La Via Campesina: The seed treaty must no longer allow the stealing of seed from peasants

La Via Campesina: The seed treaty must no longer allow the stealing of seed from peasants


Source: La Via Campesina (Oman, 24 September 2013). This week, from 24 to 28 September, witnesses the opening in Oman of the Fifth Session of the Governing Body of the […]

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New UN Report Calls for Support for Peasant Farming and Agroecology

New UN Report Calls for Support for Peasant Farming and Agroecology


Source: GRAIN Media release 23 September 2013 La Via Campesina, GRAIN and ETC welcome a new UNCTAD report which states that farming in rich and poor nations alike should shift […]

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Food Waste is Killing the Planet, and here’s how…

Food Waste is Killing the Planet, and here’s how…


  A full third of the world’s food is wasted. According to a new report from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, discarded food accounts for a staggering amount of planet-warming greenhouse […]

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UN: Food waste totals $750bn a year

UN: Food waste totals $750bn a year


Source: Al Jazeera One-third of the food produced worldwide is wasted, costing the global economy around $750bn a year, a new report by the UN food agency said. The Rome-based […]

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Washington state alfalfa crop may be contaminated with genetic modification

Washington state alfalfa crop may be contaminated with genetic modification


Source: The Guardian Authorities were investigating a new suspected case of crop contamination on Thursday – the second in the Pacific north-west in five months – after samples of hay […]

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AGRA: helping agribusiness conquer African agriculture?

AGRA: helping agribusiness conquer African agriculture?


Source: GreenPeace International Finally, we have confirmation of what we have long suspected: AGRA, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, has been created to facilitate the corporate takeover […]

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AGRA & Annan Call African Opposition to GM a ‘Farce’

AGRA & Annan Call African Opposition to GM a ‘Farce’


Source: The Guardian Concern in Africa over genetically modified crops has been dismissed as fear of the unknown by an environmental group chaired by Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary general. A report […]

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Colombia farmers’ uprising puts the spotlight on seeds

Colombia farmers’ uprising puts the spotlight on seeds


Source: GRAIN On 19 August, Colombian farmers’ organisations initiated a massive nationwide strike. They blocked roads, dumped milk on cars and basically stopped producing food for the cities. The problem? […]

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Farming and knowledge monocultures are misconceived

Farming and knowledge monocultures are misconceived


Food needs can be met with a new vision for agriculture and science, say Brian Wynne and Georgina Catacora-Vargas. In mainstream policy and corporate thinking, scientific knowledge and global markets are considered […]

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