False Promises: The ‘Green Revolution in Africa’ is failing on its own terms

14 July 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Time to change course

A negative report card. Yield increases for key staple crops in the years before AGRA were just as low as during AGRA. The number of people going hungry has increased by 30 percent during the AGRA years. (Click image to download report.)

The Gates Foundation’s billion dollar project is a vicious circle that drives small-scale food producers further and further into poverty


Timothy A. Wise is a Senior Research Fellow at Tufts University’s Global Development and Environment Institute, and author of Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness. Family Farmers and the Battle for the Future of Food (New Press, 2019).


by Timothy Wise

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 13 July 2020

13 July 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

India Set to Restrict Who Can Spray Glyphosate Herbicides in Big Blow for Bayer

Glyphosate is the most used weedkiller in India with over 675,000 Kg of it spread on Indian farmland in 2018-2019, however a new change on who is allowed to spray glyphosate, which is set to be introduced by the Indian government, will immediately massively reduce sales of the chemical across the country. The draft notification […]

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Ecosocialist Bookshelf, Pandemic Edition (July 2020)

6 July 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

A special edition of Ecosocialist Bookshelf: six books we recommend for understanding the deadliest global health crisis of our time


Ecosocialist Bookshelf is an occasional feature. This edition focuses on viruses and health care, on capitalism’s failure to protect human health, and radical alternatives. 


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Challenge eyed to class action plan for Bayer Roundup settlement

26 June 2020 — US Right to Know

by Carey Gillam

A plan to delay any new Roundup cancer claims for years and shift the key question of whether or not the weed killer causes cancer from a jury to a hand-picked panel of scientists faces potential opposition from some of the plaintiffs’ attorneys who initiated and led the mass tort claims against Roundup maker Monsanto, sources close to the litigation said.

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From Toxic Food to Agrarian Disaster: Dirty Deals Done Dirt Cheap

18 June 2020 — Global Research

During the early days of the coronavirus lockdowns, in some quarters there was a certain degree of optimism around. Although millions of people were suffering, the hope was that the Covid-19 crisis would shine light on societal and economic systems across the world, exposing some of the deep-rooted flaws of capitalism. There was a belief that people working together with their respective governments could start building a fairer capitalism and more sustainable economies.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 12 June 2020

12 June 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ pick

Pesticide Giants Get $2 Billion UK Taxpayer COVID-19 Bailout Despite Mammoth Dividend Plans

Chemicals manufacturers BASF and Bayer have been given enormous payouts of  Covid-19 support cash from the British government just weeks after announcing plans to distribute billions to shareholders in dividends. Source: unearthed.greenpeace.org/ The world’s largest chemicals company BASF, which makes agricultural, industrial and automotive products at its eight UK plants, has received £1 billion in support […]

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Lockdown Catastrophe: The Need for Resilient Food Systems Agroecology

8 June 2020 — Off Guardian

Encouraging small, local producers is the way forward, but will Big Ag let that happen?

Colin Todhunter

There is no doubt that, contingent on World Bank aid to be given to poorer countries in the wake of coronavirus lockdowns, agrifood conglomerates will aim to further expand their influence.

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Poisons Mean Extinction: For Bees and Humanity

“If the bee disappeared off the face of the earth, man would only have four years left to live.” ― Maurice Maeterlinck, The Life of the Bee[1]

In the last 50 years agrotoxins have spread and are pushing bees to extinction.

The choices before humanity are clear, a Poison Free Future to save Bees, Farmers, our Food and Humanity. Or continue to use poisons, threatening our common future by walking blindly to extinction through the arrogance that we can substitute bees with artificial intelligence and robots.

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Nature can’t be patented

22 May 2020 — WeMove

It’s official and we won: Conventionally-bred animals and plants are not patentable. [1] It may seem obvious to us, but corporations like Bayer (buyer of Monsanto), Syngenta and Carlsberg fought hard against this outcome. Without a patent, they cannot control and profit from the biological information in those plants and animals!

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Glyphosate Overuse Leads to Serious Immune System Concerns

16 May 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editorial By Henry Rowlands, Sustainable Pulse Director

In a time when the COVID-19 pandemic is dominating the global psyche, it is of course important to delve deeper into the background reasons for the failure of our immune systems to be able to cope with the serious threat of infectious diseases, which are likely to be a feature of the 21st century.

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