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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Robbing the Soil, 2: ‘Systematic theft of communal property’

30 August 2021 — Origin: Climate & Capitalism

Origins of Capitalist Agriculture

“The expropriation of the mass of the people from the soil forms the basis of the capitalist mode of production.” (Karl Marx)

Tenants harvest the landlord’s grain


Part One: Commons and classes before capitalism
Part Two: ‘Systematic theft of communal property’


by Ian Angus

“The ground of the parish is gotten up into a few men’s hands, yea sometimes into the tenure of one or two or three, whereby the rest are compelled either to be hired servants unto the other or else to beg their bread in misery from door to door.” (William Harrison, 1577)[1]

In 1549, tens of thousands of English peasants fought — and thousands died — to halt and reverse the spread of capitalist farming that was destroying their way of life. The largest action, known as Kett’s Rebellion, has been called “the greatest practical utopian project of Tudor England and the greatest anticapitalist rising in English history.”[2]

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 20 August 2021

20 August 2021 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

US EPA Bans Use of Neurotoxic Insecticide Chlorpyrifos on Food Crops

In a historic victory for farm workers, environment, and public health, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today it will be revoking all tolerances of chlorpyrifos, effectively banning all food uses of the toxic, brain-damaging pesticide in the U.S. In April, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered EPA to revoke all agricultural uses of chlorpyrifos or retain only those uses […]

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The stories we trust: Regulating genome edited organisms

26 July 2021 — GMWatch

Barbara Van Dyck unpacks the narratives that underpin corporate campaigns to deregulate new GM technologies

EXCERPT: In repeating industry narratives, decision-makers (and the media) pave the ground for a handful of corporations to advance false solutions that serve their encroachment of food systems. To help clarify valid claims from technological bluff, we recommend institutions, regulators and funders to carry out a ‘hype test’ by asking: What makes gene editing superior to other, more systemic options including agroecology, that makes it successful in producing healthier plants, animals and crops and healthier food?

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