by GRAIN | 30 Jan 2006 Seedling - January 2006
by Walden Bello | 28 Jan 2006 Seedling - January 2006
What was at stake at the Hong Kong ministerial meeting was the institutional survival of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). After the collapse of two ministerials in Seattle and Cancun, a third unravelling would have seriously eroded the usefulness of the WTO as the key engine of global trade liberalisation. A deal was needed, and that deal was arrived at. How, why, and by whom that deal was delivered was the real story of the December 2005 meeting in Hong Kong. This article was first published by Focus on the Global South in December 2006 (http://www.focusweb.org/content/view/799/55/)
by Mark Dowie | 25 Jan 2006 Seedling - January 2006
It’s no secret that millions of indigenous peoples around the world have been pushed off their land to make room for big oil, big metal, big timber, and big agriculture. But few people realise that the same thing has been happening for a much nobler cause: land and wildlife conservation. It’s not just corporations that have a bad name amongst indigenous communities, but also, and increasingly, some international non-governmental organisations.
by Miguel Altieri and Walter Pengue | 21 Jan 2006 Seedling - January 2006
n Latin America, the frontiers to soybean production are being pushed back aggressively in all directions at a breathtaking rate. Driven by export pressures and supported by government incentives, soybean fields are taking over forests and savannah in an unprecedented manner. The implications of the monoculture model and its supporting machinery for the environment, farmers and communities are discussed below.
by GRAIN | 15 Jan 2006 Seedling - January 2006
A European Seminar on Seeds entitled “Liberate Diversity” was held in Poitiers, France, in November 2005
by Brewster Kneen | 10 Jan 2006 Seedling - January 2006
Brewster Kneen reviews two quite different books that discuss the excessive applications of copyright and trademark law mainly in the US.
by GRAIN | 5 Jan 2006 Seedling - January 2006
GRAIN reviews this new book by Carine Pionetti