Covid-19 as symptom: Notes on the production of a virus

24 March 2020 — MROnline

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Understandably, these days we hear a lot about the symptoms of Covid-19 (dry cough, high fever, etc.). Conversely, there is much less discussion of the virus as a symptom. Let’s say then that to intervene on the symptoms of the virus it is necessary not only to have specific scientific knowledge, but also to put in place a serious reflection on the structural causes of its global spread and, with them, the possibilities of change that the emergency opens up for us, at least theoretically. If mainstream information focuses on the management of the epidemic, reflecting on its causes could lead to a series of far from irrelevant considerations.

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Dependency, Distress and No Durable Agronomic Benefits: The Story of Bt Cotton in India

13 March 2020 — Colin Todhunter

Colin Todhunter  

In the early 2000s, genetically modified (GM) Bt insecticidal cotton was being heavily promoted in India on the basis that it would cut pesticide use dramatically, boost yields and contribute to the financial well-being of farmers. Private sector Bt cotton hybrids now cover over 90% of the area under cotton.

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Capitalist agriculture and Covid-19: A deadly combination

11 March 2020 — Climate & Capitalism

Agribusiness kills

Covid-19 appears as round yellow objects in this electron microscope image.

A socialist biologist explains the tight links between new viruses, industrial food production, and the profitability of multinational corporations.


The new coronavirus is keeping the world in a state of shock. But instead of fighting the structural causes of the pandemic, the government is focusing on emergency measures.

Yaak Pabst for the German socialist magazine Marx21 spoke to evolutionary biologist Rob Wallace, author of Big Farms Make Big Flu (Monthly Review Press, 2016) about the dangers of Covid-19, the responsibility of agribusiness and sustainable solutions to combat infectious diseases. Marx21 released the interview in advance of its scheduled March 30 publication date.


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Dicamba litigation against Bayer, BASF poised to explode, lawyers say

6 March 2020 — GMWatch

Claims say weedkilling products developed by the former Monsanto and other chemical companies are destroying and contaminating crops, including organic

EXCERPT: In their legal claims, farmers allege that they have experienced damage both from the drift of old versions of dicamba and drifting newer versions as well. The farmers claim that the companies hoped fears of drift damage would force farmers to buy the special GMO dicamba-tolerant seeds in order to protect their cotton and soybean fields. Farmers growing other types of crops have been without any means to protect their fields.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides

6 March 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Next Generation Effects from GMO Crops Are a Serious Risk for Ecosystems – New Study

A new peer reviewed paper published in the international Environmental Sciences Europe journal has focused for the first time on the risk assessment of so-called next generation effects from GM Crops. The review addresses unintended effects that were observed in spontaneous hybrid offspring but absent in the original plants. Some of the risks included a […]

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Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Trigger Loss of Biodiversity – New Study

One of the world’s most widely used glyphosate-based herbicides, Roundup, can trigger loss of biodiversity, making ecosystems more vulnerable to pollution and climate change, say researchers from McGill University in Canada. The widespread use of Roundup on farms has sparked coancerns over potential health and environmental effects globally. Since the 1990s use of the herbicide […] The post Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Trigger Loss of Biodiversity – New Study appeared on …

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GM food issue on the rise again in UK

3 March 2020 — GMWatch

GM Foods and UK Map

Media articles show concerns haven’t gone away

Judging from the high number of media articles drawing attention to the post-Brexit threat of the US’s GM foods invading British supermarket shelves, it’s clear that the GM food issue is far from dead in the UK. It appears that it was only “sleeping” due to the fact that EU labelling and risk assessment requirements for GMOs, combined with public resistance, have mostly kept GM ingredients from going directly into human food for over two decades.

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Toxic Agriculture and the Gates Foundation

27 February 2020 — Global Research

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was launched in 2000 and has $46.8 billion in assets (December 2018). It is the largest charitable foundation in the world and distributes more aid for global health than any government. One of the foundation’s stated goals is to globally enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty.

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Extensive chemical safety fraud uncovered at German testing laboratory

16 February 2020 — GM Watch

“If the results did not meet expectations, I was asked to improve them” – testing lab employee

Below is a good article on the chemical safety testing fraud story that we reported on a few days ago.

The original article at Independent Science News features a horrific photo of a monkey subject in one of LPT Hamburg’s experiments.

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Toxic residues through the back door

17 February 2020 — GM Watch

Pesticide corporations and trade partners pressured EU to allow banned substances in imported crops

Below is an excerpt from an important report that is worth reading in full in order to appreciate the assault on public health that’s being attempted by corporate lobbyists and those EU Commission officials who wish to accommodate their demands.

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Apocalypse Now! Insects, Pesticide and a Public Health Crisis

19 February, 2020 — Counter Currents

In 2017, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, and UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics, Baskut Tuncak, produced a report that called for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming and move towards sustainable agricultural practices.

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Bayer On The Edge As Jury Awards $265 M To US Peach Farmer Over Illegal Dicamba Drift

18 February 2020 — Sustainablepulse.com

A jury on Saturday awarded US$ 250 million in punitive damages to a southeastern Missouri peach farmer who argued that weedkiller dicamba that had drifted onto his orchards from other farms had severely damaged his trees — an award that could bode well for over 140 other farmers suing the chemical’s makers – Bayer (Monsanto) and BASF.

BT Cotton: Cultivating Farmer Distress in India By Colin Todhunter

7 February 2020 — Colin Todhunter

Bt cotton

This month, India’s Supreme Court will hold a lengthy hearing on the commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) mustard, which would be the country’s first GM food crop. The court has asked the chair of the Technical Expert Committee to be present and says that the decision on GM mustard cannot be kept pending. The TEC has come out against using genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Indian agriculture.

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