Barbara H. Peterson on March 24th, 2015

resistencia-monsantoJulian Rose

Something rather remarkable is happening in the middle of Poland’s capital, Warsaw, and it’s not exactly a capital city spectacle. In fact, rather the opposite.

Tucked-away under a line of trees, opposite the Prime Minister’s Palace in Central Warsaw, is a small ramshackle camp, comprising two tents, a Second World War wood fired mobile cooking apparatus, some chairs and benches, a pile of logs and a number of banners, posters and logos.

This is ‘Green City’ a symbolic and actual site of occupation by farmers fighting to save their livelihood and way of life. At the time of writing, it is in its 28th day of existence – and it isn’t planning on going anywhere, in spite of the fact that it is illegal and suffering under a daily fine imposed by the Polish government. A fine which is, in many ways, a small replication of what is happening on a much bigger scale to farming communities throughout the European Economic Community and beyond.

At Green City, a name affectionately bequeathed upon the camp site by local Warsaw well-wishers, the fourth shift is taking place. A group of thirty farmers is replacing another similar sized group which has been ‘in residence’ for the last week.

A huddle of farmers gather around as hot vegetable soup is served from the wood fired dispenser. Conversations break-out with supporters who arrive sporadically with gifts of food and other items. In amongst the protesting farmers is Edward Kosmal, the owner of a mixed family farm in Zachodniopomorskie Province in North West Poland, and leader of the resistance to the ‘land grabs’ that are taking place there.

A strongly built, quiet and thoughtful man, Kosmal has resolutely refused to give-in to government intransigence and deafness to the farmer’s calls for fair treatment. His emergence as farmer’s leader is both welcome and necessary. A steady and determined hand on the helm is critical to the staying- power of this grass roots uprising which has already been hailed as the single largest farmers protest to have ever taken place in Poland. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on March 24th, 2015

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Barbara H. Peterson on March 18th, 2015

Dusty Bullying

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Barbara H. Peterson on March 17th, 2015

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GMWATCH

Suit alleges that Syngenta violated the Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, which is usually used to fight organized crime

1. Arkansas farmers say Syngenta tainted grain supply to promote GMO
2. Syngenta corn case draws comparison to Riceland lawsuit

1. Arkansas farmers say Syngenta tainted grain supply to promote GMO

by Jan Cottingham
Arkansas Business, Feb 23, 2015
http://www.arkansasbusiness.com/article/103521/arkansas-farmers-say-syngenta-tainted-grain-supply-to-promote-gmo?page=all

At least a dozen Arkansas farmers have joined hundreds of farmers in 19 other states in almost 800 lawsuits against Swiss seed maker Syngenta over genetically modified corn seed, a case that has been widely reported in the media.

But one of the lawsuits, filed on behalf of two Newport farms, contains a previously unreported twist: an allegation that Syngenta, a global agribusiness, has engaged in a criminal conspiracy to contaminate the U.S. corn crop to force China, other nations that buy U.S. corn and U.S. farmers to accept genetically modified corn. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on March 17th, 2015

gavel-hiJon Rappoport

No More Fake News

“It doesn’t take a genius to realize you don’t necessarily win a court case on the merits. But it’s a stomping ground, a place where challenges can be issued and Constitutional principles can be dusted off and exposed. It’s a venue where new arguments can, from time to time, gain traction. The courts are places where truthful PR operations can be initiated. Of course the game is rigged. Of course the system is corrupt. But hammering at the foundations of the corruption—if enough legal players catch on and join in—can have an effect. A court can function as a tabloid scandal sheet: here, have a look at the criminals who pose as guardians of Justice…” (The Underground, Jon Rappoport)

What is now happening on Maui gives me the impetus to write this brief, which applies over a much wider area than the Monsanto-Maui lawsuit.

In that lawsuit, Monsanto/Dow are seeking to nullify Maui County voters, who passed a ballot-resolution temporarily blocking those corporations from carrying forward their GMO/pesticide experiments in the “open-air laboratory” of Maui County.

Monsanto and Dow are basically arguing that state and federal laws regulating agriculture supersede county laws.

Beyond that wrangle sits the more basic fact: what Dow and Monsanto have been doing on Maui is human experimentation; the GMOs and pesticides are new, they are not commercial varieties.

This is not “agriculture.” This is a researcher-human guinea pig relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barbara H. Peterson on March 16th, 2015

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Beyond GM

March 5, 2015

In an acclaimed new book launched at a press conference in London yesterday, American public interest attorney Steven Druker exposed how the US government and leading scientific institutions have systematically misrepresented the facts about GMOs and the scientific research that casts doubt on their safety. Read the rest of this entry »

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