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The blog is a place where GRAIN staff and others post their comments, suggestions, hints and assessments of documents, places or events. Or just share information that we think is interesting.

Rally and Human Chain to Demand Stop Golden Rice

Press Release “Stop Approving Multinational Corporate Company GMO Golden Rice That is Harmful to Health, Environment and Agriculture”

Press Release “Stop Approving Multinational Corporate Company GMO Golden Rice That is Harmful to Health, Environment and Agriculture”

Peasants caught in the industrial property backwater

Privatizing seeds, the first link in the food chain, seems to be the obsession of the seed industry, which would thus control all the world’s food. One of the battles on farmers' rights to their seeds will take place during the eighth meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, in Rome, from 11 to 16 November 2019. The defence of peasant seed systems, which form the basis of the food supply for the majority of rural people, will be a central issue.

Privatizing seeds, the first link in the food chain, seems to be the obsession of the seed industry, which would thus control all the world’s food. One of the battles on farmers' rights to their seeds will take place during the eighth meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, in Rome, from 11 to 16 November 2019. The defence of peasant seed systems, which form the basis of the food supply for the majority of rural people, will be a central issue.

Connecting trade and climate chaos

We must call for an end to the deregulatory ‘free trade’ and tax policies that make practices like re-importation and redundant trade profitable.

We must call for an end to the deregulatory ‘free trade’ and tax policies that make practices like re-importation and redundant trade profitable.

US interfering in Thai move to ban glyphosate

GRAIN is alarmed by reports that the US government is interfering in Thailand's recent decision to ban glyphosate and two other pesticides, paraquat and chlorpyrifos.

GRAIN is alarmed by reports that the US government is interfering in Thailand's recent decision to ban glyphosate and two other pesticides, paraquat and chlorpyrifos.

Dutch farmer protests signal need for deep solutions to the climate crisis

On October 1st this year, thousands of Dutch farmers got on their tractors to drive to the Hague, blocking the streets of the city and much of the traffic in the rest of the country, clogging up more than 1,000 km of roads in total with their tractors. They feel they are being pushed into a corner and unfairly portrayed as the main culprits in the Netherlands contribution to the climate crisis.

On October 1st this year, thousands of Dutch farmers got on their tractors to drive to the Hague, blocking the streets of the city and much of the traffic in the rest of the country, clogging up more than 1,000 km of roads in total with their tractors. They feel they are being pushed into a corner and unfairly portrayed as the main culprits in the Netherlands contribution to the climate crisis.

Standardising seeds narrows diversity

A comment on the proposed seed harmonisation bill in Ugandan parliament.

A comment on the proposed seed harmonisation bill in Ugandan parliament.

Public letter in defense of the community of Cajueiro (Brazil)

The community of Cajueiro - in São Luís de Maranhão, northeast Brazil - is about to be evicted so that China Communications Construction Company can build a port to export millions of tonnes of soybeans to Europe and China.

The community of Cajueiro - in São Luís de Maranhão, northeast Brazil - is about to be evicted so that China Communications Construction Company can build a port to export millions of tonnes of soybeans to Europe and China.

Memorandum expressing the reaction of peasant organisations & allies to CORAF/AATF meeting, Dakar, June 2019

African states are adopting laws that criminalise peasant seeds and open the gate to seed patenting. This CORAF/AATF meeting was meant to further advance in this direction.

African states are adopting laws that criminalise peasant seeds and open the gate to seed patenting. This CORAF/AATF meeting was meant to further advance in this direction.

Open letter calling to stop Golden Rice in the Philippines and Bangladesh

Open letter to the directors of BRRI and PhilRice calling for a halt to the field trials of Golden Rice and the withdrawal of all applications for its regulatory approval in Bangladesh and the Philippines.

Open letter to the directors of BRRI and PhilRice calling for a halt to the field trials of Golden Rice and the withdrawal of all applications for its regulatory approval in Bangladesh and the Philippines.