Blog

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.

Resisting RCEP from the ground up: Indian movements show the way

Short piece by GRAIN and India's ICCFM recounting the seven-year long fight carried out in India and other Asia-Pacific countries against the RCEP, a mega free trade agreement. Despite many divisions, the movement against RCEP in India succeeded in getting the government to change course.

Short piece by GRAIN and India's ICCFM recounting the seven-year long fight carried out in India and other Asia-Pacific countries against the RCEP, a mega free trade agreement. Despite many divisions, the movement against RCEP in India succeeded in getting the government to change course.

“Gates Ag One”: one more push to get farmers into high tech

Last week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will set up a new ag research institute. Doesn't look like it will be different from the ones already there. "Gates Ag One" is really one more way to push the Gates agenda for agribusiness.

Last week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will set up a new ag research institute. Doesn't look like it will be different from the ones already there. "Gates Ag One" is really one more way to push the Gates agenda for agribusiness.

The fight against Senhuile goes on!

On 18 October 2019, several staff from GRAIN and ENDA Pronat visited the leaders of the Collective for the defense of the Ndiaël lands, in the municipality of Ngnith, northern Senegal.

On 18 October 2019, several staff from GRAIN and ENDA Pronat visited the leaders of the Collective for the defense of the Ndiaël lands, in the municipality of Ngnith, northern Senegal.

Ever more extreme infrastructure

We live in an age of ever more “extreme infrastructure". Why? An excellent masterclass piece on the economic logic of the exploding infrastructure projects across the world by Nick Hildyard.

We live in an age of ever more “extreme infrastructure". Why? An excellent masterclass piece on the economic logic of the exploding infrastructure projects across the world by Nick Hildyard.

The dark side of plant-based food

it's more about money than you may think

it's more about money than you may think

GRAIN at the Social Climate Summit in Madrid

Together with Via Campesina and the ETC-Group we'll be holding the workshop "Food sovereignty vs false climate solutions". Come and join us!

Together with Via Campesina and the ETC-Group we'll be holding the workshop "Food sovereignty vs false climate solutions". Come and join us!

Defending food sovereignty in the digital era

An article by GRAIN about food sovereignty and artificial intelligence, as part of a broader discussion on this topic.

An article by GRAIN about food sovereignty and artificial intelligence, as part of a broader discussion on this topic.

Cornell Alliance for Science is a PR Campaign for the Agrichemical Industry

An excellent investigative piece by Stacy Malkan of "U.S. Right to Know" about the misleading and deceitful practices of the Cornell Alliance for Science.

An excellent investigative piece by Stacy Malkan of "U.S. Right to Know" about the misleading and deceitful practices of the Cornell Alliance for Science.

Walmart uses FTA to sue Chilean government for insufficient repression of popular protests

In the midst of a brutal police and military crackdown on massive popular protests in Chile, Walmart, the world’s largest multinational retail corporation, is taking the Chilean government to court to demand that the “forces of law and order” protect its stores and “restore order and the rule of law”. Walmart's demand is based on the privileges afforded to foreign companies in the free trade deal Chile signed with the US

In the midst of a brutal police and military crackdown on massive popular protests in Chile, Walmart, the world’s largest multinational retail corporation, is taking the Chilean government to court to demand that the “forces of law and order” protect its stores and “restore order and the rule of law”. Walmart's demand is based on the privileges afforded to foreign companies in the free trade deal Chile signed with the US

Roadkill of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

The emerging canon of disruptive tech is supposed to save the world, but it might have some unforeseen victims — all of us. An excellent reflective (and frightening) piece on the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Jim Thomas of the ETC Group

The emerging canon of disruptive tech is supposed to save the world, but it might have some unforeseen victims — all of us. An excellent reflective (and frightening) piece on the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Jim Thomas of the ETC Group

Stop Golden Rice in Bangladesh!

Farmers and civil society organisations urge Bangladesh Agriculture and Environment Ministers to stop golden rice commercialization. Support safer, sustainable alternatives to curbing VAD instead

Farmers and civil society organisations urge Bangladesh Agriculture and Environment Ministers to stop golden rice commercialization. Support safer, sustainable alternatives to curbing VAD instead

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.