In the news…
From New York Times: “Who is steering this fear and global paranoia about the G.M. cotton and all these G.M. crops?” said Hans P. Binswanger-Mkhize, a South African agriculture consultant. “Show us where the corpses are — the corpses of earthworms, the corpses of bees, the corpses of antelopes and the corpses of humans. Nobody has yet ever shown us a corpse.” Unless we have corpses–an rather extreme measure of failure, for sure–we are unable to suggest that GMOs might be detrimental to health, community, environment, and livelihoods? This article offers a mainstream perspective that we encounter all too often–the urgency of need in the Global South due to insufficiencies and population growth. We are thus asked to put aside histories, experiences, and questions, and promote a new Green Revolution as an answer to (rather than a cause of) hunger.
From Inter-Press Service: “A new Green Revolution that is truly green is needed to prevent efforts to eradicate hunger colliding with climate change goals, environmentalists say.” A must-read article that discusses the inability of industrial agricultural systems to persist, particularly in tropical environments, in light of climate change. This counters the previous article by encouraging us to see the Global North’s urgent need to learn from the Global South’s agricultural systems, practices, and preservation of biodiversity.
From GRAIN: “From 23 – 31 May 2009, the African Biodiversity Network (ABN) have gathered together near Mount Kenya, 25 organisations from 10 countries that work with farmers and local communities on the issues of biodiversity, food sovereignty, livelihoods, climate change, traditional knowledge, culture and community rights in Africa.” A months old, yet still powerful and relevant, declaration and demand for the rejection of false solutions such as GMOs, agrofuels, and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa. “ABN believes that the solutions to climate change and hunger are the same: healthy resilient communities depend on healthy resilient ecosystems and biodiversity.”