On the future of farming and ecomodernist illusions

12 June 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Some writers imagine that machines can feed the world. They ignore the damage caused by industrial agriculture, and don’t value the work of people who feed most of humanity today.

“Industrialized agriculture has meant pretending soil and flora are not living entities that require care and attention. If you treat the living as the dead, it should not be surprising when the graveyards spread.”


Max Ajl replies to Ecosocialism: Dystopian and Scientific, by Matt Huber


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Bayer Hunts Down Journalists

4 June 2019 — Dr Mercola

 Story at-a-glance

  • Monsanto compiled veritable hit lists containing hundreds of names and other personal information about journalists, politicians and scientists, including their opinions about pesticides and genetic engineering
  • Monsanto’s so-called “stakeholder mapping project” was first uncovered in France, but now it appears Monsanto likely had multiple lists to track people in countries throughout Europe
  • Bayer hired law firm Sidley Austin to investigate Monsanto’s privacy breaches and said it had stopped communications and public affairs activity with the public relations agency FleishmanHillard, which was reportedly involved in creating Monsanto’s surveillance lists
  • More than 13,400 cases are currently pending against Bayer, alleging that Monsanto’s Roundup caused their cancer and the company failed to warn consumers about cancer risks
  • In the first three cases to go to trial, jury verdicts have overwhelmingly favored the plaintiffs, leaving Bayer saddled with billions in damages

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Agricultural Memory and Sustainability By Dr. Kelly Reed

31 May 2019 — The Ecologist

Archaeologists, historians and anthropologists have an important role to play in the decision-making around how we build a sustainable food future.

A significant overhaul of the current global food system is needed to meet the challenges of feeding a growing world population and many stress that this is only achievable by changing diets, food production and reducing food waste. 

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Monsanto, Scientific Deception And Cancer by Binoy KAMPMARK

23 May 2019 — Oriental Review

Money may not be able to buy the purest love, but it can buy the best, life-ending cancer.  For Monsanto, giant of rule and misrule in matters of genetically modified crops, known for bullying practices towards farmers, things have not been so rosy of late.  Ever the self-promoter of saving the world an agricultural headache (biotech crops being the earth’s touted nutritional salvation), the company has run into a set of legal snags that have raided its funds and risk sinking it, along with Bayer AG, the company that bought it last year for $63 billion.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 23 May 2019

23 May 2019 — Sustainable Pulse

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Monsanto Kept ‘Watch Lists’ in Seven EU Countries – Bayer

Bayer’s public relations headaches over its mammoth takeover of Monsanto intensified Tuesday, as a scandal about “watch lists” of pro- or anti-pesticides figures kept by the US group snowballed across Europe. Source: www.afp.com The German group said the lists covered politicians, journalists and others across seven European countries and in Brussels. Bayer’s admission adds to […]

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Sustainable Pulse: Glyphosate, GMOs and Pesticides – Weekly Global News Bulletin 16 May 2019

16 May 2019 — Sustainable Pulse

Brands Set to March on US EPA over Glyphosate Concerns – Interview with MegaFood
On May 23 a group of top brands and members of the public are set to march to the offices of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to deliver a vital petition, which aims to end the pre-harvest spraying of glyphosate-based herbicides on crops, one of the main reasons for our contaminated food supply. Sustainable […]

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 9 May 2019

9 May 2019 — Sustainable Pulse

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White House Has “Monsanto’s Back on Pesticides,” Newly Revealed Document Says

Internal Monsanto records just filed in court show that a corporate intelligence group hired to “to take the temperature on current regulatory attitudes for glyphosate” reported that the White House could be counted on to defend the company’s Roundup herbicides.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides

2 May 2019 — Sustainable Pulse

Bayer Shareholders Vote Against Board over Monsanto Merger

Bayer chief executive Werner Baumann was dealt a blow Friday at the German chemical giant’s annual general meeting, amid tensions over last year’s decision to buy US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto, as disgruntled shareholders voted against management. Source: AFP At the AGM in Bonn, 55.5 percent voted against the management board, led by embattled […]

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Glyphosate Worse Than We Could Imagine By F. William Engdahl

15 April 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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As new studies continue to point to a direct link between the widely-used glyphosate herbicide and various forms of cancer, the agribusiness lobby fights ferociously to ignore or discredit evidence of human and other damage. A second US court jury case just ruled that Monsanto, now a part of the German Bayer AG, must pay $ 81 million in damages to plaintiff Edwin Hardeman who contracted non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer. The ruling and a line-up of another 11,000 pending cases in US courts going after the effects of glyphosate, have hit Bayer AG hard with the company announcing several thousand layoffs as its stock price plunges.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 11 April 2019

11 April 2019 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Links to Cancer Shown in New US Federal Draft Report on Glyphosate

A draft US federal report has confirmed links between glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup weedkiller, and some forms of cancer. The report could have a damaging impact on Bayer/Monsanto’s attempt to defend the large number of legal cases involving its weedkiller, GM Watch reported Thursday. Source: GM Watch On April 8, the Agency for Toxic Substances and […]

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Presidential Candidate Says ‘Ban Roundup!’

4 April 2019 — Organic Consumers

Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is the first federal legislator and presidential candidate to call for a ban on Roundup weedkiller.

Unfortunately, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is too busy protecting Monsanto to protect you. So let’s call on all of Gabbard’s colleagues to join her in demanding Congress ban Roundup!

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