Altered Genes, Twisted Truth [Book] Steven M. Druker, Clear River Press -- 2015 "How the venture to genetically engineer our food has subverted science, corrupted government, and systematically deceived the public."
Anonymous Companies Against the Public Good TED Talk by Charmian Gooch, Co-Founder & Director, Global Witness -- 03 Mar 2014 "Charmian and Global Witness are calling for governments around the world to pass laws to create registries which list the true owners of companies, and that are open to the public - with no loopholes. At the moment,anonymous companies are aiding and abetting tax evaders, drugs cartels, and arms traders, and helping keep millions of poor people around the world permanently stuck in desperate poverty."
Asunción Declaration: A Resounding NO to GE Trees! Asunción, Paraguay -- 22 Nov 2014 "We, agronomists, biologists, geneticists, Indigenous Peoples, foresters, activists, attorneys, community organizers, ecologists and others coming together on 22 November 2014 in Asunción, Paraguay from Northern and Southern Asia, South Pacific Islands, Western Africa, Europe, and South, Central and North America, stand together in our rejection of all genetically engineered trees, including field trials."
Ban GMOs Now: Health and Environmental Hazards Especially in Light of the New Genetics Dr. Mae-Wan Ho & Dr. Eva Sirinathsinghji, Institute of Science in Society -- 2013
Clever Name, Losing Game? How Climate Smart Agriculture is Sowing Confusion in the Food Movement Teresa Anderson, ActionAid International -- Sep 2014 "There are no meaningful criteria for what can – or cannot – be called ‘Climate Smart.’ Practices or corporations that are destructive to the climate, the environment, and to farmers, are free to use the term. Furthermore, there are no social safeguards to prevent so-called ‘Climate Smart’ activities from carrying out land grabbing, undermining farmers’ livelihoods, pulling farmers into debt, or even suing them for seed saving."
Climate Change: A Planet in Flux [scientific article] John P. Smol, Nature -- 2012
Climate-Smart Greenwash: Why we Reject the Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture [NGO open letter to the UN Climate Summit, 23 Sep 2014]-- Sep 2014 "The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture ... will not deliver the solutions that we so urgently need. Instead, “climate-smart” agriculture provides a dangerous platform for corporations to implement the very activities we oppose. By endorsing the activities of the planet’s worst climate offenders in agribusiness and industrial agriculture, the Alliance will undermine the very objectives that it claims to aim for."
Do African Farmers Need the CAADP? (Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme) Paula Cardoso, Joint Publication by The PEOPLE'S DIALOGUE & The Trust for Community Outreach and Education -- June 2013
Don't Be Fooled! Civil Society Says NO to "Climate Smart Agriculture” and Urges Decision-Makers to Support AgroEcology -- Sep 2015 "... we share deep concerns about the growing influence and agenda of so-called “Climate-Smart Agriculture” (CSA) and the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture (GACSA). Climate change is the biggest and the most urgent threat our societies face. We need a radical transformation of our food systems away from an industrial model and its false solutions, and toward food sovereignty, local food systems, and integral agrarian reform in order to achieve the full realization of the human right to adequate food and nutrition. We therefore urge decision-makers at country and UN levels to reject the dangerous rhetoric of Climate-Smart Agriculture."
Dossier: New Economy of Nature Heinrich Böll Stiftung-The Green Policitcal Foundation -- 2016 "The call for an economic valuation of nature is linked to the demand for a more flexible implementation of environmental laws and regulations. This approach particularly benefits sectors with business models that require the exploitation of nature."
Failure to Yield: Evaluating the Performance of Genetically Engineered Crops Doug Gurian-Sherman, Union of Concerned Scientists -- 2009
Farmers Rights:Open Letter to the Secretary of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture -- 18 Sep 2014 Signed by 54 NGOs from around the world.
Feeding the World: Genetically Modified Crops versus Agricultural Biodiversity Sven-Erik Jacobsen, Marten Sørensen, Søren Marcus Pedersen, Jacob Weiner, Agronomy for Sustainable Development -- Mar 2013
Feeding the World Without GMO Crops Emily Cassidy, Environmental Working Group -- Mar 2015 "Biotech companies and proponents of conventional, industrial agriculture have touted genetically engineered crops ... as the key to feeding a more populous, wealthier world, but recent studies show that this promise has fallen flat."
Food Businesses and the Right to Food Olivier de Shutter, Article for the Food Ethics Council -- Winter 2013 Volume 8 Issue 4 "It is ... essential to consider how the sourcing, pricing, and wage policies of commodity buyers, food processors and retailers are aligned with the requirements of the right to food."
Genetic Modification Trails Conventional Breeding By Far [Article] Institute of Science in Society -- 15 Oct 2014 "Researchers have created conventionally bred varieties tolerant to drought and low nitrogen soils that can reduce poverty in 13 African countries by up to 9 %, far outperforming anything that genetic modification has achieved."
Global Forest Watch -- Dynamic, Online Map World Resources Institute -- Launched 20 Feb 2014 Global Forest Watch is a"dynamic online forest monitoring and alert system that empowers people everywhere to better manage forests .... it unites satellite technology, open data, and crowdsourcing to guarantee access to timely and reliable information about forests. GFW is free and follows an open data approach in putting decision-relevant information in the hands of governments, companies, NGOs, and the public.
GM Crops Won't Help African Farmers Million Belay (Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa) and Ruth Nyambura (African Biodiversity Network), Poverty Matters Blog, The Guardian (UK) -- 24 June 2013
GM Myths and Truths: An Evidence-Based Examination of the Claims Made for the Safety & Efficacy of Genetically Modified Crops Michael Antoniou, Claire Robinson, John Fagan, Earth Open Source -- June 2012
See also: GMO Safety: Physicians Take On the Biotech Industry Brian Moench, Truthout (Op-Ed) -- 24 Sep 2015
Hazardous Harvest: Genetically Modified Crops in South Africa, 2008-2012 African Centre for Biosafety -- 2012
Healthy Environment, Healthy People: Thematic Report Ministerial policy review session Second session of the United Nations Environment Assembly of the United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi -- 23-27 May 2016
International Contradictions on Farmers' Rights: The interrelations between the International Treaty, its Article 9 on Farmers’ Rights, and Relevant Instruments of UPOV and WIPO The Berne Declaration and the Third World Network -- Oct 2015 "'Farmers’ rights' is a core component of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (hereafter referred to as “the Treaty”), and as such its full implementation is a prerequisite for achieving the Treaty’s objectives. It is enshrined in the Treaty’s Article 9. However, there is much concern that the activities of UPOV and WIPO are not supportive of farmers’ rights, and even undermine those rights, thereby hindering the implementation of the Treaty’s provisions."
IPES-Food - International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems [Website] "The International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) brings together expert voices representing different disciplines and different types of knowledge, to inform the policy debate on how to reform food systems across the world. The Panel will look at issues like under-nutrition, obesity, rural livelihood insecurity and environmental degradation through an integrated food systems lens ..."
Low-Carbon Africa: Leapfrogging to a Green Future Alison Doig and Mohamed Adow, Christian Aid UK -- 2011
Meat Atlas: Facts and Figures About the Animals We Eat Deals with many aspects of meat production like health, animal protection, food safety, agriculture, trade, environment, climate impacts and more. Heinrich Böll Siftung, Friends of the Earth Europe - Jan 2014
More Than Honey [Film] (see also "Vanishing of the Bees" below) Over the past 15 years, colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world, but the causes of the disaster remain unknown. 80% of plant species require bees to be pollinated. Without bees, fruits and vegetables could disappear from the earth. 99 minutes A film by Markus Imhoof, Kino Lorber, Inc, Switzerland -- 2013
No Future Without Justice: Report of the Civil Society Reflection Group on Global Development Perspectives Dag Hammarskjöld Foundation, Development Dialogue, No 59 -- June 2012
No Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety [statement] Portuguese Version European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility (ENSSER) -- 24 Jan 2015 "Claims that there is a consensus among scientific and governmental bodies that GM foods are safe, or that they are no more risky than non-GM foods, are false.'
Nuanced rhetoric and the path to poverty: AGRA, small-scale farmers, and seed and soil fertility in Tanzania African Centre for Biosafety -- 17 Mar 2015 "This research report arises from a three-year research programme, which the African Centre for Biosafety is conducting, to investigate the impacts of Green Revolution technologies in Africa on small-scale farmers. The focus is on seed and soil fertility, and we aim to track the work of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in particular."
Pope Francis to Popular Movements Vatican Information Service -- 10 July 2015 "There exists ... a system which, while irresponsibly accelerating the pace of production, while using industrial and agricultural methods which damage Mother Earth in the name of 'productivity', continues to deny many millions of our brothers and sisters their most elementary economic, social and cultural rights."
REDD-Monitor [Website] Analyzes and critiques the Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) mechanism that has been under negotiation by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) since 2005. [Note: The now commonly used term REDD + "goes beyond deforestation and forest degradation, and includes the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks"] See UN-REDD Programme.
Rising to the Challenge: Changing Course to Feed the World in 2050 Timothy A. Wise and Kristen Sundell, ActionAid USA -- Oct 2013 "Estimates of our ability to “feed the world” rely primarily on global estimates of supply and demand, yet ecosystems, agricultural production, and hunger occur at local and regional levels. As a result, global estimates of “our” ability to feed “the world” quickly break down, begging the more important questions of how food systems develop across widely differing landscapes, societies, and levels of economic development, and how equitably the food is distributed. In the end, “the world” is not fed in aggregate, and there is no collective “we” doing the feeding."
Running to Stand Still: Small-Scale Farmers and the Green Revolution in Malawi African Centre for Biosafety -- Oct 2014 "Malawi has been hailed as a Green Revolution success story. But a closer look reveals farmers trapped in a cycle of debt and dependency on costly external inputs, and an eroding natural resource base."
Sacred Voices: What Our Sacred Natural Sites Mean to Us [Video] The GAIA Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network -- 2012
Soy Story: Factory Farming, Land Grabs and the Destruction of Argentina [Video] The world’s reliance on soy to feed factory farmed animals is having a devastating impact. In Argentina, ’Big Soy’ production is ruining lands and lives. 12:14 minutes Compassion in World Farming -- 2013
Spinning Food: How Food Industry Front Groups and Covert Communications are Shaping the Story of Food Kari Hamerschlag, Anna Lappé, Stacy Malkan, Friends of the Earth -- June 2015 Our new report, "Spinning food," investigates how Big Food and agrochemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public -- and reporters -- on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production.
State of Power 2014: Exposing the Davos Class [Collection of essays] Transnational Institute -- 2014 "This anthology exposes and analyses the principal power-brokers, members of the “Davos class”, who have caused financial, economic, social and ecological crises worldwide. Unless we know which elites control our wealth and resources, understand how they influence political and social processes, and can identify the systems, structures and policies by which they maintain their power, TNI believes our hopes for advancing social and environmental justice are slim. Justice demands a recalibration of power and that requires us to better understand it.
Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World's Food System Raj Patel, Melville House -- 2008
Sustainable Pulse [Website] Sustainable Pulse is owned and maintained by a group of concerned citizens and scientists. Sustainable Pulse provides the general public with the latest global news on GMOs, Sustainable Food and Sustainable Agriculture from our network of worldwide sources.
The Case Against GMOs: An Environmental Investor's View of the Threat to our Global Food Systems Portfolio 21 -- Sep 2014 "While genetic modification as a tool is neither inherently negative or positive, the history of its use indicates that the GM product is largely deployed to increase short-term profits for agricultural biotech corporations at the expense of consumers, small farmers, and the environment."
The Future Climate of Amazonia: Scientific Assessment Report Antonio Donato Nobre, Articulación Regional
Amazônica, Brazil -- Oct 2014 "The forest is a spectacular technological park of nature, a living complex, a powerful, versatile factory of environmental services. Any call made for the valuation of the forest must embrace this intrinsic value."
The GMO Emperor Has No Clothes: A Global Citizens' Report on the State of GMOs -- False Promises, Failed Technologies Dr. Vandana Shiva, Navdanya, Debbie Barker, Centre for Food Safety, Caroline Lockhart, Navdanya International -- 2011
The Green Economy: Giving Immunity to Criminals Joanna Cabello, World Rainforest Movement, Bulletin 222 -- 21 Mar 2016 "Mechanisms under the “Green Economy”, like REDD or biodiversity offsets, are top-down approaches which ensure that the power of how to define “nature”, how to “value” it and how to “protect” it remains in the same corporate and state hands that allowed and benefited from its degradation."
The Kamburu Story: A Community-Led Response to Climate Change [video] The African Biodiversity Network and the GAIA Foundation -- 2011
The Rise of Environmental Crime: A Growing Threat to Natural Resources, Peace, Development and Security UPEP-Interpol Rapid Response Assessment, Christian Nellemann (Editor in Chief) et al -- 2016 “The rise of environmental crime across the world is deeply troubling. The vast sums of money generated from these despicable crimes are fuelling insecurity and keeping highly sophisticated international criminal gangs in business. It is essential the world acts now to combat this growing menace before it is too late.”
The Transformative Potential of the Right to Food [Full Report] See Press Release Olivier de Shutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Final Report to the Human Rights Council, Twenty-fifth session, Agenda item 3-- 24 Jan 2014 "The right to food is the right of every individual, alone or in community with others, to have physical and economic access at all times to sufficient, adequate and culturally acceptable food that is produced and consumed sustainably, preserving access to food for future generations."
UnderMining Agriculture: How the Extractive Industries Threaten Our Food Systems The GAIA Foundation -- 2014 "UnderMining Agriculture looks at the real impact of mining - from prospecting and operations through to closure - on agriculture, food production, soil fertility, fresh water systems, the air that we breathe, and our already challenged climate."
Unfolding Truth: Dismantling the World Bank's Myths on Agriculture and Development Alice Martin-Prével, The Oakland Institute -- Oct 2014 "This report challenges and dismantles the mythology and propaganda surrounding the World Bank’s approach to development, especially in agriculture, a domain where the Bank perpetuates the SAPs’ [Structural Adjustment Programs] dogmas and a colonial structure of exploiting developing countries."
Vandana Shiva: Interconnection of All Life on Earth and Related Problems with Corporate Control of Food and Genetically Modified Seeds [Video] Live interview with Bill Moyers, PBS Television, USA -- 13 July 2012
Vanishing of the Bees [Film] (see also "More Than Honey" above) This documentary examines the alarming disappearance of honeybees across the planet and the greater meaning it holds about the relationship between humankind and Earth Mother. 90 Minutes Maryam Henein, George Langworthy -- 2009
Violence Against Indigenous Peoples of Brazil - 2014 Data [Portuguese Version] Missionary Council for Indigenous Peoples (Conselho Indigenista Missionário – Cimi), under the auspices of the National Conference of Bishops of Brasil (Conferência Nacional dos Bispos do Brasil -- 21 Oct 2015 "There is devastating violence against the indigenous peoples in our country. Pain, threats, invasions, torture, daily aggressions express the conditions to which the indigenous peoples are still being submitted. Those are the tragic consequences of the indigenous policies employed by the Brazilian government."
What Works for Women: Proven Approaches for Empowering Women Smallholders and Achieving Food Security Published by Nine International NGOs -- 2012
Wheel of Life: Food, Climate, Human Rights and the Economy Debbie Barker, Center for Food Safety, published by the Heinrich Böll Foundation -- 2011
Who Benefits from GM Crops?: An Industry Built on Myths Myrto Pispini et al, Friends of the Earth International -- April 2014 "This report examines the reality of GM crop production worldwide. It differentiates the claims from the reality, drawing evidence from the experiences of small farmers and communities who live with GM."
Working for the Few: Political Capture and Economic Inequality [Report] (Or See Summary) The wealth of the world is divided in two: almost half going to the richest one percent; the other half to the remaining 99 percent ... Extreme economic inequality and political capture are too often interdependent. Left unchecked, political institutions become undermined and governments overwhelmingly serve the interests of economic elites to the detriment of ordinary people. Oxfam International -- 20 Jan 2014