June 17, 2013 By George Monbiot, published in the UK Guardian
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It was bad enough in 2005. Then, at the G8 summit in Scotland, Bono and Bob Geldof heaped praise on Tony Blair and George Bush, who were still mired in the butchery they had initiated in Iraq(1,2,3). At one point Geldof appeared, literally and figuratively, to be sitting in Tony Blair’s lap. African activists accused them of drowning out a campaign for global justice with a campaign for charity.
By Eric Holt-Gimenez, Huffington Post, June 21, 2013
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The biotech industry has awarded itself the World Food Prize. A career Monsanto executive, a Syngenta scientist and a private industrial scientist will share the $250,000 prize for "feeding a growing global population."
G-8’s New Alliance to encourage private sector investment in African agriculture. This initiative attempts to fill the gap created when governments failed to extend and renew their commitment to public sector investment.
However, the New Alliance actually represents a shift in policies to favor large agribusiness. This threatens to displace smallholder agriculture in favor of less sustainable practices, placing food security at risk.
By ANDREW POLLACK, New York Times, June 19, 2013
"Eric Holt-Giménez, executive director of Food First, a food policy research organization in Oakland, Calif., said the World Food Prize’s “growing obsession” with biotechnology “ignores the documented successes” of nonindustrial methods of farming."
In his submission to biotechnology reporter Andrew Pollack Eric used "agroecology" which is not the same as "nonindustrial."
Here is Eric's full statement which Eric submitted to the New York Times:
The focus of this G8 Summit is 'sustainable agriculture' and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Africa, which is supposed to build on the L'Aquila agreements that promised strong investments in Africa's agriculture. Here is the White House Fact Sheet: G-8 Action on Food Security and Nutrition.
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CCTV asks Eric Holt-Giménez Executive Director, Food First "Why are People Marching Against Monsanto?"
On May 25, 2013 Marches Against Monsanto were held in 436 cities in 52 countries around the world. While 60 countries have already banned or require labeling of products containing Monsanto's genetically modified organisms (high-fructose corn syrup being the leading and most pervasive ingredient in processed foods), the U.S requires no labeling. The only way to know that your food does not contain GMOs is to buy organic, grow it yourself or know your farmer.
Watch this three-minutes video clip by Miguel Altieri, agroecology professor at the University of California at Berkeley.