By Eric Holt-Giménez, Executive Director, Food First/Institute for Food and Development Policy,
Huffington Post, March 3, 2014
The Coalition For Farmers Rights And Advocacy Against GMOs (COFAM) a grass-roots movement of farmers, labour unions, religious, political and civil society organizations held a public demonstration against the introduction of Genetically Modified Foods and the Plant Breeders Bill on Tuesday January 28 through the principal streets of Accra. The demonstrators later paid a courtesy call on the Nuumo Sakumo, the Chief Priest of the Ga Mashie people.
The palm oil magnates are growing ever more trees for use in biofuels and carbon trading. But what happens to the subsistence farmers who live on the lucrative land?
Editor's note regarding the reference to clean energy in the title of this story, agrofuels like palm oil biodiesel are anything but "clean." This refined oil is an additive to power our oil-based industries and vehicles. Additionally, Honduras is not yet a palm oil biodiesel exporter, nor does the U.S. recognize palm oil biodiesel as a renewable fuel. Rather, Honduran palm oil is primarily exported as edible oil and additives for processed foods. For more background, see the Food First book Grabbing Power.