October 16, 2016 by Angelica Pago – 13 October, 2016
A symbolic trial being held in The Hague, Netherlands this week could shape the future of the food we eat. Agrochemical giant, Monsanto, faces people who have suffered from the corporation’s approach to agriculture. Communities around the world are lining up to hold Monsanto to account for their alleged atrocities against humanity and the environment.
Here are five reasons to support the international tribunal against Monsanto:
1. If you eat, this is your fight
You eat, so you’re involved. Hopefully you’re eating three square meals a day, but chances are you don’t know how, or even where, that food was grown. We have become disconnected from one of the basic necessities of our lives. That’s why, on World Food Day (16 October), we’re taking back control.
2. Farmers need your support
As food production becomes more commercialised, we lose touch with what we eat and farmers lose control over what’s grown and how. It doesn’t have to be this way.
Together we can tip the balance of power away from the likes of Monsanto and Bayer – whose merger will create a mega-corporation that will seize more control over the world’s food supply.
Let’s put power back in the hands of the people who grow our food – the farmers who toil every day so that we can all enjoy the food we love.
3. A better food system is possible
The industrial scale of agriculture today has broken our food system. Giant agri-businesses fail to take into account the health of the environment and the communities who depend on it. Monoculture and dependence on chemical fertilizers and pesticides are taking its toll on the planet, animals and us.
It’s time to make the switch to ecological farming – to a system based on innovation and science that not only respects biodiversity, keeps carbon in the ground and rebuilds soil fertility, but also sustains yields and provides a secure livelihood for farming communities. We need a food system that puts people, not corporations, at its heart.
4. Become part of an amazing movement
The Tribunal brings together people of different nationalities, ages and walks of life to discuss, plan and take action. Doctors from Germany, scientists from India, academics from France, farmers from Mexico and lawyers from across the world are meeting in The Hague, united in determination to reclaim food and farming from corporate control.
5. Protect your children’s food
Are you happy to let the next generation eat unhealthy, chemical loaded, processed food? Or would you rather your child enjoy earth’s natural bounties and defend the land that grows them?
The future of food depends on the stand we take today. Show your support for the Monsanto Tribunal.
Angelica Carballo Pago is a media campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia based in Manila, the Philippines.
October 16, 2016 by: J. D. Heyes
(NaturalNews) This year’s choice of presidential candidates being offered by the two major political parties could not be more unorthodox, and clearly there are things about both of them not to like.
GOP presidential nominee Donald J. Trump is lewd, has no filter whatsoever and prone to saying (and tweeting) whatever immediately comes into his mind. Not a politician, Trump is the last person many Republicans thought they’d see atop their party’s ticket in 2016.
Then there’s Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, one of the most dishonest, scandal-ridden and unexciting candidates that has ever run for the nation’s highest office. But what makes her especially unappealing is her “insider/establishment” pedigree.
For instance, in recent days, thanks to data dumps by whistleblower site WikiLeaks, we now know that she has conspired with the power-hungry elite and globalists to produce a “compliant citizenry” that does what they’re told, when they’re told, and never questions authority. These are the people ‘advising’ Clinton and will no doubt be part of her administration.
‘Bride of Frankenfood’ has a history of Monsanto collusion
Part of citizen compliance, of course, has to do with “conspiring” with major corporations like Monsanto to poison our food chain, dumb down the people and ensure that any ill-effects from said food chain destruction is kept hidden.
“Hillary Rodham Clinton’s ties to agribusiness giant Monsanto, and her advocacy for the industry’s genetically modified crops, have environmentalists in Iowa calling her ‘Bride of Frankenfood’” reported the Washington Times in May 2015. “A large faction of women voiced strong support for Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy until the GMO issue came up, prompting them to switch allegiances to Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont, a liberal stalwart challenging her for the Democratic nomination.”
There’s more, however. Clinton repeated all of Monsanto’s favorite talking points at the 2014 Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) conference. In her speech she said she is in favor of using the company’s GMO seeds and other products that have a “proven track record,” even though there are no statistics to justify such broad praise. In fact, if anything, Monsanto’s Roundup has been associated with the creation of superweeds that are harder to kill and are now encroaching on more crop acreage, forcing agricultural operations to use as much as 10 times the amount of toxic herbicides that would be used otherwise on normal, non-GMO crops.
As TruthWiki notes further:
Hillary tries to bleed together GMO with hybrids (traditional natural breeding methods), a typical miseducation and disinformation conversation many other biotech shills use for propaganda, such as Bill Nye, the science fraud guy, and Neal DeGrasse Tyson, also a known biotech huckster. Clinton goes so far as to say during her “BIO” presentation that all anti-GMO people are anti-science idiots who can’t comprehend the “facts.”
Trump has no history of destroying the country’s clean food supply
There is even more. Clinton hired Jerry Crawford, a prominent long-time Monsanto lobbyist, to run her current presidential campaign. He is reportedly the force behind Monsanto’s regular efforts to haul small farmers into court, in order to protect the company’s growing monopoly on the world’s seed market. Also, Clinton’s one-time law office, the Rose Law Firm, represented Monsanto and other agri-business companies.
Besides her ties to Monsanto and the influence the corporate giant would wield in a Clinton administration, Hillary is a big believer and pusher of phony climate change/global warming, the narrative of which has changed back and forth from “global cooling” to “global warming” and then to just “climate change” so that she and every other climate hoaxer can claim any severe weather event is due to man-made activity.
So while both presidential candidates may have a list of undesirables, one – Trump – at least does not have a political history of selling the country’s food supply out to corporate interests who care nothing about clean food.