by GRAIN | 27 May 2008
by GRAIN | 13 May 2008
by GRAIN | 12 May 2008
by GRAIN | 7 May 2008
by Michel Pimbert | 7 May 2008
"Towards Food Sovereignty is an online book with linked video and audio files. The first three chapters, available here, begin to describe the ecological basis of food and agriculture, the social and environmental costs of modern food systems, and the policy reversals needed to democratize food systems. The video and audio clips show farmers, indigenous peoples and consumers all working to promote food sovereignty, it highlights the importance of locally controlled food systems to sustain both people and nature."International Institute for Environment and Development
by GRAIN | 30 Apr 2008 Seedling - April 2008
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by GRAIN | 28 Apr 2008 Corporations
The world food crisis is hurting a lot of people, but global agribusiness firms, traders and speculators are raking in huge profits. The fundamental cause of today's food crisis is neoliberal globalisation itself, which has transformed food from a source of livelihood security into a mere commodity to be gambled away, even at the cost of widespread hunger among the world’s poorest people.
by Verónica Villa | 28 Apr 2008 Seedling - April 2008
A couple of years ago it seemed as if mass-based movements throughout the world had won the battle to ban Terminator seeds. But the biotechnology companies are back on the offensive, arguing that the urgent need to combat global warming makes it imperative to use Terminator technology. Many peasant farmers around the world believe this to be yet another spurious argument used by the companies to gain acceptance for their unnecessary and dangerous technology. In the run-up to COP 9 in May 2008, we reproduce an edited version of an article first published in our sister Spanish-language magazine, Biodiversidad
by GRAIN | 28 Apr 2008
by Guy Kastler | 26 Apr 2008 Seedling - April 2008
The battles lines in the power struggle over seeds are shifting in Europe. Authorities are dropping plans to push US-led “first generation” genetically modified organisms (GMOs), so that European companies can develop “covert” GMOs and new “double-locked” seeds instead. In 2008, the Sarkozy regime will use the French presidency of the European Union to promote its own corporate-led agenda on these issues. It is becoming more important than ever that farmers assert their collective rights over seeds. Guy Kastler of the Peasant Seed Network in France explains.
by GRAIN | 25 Apr 2008
by GRAIN | 24 Apr 2008 Seedling - April 2008
Responding enthusiastically to the world agrofuel frenzy, the Indian government has promised a flurry of initiatives to encourage the large-scale planting of agrofuel crops, particularly jatropha. Without waiting for the government support to be spelt out, corporations are already moving in, taking over resources that have traditionally been used by rural communities. As a result, local people will find it harder to satisfy their food and fuel needs. Once again, it is the rural poor who will bear the cost of the agrofuel boom, while reaping few of the benefits.
by GRAIN | 22 Apr 2008 Seedling - April 2008
Tourism and free trade fishing have their impact in post Tsunami south east Asia
by GRAIN | 22 Apr 2008
by GRAIN | 20 Apr 2008 Seedling - April 2008
Roundup Ready diplomat, Land conflict in Egypt, Increased pesticide use in GM crops, Chickens growing faster, and Indonesians take action over soya prices.