By D. Snodgrass
In Monsanto v. Geertson Seed Farms, No. 09-475, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in a case which could have an enormous effect on the future of the American food industry. This is Monsanto’s third appeal of the case, and if they win a favorable ruling from the high court, a deregulated Monsanto may find itself in position to corner the markets of numerous U.S. crops, and to litigate conventional farmers into oblivion.
Here’s where it gets a bit dicier. Two Supreme Court justices have what appear to be direct conflicts of interest.
Posted in Environment, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Obama and Company
Tagged Conflict of Interest, Corporate agriculture, deregulation, Food Safety, gmo, monopoly, Monsanto, Oversight, profits vs environment, Supreme Court, USDA
October 31, 2009 by The Herald-News (Illinois)
JOLIET — Vandana Shiva is giving new meaning to the old metaphor, “You reap what you sow.”
Shiva, a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist, urged more than 225 people to consider the food and ecological crisis as one in the same during her speech at the University of St. Francis.
“We have mastered the art of wasting the planet,” she said. “Land and water are being misused, polluted and disintegrated by nonsustainable agriculture. We need to reclaim the ethics of the gift of food.”
Posted in Economy Economics, Environment, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, Resistance, Whistleblowers, Women
Tagged agriculture, Corporate agriculture, corporatism, Ecological crisis, Family farms, farming, Food waste, GMO foods, Hunger, Industrial Agriculture, Organics, pollution, Seed saving