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The Kolkata dump that’s permanently on fire: ‘Most people die by 50’

From Kartik Dhara’s home, the trucks at the top of the garbage mountain look like the toys he sees city children playing with on his rounds of Kolkata. A garbage truck driver in the eastern Indian city, Dhara can’t afford to buy toys for his own children, but he often finds discarded ones where he unloads rubbish every day. “You …

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Ronnie Cummins – The Long March Against Monsanto: A Letter from The Hague

We are today in the midst of a battleground for two very different approaches to agriculture. One is the agro-ecological approach based on the use of open source traditional seeds based on biodiversity and living in harmony with nature. The other is the mechanistic world of an industrial system based on monocultures, one-way extraction and the use of pesticides, poisons …

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KAREN PERRY STILLERMAN – Organic Farming is Growing (But Not Everywhere)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently released the results of its latest survey of organic farmers, and there’s good news. Organic farming is up nationally, with 12,818 farms generating $6.2 billion in certified organic product sales in 2015, up 13 percent from 2014. But the survey shows that all states aren’t pursuing organic farming equally. And one of the top …

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Sayer Ji, Founder – 600 Reasons Turmeric May Be The World’s Most Important Herb

There is a medicinal spice so timelessly interwoven with the origins of human culture and metabolism, so thoroughly supported by modern scientific inquiry, as to be unparalleled in its proven value to human health and well-being. Indeed, turmeric turns the entire drug-based medical model on its head.  Instead of causing far more side effects than therapeutic ones, as is the …

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Richard Gale and Dr. Gary Null – GMOs and the Mentality of Propaganda Control

Progressive Radio Network, October 10, 2016     The evidence for genetically modified organism (GMOs) safety for human consumption and its environmental risks remains one of the nation’s most contentious, controversial and debated subjects.  Throughout the world, governments, national health ministries and their populations have been led to believe that there is no reason to critically object to GMOs.  American …

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Farming with forests

Feeding the world’s burgeoning population is a major challenge for agricultural scientists and agribusinesses, who are busy developing higher-yielding crop varieties. Yet University of Illinois researchers stress that we should not overlook sustainability in the frenzy to achieve production goals. More than a third of the global land area is currently in food production. This figure is likely to expand, …

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Genetically Modified NATO Approaches Russia’s Borders

In July 2016 the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed a law to ban the cultivation and breeding of genetically modified plants and animals (GMO), except in cases where they will be used in testing and scientific research. In fact, this law makes Russia the world’s largest GMO-free territory and offers a great platform for the development of organic agriculture. …

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Jenny Miller – Buyer Beware: An Historical Look at Bayer’s Unethical Practices

This lengthy investigation into the history of Bayer’s unethical practices was prompted by the proposed expansion of its plant in Berkeley in the 90s. I’m republishing it now due to the proposed sale of Monsanto to Bayer AG. In addition to examining Bayer’s major role during the Nazi period, the article looks at other human rights and environmental violations by …

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ROBERT HOLLY – Inside DuPont and Monsanto’s Migrant Labor Camps

An in-depth investigation reveals that multibillion-dollar Big Ag corporations—including DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto—as well as small-scale farmers routinely use labor recruiters who crowd migrant workers in housing riddled with health and safety violations, such as bed bug infestations and a lack of running water. A newly built public database of housing inspection records exposes the dramatic scope of the problem: …