Posted on 28 April 2009 by FOOD
In a land where reincarnation is a commonly held belief, where the balance sheet of life is sorted out over lifetimes, where resilience and recovery has been the characteristic of the “kisan,” the peasant cultivation, why are Indian farmers committing suicide on a mass scale?
200,000 farmers have ended their lives since 1997.
In 1998, the World Bank’s structural adjustment policies forced India to open up its seed sector to global corporations like Cargill, Monsanto and Syngenta. The global corporations changed the input economy overnight. Farm saved seeds were replaced by corporate seeds, which need fertilizers and pesticides and cannot be saved.
Posted on 20 April 2009 by FOOD
The Clandestine War Over the Food Safety Modernization Act
Is the day coming when even your home garden will be against the law?
Brian Doherty | April 20, 2009
Critics say that the proposed Food Safety Modernization Act of 2009 (H.R. 875), introduced in early February by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), will “effectively criminalize organic gardening,” conceivably outlaw “seed banking,” and will serve as part of a concerted Monsanto conspiracy to drive all but corporate agri-business out of the food production racket.
According to the office of Rep. DeLauro, the bill was inspired by a recent wave of contaminated food recalls and is supported by consumer groups both organic and non-organic. The bill should also, if it has the effect of increasing consumer confidence in the food supply promised, be of ultimate benefit to big food production companies whose livelihoods depend on public trust in the food supply.* (Which means that they have every incentive to police themselves, and in the enormous staggering majority of the time they manage to do business without killing or harming their customers.)
Posted on 09 April 2009 by FOOD
Soybean growers protest water-quality research
Minneapolis Star Tribune – April 9, 2009
What started as a $600,000 project to improve water quality in rural Minnesota is in jeopardy after soybean growers protested, causing funders to reconsider and send the money to more cooperative states. The controversy centers around a $5 million initiative that Monsanto Co., which produces seeds and herbicide, announced last December in an attempt to reduce fertilizer runoff and sediment in the Mississippi River. It planned to work with farmers and conservation groups to measure whether different methods of fertilizing, tilling, and filtering runoff improved stream water quality or affected crop yields.
Posted on 25 March 2009 by FOOD
Criminlize Organic Food? Fodder!!!
myFOX News Austin, TX – March 25, 2009
Monsanto is currently buying up seed company’s throughout the mid-west of the United States and other countries as well following an Orwellian philosophy to control the masses by making it a crime to plant seed, cultivate, and harvest your own food. Currently these bills are in commitee but are forecasted to pass, if not, they will be attached to a rider and passed anyway. Violating every American citizens Constitutional and Natural right to Life, Liberty, and Estate. Yet, the People seem trustworthy of their representatives to thwart the passing of such absurd legislation, well with as much corruption as Capitol Hill is known for, I would not bet my money on my representatives being concerned about what’s on my plate at supper time. Money talks, and the American People are already on the skids as crooked and treasonist politicians make power grabs for the corporations that backed their campaigns, and what we are witnessing with the passing of these bills is the ultimate grab for power, for he who controls the worlds food supply… Controls the world. A statement Monsanto knows all to well.
Posted on 10 March 2009 by FOOD
The bills are speculated to have been funded by agri-business giants including Monsanto. The threat of the new standards is that only approveed seeds, fertilizers, and farming methods could be used, and if Monsanto gets their way, all farms and gardens be growing their plants and using their products. That is definitely a scary thought.
Posted on 09 March 2009 by admin
HR 875 was introduced by Rosa DeLauro,
whose husband Stanley Greenburg works for Monsanto!
The bill is monstrous on level after level – the power it would give to Monsanto, the criminalization of seed banking, the prison terms and confiscatory fines for farmers, the 24 hours GPS tracking of their animals, the easements on their property to allow for warrantless government entry, the stripping away of their property rights, the imposition by the filthy, greedy industrial side of anti-farming international “industrial” standards to independent farms – the only part of our food system that still works, the planned elimination of farmers through all these means.
The corporations want the land, they want more intensive industrialization, they want the end of normal animals so they can substitute patented genetically engineered ones they own, they want the end of normal seeds and thus of seed banking by farmers or individuals. They want control over all seeds, animals, water, and land.
Posted on 02 March 2009 by FOOD
Monsanto Destroying the Lives of 3rd World Farmers
OpEdNews – March 2, 2009
Monsanto patents seeds and forces farmers to buy expensive seeds and pesticide that they cannot afford. In India this is causing suicides. Monsanto is an evil one-eyed monster. Has this company done anything for humanity? In India and other third world countries this evil monster has patented seeds that Indians have used for thousands of years. They create seeds that will grow a plant that will not produce anymore seeds. This causes farmers to return year after year for seeds that they have held back from crops for thousands of years. This monster corporation then requires the farmer to use expensive pesticides. This combination is far too expensive for the vast majority of third world farmers. In India it has lead to a rash of suicides.