer’s farm – then they sue the farmer! This was the case with Australian organic farmer Steve Marsh, whose field was contaminated by his neighbour’s GM Canola (Mustard family but lacking the medicinal properties of Mustard). The neighbour was later found to have been paid by Monsanto. These are not people interested in feeding a growing number of people on this planet with limited resources.

In 1998, the WTO forced India to remove it’s Quantitative Restrictions on agricultural imports, which were necessary for India’s food sovereignty. The removal of these protections allowed for US-subsidised GMO Soya Oil as ‘Edible Oil’ to be dumped into the Indian market – in violation of India’s laws which do not allow the import of GM food, and the required labelling of the imports. The reduction of cultivation of pulses and oilseeds because of the expansion of rice and wheat monocultures, during the first Green Revolution, and the spread of GM cotton and hybrid corn during the second Green Revolution, has created price rises.

Scarcity of oilseeds and pulses created by Green Revolution Monocultures being used to impose GM mustard 

The Green Revolution, a brilliant marketing strategy to keep companies of war in business, was given the Nobel Peace Prize.  Chemical agriculture had short-term successes but has been a long-term failure in every way imaginable. It has left India’s soils in ruin, and Indian farmers in debt, destroying 93%  of that country’s food diversity.

Once more and more farmers began planting monocultures of cotton, rice, wheat and sugar-cane, India’s productivity and exports of these commodities increased due to the increased cultivation – not because of the chemically-intensive Green Revolution. Unfortunately the production of pulses and oil seeds – like mustard – decreased due to decreased cultivation. Mustard is India’s most cultivated oilseed, the biggest market, hence the corporate push for commercialisation of GM mustard, hiding behind public institutions. GM Mustard, like Bt-Cotton has been, will be a noose around the necks of India’s farmers.

Industry is now using the deficit in production of oil seeds to justify the illegal trials of their illegal technology. They say Pental’s GMO Mustard (DMH-11) will increase mustard yields. This is false. The yield comes from the original planting material used not from the GM transformation. GM transformations merely introduce tolerance to proprietary toxic herbicides (Ht), make the entire plant toxic (Bt) or create sterile seeds (Terminator). In the Dhara trials, the only traits that have been introduced into the original hybrid are GURT/Terminator and Herbicide Tolerance. The GMO Mustard trials are shrouded in secrecy because they are illegal, breaking multiple laws.

Help protect India from this Corporate Imperialism

Sign the Petition to stop illegal trials of GMO Mustard on Change.org

Sign the Pact for the Protection of the Planet – http://bit.ly/Pact4Earth

Making Peace with the Earth – A Message from Dr Vandana Shiva


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Russia goes Organic, just as Monsanto’s new GMO-corn gets approved in U.S.

Yesterday, while Russia was declaring itself a GE-Free global food exporter by 2020, the USDA approved a new GMO corn from Monsanto. All the while the U.S. Senate is busy working overtime to kill all rights to label GMO food across America.

The Monsanto Protection Act is Back and WORSE than ever!

Right now Monsanto and its biotech lobbyists are scrambling in Washington DC to try to find enough U.S. Senators to pass a deceptive bill that will kill states’ rights to label genetically-engineered foods, a deception to give the illusion of proper oversight of their untested GMOs and toxic weedkillers.

Even worse, a small group of Democrat and Republican Senators are working behind the scenes to pass the ultimate Monsanto Protection Act by sneaking a rider into a must-pass spending bill that would permanently kill the GMO-labelling movement in the U.S.

Meanwhile, the very same day, Russia’s president Putin wants Russia to become world’s biggest exporter of Non-GMO food:

We are not only able to feed ourselves taking into account our lands, water resources – Russia is able to become the largest world supplier of healthy, ecologically-clean and high-quality food which the Western producers have long lost, especially given the fact that demand for such products in the world market is steadily growing,” said Putin, addressing the Russian Parliament this week.

Toxic pesticide banned on genetically engineered crops

 The U.S. EPA is revoking the registration of “Enlist Duo.”  

Approved by the agency just over a year ago, Enlist-Duo is a toxic combination of glyphosate and 2,4-D that Dow AgroSciences created for use on the next generation of genetically engineered crops, designed to withstand being drenched with this potent herbicide cocktail.

This action resolves a year-long legal challenge filed by a coalition of conservation groups seeking to rescind the approval of the dangerous herbicide blend. EPA had approved use of Enlist Duo in many states.

Glyphosate is a probable carcinogen and is wiping out the monarch butterfly, 2,4-D also causes serious human health effects, and the combination also threatens endangered wildlife.  This must not, and will not, be how we grow our food.” ~ Paul Achitoff. Managing Attorney, Earthjustice

Enlist-Duo allow farmers to spray both glyphosate and 2,4-D without killing their crops, which they hope will kill weeds resistant to glyphosate alone. But some weeds have already developed 2,4-D resistance, and the escalating cycle of more toxic pesticides in the environment will continue unless EPA stops approving these chemical.

Source: | Center for Food Safety