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Filmmakers: Glenn Ellis and Guido Bilbao For much of the past decade Argentina has seen a commodities-driven export boom, built largely on genetically-modified soy bean crops and the aggressive use of pesticides. Argentina's leaders say it has turned the country's economy around, while others say the consequences are a dramatic surge in cancer rates, birth defects and land theft. People & Power investigates if Argentina's booming soy industry is a disaster in the making. By Glenn Ellis As I flew in to Buenos Aires to make this film, all the talk was of President Cristina Kirchner’s latest gambit.
Reports trying to create doubts about organic agriculture are suddenly flooding the media. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, people are fed up of the corporate assault of toxics and GMOs.
Die Allianz ist die Nummer eins in Deutschland. Leider nicht nur unter den Versicherungen, sondern auch bei der Spekulation mit Nahrungsmitteln. In fünf Fonds hat die Allianz rund sechs Milliarden Euro in Agrarrohstoffen angelegt. Spekulation mit Nahrungsmitteln ist maßgeblich mitverantwortlich für extreme Preisschwankungen und Hunger in armen Ländern.
New Delhi, India - The seed is the first link in the food chain - and seed sovereignty is the foundation of food sovereignty. If farmers do not have their own seeds or access to open pollinated varieties that they can save, improve and exchange, they have no seed sovereignty - and consequently no food sovereignty. The deepening agrarian and food crisis has its roots in changes in the seed supply system, and the erosion of seed diversity and seed sovereignty.
Last week Monsanto announced staggering profits from 2012 to celebratory shareholders while American farmers filed into Washington, DC to challenge the Biotech giant’s right to sue farmers whose fields have become contaminated with Monsanto’s seeds. On January 10 oral arguments began before the U.S. Court of Appeals to decide whether to reverse the cases' dismissal last February. Monsanto's earnings nearly doubled analysts' projections and its total revenue reached $2.94bn at the end of 2012.