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Murders of Earth’s Defenders: The Deadly Trend Continues – Andrea Germanos

“How many more people will die before the world takes notice?” That’s a question posed by the organization Global Witness, whose new report, How Many More?, exposes what it calls a “hidden crisis” of murders of those who defend the earth from environmental destruction. The “overarching theme” of the killings last year, which averaged more than two a week, involved disputes over …

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Grabbing Africa’s seeds: USAID, EU and Gates Foundation back agribusiness seed takeover

The latest salvo in the battle over Africa’s seed systems has been fired, writes Stephen Greenberg, with the Gates Foundation and USAID playing puppet-masters to Africa’s governments – now meeting in Addis Ababa – as they drive forward corporation-friendly seed regulations that exclude and marginalize the small farmers whose seeds and labour feed the continent. A battle is currently being …

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8,000 Years Ago, 17 Women Reproduced for Every One Man

Once upon a time, 4,000 to 8,000 years after humanity invented agriculture, something very strange happened to human reproduction. Across the globe, for every 17 women who were reproducing, passing on genes that are still around today—only one man did the same. “It wasn’t like there was a mass death of males. They were there, so what were they doing?” …