Dystopian Farm: the UK dairy industry & its technofixes

Thursday, 16 June 2022 — Corporate Watch

As the bill on gene-edited food goes through parliament, Corporate Watch takes a look at the dystopian technologies in the UK dairy industry and on the horizon.

In a new report, we explore the changing context – from the decline in milk consumption and the impact of Brexit, to the rise of the megadairies.

And we examine the technofixes being sold in the perpetual quest for productivity and profit, with mini-profiles on leading companies in each area. These include robotised milking systems, gene editing, ‘robot ready’ cows, low-emission cows, shock collars, and more.

Plus info on alternatives to the Dystopian Farm, and paths for resistance.

Find out more here: https://corporatewatch.org/dystopian-farm-the-uk-dairy-industry-its-technofixes/

If you don’t have time to read the full article, why not check out our interactive infographic here: https://corporatewatch.org/D3/Cow

Ukraine: War Within the War: The Fight Over Land and Genetically Engineered Agriculture

Tuesday, 31 May 2022 — CovertAction Magazine

By Mitchel Cohen

[Source: orientalreview.org]

Soon we shall be covered by wheat.
Did you say, wheat?
Wheat, wheat. – from Woody Allen’s ‘Love and Death’[1]

Ten months before Russian troops poured into Ukraine, that country’s President Volodymyr Zelensky signed a bill into law authorizing the private sale of farmland, reversing a moratorium that had been in place since 2001.

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Decriminalized Marijuana Reinvents Racism and Poisoning

Saturday, 14 May 2022 — The New Dark Age

by Don Fitz and Susan Armstrong

The change in marijuana laws across the US raises issues far beyond, “Hey, dude, we can blow a joint now without getting busted.” The racism that permeated the age of criminalization now lurks throughout the phase of decriminalization. The burgeoning business of growing pot raises the specter of corporate agriculture with its threats to human health and natural ecosystems. Are there ways to enjoy weed while challenging racism and corporate domination over the environment?
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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 10 February 2022

Thursday, 10 February 2022 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

GMO Wheat in Argentina Suffers from Low Yields

Developments in Argentina regarding genetically modified (GM) wheat show that however determined governments are to boost GMOs in agriculture, the inherent weaknesses of the technology undermine their efforts. Although the Argentine government approved it for planting and the Brazilian government gave the nod for its import, the GM wheat is giving poor yields, around two-thirds […]

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Uneven Earth’s January 2022 Readings

Saturday, 5 February 2022 — Uneven Earth

January readings

On animal rights, green gaslighting, and climate reparations

Once a month, we put together a list of stories we’ve been reading: news you might’ve missed or crucial conversations going on around the web. We focus on environmental justice, radical municipalism, new politics, political theory, and resources for action and education.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 27 January 2022

Thursday, 27 January 2022 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Colombia Constitutional Court Suspends Re-Start of Glyphosate Aerial Fumigation Program

Rights groups and politicians in Colombia have welcomed a decision by the country’s Constitutional Court, which ruled this week that the government failed to consult local communities over its plan to restart aerial fumigation of coca crops, Al Jazeera reported. In a decision last Wednesday, the court said the government of President Ivan Duque could not […] The post Colombia Constitutional Court Suspends Re-Start of Glyphosate Aerial Fumigation Program appeared on Sustainable Pulse.

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Bathed in Pesticides: The Narrative of Deception

Wednesday, 26 January 2022 — Global Research

The volume of pesticide use and exposure is occurring on a scale that is without precedent and world-historical in nature. Agrichemicals are now pervasive as they cycle through bodies and environments. The herbicide glyphosate has been a major factor in driving this increase in use.

These statements appear in a 2021 paper ‘Growing Agrichemical Ubiquity: New Questions for Environments and Health’ (Community of Excellence in Global Health Equity).

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Europe and the UK’s vast shipments of banned, bee-killing ‘neonics’

Tuesday, 25 January 2022 — True Publica

Europe and the UK’s vast shipments of banned, bee-killing ‘neonics’

By Crispin Dowler: 10 minute read: The European Union and the UK are shipping thousands of tonnes of ‘neonicotinoid’ pesticides (neonics) to poorer countries, years after banning the chemicals from their own farms to protect bees, a new Unearthed and Public Eye investigation has found.

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World’s farms at a breaking point

Friday, 21 January 2022 — — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Global Food in Crisis

UN Report: 34% of agricultural land is degraded, water is overdrawn

by Dana Nuccitelli

Almost 10% of the 8 billion people on earth are already undernourished with 3 billion lacking healthy diets, and the land and water resources farmers rely on stressed to “a breaking point.” And by 2050 there will be 2 billion more mouths to feed, warns a new report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
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Against Enclosure – The Commoners Fight Back

Saturday, 15 January 2022 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

CAPITAL VERSUS COMMONS, 5

Three centuries of mass resistance to privatization and dispossession


Articles in this series:

  1. Commons and classes before capitalism
  2. ‘Systematic theft of communal property’
  3. Against Enclosure: The Commonwealth Men
  4. Dispossessed: Origins of the Working Class
  5. Against Enclosure: The Commoners Fight Back

 by Ian Angus

In 1542, Henry VIII gave his friend and privy councilor Sir William Herbert a gift: the buildings and lands of a dissolved monastery, Wilton Abbey near Salisbury. Herbert didn’t need farmland, so he had the buildings torn down, expelled the monastery’s tenants, and physically destroyed an entire village. In their place he built a large mansion, and fenced off the surrounding lands as a private park for hunting.

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Living in Epoch-Defining Times: Food, Agriculture and the New World Order

Thursday, 6 January 2022 — Global Research

Farmerless farms manned by driverless machines, monitored by drones and doused with chemicals to produce commodity crops from patented genetically engineered seeds for industrial ‘biomatter’ to be processed and constituted into something resembling food. Data platforms, private equity firms, e-commerce giants and AI-controlled farming systems.

Bill Gates and the Uncertain Future of Food Security

30 October 2021 — Off Guardian

Dustin Broadbery

As we approach a winter of discontent and Global food systems go from bad to worse, there’s trouble in paradise.

At the root of these problems, Government responses to COVID-19 have contributed to a six-fold increase in famine-like conditions as global supply chains collapse, and field trials for gene-edited crops and farm animals begin in the UK.

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UK Action Alert: Ask your MP to ensure your voice is heard

14 October 2021 — GMWatch

The vast majority of 6,440 submissions to the consultation on gene editing deregulation said NO to the proposals – but Defra is going ahead regardless

Environment Secretary George Eustice plans to ignore the results of his own public consultation and push on with proposals to dismantle GM safeguards, warns GM Freeze. Please ask your MP to tell him it’s time to start listening.

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Food Sovereignty: A Manifesto for the Future of Our Planet

13 October 2021 — Internationalist 360°

“Our historic task is to ensure that no human being goes hungry”

Food Sovereignty is a philosophy of life.

It offers a vision for our collective future, and defines the principles around which we organize our daily living and co-exist with Mother Earth. It is a celebration of life and all the diversity around us. It embraces every element of our cosmos; the sky above our heads, the land beneath our feet, the air we breathe, the forests, the mountains, valleys, farms, oceans, rivers and ponds. It recognizes and protects the inter-dependency between eight million species that share this home with us.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 15 October 2021

15 October 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Expert Groups Urge European Health Commissioner to Base Glyphosate Assessment on Independent Science

41 civil society organizations, including several of the organizers of the successful European Citizens’ Initiative #StopGlyphosate, have urged the EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides to guarantee that the ongoing assessment of glyphosate is based on updated independent scientific evidence and remains free from vested interests. In an open letter published Wednesday, the groups expressed their concerns […]

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Eustice goes ahead with unpopular plan to dismantle GM safeguards

28 September 2021 — Reaction

Liz O’Neill

Earlier this week George Eustice, the  Environment Secretary, revealed plans to stop the likes of me being able to object to field trials of experimental genetically engineered crops. At least, I think that’s what he announced. The details of what is actually going to change were both vague and downplayed, occupying a mere 65 of the 1200-odd words in a Government press release that focused instead on the hypothetical potential for the latest GM techniques on the block to fix, well, just about everything.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 24 September 2021

24 September 2021 — Sustainable Pulse 

Editors’ picks

Protests Around the World Target Global Corporate Food Empire

Street and online people’s protests against the ‘global corporate food empire’ greeted the opening of the UN Food Systems Summit (UN FSS), as the Global People’s Summit (GPS) on Food Systems launched a Global Day of Action on the third and final day of its counter-summit to the UN FSS happening virtually and in New […]

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides

3 September 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Breakfast at Monsanto’s Sheds Light on Health Dangers of World’s Most Used Weedkiller: Exclusive Interview

Sustainable Pulse interview with Lee A. Evslin, M.D., author of the new eye-opening book Breakfast at Monsanto’s and board-certified pediatrician and Fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics. What led to your interest in Monsanto and specifically glyphosate herbicides – is this interest related to your work as a pediatrician?  In 2012, the Island of […]

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