By Rady Ananda
On August 9, police shot nine farmers, killing three, who were part of a mass protest against a water pipeline project in Baur Village, 50 miles east of Mumbai, India. Police also smashed cars, fired tear gas and threw rocks at farmers as they fled the violence. This was all caught on video:
Kantabai Thakar (age 40), Moreshwar Sathe (40) and Shyam Tupe (29) were fatally shot by police. Over 100 others were injured, and nine vehicles damaged in the lethal attack on protesters, report several news outlets in India.
Posted in Economy Economics, Environment, Food & Farming, Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, Region: India, Resistance
Tagged Baur Village, civil liberties, corruption, Dehu Road Cantonment, Environment, farmers, farming, food, human rights, india, Kantabai Thakar, Land Grab, Land Rights, maharashtra, midc, Moreshwar Sathe, Neoliberalism, pavana dam, Peasants, pollution, pune district, Ranchers, Resistance, Shyam Tupe, Sustainable Practices, Talegaon Municipal Council, trade liberalization, Tribes, water rights
Dec. 20, 2010 UPDATE: Newly Leaked Cable: Pope ‘quietly supportive’ of GMOs
By Rady Ananda
A leaked June 2009 cable from the US Vatican Embassy confirms the Pontiff’s refusal to take a stance on genetically modified foods. The Pope’s refusal to reject GM foods creates a vacuum in light of his condemnation of human genetic manipulation and his promotion of environmental stewardship.
Last month, at least one news source falsely reported that the Pope approves genetically modified foods. Vatican officials immediately denied such claims, but did admit there is debate within the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. The cable confirms:
Posted in Big Pharma, Bioweaponry, Food & Farming, Genetic Engineering, Religion Spirituality, Whistleblowers
Tagged Big Pharma, bioethics, biotechnology, Environment, farming, food, food bubble, food speculation, genetic engineering, Genetically Engineered Food, Genetically Modified Foods, gmo, pollution, pope, Religion Spirituality, vatican
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