Syngenta convicted in Brazil

Brazil – 19.11.2015:  On October 21st 2007 around 40 gunmen from the NF Segurança company attacked the Via Campesina encampment located at Syngenta’s GMO experimental site at Santa Tereza do Oeste (PR). The site had been occupied earlier that morning by around 150 members of Via Campesina (LVC) and the Landless Rural Workers’ Movement (MST).

With a 19% share of the agrochemical market and the third highest profits from seed sales worldwide Syngenta, along with other transnational companies, exacerbates the scenario of rural violence by imposing a farming model based on monoculture, gross exploitation of farm workers, environmental degradation, use of pesticides and private appropriate of natural and genetic resources.

The case was taken to court in 2010, as an attempt to get a response from the State regarding Syngenta being responsible for the attack perpetrated by private armed militia. The court sentence ruled (17/11/15) that the company must pay compensation for the moral and material damage it caused.

About the Sentence

b_350_0_16777215_00_images_Syngenta_Condenada.pngThe judge found that the fact that took place on Syngenta’s property was nothing less than a massacre. In his sentence the judge states that…

“to refer to what happened as a confrontation is to close one’s eyes to reality, since […] there is no doubt that, in truth, it was a massacre disguised as repossession of property”.

In its defence, Syngenta acknowledged the illegality of the paramilitary action, as well as the ideological nature of the action against Via Campesina and MST. The company stated that…

more than protection of farm properties, it is clear that the militia’s objective was to defend an ideological position contrary to that of the MST [Landless Rural Workers’ Movement], so as to propagate the idea that every action results in a reaction.”

Syngenta’s version; that the attack was not on the orders of landowners, but rather the result of a confrontation between militiamen acting on their own, and members of Via Campesina, was rejected by the Court.

Genetically engineered apples get the nod from US FDA

All ready for 2016-2017

In March 2015, two varieties of genetically-engineered apples and six types of genetically-altered potatoes claim to offer just as much nutrition and as little safety risk as their conventional relatives, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ruled.

The Arctic Granny Apple

The agency officials announced that the “Arctic Apples” by Okanagan Specialty Fruits and the “Innate” potatoes from J. R. Simplot Company passed the voluntary safety tests on Friday after the two products picked up approvals from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

What’s next?

Cancer-fighting pink pineapples from Del Monte, heart-healthy purple tomatoes and less fatty vegetable oils from Monsanto?

Such GE foods could receive U.S. government approval in the coming years. The companies and scientists which have created these foods hope that customers will be attracted to the health benefits and convenience and overlook any concerns about genetic engineering.

Questionable Developments

At least they have started to consider what’s in it for the eater-consumer. But the big question which arises is; if better health can already be gained by ordinary and obviously cheaper means then these products are marginal at best. So why should consumers trust this direction, especially with companies with a track record like Monsanto ?

 

Source: | New York Daily News

A few hours before Neil Young sang a note on Sunday night in Essex Junction, he put his money where his mouth was about to go. The rock legend pledged $100,000 toward Vermont’s legal bills to defend the state’s GMO labeling law.

“I’m just a rock ‘n’ roller who believes people should know what they’re eating,” Young said at a backstage pre-show press conference with Gov. Peter Shumlin. Then he upped the ante.

“We would like to see some of the high-rollers in Vermont who believe in this come up and match that, ’cause if you’ve got it, break it out,” Young said. “Remember, this is a big, multinational group of corporations working together to make sure you don’t know what you have on your food table.”

Young is on tour promoting his latest album, The Monsanto Years, which is one long musical slap at the pro-GMO seed manufacturer.

Russians are content to let Westerners be the guinea pigs for GMOs

(NaturalNews) The future of agriculture in Russia won’t involve genetically-modified organisms (GMOs), says the country’s Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich. In order to preserve the quality and integrity of its food supply, Russia plans to stay with organic growing methods that protect the soil and boost yields naturally, a move that Dvorkovich says will make his country’s food among the “cleanest in the world.”

Meanwhile, Russia is leading the way in ridding its land of toxic poisons, stressing the need for agricultural policies that take a precautionary approach to controversial modalities like biotechnology that involve artificial gene splicing and toxic pesticides.

The Vice President of Russia’s National Association for Genetic Safety, Irina Ermakova, had this to say recently about the issue:

“It has been proven that not only in Russia, but also in many other countries in the world, GMOs are dangerous.

Consumption and use of GMOs obtained in such way can lead to tumors, cancers and obesity among animals.”

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