seed: the untold story - a documentary following the history and perilous future of food crop biodiversity
Over the last century, "94% of our seed diversity has disappeared". In this documentary, follow passionate seedkeepers and activists to unbury the history and future of seeds. From the directors, Jon Betz and Taggart Siegel: "The story of our seeds is a defining story of our time. Caught between the runaway juggernaut of industrial agriculture […]
In the most recent development in the dicamba scandal Monsanto have filed a lawsuit in Arkansas’ Pulaski County Circuit Court, suing state regulators for blocking dicamba for the 2018 growing season. The herbicide is controversial to say the least, increasing yields in resistant crops but simultaneously killing all other life in the region through drift […]
The EPA has finally announced its decision on dicamba last week. The department, headed by Scott Pruitt has decided to allow farmers to continue to spray the weed killer on Monsanto soybean and cotton crops. With increasingly widespread use of roundup and other weed killers, many invasive weeds have become resistant over time. Dicamba is […]
Monsanto's Roundup is facing increasing legal pressure with it's active ingredient being labeled as potential carcinogen. From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Glyphosate, the active ingredient in Monsanto’s marquee product, Roundup, is coming under fire from hundreds of legal challenges across the U.S., with individuals alleging that the herbicide is carcinogenic and linked to cases of […]
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmYLWoeX2d0] Galvanizing video by none other than Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir to support their amazing new project that maps playgrounds and parks that use round-up.
This just in from the Organic Consumers Association newsletter: DARK Act Comeback? Everybody loves a Comeback Kid—unless that "kid" is the DARK Act. In March, the Senate voted down the DARK Act, the bill that would Deny Americans our Right to Know about GMOs. Since then, Monsanto and its front groups, the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and the Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO) have been […]
The Gazette, and Iowa City newspaper, recently published a story mentioning the "struggling farm economy" being the cause of the cancellation of a $90,000,000 Monsanto seed corn plant. The story can be found here, but one must ask the question: Is consumer awareness prohibiting the expansion of these GMO giants? Keep putting your money where […]
http://www.technologyreview.com/sites/default/files/images/monsanto.beesx299.jpg In 2011 Monsanto, the maker of herbicides and genetically engineered seeds, bought an Israeli company called Beeologics, which had developed an RNA interference technology that can be fed to bees through sugar water. The idea is that when a nurse bee spits this sugar water into each cell of a honeycomb where a queen […]
Is Big Ag squelching research showing its new RNAi GMOs may be dangerous? By Caitlin Rockett After nearly 30 years studying how plants use their genes to defend against viruses, Vicki Vance, a professor at the University of South Carolina, doesn’t see genetically modifying plants as a malevolent or arrogantly God-like endeavor. “There’s DNA in […]
[vimeo 143568165 w=500 h=209] Help change the conversation on GMO! Attend a screening of a new movie thriller about GMOs in a theater near you! Consumed is an amazing film, so let's fill every seat to make sure the world knows how Monsanto controls our food supply! "Very entertaining, relatable, suspenseful and informative and a […]
BREAKING! DR. VANDANA SHIVA EXPOSES DETAILS OF MONSANTO'S INSIDIOUS AND DARK ORCHESTRATED WRITERS-FOR-HIRE PROPAGANDA CAMPAIGN. Dr. Shiva shines the light on Monsanto's high stakes network of pseudo-journalist propagandists in this incisive MUST READ article. Please read and then SHARE WIDELY. "Currently, as Monsanto’s push in India, through corruption and lobbying, to get approval for Genetically […]
An insult to all things holy and good.
What are young farmers doing after hours? Just hanging with Neil. NBD.
[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UC2DpGaykaI&w=853&h=480] Neil Young is slowly leaking performances of tracks off of his upcoming album “The Monsanto Years”. It is a protest album against Monsanto and GMO’s. This particular song is against Starbucks, a member of the Grocery Manufacture Association, that is suing Vermont for passing a GMO labeling bill.
Message from the Our Family Farms Coalition: May 29, 2015 - CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR SUPPORTERS! We have DEFEATED the first major stage of the Monsanto-backed legal challenge that attempted to overturn our Jackson County ban on genetically engineered crops!!!! This is a huge win for family farmers threatened by GMO contamination and a win […]
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Greenhorns, in partnership with Organic Consumers Association were in attendance last month at the national gathering of the FFA. The FFA National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky, saw a sea of 60,000 students representing every nook and cranny of America (and its territories) gathered together for fellowship, belonging, education and scholarly competition. Between the ages of 13 and 18, many of these students are next-in-line to the family farm and occupy a strategically powerful position in the future of American Agriculture; they are kids with land. With a self-confidence rarely seen in teenagers and impeccable public speaking skills, these students in their blue corduroy jackets cut quite the impressive figure, particularly in a stadium context.
They are team-spirited, motivated and articulate, and most of them credit these qualities to the organization that brought them together, the FFA. The FFA is turning these next-in-line farmers, agriscientists, ag teachers and farm sympathizers into successful leaders, fierce entrepreneurs, and good Samaritans...for Big Ag.
This polished youth constituency at the FFA sing the praises, almost exclusively, of Big Ag. How did this happen? Lets start with the obvious place; let’s follow the money.
(Photo courtesy of Pete Walton, taken at the National FFA Conference) From NPR: Top agribusiness companies, including Monsanto, DuPont, John Deere and Dow, have moved into the information business, offering to help farmers collect that data and analyze it — for a price. But some farmers are starting to worry about how that data will […]
A huge increase in the incidence and prevalence of chronic diseases has been reported in the United States (US) over the last 20 years. Similar increases have been seen globally. The herbicide glyphosate was introduced in 1974 and its use is accelerating with the advent of herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (GE) crops. Evidence is mounting that […]
KAHULUI, Hawaii —The cheers went well into the night. A small army of Maui residents rose up against the big guys and forced a moratorium on genetically modified organisms or GMOs. Now they have to dig in because this fight's not over. One of the big guys is already battling back. Monsanto released a statement […]
Read the Emails in the Hilarious Monsanto/Mo Rocca/Condé Nast Meltdownby Tom Philpott for Mother Jones Last week, Gawker uncovered a hapless tie-up between genetically modified seed/pesticide giant Monsanto and Condé Nast Media—publisher of The New Yorker, Bon Appetit, GQ, Self, Details, and other magazines—to produce "an exciting video series" on the "topics of food, food […]
From this June's Foreign Policy Journal The United States will withhold the Millennium Challenge Compact aid deal, approximately $277 million in aid, unless El Salvador purchases genetically-modified seeds from biotech giant, Monsanto. The Millennium Challenge Corporation is “a U.S. foreign aid agency that was created by the U.S. Congress in January 2004,” according to Sustainable […]
What does Monsanto do with their expired seeds? They try and pawn them off on other countries through packages offered by US aid. When the farmers of El Salvador uncovered the requirement that monsanto seed be purchased as part of the aid package, they banded together to block the stipulation. Unfortunately, strings are attached to […]
republished and open for peer review: long-term toxicity of a roundup herbicide and a roundup-tolerant genetically modified maize
In 2012, the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology published a study on the chronic toxicity of glyphosate-based herbicide Roundup and GM corn (Monsanto NK603). This study was met with much opposition and after a year of intense pressure, the journal retracted the study. It's back! This study has been republished by Environmental Sciences Europe and contains extra material […]
Monarch butterflies, celebrated for their remarkable migration across the continent, are in trouble. This year, the monarch population is by far the lowest ever recorded. A primary cause of this decline is the loss of milkweed plants from our agricultural landscape throughout the Midwest. Milkweeds are a critical component of the breeding habitat for monarchs […]
On Thursday, September 22, the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA), a new trade association made up of some of the biggest players in the food industry—including the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Dupont, and Monsanto—hosted what they called “Food Dialogues” in Washington D.C., New York City, U.C. Davis, and Fair Oaks, Indiana. The USFRA describes the Food […]
Glyphosate, the main ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup herbicide, has spawned a new generation of superweeds that are spreading rapidly across the United States. Since farmers planting Monsanto's genetically engineered Roundup Ready crops no longer need to worry about overdosing their crops with herbicide, they tend to spray more of it. And just as antibiotic overuse […]
Heavy use of the world's most popular herbicide, Roundup, could be linked to a range of health problems and diseases, including Parkinson's, infertility and cancers, according to a new study. The peer-reviewed report, published last week in the scientific journal Entropy, said evidence indicates that residues of "glyphosate," the chief ingredient in Roundup weed killer, […]
The Goodman Affair: Monsanto Targets the Heart of Science by Claire Robinson and Jonathan Latham, PhD Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal, has jested that instead of scientific peer review, its rival The Lancet had a system of throwing a pile of papers down the stairs and publishing those that reached the bottom. On another occasion,Smith was […]
http://www.fooddemocracynow.org/ This is one of the most important emails that we will ever send. We’ve been hearing rumors about this for months, but Monsanto and the GMA have made their move. Two days ago, Food Democracy Now! received an unpublished copy of Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association's (GMA) secret plan to try to sneak in […]
Check out this article about the toxicity of Round-Up. And two responses: Rodale vs. Monsanto
On May 25, activists around the world will unite to March Against Monsanto. Why do we march? Research studies have shown that Monsanto’s genetically-modified foods can lead to serious health conditions such as the development of cancer tumors, infertility and birth defects. In the United States, the FDA, the agency tasked with ensuring food […]
Your tiny state is about to take on the wrath of monsanto. Courage! Solidarity! Get out the vote! Rural Vermont - ACTION ALERT & Legislative Update Now is the time for Citizen Action on Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods PLEASE JOIN US AT A GRASSROOTS ACTION FORUM! Montpelier tonight, Burlington and Middlebury tomorrow. With one week […]
Nearly Half of All US Farms Now Have Superweeds By Tom Philpott, Wed Feb. 6, 2013 for Mother Jones Last year's drought took a big bite out of the two most prodigious US crops, corn and soy. But it apparently didn't slow down the spread of weeds that have developed resistance to Monsanto's herbicide Roundup […]
NPR: Farmer's Fight with Monsanto Reaches the Supreme Court NYTimes: Farmer's Supreme Court Challenge Puts Monsanto Patents at Risk And this from The Chronicle of Higher Education: In Standing Up for Big Ag, Are Universities Undercutting Their Own Researchers? "Some two dozen research universities and higher-education organizations, including the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities […]
First Super Weeds, Now Super Insects -- Thanks to Monsanto May 30, 2012 by Dr. Mercola A new generation of insect larvae is eating the roots of genetically engineered corn intended to be resistant to such pests. The failure of Monsanto's genetically modified Bt corn could be the most serious threat ever to a genetically […]
the press release is great - how was the action? If you were there we'd love tohear from you - send testimonials and photos to [email protected] Occupy-Monsanto to Wear Bio-Hazmat Suits as They Protest a Genetically Modified Congress On Friday, March 16, 2012, Occupy Monsanto’s agents of change with the Genetic Crimes Unit (GCU), a group […]
do we dare to hope for a guilty verdict here? Monsanto found guilty of chemical poisoning in France French farmer Paul Francois says he suffered neurological problems after inhaling Monsanto's Lasso weedkiller A French court has declared the US biotech giant Monsanto guilty of chemical poisoning of a French farmer, a judgment that could lend […]
RSVP to attend A Citizen’s Assembly of Support for Family Farmers vs. Monsanto - January 31, 2012 On January 31, family farmers will take part in the first phase of a court case filed to protect farmers from genetic trespass by Monsanto’s GMO seed, which can contaminate organic and non-GMO farmers' crops and opens them […]
Haitian Farmers Commit to Burning Monsanto Hybrid Seeds Tuesday 18 May 2010, by Beverly Bell "A new earthquake" is what peasant farmer leader Chavannes Jean-Baptiste of the Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) called the news that Monsanto will be donating 60,000 seed sacks (475 tons) of hybrid corn seeds and vegetable seeds, some of them […]