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
Defeating the US-Peru Free Trade Pact
By Laura Carlsen
Thousands of indigenous people from the Amazon jungle of Peru accomplished the unthinkable last week. Their movement to save the Amazon and their communities forced the Peruvian government to roll back implementing legislation for the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement that would have opened up the vast jungle to transnational oil and gas, mining and timber companies.
Posted in Human Rights Civil Liberties, Land Grab, Neoliberalism, NWO, Resistance, War and Peace
Tagged amazon, corporatism, Environment, Land Grab, mining forestry, natives, neoliberals, peru, politics, profits vs environment, Resistance