By Rady Ananda
Governments around the world have proposed biofuels, liquid fuels derived from plants, fungi or algae, as a solution to today’s energy and environmental crises. But this alternative is as bad as, or worse than, fossil fuels.
Reasons to reject biofuels include:
- Loss of farmland for fuel land, increasing food prices and world hunger;
- Deforestation and conversion of prairie to cropland, causing a net increase in greenhouse gases;
- Increased reliance on eco-destructive pesticides; and
- Proliferation of dangerous genetically modified crops.
Posted in Bioweaponry, Energy, Genetic Engineering
Tagged ActionAid, biofuels, biotechnology, deforestation, genetically engineered crops, genetically modified crops, GM biofuels, land for food, Land Grab, land use rights, rady ananda
Pesticide Action Network
Monsanto’s aggressive control of markets and policy was in the spotlight this week in two places of import for its business: Iowa, and the community of nations gathered in Copenhagen. First, The Des Moines Register published an Associated Press expose, saying, “confidential contracts detailing Monsanto’s business practices reveal how the seed giant is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops.” Kathryn Gilje, Executive Director of Pesticide Action Network North America, noted, “Monsanto has long used aggressive bully tactics to control the terms of farming and food around the world so that as our world gets hungrier and faces the climate crisis, their monopoly and revenue grow. This kind of bad behavior is long overdue for public scrutiny.”
Posted in Economy Economics, FDA, USDA, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Neoliberalism
Tagged Anti-trust, Bully tactics, Corporate State, deforestation, DOJ, Food Supply, gmo, Industrial Agriculture, monopoly, Monsanto, Profiteering, Unfair business practices