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Thursday 7th November 2019

The Battle for the Future of Food in Africa

by Million Belay and Timothy Wise Last month in Ghana, Agnes Kalibata, President of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, congratulated an illustrious group of corporate and government leaders for “leapfrogging into the future” ...

Sunday 3rd November 2019

Interview With Mackenzie Feldman of Herbicide-Free Campus

Mackenzie Feldman, Founder of Herbicide-Free Campus has been working to end herbicide use by the University of California campus system. This May, the University announced a ban on glyphosate citing “concerns about possible human health ...

Monday 23rd September 2019

Gene-Editing Unintentionally Adds Bovine DNA, Goat DNA, and Bacterial DNA, Mouse Researchers Find

by Jonathan Latham, PhD The gene-editing of DNA inside living cells is considered by many to be the preeminent technological breakthrough of the new millennium. Researchers in medicine and agriculture have rapidly adopted it as ...

Sunday 11th August 2019

FDA Finds Unexpected Antibiotic Resistance Genes in ‘Gene-Edited’ Dehorned Cattle

By Jonathan Latham, PhD and Allison Wilson, PhD Gene-editing is seen by many as the ultimate in precision breeding. Cattle whose horns have been genetically removed (polled) have been presented as exemplars of this–a socially ...

Wednesday 7th August 2019

The 9% Lie: Industrial Food and Climate Change

by Ronnie Cummins The Climate Emergency is finally getting the attention of the media and the U.S. (and world) body politic, as well as a growing number of politicians, activists and even U.S. farmers. This ...

Wednesday 10th July 2019

US Agriculture Needs a 21st-Century New Deal

by Maywa Montenegro, Annie Shattuck and Joshua Sbicca These are difficult times in farm country. Historic spring rains – 600% above average in some places – inundated fields and homes. The U.S. Department of Agriculture ...

Sunday 23rd June 2019

The Hydroponic Threat to Organic Food

by Dave Chapman In the last 7 years there has been a quiet redefinition taking place in the USDA National Organic Program that oversees organic standards. Large scale industrial producers have insinuated themselves into organic ...

Monday 17th June 2019

Fake Food, Fake Meat: Big Food’s Desperate Attempt to Further the Industrialisation of Food

Dr Vandana Shiva The ontology and ecology of food  Food is not a commodity, it is not “stuff” put together mechanically and artificially in labs and factories. Food is life. Food holds the contributions of ...

Tuesday 11th June 2019

The GE American Chestnut – Restoration of a Beloved Species or Trojan Horse for Tree Biotechnology?

by Rachel Smolker, Ph.D. (Biofuelwatch) and Anne Petermann (Global Justice Ecology Project) About a century ago the American chestnut tree was attacked by the introduced fungal pathogen (Cryphonectria parasitica). This fungus drove the chestnut to ...

Tuesday 21st May 2019

As a GMO Stunt, Professor Tasted Pesticide and Gave it To Students

by Jonathan Latham, PhD Imagine you are an undergraduate attending an Ivy League university. You go to a routine department seminar. In the middle of his presentation the professor picks up a container from the ...

Thursday 16th May 2019

University of California System Halts Use of Glyphosate Herbicide

by Jonathan Latham, PhD University of California President Janet Napolitano has halted the use of glyphosate on all ten of its campuses, which serve over 200,000 students. Glyphosate is the active ingredient in the Monsanto ...

Tuesday 23rd April 2019

A Lethal Industrial Farm Fungus Is Spreading Among Us

Eighty percent of U.S. antibiotics are used to promote livestock and poultry growth and protect the animals from the bacterial consequences of the manure-laden environments in which they are grown. That’s 34 million pounds a ...

Sunday 14th April 2019

EU Threatens To Legalise Human Harm From Pesticides

By Hans Muilerman and Jonathan Latham, PhD Current EU regulations forbid human exposure to pesticides that are classified as mutagenic, carcinogenic, reprotoxic (toxic for reproduction), persistent or capable of disrupting endocrine systems. By virtue of ...

Monday 28th January 2019

Rigging the Science of GMO Ecotoxicity

by Jonathan Latham, PhD Researchers who work on GMO crops are developing special “artificial diet systems”. The stated purpose of these new diets is to standardise the testing of the Cry toxins, often used in ...

Sunday 13th January 2019

Why Sustainable Agriculture Should Support a Green New Deal

By Elizabeth Henderson “For Sale” signs have replaced “Dairy of Distinction” on the last two dairy farms on the road I drive to town. The farm crisis of the 1980’s that never really went away ...

Thursday 6th December 2018

How France and Germany Are Ousting Glyphosate In A Search For Healthy Soils and Pesticide-Free Crops

by Ramon Seidler, PhD The Macron Government of France is offering its farmers a way out of glyphosate dependency within the next 3 years. Millions have been following European discussions on the possible ban (or ...

Monday 26th November 2018

The Gates Foundation’s Ceres2030 Plan Pushes Agenda of Agribusiness

by Jonathan Latham, PhD (This article is reprinted from Truthout.) “Whether the challenge is low-yield crops in Africa or low graduation rates in Los Angeles, we listen and learn,” states the website of the Bill and Melinda ...

Sunday 7th October 2018

Hidden Health Dangers: A Former Agbiotech Insider Wants His GMO Crops Pulled

By Caius Rommens Genetic engineering isn’t everyone’s childhood dream. Even I didn’t care for it when I started studying biology at the University of Amsterdam, but my professor explained it was an acquired taste and ...

Sunday 10th June 2018

Stuffed or Starved? Evolutionary Plant Breeding Might Have the Answer

by Salvatore Ceccarelli Science has recently begun associating the decline of biodiversity with the increase of inflammatory diseases. These range from inflammatory bowel disease, to ulcerative colitis, to cardiovascular disorders, to various liver diseases and ...

Sunday 3rd June 2018

GMO Golden Rice Offers No Nutritional Benefits Says FDA

by Allison Wilson, PhD and Jonathan Latham, PhD The biotech industry and its supporters have promoted GMO Golden Rice for decades as an urgently needed solution to vitamin A deficiency. But, in a surprising twist, ...

Sunday 4th March 2018

EU’s GMO Regulator Ignored Human Health Warnings Over a Monsanto Insecticidal Corn

by Claire Robinson A Monsanto genetically modified (GMO) maize, called MON89034, caused kidney disease and bladder stones in rats in industry tests performed in 2007. Several EU member states, including Germany, Belgium, Austria, and France, ...

Sunday 18th February 2018

A Precautionary Tale: How One Small Town Banned Pesticides, Preserved Its Food Heritage, and Inspired a Movement

by Allison Wilson, PhD It was the first day of two weeks’ voting. The rural alpine municipality of Mals was about to consider a revolutionary possibility – a vote for a “Pesticide Free Mals.” A “yes” ...

Sunday 11th February 2018

Tear Gas: From the Battlefields of World War I to the Streets of Today

By Evaggelos Vallianatos When I entered the Office of Pesticide Programs of the US Environmental Protection Agency in May 1979, I knew practically nothing about pesticides. Though I had taken classes in chemistry in college ...

Monday 11th December 2017

How the Once Tiny Waste Management Industry Captured EPA and Became VERY BIG

By William Sanjour In 1978 I was a branch chief in the newly created Hazardous Waste Management Division of EPA. I was charged with supervising the drafting of regulations to implement the hazardous waste portion of ...

Sunday 3rd December 2017

Gates Foundation Hired PR Firm to Manipulate UN Over Gene Drives

by Jonathan Latham, PhD The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation this year paid a PR firm called Emerging Ag $1.6 million to recruit a covert coalition of academics to manipulate a UN decision-making process over ...


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