22 September 2020 — Sustainable Pulse
1 August 2020 — GMWatch
Makes inflated promises and false claims for an unproven technology
Below is a transcript of what the GMO promoter and member of the UK’s House of Lords, John Krebs, told the BBC in an interview about the government’s intention to deregulate gene editing so that it’s no longer defined and regulated as a genetic modification technique.
25 August 2020 — GMWatch
“Vast quantities of glyphosate” used to try and “finish the farm off and us along with it”. Report: Jonathan Matthews
An organic farmer’s hospitalisation after intruders doused his vegetables with glyphosate has “become a cause célèbre in France, which is facing a growing backlash against intensive agriculture”, reports Henry Samuel in The Telegraph.
Insecticidal Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) cotton is the first and only GM (genetically modified) crop that has been approved in India. It has been cultivated in the country for more than 20 years. In a formal statement to the Supreme Court of India, the Indian government has asserted that hybrid Bt cotton is an outstanding success. It therefore argues that Bt cotton is a template for the introduction of GM food crops.
21 August 2020 — Sustainable Pulse
11 August 2020 — GMWatch
Claire Fox’s peerage reflects the emergence of an extremist clique as pillars of Johnson’s Brexit establishment. Report: Jonathan Matthews
Were you surprised when one of the very first things Boris Johnson did on becoming Prime Minister was to declare his desire to “liberate” the UK “from anti-genetic modification rules”?
Worldwide, there are now over a thousand coastal areas where fish can’t breathe. The nitrogen that makes crops grow is also destroying offshore ecosystems.
|“Let us not, however, flatter ourselves overmuch on account of our human victories over nature. For each such victory nature takes its revenge on us. Each victory, it is true, in the first place brings about the results we expected, but in the second and third places it has quite different, unforeseen effects which only too often cancel the first.” —Frederick Engels|
Continuing our series on metabolic rifts in the 21st century. As always, comments, questions and corrections are welcome.
by Ian Angus
3 August 2020 — Sustainable Pulse
July 29 2020 — Beyond GM
In its last meeting before the summer recess, the House of Lords finally debated Amendment 275 of the Agriculture Bill, which proposed to deregulate products of gene editing in UK agriculture.
The debate, which lasted nearly two hours, saw Lords raising numerous issues, though only a few stepped off the well-trodden path of the decades-long, adversarial debate about genetic engineering in food and farming.
28 July 2020 — Off-Guardian
The British government, regulators and global agrochemical corporations are colluding with each other and are thus engaging in criminal behaviour. That’s the message put forward in a new report written by environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason and sent to the UK Environment Agency. It follows her January 2019 open letter to Werner Baumann, CEO of Bayer CropScience, where she made it clear to him that she considers Bayer CropScience and Monsanto criminal corporations.
27 July 2020 — Sustainable Pulse
22 July 2020 — The Grocer
By Joanna Blythman, food journalist and author of Swallow This
Farmers’ popularity has shot up. The general public used to ignore them, or view them as subsidy junkies. Now, as the people who put food on our plates during the Covid-19 crisis, they are enjoying levels of gratitude unprecedented since the Second World War.