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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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In the nineteenth century scramble for Africa, European colonial powers took control of the continent’s land, resources and people. Today’s multinational corporations, aided by governments, are taking control over Africa’s food system. Great infographics by WDM

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Slaves forced to work for no pay for years at a time under threat of extreme violence are being used in Asia in the production of seafood sold by major US, British and other European retailers.

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A decade afer Bt corn was commercialised in the Philippines, farmers explain the devastating socio-economic impacts of GM corn on their lives and livelihoods.

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John Vidal of The Guardian covers GRAIN's 'Hungry for land' report

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Farmers and sectoral organisations attending a conference in the Philippines have united to stop the commercialisation of transgenic Golden Rice, saying this will decimate indigenous rice genetic diversity, and affect farmers’ rights, people’s health and the environment.

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