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.
SchwartzReport: Monsanto Herbicide Labeled Carginogenic (Our Generation’s DDT) by World Health Organization
This report has good news. Glyphosate is the modern DDT — whose lingering presence now decades later it should be noted is still killing people. Like DDT it has been hugely profitable, but grotesquely destructive, not only as intended, but in other ways as well. Now a gathering resistance driven from the bottom up challenges this corporate greed, and is succeeding.
Monsanto Herbicide Faces Global Fallout After World Health Organization Labels It a Probable Carcinogen
China has banned them. Soon everyone will ban them.
The judge has recognized that genetically engineered crops pose a significant commercial threat to non-biotech growers, which was a key issue in the litigation, Kimbrell said. “This case is a resounding affirmation of the right of farmers to protect themselves from GE contamination.”
Just as non-carbon innovation is pushing carbon energy out of the picture, so new forms of agriculture, such as those described in this article, are going to change agriculture. A significant segment of society now understands that locally grown organic produce is the most life-affirming option. Note also the list of unanticipated benefits to these systems.
Why agriculture may someday take place in towers, not fields
The die-off of commercially raised chickens hasn’t received much attention, even though tens of millions of birds have died, so many that disposing of them has become a logistical nightmare. But media silence does not mean lack of substance. This situation is telling us something very important about the inherent vulnerability of the industrial-pharmaceutical animal husbandry model. The most interesting part of this story to my mind is the fact that birds that are raised in a wellness as opposed to profit model are NOT succumbing. It took me a while to find a story that described this aspect, since the coverage of this entire event barely rates a yawn in corporate media, but this is a good account. We are being told something very important about our food system; it’s a shame we aren’t listening.