Can GM crops really “feed the world”? Challenging the Flawed Premise Behind Pushing GMOs into Indian Agriculture

22 January 2020 — Colin Todhunter

Colin Todhunter

A common claim is that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are essential to agriculture if we are to feed an ever-growing global population. Supporters of genetically engineered (GE) crops argue that by increasing productivity and yields, this technology will also help boost farmers’ incomes and lift many out of poverty.

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Capitalism and the Gut-Wrenching Hijack of India by Colin Todhunter

7 January 2020 — Colin Todhunter

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In India, the ‘development’ paradigm is premised on moving farmers out of agriculture and into the cities to work in construction, manufacturing or the service sector, despite these sectors not creating anything like the number of jobs required. The aim is to displace the existing labour-intensive system of food and agriculture with one dominated by a few transnational corporate agri-food giants which will then control the sector. Agriculture is to be wholly commercialised with large-scale, mechanised (monocrop) enterprises replacing family-run farms that help sustain hundreds of millions of rural livelihoods while feeding the urban masses.

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Gone Fishing? No Fish but Plenty of Pesticides and a Public Health Crisis

18 January 2020 — Global Research

There is mounting evidence that a healthy soil microbiome protects plants from pests and diseases. One of the greatest natural assets that humankind has is soil. But when you drench it with proprietary synthetic chemicals or continuously monocrop as part of a corporate-controlled industrial farming system, you can kill essential microbes, upset soil balance and end up feeding soil a limited doughnut diet of unhealthy inputs. 

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Syngenta says media has ‘overstated’ the science on insect declines

13 January 2020 — UnEarthed

The chemical multinational admitted that synthetic pesticides are ‘deeply unpopular’

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A bee collects nectar from a flower in Hamburg’s botanical gardens, 2014. Photo: Axel Kirchhof / Greenpeace

Pesticide giant Syngenta has said that the media is “overstating the science that clearly exists” on insect declines.

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Nestlé: Multinationals as the New Colonial Powers. A tale of Many Cities

10 January, 2020 — Defend Democracy Press

On November 14th the Canadian group Wellington Water Watchers organized the «All Eyes on Nestlé» conference in the city of Guelph, Ontario, bringing together indigenous’ peoples and citizens’ movements fighting Nestlé’s water takings from Canada, the US, France and Brazil.

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Fake “Farmer Willi” part of an international fake parade

6 December 2019 — GMWatch

Farmer Willi in field Glyphosate Factory

“Grassroots” defenders of pesticides and GMOs keep on faking it! Report by Jonathan Matthews

Five thousand tractors caused severe disruption in Berlin last week as farmers protested against the German government’s environmental protection policies. These include plans to limit the use of fertiliser in order to tackle nitrate pollution in groundwater, and to phase out glyphosate by 2023 to protect biodiversity.
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Sustainable Pulse: Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides

20 December 2019 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

The Future of Wheat Farming is Glyphosate Residue Free – Exclusive Interview with Axis Farms

Sustainable Pulse interview with Axis Farms’ Partner, Mark Sanders, discussing the future of wheat farming in Canada and why they decided it is important to certify their harvest as Glyphosate Residue Free. Glyphosate Residue Free certification is now being embraced by farmers, ingredient suppliers and brands around the world. You can find the latest certified […] The post The Future of Wheat Farming is Glyphosate Residue Free – Exclusive Interview with Axis Farms appeared …

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A Roundup of News about Glyphosate 13 December 2019

13 December 2019 — The New Dark Age

Argentina: Devastating consequences of GMO-based intensive ag on native amphibians
https://www.gmwatch.org/en/news/latest-news/19263-argentina-devastating-consequences-of-gmo-based-intensive-ag-on-native-amphibians

Why Good Nutrition Will Remain a Distant Dream Unless We Stop the Chemical Onslaught on Our Food from Farm to Plate
https://colintodhunter.blogspot.com/2019/12/why-good-nutrition-will-remain-distant.html

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Hunger Games: Food Abundance and Twisted Truths

24 November 2019 — Global Research

The world already produces enough food to feed 10 billion people but over two billion are experiencing micronutrient deficiencies (of which 821 million were classed as chronically undernourished in 2018). However, supporters of genetic engineering (GE) crops continually push the narrative that GE technology is required if we are to feed the world and properly support farmers. 

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Lawyers launch $500M class-action lawsuit against Roundup makers

21 November 2019 — GMWatch

Case represents Canada’s largest class-action lawsuit against manufacturers of glyphosate herbicide

EXCERPT: Darryl Singer, the head of commercial and civil litigation at Diamond & Diamond, said the plaintiffs involved in this class-action lawsuit are looking not only for financial compensation, but also what he calls “behaviour modification” so that the same thing doesn’t happen again in the future with other products in Canada.

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