When Monsanto's lobbying peaked in 2008, its near $9 million spending was more than three times the amount the American Farm
In cases involving the islands of Kauai and Hawaii a federal judge struck down local government laws that would have required
The European Union just banned two agricultural weed killers linked to infertility, reproductive problems, and fetal development - the first-ever EU ban on endocrine-disrupting pesticides. That's good news for Europeans. But what about Americans?
Rep. Rosa DeLauro - via Flickr A proposal tabled by Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro last week may give the Committee on Foreign
Mike Burry, the hedge fund manager featured in the movie The Big Short, anticipated the housing crash by reading loan documents. Similarly, those in the food and agriculture arena predict a massive shift in farming practices by studying the inimical effects of the widely used weedkiller, RoundUp®.
Why is Monsanto so eager to acquire Syngenta? For starters, the move would allow them to move back into the agricultural
Kauai Official in Switzerland Urges Syngenta to Drop Lawsuit Blocking Enforcement of GMO Pesticide Law; Syngenta Replies, 'There Is No Lawsuit'
At the annual shareholders meeting of the Syngenta Corporation in Basel, Switzerland, Kauai County Council member Gary Hooser urged the transnational chemical giant to withdraw from its lawsuit against the Hawaiian island county.
The connection between the chemical industry's deep and widespread influence in Hawaii, and a regulatory system that fails to protect people's health and the environment, is of grave concern to residents.
Golden rice is still not in use anywhere, because of opposition to GM (genetic modification) technology. Now two German economists have quantified the price of that opposition, in human health, and the numbers are truly frightening.
Whether one is skeptical, hopeful, or a mix of both about the science and technology of genetic engineering, we must differentiate between what is good for Dow, DuPont, Monsanto, Syngenta, BASF and Bayer, and what is good for farmers and farmworkers.
Food production and distribution are not inherently destructive. Agriculture can also be a major source of carbon sequestration and a builder of biodiversity and ecological resilience. But moving in the direction of a sustainable and equitable food system requires reining in the power of transnational corporate agribusiness.
Many will be watching closely as the Big Island continues the fight today, with a bill that would prohibit the production of GE crops. And while GMO seeds haven't been as widely introduced on that island, concerned residents there aren't waiting around.
The County Council could override the veto with five votes, but when it came time for the vote this Thursday, it was not
This anti-democratic agenda was being advanced by the chemical-GMO corporations, who lobbied strongly for it and were likely involved in its original crafting and introduction by Senator Dela Cruz, known for his allegiance to the industry and their large financial pay-offs.
We are on the verge of forcing insidiously powerful corporations to disclose what kinds of toxic experiments they are conducting on our land and people. And this is just the very tip of what is happening on Kauai, and what is increasingly happening around the world.