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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.

Land grabbing by agribusiness also claims lives in Latin America

The business group Cresud controls 370 thousand hectares in the province of Salta, in the ancestral lands of the Wichi people. There, nine children have died from malnutrition and lack of water in the first months of 2020. The expansion of agribusiness in transgenic soya and maize monocultures in the territories has done away with the forest from which these people lived, and which also represented a source of water as part of these ecosystems.

The business group Cresud controls 370 thousand hectares in the province of Salta, in the ancestral lands of the Wichi people. There, nine children have died from malnutrition and lack of water in the first months of 2020. The expansion of agribusiness in transgenic soya and maize monocultures in the territories has done away with the forest from which these people lived, and which also represented a source of water as part of these ecosystems.

Defending Food Sovereignty in the Data Economy

The Just Net Coalition - a global network of civil society actors committed to an open, free, just and equitable Internet - published a video interview with GRAIN staffer Kartini Samon about the impact of the expansion of Big Data on food production and consumption everywhere.

The Just Net Coalition - a global network of civil society actors committed to an open, free, just and equitable Internet - published a video interview with GRAIN staffer Kartini Samon about the impact of the expansion of Big Data on food production and consumption everywhere.

How the data we unmake can make us: a brief reflection from my internship at GRAIN

"Our critical role within society depends on our capacity to unveil the complex story of figures and their related narratives." : An ecological economist shares his story while still an intern in GRAIN investigating GHG emissions and N-fertilizers.

"Our critical role within society depends on our capacity to unveil the complex story of figures and their related narratives." : An ecological economist shares his story while still an intern in GRAIN investigating GHG emissions and N-fertilizers.

再见 Hengfu (Goodbye, Hengfu)

Almost a decade has passed since five companies believed to be subsidiaries of a single Chinese owned firm, Hengfu, were granted a set of economic land concessions by the government of Cambodia. These concessions, signed in 2011, gave the companies 40,000 hectares in the province of Preah Vihear for sugarcane production. This week we learned that the whole project has fallen apart.

Almost a decade has passed since five companies believed to be subsidiaries of a single Chinese owned firm, Hengfu, were granted a set of economic land concessions by the government of Cambodia. These concessions, signed in 2011, gave the companies 40,000 hectares in the province of Preah Vihear for sugarcane production. This week we learned that the whole project has fallen apart.

Resisting RCEP from the ground up: Indian movements show the way

Short piece by GRAIN and India's ICCFM recounting the seven-year long fight carried out in India and other Asia-Pacific countries against the RCEP, a mega free trade agreement. Despite many divisions, the movement against RCEP in India succeeded in getting the government to change course.

Short piece by GRAIN and India's ICCFM recounting the seven-year long fight carried out in India and other Asia-Pacific countries against the RCEP, a mega free trade agreement. Despite many divisions, the movement against RCEP in India succeeded in getting the government to change course.

“Gates Ag One”: one more push to get farmers into high tech

Last week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will set up a new ag research institute. Doesn't look like it will be different from the ones already there. "Gates Ag One" is really one more way to push the Gates agenda for agribusiness.

Last week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announced that it will set up a new ag research institute. Doesn't look like it will be different from the ones already there. "Gates Ag One" is really one more way to push the Gates agenda for agribusiness.

The fight against Senhuile goes on!

On 18 October 2019, several staff from GRAIN and ENDA Pronat visited the leaders of the Collective for the defense of the Ndiaël lands, in the municipality of Ngnith, northern Senegal.

On 18 October 2019, several staff from GRAIN and ENDA Pronat visited the leaders of the Collective for the defense of the Ndiaël lands, in the municipality of Ngnith, northern Senegal.

Ever more extreme infrastructure

We live in an age of ever more “extreme infrastructure". Why? An excellent masterclass piece on the economic logic of the exploding infrastructure projects across the world by Nick Hildyard.

We live in an age of ever more “extreme infrastructure". Why? An excellent masterclass piece on the economic logic of the exploding infrastructure projects across the world by Nick Hildyard.

The dark side of plant-based food

it's more about money than you may think

it's more about money than you may think

GRAIN at the Social Climate Summit in Madrid

Together with Via Campesina and the ETC-Group we'll be holding the workshop "Food sovereignty vs false climate solutions". Come and join us!

Together with Via Campesina and the ETC-Group we'll be holding the workshop "Food sovereignty vs false climate solutions". Come and join us!

Defending food sovereignty in the digital era

An article by GRAIN about food sovereignty and artificial intelligence, as part of a broader discussion on this topic.

An article by GRAIN about food sovereignty and artificial intelligence, as part of a broader discussion on this topic.

Cornell Alliance for Science is a PR Campaign for the Agrichemical Industry

An excellent investigative piece by Stacy Malkan of "U.S. Right to Know" about the misleading and deceitful practices of the Cornell Alliance for Science.

An excellent investigative piece by Stacy Malkan of "U.S. Right to Know" about the misleading and deceitful practices of the Cornell Alliance for Science.

Walmart uses FTA to sue Chilean government for insufficient repression of popular protests

In the midst of a brutal police and military crackdown on massive popular protests in Chile, Walmart, the world’s largest multinational retail corporation, is taking the Chilean government to court to demand that the “forces of law and order” protect its stores and “restore order and the rule of law”. Walmart's demand is based on the privileges afforded to foreign companies in the free trade deal Chile signed with the US

In the midst of a brutal police and military crackdown on massive popular protests in Chile, Walmart, the world’s largest multinational retail corporation, is taking the Chilean government to court to demand that the “forces of law and order” protect its stores and “restore order and the rule of law”. Walmart's demand is based on the privileges afforded to foreign companies in the free trade deal Chile signed with the US