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GM Biofuels: Another Planned Disaster

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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.

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Monsanto’s monopoly exposed in Iowa and Copenhagen

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.”

A Child of the Amazon Shakes Up a Nation’s Politics

Marina Silva (Andre Vieira for NYTimes)

Marina Silva (Andre Vieira for NYTimes)

By ALEXEI BARRIONUEVO

FOR Marina Silva, life began in the heart of the Amazon. From the age of 11, she walked nine miles a day helping her father collect rubber from trees. These days, as an icon in the environmental movement, she has dedicated her life to protecting that same rainforest.

Illiterate and seriously ill from hepatitis, Ms. Silva left her home when she was 16 and headed by bus to the city of Rio Branco seeking medical care and an education. There she learned how to read and write, graduated from college and became a teacher and a politician.

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