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The blog is a place where GRAIN staff and others post their comments, suggestions, hints and assessments of documents, places or events. Or just share information that we think is interesting.

Tribute to René Segbènou, a friend of GRAIN who has just left us

A tireless advocate for the peasant cause, René is one of those who, very early on, understood that the crisis in rural areas and agriculture needs strong voices that will be heard. Yesterday he was taken away in the last battle he fought for about 15 years. Go fighter, colleague, brother and friend, we will never forget you!

A tireless advocate for the peasant cause, René is one of those who, very early on, understood that the crisis in rural areas and agriculture needs strong voices that will be heard. Yesterday he was taken away in the last battle he fought for about 15 years. Go fighter, colleague, brother and friend, we will never forget you!

GM waxy maize: The gene edited Trojan Horse is moving through the gates

At least five countries-- Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and the US-- are allowing a variety of maize genetically modified (GM) with a genome editing technique called CRISPR to be released without the risk assessments and regulations required of GM crops. Other countries could soon follow.

At least five countries-- Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile and the US-- are allowing a variety of maize genetically modified (GM) with a genome editing technique called CRISPR to be released without the risk assessments and regulations required of GM crops. Other countries could soon follow.

The UN Food Systems Summit: How Not to Respond to the Urgency of Reform

A good critique of where the UN Food Systems Summit is heading. By three (former) UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food

A good critique of where the UN Food Systems Summit is heading. By three (former) UN Special Rapporteurs on the Right to Food

Big Tech, big ambition

An editorial in Malaysia's New Straight Times about GRAIN's BigTech report.

An editorial in Malaysia's New Straight Times about GRAIN's BigTech report.

Swallowing up forests

A briefing paper from an international network documents that Indonesia’s new “Food Estate Program” on the islands of Borneo, Sumatra and Papua threaten Indigenous sovereignty, forests and biodiversity, will cause hunger and contribute to the climate crisis.

A briefing paper from an international network documents that Indonesia’s new “Food Estate Program” on the islands of Borneo, Sumatra and Papua threaten Indigenous sovereignty, forests and biodiversity, will cause hunger and contribute to the climate crisis.

Glyphosate and GM maize not banned in Mexico

On the last day of 2020, the Mexican government published a decree that supposedly aims to replace the agricultural poison glyphosate, and in passing also mentions that the planting of GM maize should not be allowed. Many people and media in Mexico and the rest of the world refer to it as if glyphosate and the planting of GM maize had been banned. While this something that we certainly want and need, this decree does not do that.

On the last day of 2020, the Mexican government published a decree that supposedly aims to replace the agricultural poison glyphosate, and in passing also mentions that the planting of GM maize should not be allowed. Many people and media in Mexico and the rest of the world refer to it as if glyphosate and the planting of GM maize had been banned. While this something that we certainly want and need, this decree does not do that.

The big sell-off

Indonesia rolls out the red carpet for foreign investors. According to local activists and observers, the free trade agreement between Indonesia and Switzerland is part of a strategy that will have dramatic consequences - and it goes way beyond the palm oil question.

Indonesia rolls out the red carpet for foreign investors. According to local activists and observers, the free trade agreement between Indonesia and Switzerland is part of a strategy that will have dramatic consequences - and it goes way beyond the palm oil question.

The Great Reset: Bill Gates & farming

A great video by actor Russell Brand on how Bill Gates is linked to farming and Indian farmers protests, and drawing extensively from analysis by GRAIN and Vandana Shiva.

A great video by actor Russell Brand on how Bill Gates is linked to farming and Indian farmers protests, and drawing extensively from analysis by GRAIN and Vandana Shiva.

The Big Tech takeover of agriculture is dangerous

It will endanger the livelihood of the world’s small farmers and food workers and completely transform our food systems.

It will endanger the livelihood of the world’s small farmers and food workers and completely transform our food systems.

GRAIN extends its solidarity support to farmers protesting in Delhi, India

The following statement was issued by GRAIN in support of the Indian farmers protest. It was sent to the Embassy of India in Spain, where the organisation is legally established, and was widely shared on our social media.

The following statement was issued by GRAIN in support of the Indian farmers protest. It was sent to the Embassy of India in Spain, where the organisation is legally established, and was widely shared on our social media.

1% of farms operate 70% of world's farmland

An article introducing a well researched ILC report that points to the alarming and growing concentration of farmland in the world.

An article introducing a well researched ILC report that points to the alarming and growing concentration of farmland in the world.

Video: Violence and sexual abuse against women in oil palm plantations MUST END

The video “NO to violence against women and girls living in and around oil palm plantations” denounces the violence against women in West and Central Africa whose lands have been invaded by industrial oil palm plantations.

The video “NO to violence against women and girls living in and around oil palm plantations” denounces the violence against women in West and Central Africa whose lands have been invaded by industrial oil palm plantations.

Seed keepers & truth tellers: From the frontlines of GM agriculture

PAN Asia Pacific, in collaboration with PAN North America and Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action, bring us an animated short that shines a bright light on how fragile and unjust so many of our interconnected global systems are.

PAN Asia Pacific, in collaboration with PAN North America and Hawai’i Alliance for Progressive Action, bring us an animated short that shines a bright light on how fragile and unjust so many of our interconnected global systems are.