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The effort by the World Trade Organization to reshape Indian agricultural policies comes at a time when Indian agriculture is faced with a terrible agrarian crisis. The environmental impacts of the intensively-farmed Green Revolution have become a full-blown crisis of sustainability. With soil fertility devastated, water tables plummeting as a result of relentless water mining, environmental contamination from excessive use and abuse of chemical pesticides, the entire farming equation has gone wrong.

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A year after the uprooting of Golden Rice, more than a hundred farmers, scientists, consumers and basic sectors joined hands to call for the immediate halt of the planned field tests and commercialization of Golden Rice in Philippines, saying that this will only pose more problems rather than solving the problem on hunger and malnutrition.

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A new generation of Chinese companies like the New Hope Group and COFCO are challenging the dominance of US agribusiness as they seek to meet China’s growing demand for food

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'Nature is destroyed because it’s invisible to politicians and business', advocates of economic valuation say. The implicit assumption: Create a ‘nature that capital can see’ and the loss of biodiversity will be stopped. But it isn’t that simple!

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China detains five in meat probe

Financial Times | 06 August 2014 | corporations | China, United States

Chinese authorities have detained five employees of a US-owned company accused of relabelling expired meat amid allegations of systemic violations at a key supplier to McDonald’s, KFC and other fast-food chains in China and Japan.

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GMOs promote poverty and dependency in Africa

Nnimmo Bassey, Million Belay, and Mariam Mayet | 25 July 2014 | GMOs

The recent article, GM scaremongering in Africa is disarming the fight against poverty, published in the Guardian’s PovertyMatters Blog on 21 July 2014i, is a thinly veiled attack on those of us in Africa and elsewhere who are deeply skeptical of the supposed benefits that genetically modified (GM) crops will bring to the continent. Based on a report by London-based think-tank Chatham House, it represents paternalism of the worst kind, advancing the interests of the biotechnology industry behind a barely constructed façade of philanthropy.

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Dario Ruggiero of 'LT-Economy' interviewed GRAIN staffers Ramon Vera and Henk Hobbelink. Ramon talks about the struggles around seeds, and Henk zooms in on the issues of land grabbing. The full magazine which contains other interesting interviews and articles, can be downloaded here.

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Report: big firm pays reporters

Bangkok Post | 16 July 2014 | corporations | Thailand

An Asian agribusiness giant spends 50,000 dollars a month to influence media and social networks in Thailand to keep its image positive, according to a report from the Thailand Information Centre For Civil Rights and Investigative Journalism (TCIJ) – the money goes to reporters, radio hosts, websites and others. In the wake of the report, Charoen Pokhpand Foods admitted the firm had set aside a budget for the press, but insists that the process was accountable and transparent.

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A new look at land-grabs in the global south linked to EU biomass policies, report by Almuth Ernsting of Biofuelwatch

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“It’s the new DDT but different,” said Ole Hendrickson, a former scientist at Environment Canada. “Instead of wiping out the top of the food chain, killing hawks and eagles as DDT did, neonics are wiping out the bottom of the food chain,”

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