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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.

The Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal accepts accusation over Brazilian Cerrado ecocide

As one of the organisations involved in the Campaign in Defence of the Cerrado, GRAIN invites everyone to discover the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal session on the Cerrado region. This ecocide is a result of the intense expansion of the agricultural border over the last half-century in this immense region, which covers almost one third of the territory of Brazil.

As one of the organisations involved in the Campaign in Defence of the Cerrado, GRAIN invites everyone to discover the Permanent Peoples’ Tribunal session on the Cerrado region. This ecocide is a result of the intense expansion of the agricultural border over the last half-century in this immense region, which covers almost one third of the territory of Brazil.

Golden Rice & GM wheat: the corporate lobby's last-ditch attempts to impose GMOs

Behind these GMOs lies a key strategic issue for corporate power: rice and wheat are crops which have not yet been fully colonised by the corporate seed industry. GMOs are essential for agribusiness to be able to take control of the seed markets for these crops, because corporations have not managed to roll out hybrids on a large scale.

Behind these GMOs lies a key strategic issue for corporate power: rice and wheat are crops which have not yet been fully colonised by the corporate seed industry. GMOs are essential for agribusiness to be able to take control of the seed markets for these crops, because corporations have not managed to roll out hybrids on a large scale.

GRAIN rejects the UN Food Systems Summit - and shuts down in protest

As our own form of protest against this dangerous summit, GRAIN will shut down its website and social media platforms that day. We need real solutions to overcome the global food crisis -- based on the needs of small-scale farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and indigenous people – and to move us towards food sovereignty.

As our own form of protest against this dangerous summit, GRAIN will shut down its website and social media platforms that day. We need real solutions to overcome the global food crisis -- based on the needs of small-scale farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and indigenous people – and to move us towards food sovereignty.

Global week of action against UPOV

On UPOV’s 60th birthday, on 2 December 2021, we want to say NO TO UPOV! During that entire week, networks and social movements across the world will be calling for the dismantlement of UPOV, drawing attention to its role in privatising seeds and threat to food sovereignty.

On UPOV’s 60th birthday, on 2 December 2021, we want to say NO TO UPOV! During that entire week, networks and social movements across the world will be calling for the dismantlement of UPOV, drawing attention to its role in privatising seeds and threat to food sovereignty.

African faith communities tell Gates Foundation, “Big farming is no solution for Africa”

Following the United Nations (UN) Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome last week – a prequel to the Head of State-level Summit in New York, this September – faith communities from across Africa continue to call attention to the wide range of far-reaching consequences of current industrial agricultural models.

Following the United Nations (UN) Food Systems Pre-Summit in Rome last week – a prequel to the Head of State-level Summit in New York, this September – faith communities from across Africa continue to call attention to the wide range of far-reaching consequences of current industrial agricultural models.

Golden rice in the Philippines: hurried approval raises questions

The controversial genetically modified Golden rice, has surfaced again with the Philippines Rice Research Institute rushing through the commercial clearance despite popular opposition to GR not only in the Philippines but also in Bangladesh, Indonesia and India. In the Philippines, the Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture, issued the Biosafety permit for commercial propagation of the genetically engineered golden rice on 21 July 2021.

The controversial genetically modified Golden rice, has surfaced again with the Philippines Rice Research Institute rushing through the commercial clearance despite popular opposition to GR not only in the Philippines but also in Bangladesh, Indonesia and India. In the Philippines, the Bureau of Plant Industry, Department of Agriculture, issued the Biosafety permit for commercial propagation of the genetically engineered golden rice on 21 July 2021.

Trade agreements privatising biodiversity

For the past 30 years, industrialised countries have been forcing governments of the global South to adopt laws that privatise seeds so that farmers have to pay for them and keep seed companies afloat. They do this mainly through FTAs. This dataset zooms in on how countries are being forced to privatise seeds beyond the WTO.

For the past 30 years, industrialised countries have been forcing governments of the global South to adopt laws that privatise seeds so that farmers have to pay for them and keep seed companies afloat. They do this mainly through FTAs. This dataset zooms in on how countries are being forced to privatise seeds beyond the WTO.

Punitive government policies jeopardise Kenya’s food security

By 2021 your typical Kenyan smallholder farmer was producing 75 per cent of the foods consumed in the country. Yet the draconian laws imposed on the agriculture sector by the government have been facilitating their exploitation by the private sector. An excellent analysis by Clair Nasike of Greenpeace Africa.

By 2021 your typical Kenyan smallholder farmer was producing 75 per cent of the foods consumed in the country. Yet the draconian laws imposed on the agriculture sector by the government have been facilitating their exploitation by the private sector. An excellent analysis by Clair Nasike of Greenpeace Africa.

Of lobsters and mobsters: Who are the companies poaching the oceans?

The big seafood companies are no small fry. They dominate a global industry worth over US$400 billion a year, and that provides around 20% of global animal protein and jobs for 60 million people. We need to be much more aware of these companies. They are the main culprits in the industrialisation of the oceans which is utterly decimating the world's marine wildlife.

The big seafood companies are no small fry. They dominate a global industry worth over US$400 billion a year, and that provides around 20% of global animal protein and jobs for 60 million people. We need to be much more aware of these companies. They are the main culprits in the industrialisation of the oceans which is utterly decimating the world's marine wildlife.

Confronting neoliberalism with feminist climate justice

The missing link in ongoing climate actions is the non-recognition that climate change is a social issue. Climate action must be linked to the social justice struggle and centered around those who consistently remain invisible in the world. This is why, we strongly prescribe feminist climate justice approaches to address this crisis.

The missing link in ongoing climate actions is the non-recognition that climate change is a social issue. Climate action must be linked to the social justice struggle and centered around those who consistently remain invisible in the world. This is why, we strongly prescribe feminist climate justice approaches to address this crisis.

The global food system: a waste of energy

The global food system – from farm to fork – uses an enormous amount of energy. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, some 30% of all the energy used in the world is dedicated to power the food system. So almost one-third of all the world’s energy is used to feed us. Most of that energy comes from fossil fuels.

The global food system – from farm to fork – uses an enormous amount of energy. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, some 30% of all the energy used in the world is dedicated to power the food system. So almost one-third of all the world’s energy is used to feed us. Most of that energy comes from fossil fuels.

In honour of Aziz Choudry

We are going to sorely miss Aziz’s deeply insightful guidance. His anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism and anti-racism were in his DNA and inspired us daily. Aziz’s departure leaves a hole in our hearts, but he has filled our lives with friends, allies and courage we otherwise would not have had.

We are going to sorely miss Aziz’s deeply insightful guidance. His anti-colonialism, anti-imperialism and anti-racism were in his DNA and inspired us daily. Aziz’s departure leaves a hole in our hearts, but he has filled our lives with friends, allies and courage we otherwise would not have had.

Nature is NOT a “Solution”

The latest issue of the WRM bulletin is excellent. It dismantles the "nature based solutions" discourse that is now being used by governments and corporations alike to justify doing nothing to fight the climate crisis. Or worse, to promote landg rabbing on a scale never seen before.

The latest issue of the WRM bulletin is excellent. It dismantles the "nature based solutions" discourse that is now being used by governments and corporations alike to justify doing nothing to fight the climate crisis. Or worse, to promote landg rabbing on a scale never seen before.

Agribusiness’s new weapon — fire: how peoples and communities are being driven out of their own land

The platform Agro é fogo has drafted a report outlining specific scenarios and analyses as a joint effort to stop the social and environmental catastrophe in its tracks. The report delves deep into the intrinsic link between the increased use of fire, deforestation and slave labour, and how public lands in the Amazon, Cerrado and Pantanal biomes become illegally occupied.

The platform Agro é fogo has drafted a report outlining specific scenarios and analyses as a joint effort to stop the social and environmental catastrophe in its tracks. The report delves deep into the intrinsic link between the increased use of fire, deforestation and slave labour, and how public lands in the Amazon, Cerrado and Pantanal biomes become illegally occupied.

The untold story of Feronia Inc's failed rice operations in the DR Congo

Feronia had sunk at least US$14 million into its rice operations before suddenly "discontinuing" them in 2017 without explanation. A few years later, Feronia filed for bankruptcy. It has long been suspected that Feronia's rice venture was a front to channel funds to a high-level Congolese politician who facilitated Feronia's entry into the DRC.

Feronia had sunk at least US$14 million into its rice operations before suddenly "discontinuing" them in 2017 without explanation. A few years later, Feronia filed for bankruptcy. It has long been suspected that Feronia's rice venture was a front to channel funds to a high-level Congolese politician who facilitated Feronia's entry into the DRC.