Daily Archives: August 9, 2019

Mann: ‘Agriculture needs systemic change’ – CNN Video


Professor of Atmospheric Science at Penn State University Michael Mann speaks to Christiane Amanpour about the IPCC latest “Climate Change and Land” report.
Source: CNN


Ex-Techie who is revolutionizing farming | Shankar Venkataraman | The Tribal Box

The Tribal Box
Published on Sep 18, 2018

Shankar was a successful techie in Calfornia, living the Indian dream until his baby girl was hit by eczema, a disease that is caused due to the chemicals in pesticides used to grow food. This turned his world upside down and lead to creating a whole community of organic farmers in his homeland India.


The Heat: Record setting temperatures raise climate concerns

CGTN America
Published on Aug 9, 2019

Heatwaves happen pretty much every summer. But 2019 has been exceptional as records tumble across the northern hemisphere. CGTN’s Owen Fairclough has more in this report.

The Heat: Record setting temperatures raise climate concerns Pt 2

CGTN America
Published on Aug 9, 2019

To discuss all of this, tonight’s panel includes Ma Tianjie, the Beijing managing editor for China Dialogue; Arunabha Ghosh, the founder and CEO of the Council on Energy, Environment and Water; Bob Ward, the policy and communications director at London’s Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and Paul Bledsoe, who served as a climate advisor for U.S. President Bill Clinton and is a strategic adviser for the Progressive Policy Institute.

FOOD FOR THE FUTURE – A Short Documentary

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development
Published on Oct 13, 2017

Ahead of World Food Day, we’re premiering a new documentary film, Food for the Future (#Food4theFuture).
It documents the world’s current food revolution. Global agriculture generates as much greenhouse gas as the worldwide transport sector. Sustainable food production is therefore not a luxury but a necessity for our common future. How can we best balance the need for nutritious and affordable food and that of protecting the environment?



A global food crisis may be less than a decade away | Sara Menker


Published on Oct 26, 2017

Sara Menker quit a career in commodities trading to figure out how the global value chain of agriculture works. Her discoveries have led to some startling predictions: “We could have a tipping point in global food and agriculture if surging demand surpasses the agricultural system’s structural capacity to produce food,” she says. “People could starve and governments may fall.” Menker’s models predict that this scenario could happen in a decade — that the world could be short 214 trillion calories per year by 2027. She offers a vision of this impossible world as well as some steps we can take today to avoid it.


Report: Monsanto Ran Spying and Intimidation Campaign Against Critics

Aug 09, 2019

An explosive new report by The Guardian reveals that U.S. agribusiness giant Monsanto ran a “fusion center” to surveil and discredit journalists and activists who publicly criticized or wrote damning reports about Monsanto’s weed killer Roundup. Documents show Monsanto collected extensive intelligence on the legendary singer-songwriter Neil Young, paid Google to promote search results that cast critics unfavorably, and contacted at least one reporter’s editor in hopes of having her fired. Later in the broadcast, we’ll speak to that reporter, Carey Gillam, as well as Gary Ruskin of the group U.S. Right to Know, which was also targeted by Monsanto.

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I’m a journalist. Monsanto built a step-by-step strategy to destroy my reputation | Carey Gillam | Opinion | The Guardian

Carey Gillam interviews Dewayne ‘Lee’ Johnson, the first cancer patient to beat Monsanto in court. Photograph: Araceli Johnson

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Company records show an action plan that includes promoting certain search results and targeting book reviews

As a journalist who has covered corporate America for more than 30 years, very little shocks me about the propaganda tactics companies often deploy. I know the pressure companies can and do bring to bear when trying to effect positive coverage and limit reporting they deem negative about their business practices and products.

But when I recently received close to 50 pages of internal Monsanto communications about the company’s plans to target me and my reputation, I was shocked.

I knew the company did not like the fact that in my 21 years of reporting on the agrochemical industry – mostly for Reuters – I wrote stories that quoted skeptics as well as fans of Monsanto’s genetically engineered seeds. I knew the company didn’t like me reporting about growing unease in the scientific community regarding research that connected Monsanto herbicides to human and environmental health problems. And I knew the company did not welcome the 2017 release of my book, Whitewash – The Story of a Weed Killer, Cancer and the Corruption of Science, which revealed the company’s actions to suppress and manipulate the science surrounding its herbicide business.

But I never dreamed I would warrant my own Monsanto action plan.

The company records I’ve obtained show a range of actions. One Monsanto plan involved paying for web placement of a blogpost about me so that Monsanto-written information would pop up at the top of certain internet searches involving my name. The correspondence also discussed a need to produce “third party talking points” about me. In addition, Monsanto produced a video to help it amplify company-engineered propaganda about me and my work.

Revealed: how Monsanto’s ‘intelligence center’ targeted journalists and activists

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I even inspired a Monsanto spreadsheet: as part of “Project Spruce”, the “Carey Gillam Book plan” lists more than 20 items, including discussion of how the company might get third parties to post book reviews about Whitewash.

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