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David Friedberg is a lifelong vegetarian. He was president of his high school’s “Healing Our Planet Earth” club. He’s a major investor in a restaurant chain that serves only bowls of quinoa. The 35-year-old software designer is also an unapologetic advocate of Monsanto, which bought his start-up, The Climate Corporation, in 2013 for a cool $1 billion.

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After almost four years of litigation led by farmers and allies, the Supreme Court of the Philippines has permanently stopped the field testing of Bt talong, an eggplant variety genetically engineered to produce its own toxin. 

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Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are once again in the news.  On November 19, 2015, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that a genetically modified animal, a breed of fast maturing salmon, had been approved for human consumption for the first time, sparking an uproar. China may be separated from the U.S. by the Pacific Ocean, but that hasn’t insulated it from GMO controversies. In the two years since a campaign to demand greater openness from China Ministry of Agriculture, three Chinese residents has brought a case against Ministry of Agriculture and third party: Monsanto Far East Ltd. 

This is an interview with Yan Hairong, a professor in the Department of Applied Social Sciences at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and a volunteer with People’s Food Sovereignty Network who is involve in the case.

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The real cattle class: cows fly to China on 747s

Angus Whitley - Bloomberg | 30 November 2015 | corporations | Australia, China

Next time you’re stuck on a long-haul flight in a packed, economy-class cabin, being ignored by a frazzled flight attendant, spare a thought for the passengers on a recent flight from Melbourne to Chongqing in China. They were cows. Destination: the abattoir.

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The International Union of food and farm workers, IUF, asks how come that food and farming is not on the agenda in Paris.

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Pregnant silence

George Monbiot | 20 November 2015

George Monbiot on the real population crisis. Human numbers are rising at roughly 1.2% a year. Livestock numbers are rising at around 2.4% a year. By 2050, the world’s living systems will have to support about 120m tonnes of extra human, and 400m tonnes of extra farm animals.

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Other Worlds brings us 7-part series on African seed and food sovereignty. The first article, We Are The Solution: African Women Organize for Land and Seed Sovereignty, shares the inspiring work of Mariama Sonko, a farmer and organizer in Casamance, Senegal, discussing how rural women are organizing for land ownership and preserving traditional agroecological peasant agriculture.
 
This series will run every other Wednesday from now until the first week of January. Check here for their archive of stories. Stay tuned!

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Industrialized farming practices cost the environment some $3.33 trillion per year — more than the UK’s annual GDP — according to new research for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations by environmental consultants Trucost.

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Agroecology: Voices from social movements

Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience | 04 October 2015 | technologies, seeds & biodiversity, laws & policies

This video explores the different perspectives of food providers on agroecology and the calls from social movements to embed agroecoogy in the struggle for food sovereignty. It focuses on the International Declaration for Food Sovereignty which has been advanced by social movements to claim agroecology as a bottom up practice, science and movement and the most important pathway towards a most just, sustainable and viable food and agriculture system.

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A short movie about climate change and trade agreements by the Norway Social Forum

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