The Gates Foundation’s “Corporate Merry-go-round”: Spearheading the Neo-liberal Plunder of African Agriculture

2 July 2021 — Global Research

By Colin Todhunter

This important article by Colin Todhunter published more than five years ago (on January 21, 2016)  analyses how the Gates Foundation had contributed to exacerbating social inequalities and “uprooting indigenous agriculture for the benefit of global agribusiness”.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) is dangerously and unaccountably distorting the direction of international development, according to a new report by the campaign group Global Justice Now. With assets of $43.5 billion, the BMGF is the largest charitable foundation in the world. It actually distributes more aid for global health than any government. As a result, it has a major influence on issues of global health and agriculture.

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Book Review: Imperial roots of the global food system

29 June 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Book Review

‘Diet for a Large Planet’ – how Britain fed itself by plundering the world

Tea workers in colonial India


Chris Otter
DIET FOR A LARGE PLANET
Industrial Britain, Food Systems, and World Ecology

University of Chicago Press, 2020

reviewed by Amy Leather

Why do we eat what we do? This is the question Chris Otter seeks to answer in Diet for a Large Planet. It is very timely. In recent years there has been growing anger and horror at a food system that delivers both unhealthy and environmentally destructive diets. Food has become deeply politicized.

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Toxic Corporations Are Destroying the Planet’s Soil

24 June 2021 — Global Research

By Colin Todhunter

A newly published analysis in the journal Frontiers in Environmental Science argues that a toxic soup of insecticides, herbicides and fungicides is causing havoc beneath fields covered in corn, soybeans, wheat and other monoculture crops. The research is the most comprehensive review ever conducted on how pesticides affect soil health.

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Former Tory Party advisor wants us to swallow GM food

23 June 2021 — GMWatch

Camilla Cavendish and GMO Corn CobsCamilla Cavendish promotes false and misleading narratives to warm up the public to deregulated GMOs.

Report: Claire Robinson

An article has been published in the Financial Times, with the headline, “We must overcome the fear of genetic engineering in our food”, and the subhead, “From countering climate change to saving bananas, new gene-editing technology could prove crucial”.

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On Paul Kingsnorth and Unruly Nature

7 May 2021 — MROnline

Real England by Paul Kingsnorth
by Anthony Galluzzo

In a 2010 essay entitled “Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist,” the English émigré environmental writer Paul Kingsnorth recounts his journey into and out of the environmental movement. The essay appeared in the inaugural issue of Dark Mountain, the journal attached to the Dark Mountain group—inaugurated by Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine in 2009—a literary-philosophical project dedicated to uncivilization. What is uncivilization? Coauthors Kingsnorth and Dougald Stewart introduce their manifesto with a telling excerpt from Robinson Jeffers, in which the poet urges readers to “unhumanize our views a little.” Our Dark Mountaineers elaborate how “our whole way of living is already passing into history,” while urging their readers to “face this reality honestly and learn how to live with it.” Whose way of life exactly? It presumably refers to the inhabitants of the Global North who represent the primary driver of the ecological crisis now ravaging the planet. While this sort of rough political economy is implicit in the remaining Dark Mountain principles, they notably eschew political solutions; they, for instance, “reject the faith that holds that the converging crises of our times can be reduced to a set of ‘problems’ in need of technological or political ‘solutions.’”1

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UK gene editing public consultation announcement expected mid-June

3 June 2021 — GMWatch

Burnt ToastChange in law could speed commercialisation of GM wheat for people who can’t “use a toaster properly”

This month the UK government is expected to follow through on Boris Johnson’s promise to “liberate the UK’s extraordinary bioscience sector from anti–genetic modification rules” by removing safety checks and (probably) GMO labelling and traceability from some crops and livestock made with experimental new genetic engineering techniques.

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We should all be worried about the United Nations Food Systems Summit

18 May 2021 — GMWatch

A battle for the future of food is already underway. There’s still time to change the outcome

EXCERPT: Since Ms. Kalibata [Agnes Kalibata, president of the Alliance for a Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA)] was named special envoy [to the UN Food Systems Summit], there has been a public outcry over this clear conflict of interest. 176 civil society organizations from 83 countries sent a letter to the UN Secretary General António Guterres voicing their concerns over Ms. Kalibata’s corporate ties. They never received a response. 500 civil society organizations, academics, and other actors sent the UN an additional statement laying out the growing list of concerns about the Summit. Again, they received no reply. While 676 total civil society organizations and individuals expressed clear concern over Ms. Kalibata’s appointment, only twelve people signed a letter supporting the nomination. The Community Alliance for Global Justice’s AGRA Watch team found that all but one of these individuals have received funds from the Gates Foundation.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 21 May 2021

21 May 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks 

Glyphosate Herbicides Significantly Associated with Preterm Births – University of Michigan Study

Exposure to a chemical found in the weed killer Roundup and other glyphosate-based herbicides is significantly associated with preterm births, according to a new University of Michigan study published Wednesday. The study, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, found that the presence of the chemical in women’s urine in late pregnancy was linked to an increased […]

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Microsoft vs Indian Farmers: Agri-Stacking the System

20 May 2021 — Off Guardian

Colin Todhunter

In April, the Indian government signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Microsoft, allowing its local partner CropData to leverage a master database of farmers. The MoU seems to be part of the AgriStack policy initiative, which involves the roll out of ‘disruptive’ technologies and digital databases in the agricultural sector.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 14 May 2021

14 May 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Glyphosate Raises Malaria Risk through Damage to Insect Immune Systems – New Study

The chemical compound glyphosate, the world’s most widely used herbicide, can weaken the immune systems of insects, suggests a study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in Round Up™, a popular U.S. brand of weed killer products. The researchers investigated the effects of glyphosate on […]

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Regenerative organic farming, not GM, is the solution to the climate crisis

7 May 2021 — GMWatch

Zen Honeycutt explains why plans to grow GM carbon-sequestering plants are a dangerous distraction

Zen HoneycuttOn March 22, 2021, The Del Mar Garden Club of Southern California held an informational session called “Fighting climate change with plants”. As a person who is extremely concerned about the looming apocalyptic events due to climate chaos, but not extremely well informed about what we can do to prevent them, I signed up.

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