Messengers of Gates’ agenda

1 December 2020 — Independent Science News

How the Cornell Alliance for Science spreads disinformation on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

by Heather Day/AGRA Watch

In October of this year, the Cornell Alliance for Science (CAS) hosted a webinar on “agroecology,” a concept that has attracted growing attention in recent years. Agroecology is a transdisciplinary science, practice, and social movement that offers a pathway for food system transformation. Yet, as soon as the webinar began, the moderator contrasted “scientific” definitions of agroecology as legitimate whereas social movement type definitions were labeled “ideological.” From what we have learned about the Cornell Alliance for Science, this was not surprising; the webinar was just their latest tactic in what is a well-funded disinformation campaign to co-opt and neuter the transformative concept of agroecology, while promoting agribusiness-driven solutions to agriculture through proprietary science and technological innovation. In fact, it was for this very reason that just three days before, two agroecologists that had been invited to participate stepped down from the panel, citing bias.

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Land Dispossession and Imperialism Repackaged as ‘Feeding the World’

30 November, 2020 — Global Research

By Colin Todhunter

The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of rich and powerful land speculators and agribusiness corporations. Smallholder farmers are being criminalised and even made to disappear when it comes to the struggle for land. They are constantly exposed to systematic expulsion.

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EU: Democracy is more than elections

13 November 2020 — Global Justice Now

The image of Donald Trump on a golf course refusing to concede election defeat got me thinking. It served as a blunt reminder of just how much power certain leaders hold on to. Admittedly the US is not the only place where abuse of power has gotten out of control in recent times. When I think of Europe in the last weeks, a far less publicised image comes to mind.

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Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 23 October 2020

23 October 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Toxic Levels of Heavy Metals and PAHs Discovered in Some Alternatives to Glyphosate-Based Weedkillers

A group of researchers from France, led by Prof. Gilles-Eric Seralini, have identified toxic levels of undeclared ingredients such as heavy metals and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in some new alternatives to glyphosate-based herbicides, which have been entered on to the European market since restrictions were put on glyphosate in certain European Union countries. Continue reading

Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 6 October 2020

6 October 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Environmental Factors to Blame for Increase in Childhood Cancers – New Coalition Report

A 34% increase in childhood cancers since 1975 has led a group of scientists, health professionals, businesses, and advocates to ignite a call to action to highlight preventable environmental factors that threaten our children. This coalition seeks to establish a National Childhood Cancer Prevention Research Agenda and National Childhood Cancer Prevention Plan to eradicate non-hereditary […]

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Gates Foundation doubles down on misinfo campaign at Cornell as African leaders call for agroecology

30 September 2020 — US Right to Know

by Stacy Malkan

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation awarded another $10 million last week to the controversial Cornell Alliance for Science, a communications campaign housed at Cornell that trains fellows in Africa and elsewhere to promote and defend genetically engineered foods, crops and agrichemicals. The new grant brings BMGF grants to the group to $22 million. Continue reading

Global Breaking News on GMOs and Pesticides 22 September 2020

22 September 2020 — Sustainable Pulse

Editors’ picks

Thailand’s Reversal on Glyphosate Ban Came after Bayer Scripted US Intervention, Documents Show

A year ago Thailand was set to ban the widely used weed killing chemical glyphosate, a move applauded by public health advocates because of evidence the chemical causes cancer, along with other harms to people and the environment, USRTK reported Thursday. Source: USRTK By Carey Gillam But under heavy pressure from U.S. officials, Thailand’s government reversed […]

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GMO promoter Krebs misleads the BBC and the British public on gene editing

1 August 2020 — GMWatch

GMO promoter John Krebs and Gene Editing

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.

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Poisoning of organic farmer in pesticide attack “a game-changer” in France

25 August 2020 — GMWatch

Glyphosate poisoned organic farm

“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.

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From Cotton to Brinjal: Fraudulent GMO Project in India Sustained by Deception

29 August 2020 — Counter Currents

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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.

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