Photo is the Cargill Building - Microbial & Plant Genomics, University of MN.
Mother Jones blog by Tom Philpott, May 9, 2012
Read the entire blog including charts at http://www.motherjones.com/tom-philpott/2012/05/how-agribusiness-dominat...
Last week, the University of Illinois' College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) in Champaign-Urbana made a momentous announcement: it has accepted a $250,000 grant from genetically modified seed/agrichemical giant Monsanto to create an endowed chair for the "Agricultural Communications Program" it runs with the College of Communications.
Letter from African Civil Society Critical of Foreign Investment in African Agriculture at G8 Summit
Presented by Mamadou Cissokho
Honorary President of ROPPA
President Steering Committee CDP/CSO on behalf of farmers who are members of the organizations listed below
15 May 2012
Mr. President (of the African Union),
Please allow a West African peasant to share with you his preoccupations in the run-up to the G8 Symposium on food security to be held in Washington on 18-19 May 2012 and the G8 on 20 May 2012 at Camp David. Two events at which the food security of our continent will be discussed, following Aquila in 2008 and Paris in 2011.
The Organic Watergate: Advocates Condemn Corruption and USDA's
Cozy Relationship with Corporate Agribusinesses in Organics
By Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director, Food First
Huffington Post Blog, May 8, 2012
"Here, we are learning democracy through farming... by taking back a public good that our public university wants to privatize," said a volunteer at the information booth for "Occupy the Farm," the current protest at the University of California's five-acre Gill Tract research station.
May 2, 2012, Huffington Post Blog by Eric Holt-Giménez
A new a study* from McGill University and the University of Minnesota published in the journal Nature compared organic and conventional yields from 66 studies and over 300 trials. Researchers found that on average, conventional systems out-yielded organic farms by 25%—mostly for grains, and depending on conditions.
By Carolyn Lockhead, San Francisco Chronicle, April 30, 2012
Washington -- Biotechnology's promise to feed the world did not anticipate "Trojan corn," "super weeds" and the disappearance of monarch butterflies.
But in the Midwest and South - blanketed by more than 170 million acres of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton - an experiment begun in 1996 with approval of the first commercial genetically modified organisms is producing questionable results.
TV interview with Christopher Cook, Author of Diet for a Dead Planet.