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.
On the International Day of Peasants' Struggle, Food First joins millions of food producers in their struggle against land and resource grabbing. In November 2011, food producers from Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe created a Global Alliance against Land Grabbing in Nyéléni, Mali, and called for a global mobilization against land grabbing this April 17, 2012.
Nyeleni newsletter on land grabbing.
This report was originally published on the Via Campesina website.
Over one million signatures calling for labeling of Genetically Modified Foods to be labeled submitted to FDA
Today over one million comments in support of labeling genetically engineered foods to the FDA – because of people like you. By submitting a comment, emailing your friends, posting on Facebook, and talking to your coworkers and neighbors, you made this possible.
Comments were submitted by Americans from all 50 states – people from tens of thousands of different communities around the country. This record-breaking achievement proves that Americans care about how our food is produced and the right to know what's in our food.