Organic Bytes 31 January 2019

31 January 2019 — Organic Consumers Association

ESSAY OF THE WEEK

‘Radical Rethink’

woman sitting in a farm crop field with her back to the camera facing the sunriseA new study calling for a “radical rethink” of the relationship between policymakers and corporations reinforces what we’ve been saying for years: Our triple global crises of deteriorating public health, world hunger and global warming share common root causes.

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The Political Economy of Half-Earth By Troy Vettese

31 January 2019 — Socialist Project – The Bullet

That the “extermination, enslavement, and entombment of the aboriginal population in mines […and] the transformation of Africa into a warren for the commercial hunting of black skin” was essential to capitalism’s emergence has long been recognized. Few, however, realise that capitalism has been changing the climate since its “rosy dawn.”1

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Glyphosate is Carcinogenic: EU Regulatory Authorities Colluding with Agrochemicals Industry By Colin Todhunter

19 January 2019 — Global Research

Complaint Lodged with European Ombudsman

Back in 2016, I posed the question in The Ecologist whether regulators in the EU were acting as product promoters when it came to the relicensing of glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup. The renewal of the license for glyphosate in the EU was being debated at the time and much evidence pointed to collusion between regulators and corporate interests whose sales of the herbicide add up to many billions of dollars a year.

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Monsanto/Bayer Moving to Genome Edit Fruits and More By F. William Engdahl

18 January 2019 — New Eastern Outlook

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Not surprising, Monsanto, today hidden behind the Bayer logo, as the world leader in patented GMO seeds and the probable carcinogenic Roundup herbicide with glyphosate, is attempting to quietly patent genetically modified or GMO varieties of fruits using controversial gene-editing. The “beauty” of this for Monsanto/Bayer is that in the USA, according to a recent ruling by the US Department of Agriculture, gene-edited agriculture needs no special independent testing. The developments are not good for human health or safety, nor will it do anything to give the world better nutrition.

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OCA: Ben & Jerry’s; Tainted Tortillas; Deer; Pinapple Poison; Farm Talk; Reading Matter

10 January 2019 — Organic Consumers Association

Open Letter to Bayer CropScience: Bayer Has Never Been Transparent In Its Life! by Colin Todhunter

9 January 2019 — Counter Currents

“Transparency creates trust. At Bayer, we embrace our responsibility to communicate how we assess our products’ safety — and we recognize that people around the world want more information around glyphosate. This month, we published more than 300 study summaries on the safety of glyphosate on our dedicated transparency website. “

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The Stomach-Churning Violence of the Agrochemical Oligopoly by Colin Todhunter

6 January 2019 — Dissident Voice

As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to grow and how to grow it and our diets have developed accordingly. We have hunted, gathered, planted and harvested. Our overall survival as a species has been based on gradual, emerging relationships with the seasons, insects, soil, animals, trees and seeds. And out of these relationships, we have seen the development of communities whose rituals and bonds have a deep connection with food production and the natural environment.

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‘Dust Bowls of Empire’ exposes capital’s global assault on the land

2 January 2019 — Climate & Capitalism

Book review

Essential reading for everyone who cares about agriculture, the environment, and social-injustice

The 1930s Dust Bowl presaged today’s global ecological crises. Hannah Holleman’s brilliant new book shows how and why capital destroys the soil that all life depends on.


Hannah Holleman
DUST BOWLS OF EMPIRE
Imperialism, Environmental Politics and the Injustice of ‘Green’ Capitalism

Yale University Press, 2018

reviewed by Martin Empson

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Inspections and pollution tests drop as Environment Agency sheds thousands of staff

22 December 2018 — True Publica
Inspections and pollution tests drop as Environment Agency sheds thousands of staffBy Zach Boren and Russell Scott: The number of site inspections by England’s environmental regulator has fallen by more than a third over the past four years, an Unearthed analysis has found.

Conservation experts told Unearthed the cutbacks – which have come at a time of rapid staffing cuts at the Environment Agency (EA) – had hampered efforts to revive the country’s dirty rivers and depleted fish stocks.

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Why Ecosocialism? A discussion of the case for a red-green future

19 December 2018 — Climate & Capitalism

Michael Löwy initiates a wide-ranging debate on the great transition from capitalist destruction to a just and sustainable future


Michael Löwy was co-author, with Joel Kovel, of the first Ecosocialist Manifesto (2001). His published works include On Changing the World, and Ecosocialism: A Radical Alternative to the Capitalist Ecological Catastrophe.

This paper was first distributed for discussion in the Great Transition Initiative, “an online forum of ideas and an international network for the critical exploration of concepts, strategies, and visions for a transition to a future of enriched lives, human solidarity, and a resilient biosphere.” 

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ⓍXR Protect & Honour Life CampaignⓍ 18 December 2018

18 December 2018 — Extinction/Rebellion

Oops. The link to the New Year Protect and Honour Life Campaign should work now!

Thanks for your patience!

With fierce love,
The XR International team

PROTECT AND HONOUR LIFE CAMPAIGN

January 1 – 7, 2019

Seeding the New Year with a Collective Commitment to Protect and Honour the Foundations of Life

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