Antechinus: GMO Are Twice Evil

Antechinus

Antechinus

Growing Doubt: a Scientist’s Experience of GMOs

GMO crops still run far ahead of our understanding of their risks. Risk assessment of GMOs has been short-circuited and public concerns about them are growing. Until the damaged scientific ethos is rectified, both scientists and the public are correct to doubt that GMOs should ever have been let out of any lab. Science is not the only grounds on which GMOs should be judged. The commercial purpose of GMOs is not to feed the world or improve farming. Rather, they exist to gain intellectual property (i.e. patent rights) over seeds and plant breeding and to drive agriculture in directions that benefit agribusiness.
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Sep 2

Sepp Hasslberger: Scotland Forbids GMO

Sepp Hasslberger

Sepp Hasslberger

Smart, the Scots. It was a Scottish researcher who, about a decade ago or more, raised the first serious alarm on toxicity of GM potatos fed to rats, and who was promptly dismissed and silenced…

Scotland Announces Total Ban on GM Crops

 

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Aug 28

JZ Liszkiewicz: True Cost Accounting for Food — Survey with Links

JZ Liszkiewicz

JZ Liszkiewicz

There is No Such Thing as Cheap Food

Taking these costs into account is essential; the economic cost of global environmental degradation from industry is estimated at US$2 to US$5 trillion per year. TCA has the potential to make industrial food production seem unreasonably harmful and expensive and make sustainable food production seem not only necessary, but affordable.

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Aug 26

African Governments Sell Out Farmers on Seeds

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Antechinus

African governments sell out their farmers in secret seeds protection deal

African governments, ignoring the protests of their farmers and civil society, this week agreed an oppressive ‘plant variety protection protocol’ that will open up their countries to commercial seed monopolists, while limiting farmers rights to save, use, exchange, replant, improve, distribute and sell the seeds they have developed over countless generations. The Arusha Protocol for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants regional legal framework gives intellectual property rights to breeders while restricting the age-old practices of African farmers to freely save, use, share and sell seeds and/or propagating material.

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Jul 22