Wake up before it is too late: Make agriculture truly sustainable now for food security in a changing climate
Developing and developed countries alike need a paradigm shift in agricultural development: from a "green revolution" to a "truly ecological intensification" approach. This implies a rapid and significant shift from conventional, monoculture-based and high external-input-dependent industrial production towards mosaics of sustainable, regenerative production systems that also considerably improve the productivity of small-scale farmers.
The world’s agribusiness corporations are pursuing their attempts to privatize and monopolize our seeds. Behind their efforts is a clear goal: to make the age-old practice of saving and breeding seeds into a crime and gain monopoly control over seeds. Latin America has not escaped these attacks.
Plan to crossbreed crops with their wild cousins to help boost resistance to climate change
British researchers are leading an unprecedented global project to track down and store wild relatives of common crops – to help breed hybrids with higher yields that could be resistant to the effects of climate change.
Crossing staple crops such as wheat, potatoes and rice with their wild cousins offers a natural, safe alternative to the genetic modification of plants in the lab, according to experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, which is behind the scheme.
Danish pig farmer Ib Pedersen says GM feed is affecting animal health - prompting fears over human safety.
Much of our meat and dairy produce is made from animals raised on GM feeds. Alarming new claims suggest that the GM diet is affecting animal health - prompting fears over human safety. Andrew Wasley reports ...
In the present study, thirty dairy cows from each of eight Danish dairy farms were investigated for excretion of glyphosate in urine. Blood serum parameters indicative of cytotoxicity as alkaline phosphatase (AP), glutamate dehydrogenase (GLDH), glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (GOT), creatinine kinase CK), nephrotoxicity, (urea,
A new study shows major unexpected effects in bees from dietary GM dsRNA.
Early this year, a peer-reviewed study was published by Prof Jack Heinemann and colleagues suggesting that government GMO regulators are failing to consider important risks of new kinds of GM plants and co-technologies.
GM oilseed rape is spreading uncontrollably and new combinations of DNA constructs have even been found which were never approved for release.
Read the new report: http://www.testbiotech.de/sites/default/files/TBT_PR_%20transgene%20oils...
*Plants can no longer be withdrawn from the environment
Is Monsanto trying to undermine opposition to GM crops in India by introducing them via India's neighbours?
Corporate brinjal & profit motive
When smooth operators can’t break in through the front entrance, they worm in from the back door. Even after a lawsuit was filed against Monsanto biopiracy, it took India’s civil society years to win a decade-long moratorium on Monsanto’s Bt brinjal last year, thereby buying time. Monsanto then moved onto Bangladesh, alerting alarmed activists as contamination would spread fast in a small country and across porous borders to India and Pakistan.
US supreme court’s final ruling on breast cancer gene patents should apply to all other gene patents, especially on deadly viruses such as the recent Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome virus Prof Peter Saunders
Ban GMOs Now
Announcing a new Report from ISIS. The most complete up-to-date summary of the dangers of GM agriculture in 52 pages.
Gene patents bad for science and bad for health
A disease cuts corn yields
The unravelling of GM agriculture continues in the US, as a devastating disease, Goss's wilt, lays waste to GM corn.
Monocultures of GM corn all developed from varieties with low resistance to the disease are primarily blamed. The no-till farming practiced with GM herbicide-tolerant crops is also named as a possible culprit, since corn debris left on the soil can harbour disease.
It has come on like a tidal wave, washing across the Corn Belt from Minnesota to the Texas panhandle, a disease that few farmers had seen until five years ago.