SEED POLICIES & GENETICALLY MODIFIED CROPS

Genetically modified crops remain controversial in much of the world, and for good reason. Some fear that GM food has not been proven to be safe, while others point to evidence of widespread environmental damage – habitat destruction, weed and pest resistance, and contamination of native food crops from uncontrolled genetic drift. Monsanto and other seed/chemical companies argue that their technologies are needed to feed the world. With the backing of the U.S. and other governments, they are demanding the “modernization” of seed laws and regulations to allow these companies to freely market their seeds and technologies in developing countries where the vast majority of food is produced with seeds saved from the previous harvest not bought on the commercial market. Such seed laws threaten to outlaw the free saving, exchange, and sale of native seeds while opening the door to GM seeds now rejected by most developing countries.

Corporate-sponsored seed laws threaten to outlaw the free saving, exchange, and sale of native seeds while opening the door to genetically modified seeds now rejected by most developing countries.

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October 25, 2019

Thanks to a union of land cooperatives, people in Puebla have food sovereignty and education in Nahuatl instead of mega-projects and a Walmart.

Originally Published on Yes! Magazine, October 24, 2019

In Cuetzalán, a collection of remote villages in the northeastern corner of the Mexican state of Puebla, I visited a remarkable union of cooperatives that is achieving food sovereignty through agroecology. The Tosepan Titatanis...

June 6, 2019

Photo: Enrique Pérez S/ANEC

Originally published on Medium, June 6, 2019

I was surprised to find seed giant Monsanto almost everywhere I went to research my book, Eating Tomorrow. But my closest encounter came early, during a five-hour meeting in 2014 with six Monsanto executives in the company’s high-rise office in Mexico. Monsanto and other seed companies were trying to open Mexico to genetically modified corn. At the time of...

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