Daily Archives: May 24, 2014

Post-Modern Agriculture for a Post-Modern World: John Robinson MD, PhD

TEDx Talks

Published on May 24, 2014

How do beliefs, values, and history frame the post-modern worldview? Dr. Robinson contrasts the beliefs and values of modernism and postmodernism, and illustrates their differences using examples from art, architecture, society, human health, and agriculture. He also discusses sustainable agriculture in relation to the post-modern worldview. The specific value propositions in postmodern agriculture are discussed and illustrated through grass-based agriculture and entrepreneurship.

John holds a BA in Biophysics from the Johns Hopkins University. He also received a MD and a PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Robinson is an Assistant Professor at South Dakota State University. His laboratory performs NIH-funded research on the pathophysiology of heart failure. He is also the Managing Partner at NuAgra, a company promoting the mutual interdependence of human, animal, and environmental health.

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The battle for the World Wide Web

A controversial new set of rules from FCC to govern the use of broadband and the Internet has infuriated the cyber world.

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“Monsanto and government merge into one” – anti-Monsanto protests planned worldwide


RT America

Published on May 11, 2013

An international protest is planned for May 25 against biotechnology company Monsanto in six continents and demonstrations are planned in tens of countries. Monsanto, a titan of the emerging biotech industry, has come under attack from environmentalists, agriculturalists and average consumers over the company’s conduct in the realm of genetically-modified organisms and genetically-engineered foods. Despite research on the effects of GMO crops being largely considered inconclusive, Monsanto has lobbied hard in Washington and around the globe to be able to continue manufacturing lab-made foods without the oversight that many have demanded. Nick Bernabe , the director of Social network “March against Monsanto” joins us for more.

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Monsanto taking over America’s agriculture: New victory in Supreme Court


RT America

Published on May 13, 2013

A battle between Monsanto and an Indiana farmer ended on Monday after the Supreme Court found Vernon Bowman guilty of patent infringement. The 75-year-old farmer is expected to pay approximately $85,000 in damages. Many see this as a major blow against smaller farmers across the country and fear this ruling can threaten the livelihood of thousands of farmers. Patent attorney Mark Walters, who represented the defendant, joins us to discuss the details of the case and what this means for America’s agriculture future.

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Monsanto wins landmark case in Supreme Cour

RT America

Published on May 13, 2013

On Monday, the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of the bio-tech giant Monsanto. In the case, Indiana farmer Vernon Bowman was being accused of seed infringement after he allegedly planted soybean seed without the company’s permission. RT’s Liz Wahl brings us more on the landmark case and how the 75 year-old man violated Monsanto’s patent.

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Monsanto takes over farmer in Supreme Court


RT America

Published on May 14, 2013

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of biotech giant Monsanto, closing the door on a patent case that has pitted a smalltime farmer from Indiana against a titan of the agriculture industry. That was the case with a 75-year old Indiana farmer who took on Monsanto in a Supreme Court matter over patent rights on genetically modified soybean seeds and lost. The Supreme Court unanimously sided
with Monsanto, deciding that Vernon Hugh Bowman had broken patent agreements when he used GMO seeds to produce his own second and third generation crops. RT Correspondent Anastasia Churkina spoke with Mr. Bowman out in the fields of Indiana for an exclusive interview.

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Obama signs ‘Monsanto Protection Act,’ Frankenfish heads to US market

RT America

Published on Mar 28, 2013

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama signed the Agriculture Appropriations Bill into law. Within the legislation exists a provision, “The Monsanto Protection Act,” that has many speculating the future of food in American because it protects genetically modified seeds patents from litigation over health risks. Since Obama signed the bill, nearly 250,000 have signed a petition to President Obama. RT’s Margaret Howell has more on the bill and how “frankenfish” could be making their way into supermarkets across the nation.

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