Offering Choice but Delivering Tyranny: The Corporate Capture of Agriculture by Colin Todhunter

19 August 2019 — Counter Currents

Many lobbyists talk a lot about critics of genetic engineering technology denying choice to farmers. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies to maximise choice and options. At the same time, somewhat ironically, they decry organic agriculture and proven agroecological approaches, presumably because these practices have no need for the proprietary inputs of the global agrochemical/agritech corporations they are in bed with. And presumably because agroecology represents liberation from the tyranny of these profiteering, environment-damaging global conglomerates.

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Life Expectancy Falters in the UK Slow Death but Fast Profits for the Agrochemical Sector By Colin Todhunter

28 July 2019 — Off Guardian

A special report in the Observer newspaper in the UK on 23 June 2019 asked the question: Why is life expectancy faltering? The piece noted that for the first time in 100 years, Britons are dying earlier. The UK now has the worst health trends in Western Europe.

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Poisoned for Profit: Whether in the UK or India, We Are Not the Agrochemical Industry’s Guinea Pigs

27 July 2019 — Counter Currents

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Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Chemicals Regulation Division (HSE) in the UK claiming that the glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup has poisoned her nature reserve in South Wales and is also poisoning people across the UK (she includes herself here, as she struggles with a neurodegenerative condition). She notes that the widespread spraying of glyphosate went against the advice of directive 2009/128/EC of the European parliament but was carried out at the behest of the agrochemicals industry.

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From Mad Cow Disease to Agrochemicals: Time to Put Public Need Ahead of Private Greed by Colin Todhunter

19 July 2019 — Dissident Voice

The first part of this article documenting the development of BSE in Britain was written by Rosemary Mason and is taken from her new report. It is fully referenced and cites sources and evidence in support of her claims. Additional reporting for the second part of the article was provided by Colin Todhunter.

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From the Green Revolution to GMOs: Toxic Agriculture Is the Problem Not the Solution By Colin Todhunter

4 July 2019 — The New Dark Age

Why did the European Food Safety Authority claim that glyphosate was not ecotoxic? This is the question environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason poses in her new 23-page report which can be accessed in full here.

In places, the report reads like a compilation of peer-reviewed studies and official reports that have documented the adverse impacts of chemicals used in modern agriculture.

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Consumers Comments Requested By ATSDR Regarding Glyphosate Toxicology Contamination In Food, Water & Air Due July 8, 2019

28 June 2019 — Activist Post

By Catherine J. Frompovich

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has gone out of its way, and even ‘fallen all over itself’ in trying to present a somewhat balanced 257-page report regarding the agricultural herbicide glyphosate for the purpose of soliciting consumer public comment by July 8, 2019, the due date.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides Editors’ picks

27 June 2019 — Sustainable Pulse

Glyphosate Use Will Eventually End, Merkel Says

Use of Bayer’s contested weedkiller glyphosate, the subject of more than 10,000 lawsuits in the US over claims it causes cancer, will eventually die out, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the country’s lower house on Wednesday (Jun 26). Source: Reuters Merkel’s view is seemingly at odds with that of Bayer, which acquired the pesticide along with […]

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Life Expectancy Falters in the UK: Slow Death but Fast Profits for the Agrochemical Sector By Colin Todhunter

26 June, 2019 —Global Research

A special report in the Observer newspaper in the UK on 23 June 2019 asked the question: Why is life expectancy faltering? The piece noted that for the first time in 100 years, Britons are dying earlier. The UK now has the worst health trends in Western Europe.

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Modified – A Film about GMOs and the Corruption of the Food Supply for Profit by Colin Todhunter

23 June 2019 — Dissident Voice

Parts of the documentary Modified are spent at the kitchen table. But it’s not really a tale about wonderful recipes or the preparation of food. Ultimately, it’s a story of capitalism, money and power and how our most basic rights are being eroded by unscrupulous commercial interests.

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On the future of farming and ecomodernist illusions

12 June 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Some writers imagine that machines can feed the world. They ignore the damage caused by industrial agriculture, and don’t value the work of people who feed most of humanity today.

“Industrialized agriculture has meant pretending soil and flora are not living entities that require care and attention. If you treat the living as the dead, it should not be surprising when the graveyards spread.”


Max Ajl replies to Ecosocialism: Dystopian and Scientific, by Matt Huber


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Bayer Hunts Down Journalists

4 June 2019 — Dr Mercola

 Story at-a-glance

  • Monsanto compiled veritable hit lists containing hundreds of names and other personal information about journalists, politicians and scientists, including their opinions about pesticides and genetic engineering
  • Monsanto’s so-called “stakeholder mapping project” was first uncovered in France, but now it appears Monsanto likely had multiple lists to track people in countries throughout Europe
  • Bayer hired law firm Sidley Austin to investigate Monsanto’s privacy breaches and said it had stopped communications and public affairs activity with the public relations agency FleishmanHillard, which was reportedly involved in creating Monsanto’s surveillance lists
  • More than 13,400 cases are currently pending against Bayer, alleging that Monsanto’s Roundup caused their cancer and the company failed to warn consumers about cancer risks
  • In the first three cases to go to trial, jury verdicts have overwhelmingly favored the plaintiffs, leaving Bayer saddled with billions in damages

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