Uploaded on Jun 26, 2007
Monsanto Indian Farmer Suicide
Uploaded on Jun 26, 2007
Monsanto Indian Farmer Suicide
We speak with world-renowned environmental leader and thinker, Vandana Shiva. A physicist and ecologist, Shiva is author of many books, her latest is “Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace.” [includes rush transcript]
In India, more than three hundred farmers climbed water tanks in the country’s central Vidarbha region, many of them threatening to commit suicide unless the government fulfilled their demands to lift them out of poverty. Throughout India, more and more troubled farmers are killing themselves. Up to three farmers a day swallow pesticides, hang themselves from trees, drown themselves in rivers, set themselves on fire or jump down wells. Many of them are plagued by debt, poor crops and hopelessness.
Food Inc – Official Trailer
“Every time history repeats itself the price goes up.”
Surviving Progress presents the story of human advancement as awe-inspiring and double-edged. It reveals the grave risk of running the 21st century’s software — our know-how — on the ancient hardware of our primate brain which hasn’t been upgraded in 50,000 years. With rich imagery and immersive soundtrack, filmmakers Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks launch us on journey to contemplate our evolution from cave-dwellers to space explorers.
Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, “A Short History Of Progress” inspired this film, reveals how civilizations are repeatedly destroyed by “progress traps” — alluring technologies serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. With intersecting stories from a Chinese car-driving club, a Wall Street insider who exposes an out-of-control, environmentally rapacious financial elite, and eco-cops defending a scorched Amazon, the film lays stark evidence before us. In the past, we could use up a region’s resources and move on. But if today’s global civilization collapses from over-consumption, that’s it. We have no back-up planet.
Surviving Progress brings us thinkers who have probed our primate past, our brains, and our societies. Some amplify Wright’s urgent warning, while others have faith that the very progress which has put us in jeopardy is also the key to our salvation. Cosmologist Stephen Hawking looks to homes on other planets. Biologist Craig Venter, whose team decoded the human genome, designs synthetic organisms he hopes will create artificial food and fuel for all.
Distinguished Professor of Environment Vaclav Smil counters that five billion “have-nots” aspire to our affluent lifestyle and, without limits on the energy and resource-consumption of the “haves”, we face certain catastrophe. Others — including primatologist Jane Goodall, author Margaret Atwood, and activists from the Congo, Canada, and USA — place their hope in our ingenuity and moral evolution.
Surviving Progress leaves us with a challenge: To prove that making apes smarter was not an evolutionary dead-end.
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Take the time to research what GMO’s are doing to you and the environment.
GM Corn Varieties on Mammalian Health
GMO are killing the Bees
Monsanto’s GMO Corn Linked To Organ Failure
Union Of Concerned Scientists have some excellent reports and resources:
Failure to Yield: their investigation into the biotechnology industry’s claims that GM will produce higher yields
Gone to Seed: investigation into contamination of traditional seeds by Genetically Engineered crops:
Institute on Responsible Technology- have consumer guides to avoiding GMOs, lists of ingredients that have a high likelihood of genetic modification.
The NON GMO Shopping Guide
A genetically modified organism is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. The term GMO is very close to the technical legal term, ‘living modified organism’ defined in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which regulates international trade in living GMOs.
This article focuses on what organisms have been genetically engineered, and for what purposes. The article on genetic engineering focuses on the history and methods of genetic engineering, and on applications of genetic engineering and of GMOs. Both articles cover much of the same ground but with different organizations.
Uploaded on Apr 29, 2009
MONSANTO IS EVIL !
These folks are pushing Genetically Modified crops (GMO’s) onto the Third World in the name of ending hunger, much as the Rockefellers did with the ‘Green Revolution’ that was used to open world markets to chemical and hybrid agriculture.
Multi-Billion $$ Monsanto Sues More Small Family Farmers !
Hundreds of the farmers around the world who are being forced to pay Monsanto to have their fields contaminated by genetically modified organisms.
Taxpayers Forced to Fund Monsanto’s Poisoning of Third World :
Monsanto has also been implicated in the indiscriminate sale and use of RoundUp Ultra in the anti-drug fumigation efforts of Plan Colombia. Of the some $1.3 billion of taxpayers’ money earmarked for Plan Colombia, Monsanto has received upwards of $25 million for providing RoundUp Ultra.
Damaged Banana CropsRoundUp Ultra is a highly concentrated version of Monsanto’s glyphosate herbicide, with additional surfactants to increases its lethality. Local communities and human rights organizations charge that Ultra is destroying food crops, water sources and protected areas in the Andes, primarily Colombia.
Paradoxically, the use of RoundUp Ultra has actually increased coca cultivation in the Andes. As local farming communities are increasingly impacted by RoundUp Ultra fumigations, many turn to the drug trade as a means of economic survival. Regional NGOs have estimated that almost 200,000 hectares have been fumigated with Ultra under Plan Colombia.
Monsanto Hid PCB Pollution for Decades.
Monsanto in the News : http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm
The Corporation Continues to Refuse Compensation to Veterans and Families for Exposure to the Toxic Chemical !
Monsanto’s Roundup Pesticide Killing Wheat !
Monsanto Takes Ownership of Public Water Resources !
Monsanto’s GE Seeds are Pushing US Agriculture into Bankruptcy !
Scientist Warning of Health Hazards of Monsanto’s Herbicide Receives Threats !
Monsanto’s Crops Spawning Superweed Epidemic in U.S. !
Mexico City Government Vows to Protect Native Corn Varieties from GMO Contamination !
And many many more … http://www.organicconsumers.org/monlink.cfm
Published on Nov 9, 2012
Carlos Sere, Chief Development Strategist at the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), speaks to Farming First on site at the African Green Revolution Forum 2012, discussing the need to put smallholder farmers first and how to protect smallholder farmers with safety nets.
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