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Global Food Security Act, S.384, to give $billions to Monsanto, other GMO producers

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100+ Groups Join Scientists and Development Experts in Urging Senate to ‘Strip the GM Mandate’ from the Global Food Security Act

Controversial language said more likely to feed biotech corporations than the world’s poor

By PANNA, Food First, and African Center for Biosafety

[SAN FRANCISCO and JOHANNESBURG] — Experts, scientists and advocates from around the world petitioned the U.S. Senate today in a concerted attempt to strip what they term a “stealth corporate giveaway” embedded in a foreign aid bill which is expected to hit the Senate floor soon. The “Global Food Security Act” (S.384), sponsored by Senators Casey (D-PA) and Lugar (R-IN), is intended to reform aid programs to focus on longer-term agricultural development, and restructure aid agencies to better respond to crises. While lauding the bill’s intentions, the petitioners object to a clause earmarking one agricultural technology (genetically modified – GM crops) for potentially billions of dollars in federal funding. $7.7 billion in U.S. funds are associated with the bill and no other farming methods or technologies are mentioned.

Monsanto has lobbied more than any other interest in support of this bill.  Continue reading

Chevron and Cultural Genocide in Ecuador

Feb. 2011 UPDATE by Greg Palast: Chevron runs from $8.6 billion judgment in Ecuador

By Kerry Kennedy

LAGO AGRIO, Ecuador (IPS/TerraViva) Traces of paradise are still visible. From the air, the rainforest region in northern Ecuador – known as the Oriente – appears as silvery mist and swaths of verdant green.

But beneath the cloud cover and canopy, the jungle is a tangle of oil slicks, festering sludge, and rusted pipeline. Smokestacks sprout from the ground, spewing throat-burning fumes into the air. Wastewater from unlined pits seeps into the groundwater and flows into the rivers and streams.

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After sabotaging own oil wells, Exxon faces $1 billion in fines

By Brian Merchant

Image at Apolyton.net

Image at Apolyton.net

It’s not pretty. In fact, it’s pretty disgusting. Continue reading