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Dissident Voice - 2020-06-27 - Original post - cached version

The deregulation of international capital flows (financial liberalisation) has effectively turned the planet into a free-for-all bonanza for the world’s richest capitalists. Under the post-World-War Two Bretton Woods monetary regime, nations put restrictions on the flow of capital. Domestic...

Off Guardian - 2020-06-25 - Original post - cached version

Colin Todhunter The deregulation of international capital flows (financial liberalisation) has effectively turned the planet into a free-for-all bonanza for the world’s richest capitalists. Under the post-World-War Two Bretton Woods monetary regime, nations put restrictions on the flow of...

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-20 - Original post - cached version

During the early days of the coronavirus lockdowns, in some quarters there was a certain degree of optimism around. Although millions of people were suffering, the hope was that the Covid-19 crisis would shine light on societal and economic systems across the world, exposing some of the deep-...

Off Guardian - 2020-06-19 - Original post - cached version

Although millions of people were suffering, the hope was that the Covid-19 crisis, there was a belief that people working together with their respective governments could start building a fairer capitalism and more sustainable economies. However, we see exactly the opposite taking place.

Off Guardian - 2020-06-08 - Original post - cached version

We are already seeing food shortages in the making. In India, for instance, supply chains have been disrupted, farm input systems for the supply of seeds and fertilisers have almost collapsed in some places and crops are not being harvested.

Dissident Voice - 2020-06-03 - Original post - cached version

The food crisis that could follow in the wake of the various lockdowns that were implemented on the back of the coronavirus may have long-lasting consequences. We are already seeing food shortages in the making. In India, for instance, supply chains have been disrupted, farm input systems for...

Dissident Voice - 2020-05-12 - Original post - cached version

Genetically engineered crops are a form of food imperialism.  This technology allows mega-corporations like Bayer/Monsanto to patent seeds, lure farmers into buying them with visions of high yields, and then destroy the ability of small farmers to survive.

Genetic engineering produces an...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-25 - Original post - cached version

On March 19, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, spurred to action by the coronavirus pandemic, issued a memorandum that identified the nation’s 2.5 million farm workers as “essential” workers.  Soon thereafter, agribusinesses began distributing formal letters to their farm laborers...

Off Guardian - 2020-04-24 - Original post - cached version

Colin Todhunter The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was launched in 2000 and has $46.8 billion in assets (December 2018). It is the largest charitable foundation in the world and distributes more aid for global health than any government. One of the foundation’s stated goals is to globally...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Save Our Planet Save Our Future, Belgium, January 31, 2019 (Photo: EuroNews/Twitter)

This is the fourth newsletter in our series on the 2020s as a decade of transformation See Remaking International Relations, Remaking the Economy for the People, and Remaking Healthcare. In addition to...

Dissident Voice - 2020-04-05 - Original post - cached version

Our species—Homo sapiens sapiens—originated in Africa about 40,000 to 130,000 years ago.  Even before 130,000 years ago our ancestors were exposed to certain stimuli—from other members of our species, and from the physical surround—and engaged in certain behaviors—especially behaviors related to...

Dissident Voice - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

This week, the markets took a 1000 point hit which was more than a little startling for many investors since the last 1000 point fall only happened three days prior… all in all bringing the financial markets to lows not seen since April 2008, and veering dangerously close to a precipice which...

Dissident Voice - 2020-02-28 - Original post - cached version

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was launched in 2000 and has $46.8 billion in assets (December 2018). It is the largest charitable foundation in the world and distributes more aid for global health than any government. One of the foundation’s stated goals is to globally enhance healthcare...

Dissident Voice - 2020-02-22 - Original post - cached version

In 2017, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, and UN Special Rapporteur on Toxics, Baskut Tuncak, produced a report that called for a comprehensive new global treaty to regulate and phase out the use of dangerous pesticides in farming and move towards sustainable agricultural...

Independent Science News - 2020-02-17 - Original post - cached version

By Rob Wallace, PhD A new deadly coronavirus 2019-nCoV, related to SARS and MERS and apparently originating in live animal markets in Wuhan, China, is starting to spread worldwide. Chinese authorities have reported 5974 cases nationwide, 1000 of them severe. With infections ...

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Dissident Voice - 2020-02-08 - Original post - cached version

Later this month, India’s Supreme Court will hold a lengthy hearing on the commercialisation of genetically modified (GM) mustard, which would be the country’s first GM food crop. The court has asked the chair of the Technical Expert Committee to be present and says that the decision on GM...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-18 - Original post - cached version

A common claim is that genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are essential to agriculture if we are to feed an ever-growing global population. Supporters of genetically engineered (GE) crops argue that by increasing productivity and yields, this technology will also help boost farmers’ incomes...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-16 - Original post - cached version

There is mounting evidence that a healthy soil microbiome protects plants from pests and diseases. One of the greatest natural assets that humankind has is soil. But when you drench it with proprietary synthetic chemicals or continuously monocrop as part of a corporate-controlled industrial...

Les Crises - 2020-01-11 - Original post - cached version

Source : Les Crises, Éric Juillot, 28-12-2019

Un rapport sénatorial a récemment été consacré à la question de la balance commerciale agroalimentaire de la France [1]. La conclusion à laquelle il aboutit aurait paru tout à fait invraisemblable il y a quelques années encore : si la...

Dissident Voice - 2020-01-07 - Original post - cached version

In India, the ‘development’ paradigm is premised on moving farmers out of agriculture and into the cities to work in construction, manufacturing or the service sector, despite these sectors not creating anything like the number of jobs required. The aim is to displace the existing labour-...

Dissident Voice - 2019-12-31 - Original post - cached version

The Green New Deal resolution that was introduced into the U.S. House of Representatives in February hit a wall in the Senate, where it was called unrealistic and unaffordable. In a Washington Post article titled “The Green New Deal Sets Us Up for Failure. We Need a Better Approach,” former...

Dissident Voice - 2019-12-24 - Original post - cached version


Daniel Maingi works with small farmers in Kenya and belongs to the organisation Growth Partners for Africa. He remembers a time when his family would grow and eat a diversity of crops, such as mung beans, green grams, pigeon peas and a variety of fruits now considered ‘wild’.

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Dissident Voice - 2019-12-23 - Original post - cached version

Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written an open letter addressed to three senior officials in Britain: John Gardiner, Under Secretary of State for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs in the British government; Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England;...

Richard Falk - 2019-12-15 - Original post - cached version

Reconciling Ecological Imperatives and the Right to Food at a Time of Bio-Ethical Crisis[1]

 

 

A Perspective

 

Humanity faces an unprecedented challenge in the coming decades that threatens the foundations of life itself, and yet to date societal reactions...

Dissident Voice - 2019-11-24 - Original post - cached version

The world already produces enough food to feed 10 billion people but over two billion are experiencing micronutrient deficiencies (of which 821 million were classed as chronically undernourished in 2018). However, supporters of genetic engineering (GE) crops continually push the narrative that...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-29 - Original post - cached version

The renowned author and whistleblower Evaggelos Vallianatos describes British environmentalist and campaigner Dr Rosemary Mason as a “defender of the natural world and public health.” I first came across her work a few years ago. It was in the form of an open letter she had sent to an official...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-29 - Original post - cached version

Promoters of genetic modification (GM) in agriculture have long argued that genetically engineered Golden Rice is a practical way to provide poor farmers in remote areas with a subsistence crop capable of adding much-needed vitamin A to local diets. Vitamin A deficiency is a problem in many poor...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-18 - Original post - cached version

On the back of Brexit, there are fears in the UK that a trade deal will be struck with Washington which will effectively lower food and environmental standards to those of the US. At the same time, it seems that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership is being resurrected and could...

Dissident Voice - 2019-10-09 - Original post - cached version

The globalised industrial food system that transnational agri-food conglomerates promote is failing to feed the world. It is responsible for some of the planet’s most pressing political, social and environmental crises.

Whether it involves the undermining or destruction of what were once...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-25 - Original post - cached version

Much of the following article is based on a new 20-page report by environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason. Readers are urged to access the full report containing all relevant citations here.   

In a new paper published in King’s Law Journal — ‘The Chemical Anthropocene: Glyphosate as a Case...

Dissident Voice - 2019-09-06 - Original post - cached version

Political posturing aligned with commercial interests means that truth is becoming a casualty in the debate about genetically modified (GM) crops in India. The industry narrative surrounding Bt cotton is that it has been a great success. The current Modi-led administration is parroting this...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-24 - Original post - cached version

In his first speech to parliament as British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson said:

Let’s start now to liberate the UK’s extraordinary bioscience sector from anti-genetic modification rules and let’s develop the blight-resistant crops that will feed the world.

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Dissident Voice - 2019-08-19 - Original post - cached version

Many lobbyists talk a lot about critics of genetic engineering technology denying choice to farmers. They say that farmers should have access to a range of tools and technologies to maximise choice and options. At the same time, somewhat ironically, they decry organic agriculture and proven...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-12 - Original post - cached version

Dame Sally Davies is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for England and recently released the CMO annual report for 2019. The report focuses on UK engagement with global health and forging partnerships.

However, there appears to be no mention of cancers in the report, a serious omission...

Dissident Voice - 2019-08-09 - Original post - cached version

The immigration policies of the U.S. government are once again igniting opposition. This time from members of the agriculture industry who say that blocking immigrants from entering the country is doing more harm than good.

U.S. farmers who depend on migrants as “guest workers” for their...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-27 - Original post - cached version

Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), the Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Chemicals Regulation Division (HSE) in the UK claiming that the glyphosate-based weed killer Roundup has poisoned her nature...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-19 - Original post - cached version

The first part of this article documenting the development of BSE in Britain was written by Rosemary Mason and is taken from her new report. It is fully referenced and cites sources and evidence in support of her claims. Additional reporting for the second part of the article was provided by...

Dissident Voice - 2019-07-12 - Original post - cached version

The most destructive object on the planet… is the human jawbone.1

Whether by sight, taste, touch, feel, or smell, it’s only too obvious that “food” affects every aspect of life and is key to crucial life-supporting ecosystems. Day-in, day-out, every living thing...

Counter Currents - 2019-07-04 - Original post - cached version

Why did the European Food Safety Authority claim that glyphosate was not ecotoxic? This is the question environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason poses in her new 23-page report which can be accessed in full here. In places, the report reads like a compilation of peer-reviewed studies and official...

Les Crises - 2019-07-01 - Original post - cached version

Source : Motherboard, Nafeez Ahmed, 17-04-2019


Image : Shutterstock

La dynamique de la déforestation est de plus en plus inséparable de la demande croissante en denrées alimentaires de la part des consommateurs des pays...

Consortium News - 2019-06-21 - Original post - cached version

We need to decolonize our food cultures and our minds of food imperialism, writes Vandana Shiva. By Vandana Shiva Independent Science News Food is not a commodity, it is not “stuff” put together mechanically and artificially in labs and factories.…

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-13 - Original post - cached version

In February 2010, the Indian government placed an indefinite moratorium on the commercial release of Bt brinjal. Prior to this decision, numerous independent scientific experts from India and abroad had pointed out safety concerns regarding Bt (insecticidal) brinjal based on data and reports in...

Dissident Voice - 2019-06-06 - Original post - cached version

Environmentalist Dr Rosemary Mason has just written to the Editor-in-Chief of the British Medical Journal and the British Medical Association Council Chairman, Chaand Nagpaul.

Her purpose is to not only draw attention to the impact of biocides, not least that of glyphosate, on health and...

Natural Society - 2019-05-27 - Original post - cached version

Roughly 383,000 acres of soybean crops have been injured by the weed-killer dicamba as of June 2018, according to University of Missouri plant sciences professor, Kevin Bradley.

Dicamba destroys everything it touches, other than the crops that are genetically engineered to withstand it. “...

Natural Society - 2019-05-03 - Original post - cached version

The Western diet is no longer unique to the United States. Many countries the world over have adopted a diet laden with *excess* salt, fat, sugar, and other health-compromising ingredients. Now, people are literally paying for it with their lives, according to a recently published global study...

Dissident Voice - 2019-05-02 - Original post - cached version

The world is in the throes of an extinction crisis unlike any throughout paleoclimate history, aka: the Sixth Mass Extinction, keeping in mind that the normal “background rate” for extinction is 1-to-5 species gone per year. But, what if it’s five (5) every 24 hours?

Answer: It’s a lot...

Dissident Voice - 2019-04-22 - Original post - cached version

In 1830, British colonial administrator Lord Metcalfe said India’s villages were little republics that had nearly everything they could want for within themselves. India’s ability to endure derived from these communities:

Dynasty after dynasty tumbles down but the village...

Dissident Voice - 2019-04-02 - Original post - cached version

A new ‘Political Manifesto’ has demanded an indefinite moratorium on the environmental release of GMOs in India pending independent and rigorous biosafety risk assessment and regulation.

The documents states:

GMO contamination of our seeds, our foundation seed stock,...

Dissident Voice - 2019-03-14 - Original post - cached version

In his 1978 book India Mortgaged, T.N. Reddy predicted the country would one day open all sectors to foreign direct investment and surrender economic sovereignty to imperialist powers.

Today, the US and Europe cling to a moribund form of capitalism and have used various mechanisms to...

Consortium News - 2019-03-01 - Original post - cached version

Heavy-metals pollution threatens indigenous agriculture throughout the region, reports Edgardo Ayala. By Edgardo Ayala in San Salvador Inter Press Service Like an octopus, metals mining has been spreading its tentacles throughout Central America and dealing a blow to the region’s agriculture…...

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