Harvest of Hypocrisy: Farmers Being Blamed for GMO Crop Failures By Glenn Davis Stone

9 February, 2013 — Fieldquestions.com

Of all the GMO controversies around the world, the saga of Bt cotton in India continues to be one of the most interesting and important. In the latest chapter, reported by the Business Standard, cotton yields have dropped to a 5-year low, setting off a fascinating round of finger pointing.

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US-NATO “Economic Terrorism”: The Collapse of Syria’s Industry and Agriculture By Prof Michel Chossudovsky

25 January, 2013 — Global Research

The Syrian economy is being hit by the combined impacts of the US-NATO sponsored terrorist attacks and the economic sanctions regime.  The ultimate objective of the USNATO covert war on Syria is the destabilization of the Syria economy and the destruction of Syria as a nation state.

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VTJP News & Articles 6 October 2012: Israeli soldiers prevent farmers from accessing land

6 October 2012 — VTJP

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Families Of Marmara Victims File Lawsuit Against Israel
IMEMC – The Turkish Hurriyet Daily reported that 33 family members of Turkish citizens who were shot and killed by the Israeli army when Israel attacked the Mavi Marmara solidarity ship that was heading to Gaza in 2010, filed on October 5 a lawsuit against Israel demanding compensation. …

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VTJP News & Articles 22 August 2012: Report: Israel to evict Jericho farmers

22 August 2012  — VTJP

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8 Detainees Wounded In Ramon Prison
IMEMC – Palestinians Minister of Detainee, Issa Qaraqe’, stated that eight Palestinian detainees, imprisoned at the Ramon Israeli prison, were injured after Israeli soldiers broke into their rooms and searched them. …

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Coup in Paraguay: Will U.S. Join Latin America in Condemning Ouster of President Fernando Lugo?

25 June 2012Democracy Now!

Coup in Paraguay: Will U.S. Join Latin America in Condemning Ouster of President Fernando Lugo?

Paraguayan President Fernando Lugo has been ousted in what he has described as a parliamentary coup. On Friday, the Paraguayan Senate voted 39-to-4 to impeach Lugo, saying he had failed in his duty to maintain social order following a recent land dispute which resulted in the deaths of six police officers and 11 peasant farmers. A former priest, Lugo was once called the “Bishop of the Poor” and was known for defending peasant rights. Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile and Uruguay have all condemned Lugo’s ouster, but the question remains whether the Obama administration will recognize the new government. We’re joined by Greg Grandin, professor of Latin American history at New York University and author of “Empire’s Workshop: Latin America, the United States, and the Rise of the New Imperialism.” His most recent book, “Fordlandia,” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in historyWatch/Listen/Read

Video: Monsanto / GM: The Hidden Email the White House Hopes to Keep Under Wraps By Dr. Mercola

012 — Dr. Mercola

  • Americans are finally waking up to the reality of genetically engineered food—what it is, and its many dangers to human health and the environment.
  • Genetically engineered (GE) foods are also known as genetically modified (GM), or as genetically modified organisms (GMO).
  • In the video below, activist Adam Eidinger proposes a GMO shareholder resolution at Monsanto’s 2012 annual shareholder meeting.   
  • He tries to make the board and shareholders more aware of the dangers of Monsanto’s pesticides and GMOs, the company’s questionable practices, and the growing consumer backlash.

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 26 October, 2011: PA: Settlers prevent farmers from harvesting olives

26 October 2011 — VTJP

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Israeli Police Close Two Offices of NGOs in East Jerusalem
IMEMC – On Tuesday, Israeli police closed down two offices of non-governmental organizations in East Jerusalem, claiming that the offices were used by Hamas and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, without prior notice or presentation of any evidence of that claim. …

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VTJP Palestine/Israel Newslinks 20 October, 2011: Oxfam: Settlers cost Palestinian farmers over $500,000 this harvest

20 October 2011 — VTJP

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Erekat: Israel is responsible for collapsing of peace process
IMEMC – Thursday October 20, 2011 – 18:55, Dr. Saeb Erekat, member of the central committee of Fatah Movement and Palestinian negotiation chief, held a meeting with the Portuguese former president, Goerge Sambouo, top representative of UN-debate among civilizations, the Palestinian News Agency, Maan, reported earlier on Thursday.

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World Food Program in Somalia: Angel of Mercy or Angel of Death? By Thomas C. Mountain

3 August 2011 — Black Agenda Report

To hear the corporate media tell it, the Shabab resistance in Somalia is to blame for the drought and famine. But ten million people are threatened in the neighboring Ogaden region of Ethiopia, largely populated by ethnic Somalis, many of whom are at war with the Ethiopian dictatorship. Ethiopia restricts the movements of foreigners in the Odaden, yet the World Food Program continues to operate there, as a partner with the regime.

You could say the WFP helped put the nail in the coffin of Somali agriculture.”

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Narratives under siege: stranglehold on farmers tightens

28 July 2011 — PCHR – Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Hate’em Kdair, 53, is a farmer in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip. He and his wife have four sons and three daughters, and live with Hate’em’s mother and father. He was in grade nine when he left school to assist his father, who was facing financial difficulty, to work on the land.

His story represents that of farmers in the Gaza Strip.

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A concerted effort from Europe against Israeli produce exporter Agrexco By Stephanie Westbrook

10 June 2011 — Dandelion Salad

This past weekend in the Montpellier, France, over 100 activists from 9 countries gathered for the first ever European Forum Against Agrexco. Delegates from Italy, UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Spain, Germany and Palestine joined the French organizers for two full days of workshops aimed at strengthening the boycott campaign against the Israeli agricultural export giant.

Lawsuit seeks to invalidate Monsanto’s GMO patents By Rady Ananda

2 April 2011 — Global Research

“A new invention to poison people … is not a patentable invention.” Lowell v. Lewis, 1817

A landmark lawsuit filed on March 29 in US federal court seeks to invalidate Monsanto’s patents on genetically modified seeds and to prohibit the company from suing those whose crops become genetically contaminated.

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Manifest Haiti: Monsanto's Destiny By Ryan Stock

20 January, 2011 — Truthout

Let It Burn

“A fabulous Easter gift,” commented Monsanto Director of Development Initiatives Elizabeth Vancil. Nearly 60,000 seed sacks of hybrid corn seeds and other vegetable seeds were donated to post-earthquake Haiti by Monsanto. In observance of World Environment Day, June 4, 2010, roughly 10,000 rural Haitian farmers gathered in Papaye to march seven kilometers to Hinche in celebration of this gift. Upon arrival, these rewarded farmers took their collective Easter baskets of more than 400 tons of vegetable seeds and burned them all.[i] “Long live the native maize seed!” they chanted in unison. “Monsanto’s GMO [genetically modified organism] & hybrid seed violate peasant agriculture!”

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Tell Me Again, Who Made The Desert Bloom? By Lawrence of Cyberia

19 March 2010 — lawrenceofcyberia.blogs.com

In December 1945 and January 1946, the British Mandate authorities carried out an extensive survey of Palestine, in support of the work of the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine. The results were published in the Survey of Palestine, which has been scanned and made available online by Palestine Remembered; all 1300 pages can be read here. One of the subjects investigated in the Survey of Palestine is land use; specifically, which crops were Palestine’s leading agricultural products at the end of the British Mandate, and whose farms were producing them.

So, according to the Survey of Palestine, who really made the barley fields of Beersheba bloom?

beersheba-01.jpgThe British government survey found that in 1944-45 Palestine’s farmers produced approximately 210,000 tons of grain. About 193,400 tons of that grain were cultivated on Palestinian farms; about 16,600 tons were cultivated on Jewish farms.

See the precise numbers, from a scan of the relevant page of the Survey of Palestinehere.

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Indian farmers protest colonial practices of land acquisition

29 September, 2010 — RT Top Stories

Thousands of farmers in India are against the government’s plans to build a new highway. With two-thirds of the country’s population dependent on agriculture, land acquisition turns out to be a sensitive issue.

Indian farmers took to their capital recently in protest against a government takeover of their land to build a new $2 billion highway.

This followed the death of three farmers who were killed after police opened fire on protestors in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

‘We will not give our land for development at any price. We are ready to die, and will not allow anyone to step on our land,’ said protestor Jaipal Singh Advani. ‘Farmers have woken up and become conscious. There is no question of us giving our land to the government now.’

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Argentina: Disappearing Farmers, Disappearing Food By Marie Trigona

30 October, 2009 — Global ResearchCOA News – 2009-10-29

argentine-farmers.jpgWorldwide, industrial mono-culture farming has displaced traditional food production and farmers, wreaking havoc on food prices and food sovereignty. This is particularly true for the global south, where land has been concentrated for crops destined for biodiesel and animal feed. In response, peasants and small farmers organized actions in more than 53 countries on October 15 for International Food Day as an initiative of Via Campesina, one of the largest independent social movement organizations, representing nearly 150 million people globally.

The National Indigenous Campesino Movement of Argentina joined the protests taking place on around the world by organizing a march in Buenos Aires for International Food Day. Argentina has often been described as South America’s bread basket because it once produced grain and beef for much of the region. But with the transgenetic soy boom the nation has shifted to a mono culture production for export, displacing traditional food production and farmers.

Hundreds of campesinos marked the day with protests against this agricultural model outside of Argentina’s Department of Agriculture. “For the government, the countryside [is made up of] the landholding organizations and the agro-businesses, we practically don’t exist,” says Javier from the campesino movement in Cordoba, an organization that includes more than 1,500 families who have depended on traditional agriculture for generations. “We are also part of the countryside. We are the ones who live on the land and protect the land. We want to continue to live on our land, for future generations.”

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