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Bayer and Monsanto: A Marriage Made in Hell 26.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Martha Rosenberg, Ronnie Cummins

The two multinationals that teamed up during the Vietnam War to poison millions of people with its Agent Orange herbicide—St. Louis, Mo.-based Monsanto and Germany’s Bayer AG—are looking to become one. 

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More Than Half Of Malawi's Population In Need Of Food Aid 25.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
LILONGWE, May 25 (Reuters) - More than half of Malawi's population is in need of food aid after an El Nino-induced drought decimated crops, the minister of agriculture said on Wednesday. The drought has ravaged much of southern Africa, but Malawi has been the worst-hit country with half of its population of about 15 million affected. "The results of this rapid assessment showed that close to 8.4 million people will need food because they have partially or completely lost their crops through El Nino induced dry spells," Godfrey Chaponda told Reuters. He said that in collaboration with the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the government had conducted a rapid assessment to determine the impact of El Nino on crop production. "The results further show that the affected population will require about 790,000 metric tons of relief food for a period ranging from April 2016 to March 2017." Prices for maize, the nation's staple crop, have in recent months gone up more than 60 percent above the 3-year ...
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Glyphosate 'Revolution' Growing -- Consumers Want Answers 25.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
They're calling it a glyphosate "revolution." Consumers around the world are waking up to the fact that they're living in a world awash in the weed-killing pesticide known as glyphosate. And they don't like it one bit. Over the last several years, some scientists have been warning that the long-touted environmental and health safety promises associated with glyphosate, the chief ingredient in Monsanto's branded Roundup, may not be as iron-clad as asserted. Last year's finding by the World Health Organization's cancer research experts that glyphosate "probably" is a human carcinogen sparked a firestorm that only grows more heated by the day. Consumers in the United States, Europe and elsewhere are now demanding that regulators step up and restrict or ban glyphosate herbicides - the most widely used in the world - to protect both human health and the environment. Glyphosate's current license for use in the EU expires in June, and the European Union recently delayed making a decision on extending the ...
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Animal Protection Groups Discuss Effective Strategies at "Sentience Conference" 24.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Attendees experience the life of a pig using virtual reality at the Sentience Conference in Berlin. EFFECTIVE ALTRUISM AUSTRIA This weekend I sat in on a lecture by Natalie Cargill, a lawyer in the United Kingdom and former human rights advocate for women in the Middle East. Cargill informed us that several UK laws forbid the "unnecessary suffering" of animals. Together with the "defence of necessity," a legal principle in the UK that defines "necessary" as being highly urgent and dealing with an immediate threat to someone's life, you would think that animals in the UK live pretty decent lives. Unfortunately, the application of basic legal principles to farmed animals has been quite absurd. In the UK and elsewhere, chickens raised for meat grow far beyond their natural rate in order to increase slaughter weight and reduce production costs. Sometimes the chickens can't even stand on their own two legs because of the excessive growth. The breeding chickens, who are kept separately from those raised for ...
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Small Farmers Are Foundation to Food Security, Not Corporations Like Monsanto 23.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. It gives us an opportunity to become aware of the rich biodiversity that has been evolved by our farmers as co-creators with nature. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the threats to our biodiversity and our rights from IPR monopolies and monocultures.

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6 Ways We're Learning to Love Our Food 23.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
(Yulia Grigoryeva, Shutterstock) More and more people today are realizing that our food system is dysfunctional. Instead of nourishing us, it feeds us food that is not food; food that is damaging to the soil, air, water and climate; food that is decreasing the lifespans of our children and grandchildren; food for which we pay little up front but far, far too much down the road. A spate of books , documentaries and news articles highlighting the hidden costs of our industrial food system has brought this dysfunction into the light. Just five years ago, the political power of the agricultural industry made reform seem out of reach. But the landscape is shifting. Here are six ways environmentalists, lawyers, chefs and food critics are joining forces to enact real change in our food system: 1. Chefs are highly influential, and according to the National Restaurant Association's annual "What's Hot" chef's survey , five out of the top 10 restaurant trends of 2016 involve locally sourced, healthy, natural ...
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Seeds of Suicide 22.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Vandana Shiva

May 22 has been declared International Biodiversity Day by the United Nations. It gives us an opportunity to become aware of the rich biodiversity that has been evolved by our farmers as co-creators with nature. It also provides an opportunity to acknowledge the threats to our biodiversity and our rights from IPR monopolies and monocultures.

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Activists, Farmers, Indigenous People Rise Up to March Against Monsanto 21.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nika Knight, staff writer

Anti-corporate activists, organic farmers, Indigenous peoples, environmental groups and others took to the streets across six continents and over 400 cities on Saturday in a global grassroots march against bioengineering giant Monsanto.

"The fight against corporate control of our food is global," a food sovereignty campaigner with UK-based nonprofit Global Justice Now rallied the crowd marching in London.

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Delayed EU Decision on Glyphosate Relicensing—Global Justice Now Response 19.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

A decision on whether or not to reapprove the controversial toxic substance glyphosate for use in Europe was today postponed for the second time, following disagreement among representatives of EU governments. A revised proposal by the European Commission to reapprove glyphosate for use in Europe for 9 more years, with almost no restrictions, failed to secure the required majority among EU governments.

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GMOs Safe to Eat, Says Research Group That Takes Millions From Monsanto 18.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Nadia Prupis, staff writer

Public skepticism is growing over a new report that claims genetically modified (GE or GMO) foods are safe for consumption, particularly as information emerges that the organization that produced the report has ties to the biotechnology industry.

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No, the UN Has Not Given Glyphosate a 'Clean Bill of Health' 17.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Georgina Downs

Anyone seeking out the latest news on glyphosate will find a number of articles that were published yesterday with headlines such as "UN experts find weed killer glyphosate unlikely to cause cancer" (first issued by Reuters and taken up widely by other news media around the world), and the Guardian's headline of "Glyphosate unlikely to pose risk to humans, UN/WHO study says".

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How corporate rights protections are threatening farmers' right to seed 17.5.2016 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
Like this column? rabble is reader-supported journalism. Chip in to keep stories like these coming. As I write, spring seeding on farms across the country is well underway. I love this time of year. As a kid growing up on the Prairies, March, April and May were always a special time. While the kids played in the dwindling puddles of mud and water, farmers were monitoring soil conditions, readying machinery and checking on their store of seed grains. Today's farmers can no longer assume they will continue to have the right to store and save seed from one year to the next. Storing of "copyrighted" seed is now regulated as ...
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EU to Decide on “Probably Carcinogenic” Glyphosate Relicensing—Global Justice Now Comment 16.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire

The EU pesticides committee is meeting on 18/19 May and is expected to make a final decision on whether or not to relicense glyphosate, a chemical that is found in numerous over-the-counter weed killers. In 2015 the WHO released research that showed the chemical was “probably carcinogenic.”

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GMO Labeling: Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory 14.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Nearly 90% of Americans say genetically engineered food should be labeled, with high support across all ages, races and political affiliations, according to a December 2015 Mellman Group poll . It's hard to think of a political issue that shares such broad appeal. Belief in our right to know what's in our food is as American as apple pie. Now, after a hard-fought battle led by millions of consumers and the nation's largest environmental, health and consumer groups, we are winning that right. Large food companies from General Mills to Kellogg to Campbell's have said they are putting labels on food products to indicate if they are produced with genetic engineering. Is it possible to undo this progress? Could the new food labels actually roll back to the factories to be replaced by incomprehensible black blobs called QR codes ? Are Senate Democrats, led by Michigan Democrat Debbie Stabenow, about to make a deal that will stop GMO labeling in its tracks? The agrichemical industry is swarming the U.S. Senate ...
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Monsanto Takeover? Corporate Cabal's Control of Food Supply Continues 12.5.2016 CommonDreams.org Headlines
Andrea Germanos, staff writer

German chemical giants Bayer AG and BASF SE are both considering takeovers of U.S. seed behemoth Monsanto, according to news reports on Thursday.

Of the potential Bayer takeover of Monsanto, valued at roughly $40 billion, Bloomberg noted that it "would create the world’s largest supplier of seeds and farm chemicals."

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Peeling Back the Curtain On Monsanto 10.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
For nearly 30 years, Carey Gillam has worked as a business reporter covering corporate America, the last 17 of those with Reuters, where she specialized in writing about food and agriculture. In that role, she gained a reputation for her in-depth skeptical eye on issues involving GMO (genetically modified organisms) crops and the pesticides used with them. Her award-winning coverage has taken her across the country, visiting farmers and ranchers and exploring the high-tech laboratories and corporate offices of some of the largest agribusinesses corporations in the world. But in recent years, Gillam's work has turned "controversial" in the eyes of some. Operating through sometimes murky social media channels, these critics have targeted Gillam along with others who raise question about GMO food, the chemicals used on them, and the companies that sell both. In some cases, these critics have ties linking them to the agribusiness industry. As GMO labeling efforts have taken off across the country, and become ...
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Macalester College Signs Resolution to 'Bee' Friendly 10.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Center for Food Safety Center for Food Safety (CFS) congratulates Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota on becoming a designated neonicotinoid-free campus. This recognition comes from the BEE Protective Campaign , a program led by Center for Food Safety and Beyond Pesticides which aims to protect bees and other pollinators from harmful pesticides like neonicotinoids. Neonicotinoids are a class of pesticides known to have severe impacts on bee ...
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What Killed Jack McCall? A California Farmer Dies and a Case Against Monsanto Takes Root 6.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
CAMBRIA, Calif.- Standing on the ridge overlooking her central California farm, new widow Teri McCall sees her husband Jack nearly everywhere. There, atop the highest hill, is where the couple married in 1975- two self-described "hippies' who knew more about how to surf than farm. And over there, surrounded by the lemon, avocado and orange trees Jack planted, sits the 800-square-foot house the young Vietnam veteran built for his bride and a family that grew to include two sons and a daughter. Solar panels Jack set up in a sun-drenched stretch of grass power the farm's irrigation system. And down there, clasped in the cusp of the velvet green valley sits the century-old farmhouse Jack and Teri eventually made their permanent home. Jack installed a stained glass window featuring a heart and flowers over the front door. "Literally hundreds of times a day, something reminds me of him," McCall says, as she and a visitor strolled through the orchards on a recent sunny spring morning. "That's part of why it's ...
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Not Just For Corn and Soy: A Look at Glyphosate Use in Food Crops 5.5.2016 Truthout - All Articles
As the active ingredient in Monsanto's branded Roundup weed killer, along with hundreds of other weed-killing products, the chemical called glyphosate spells billions of dollars in sales for Monsanto and other companies each year as farmers around the world use it in their fields and orchards. Ubiquitous in food production, glyphosate is used not just with row crops like corn, soybeans and wheat but also a range of fruits, nuts and veggies. Even spinach growers use glyphosate. Though considered for years as among the safest of agrichemicals, concerns about glyphosate have been growing after the World Health Organization's cancer experts last year  classified it as a probable human carcinogen , based on a series of scientific studies. There are other concerns as well -- mounting weed resistance to glyphosate; negative impacts on soil health; and a demise in the monarch butterfly population tied to glyphosate use on forage that young monarchs feed on. The EPA is currently finishing  a risk assessment for ...
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McDonald's, the Corporate Welfare Moocher 3.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Jake Johnson

A recent New York Times editorial — accompanied by the catchy headline, "At McDonald’s, Fat Profits but Lean Wages" — noted precisely what its title implies: That a company posting large profits is still failing to pay its workers a livable wage.

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