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Did Monsanto Write Malawi’s Seed Policy?

Originally published by Food Tank on 08/23/2017 Photo courtesy of Timothy A. Wise In late July, a short article was published in a Malawian newspaper: “Press Release on Organization of Seed Fairs.” Issued by the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development, in conjunction with the Seed Traders Association of Malawi, the short statement advised the public that “only quality certified seed suppliers registered with Government to produce and/or market seed should be allowed to display seed at such events.” The release was signed by Bright Kumwembe for the Agriculture Ministry. I received this news in the United States as I prepared a research trip to Malawi, and I was shocked. Mal

10 Years Ago, Connecticut Got Big Money Out of Its Elections. Now Democrats Are Gutting the Program.

The landmark public financing system is under threat. Most Americans recognize that our democracy is under assault by big money. According to a 2015 NYT/CBS poll, a full 84 percent of Americans believe money has too much influence in our elections, and 85 percent want fundamental changes to our campaign financing system. Last year, 10 ballot initiatives to enact democracy reform passed across the country, from liberal cities such as Berkeley and San Francisco to the deep red state of South Dakota. These initiatives ranged from campaign contribution limits to lobbying restrictions to arguably the most important method of cleaning up our elections: public financing. This upswell is encouraging

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