lunes, marzo 30, 2015

Nuevo libro de Carmelo Ruiz Marrero

El gran juego de ajedrez botánico: Escritos sobre biotecnología y agroecología es una compilación de 15 años de trabajo investigativo y educativo del periodista Carmelo Ruiz Marrero en torno a los temas de la agricultura, ecología, biotecnología y soberanía alimentaria. Es un esfuerzo por documentar y analizar el modelo de agricultura industrial capitalista, el cual está exacerbando el problema del hambre y la crisis ambiental, y servir de guía a los nuevos movimientos sociales, pensamientos ecológicos y paradigmas científicos que están surgiendo y planteando alternativas.

Para comprarlo:

domingo, marzo 29, 2015

Why Monsanto’s “outrage” at the IARC report is hokum

Scientist defends WHO group report linking herbicide to cancer

By Carey Gilliam

(Reuters) - A World Health Organization group's controversial finding that the world's most popular herbicide "probably is carcinogenic to humans" was based on a thorough scientific review and is a key marker in ongoing evaluations of the product, the scientist who led the study said Thursday.

"There were several studies. There was sufficient evidence in animals, limited evidence in humans and strong supporting evidence showing DNA mutations ... and damaged chromosomes," Aaron Blair, a scientist emeritus at the National Cancer Institute, said in an interview.

Blair chaired the 17-member working group of the WHO's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which rocked the agricultural industry on March 20 by classifying glyphosate as "probably" cancer-causing.

Carmelo Ruiz: Are the GMO advocates playing fair?

How independent are the “independent” experts that advocate for GM foods? Are they being secretly paid like some climate change “skeptics”? The activist group U.S. Right To Know (USRTK), decided to find out. On February 2015 USRTK filed a FOIA request for the e-mails and correspondence of public university professors that write for GMO Answers, a pro-GM advocacy web site set up by the Ketchum public relations agency. “We taxpayers deserve to know the details about when our taxpayer-paid employees front for private corporations and their slick PR firms,” said Gary Ruskin, the organization´s executive director.

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sábado, marzo 28, 2015

Is Monsanto on the side of science?

The article below by GMWatch’s Claire Robinson has been published in the New Internationalist magazine as part of a special issue on Monsanto. Brits can buy a copy in newsagents or everyone can read the articles on their website ( as they are published over the next month.

EXCERPT: Following the attacks, [Dr Judy] Carman says she was forced out of two successive university posts. She is fortunate not to need income from a university position, but points out that isn’t true of most scientists: ‘Any scientist in my shoes relying on a university income to eat or pay a mortgage would feel forced to stop investigating GMOs.’

Is Monsanto on the side of science?

Claire Robinson
New Internationalist, April 2015
[references and links to sources are at the URL above]

Letters to the editor, The Independent, 26 Mar 2015

Your articles on GM crops have read like advertorials for the industry. It is astonishing that, in featuring Monsanto, you appear to ignore the evidence of the devastating impact of the corporation’s GM herbicide-tolerant crops across North and South America on people and the environment.

The use of glyphosate herbicide on Monsanto’s GM maize and soy (most used as animal feed and biofuels, not food) has increased exponentially as resistant weeds have emerged. This herbicide is linked to the severe decline of the Monarch butterfly across the US, and this week the World Health Organization classified it as a probable human carcinogen.

You appear to have accepted the industry’s misleading claim that GM crops are needed to feed a growing global population. People are hungry today because they do not have access to nutritious food – lacking either the money to buy it or the land or other means to grow it – not because of an insufficiency of food produced, GM or otherwise.

As the US Department of Agriculture states, there is no consistent evidence to show that GM crops increase crop yield.

The real scandal is not opposition to GM crops, but why GM continues to get funding and political support when it is failing to deliver; when the plethora of innovative and sustainable agricultural practices delivering real solutions for farmers, communities and the environment globally get minimal support.

Clare Oxborrow
Friends of the Earth

Peter Melchett
Soil Association

Professor Andy Stirling
Sussex University

Professor Brian Wynne
Lancaster University

Claire Robinson
GM Watch

Liz O’Neill
GM Freeze

Pat Thomas
Beyond GM

Mike Small
Fife Diet

Colin Tudge
Campaign for Real Farming

lunes, marzo 23, 2015

El Salvador Farmers Successfully Defy Monsanto

Farmers in El Salvador are acutely aware of the importance of producing their own seeds, and avoiding those from the bioengineering giant. The farmers, who have already been consistently outperforming Monsanto with their seed, as the local seed is far healthier and more productive, have just managed to bring about a giant defeat of Monsanto by preventing it from supplying El Salvador with its seeds. Recently, the Ministry of Agriculture released a new round of contracts to provide seed to subsistence farmers across the country.

"Remember that Monsanto is together with DuPont, Pioneer, all the large businesses that control the world's seed market," said Juan Luna Vides, the director of diversified production for the Mangrove Association, a nongovernmental organization that was created to support a grassroots social movement for environmental conservation in El Salvador. "Unfortunately, many of the governments in Latin America, or perhaps the world, have beneficiary relationships with these companies."

viernes, marzo 20, 2015

No, Monsanto NO compró a Blackwater

Gente, me estoy cansando de repetirlo: Monsanto NO compró la firma de seguridad privada Blackwater. ¿A qué se debe la insistencia en seguir repitiendo ese embuste? ¿Por qué repiten como papagayo y le dan "forward" y "share" a informaciones sin verificarlas? ¿Es demasiado pedir que activistas tengan un poquito de seriedad e integridad en el manejo de la información?