Saturday, December 13, 2014


Adepte de Gandhi, Vandana Shiva se bat contre Coca-Cola et pour l'agriculture biologique
Follower of Gandhi, Vandana Shiva fights against Coca-Cola and for organic farming

By Olivier Le Naire published on 13/12/2014 at 13:45
To defend small farmers and
Vandana Shiva calls a "comprehensive approach to our world, where everything is interconnected."

Pierre-Emmanuel Rastoin for L'Express

She is not named Shiva by chance. PhD in physics and a graduate in philosophy, the Indian converted into ecofeminism is fighting for forty years on all fronts.

After organizing a global march against Monsanto and won several major trials, including a deal with Coca-Cola, Vandana Shiva became an anti-globalization icon. Forbes magazine has even ranked among the seven most influential feminists in the world. Meeting with a militant velvet smile and iron will, which for the first time in a book collection of interviews (1).

In forty years, you conducted a wide variety of fighting to defend nature, peasants, women, democracy. All these causes are they linked?

Yes. From my childhood, items that would mobilize my activities were already present. I grew up with the memory of my grandfather, who died in 1956 following a hunger strike to demand that we create a school for girls in my village. This approach seemed senseless at a time when the dominant caste denied women the right to learn. I remember the day when the postman came to bring by bicycle government approval, which had relented. But it was too late, my grandfather had died. I was 4 years old.

My mother was inspector of education, but she held herself to produce our food. And the whole family was assisting to milk the cow, pick fruit, cultivate beans or lentils. As for my father, he was a forest ranger and sometimes he took us for several days at the foot of the Himalayas, when he was making his rounds. Again, we had to live self-sufficiently and in harmony with nature.

Yet you chose to study quantum physics and philosophy ...

My academic career I was just possiblly trying to understand that everything is connected. And when, at age 21, I joined the feminist movement Chipko -around illiterate women and despised in full forest-living, obviously jumped out at me. Supposed to be ignorant, they knew better than anyone the intimate balances of nature, plants that heal and nourish. They embodied what we need today: a sustainable way of life. I understand that feminism is only part of a more global vision, and the mechanistic view of the world, which is to dominate and manage nature, is false.

We need a quantum and comprehensive approach to our world, where everything is interconnected. Water, food, land, soil, forest, humans: each element interacts with others. When you clearcut forests, it changes everything: climate, biodiversity, how to live, feed ...

Hence your multiple fights ...

Yes. In 1973, in the village of Mandal, on the border between India and Tibet, workers came to cut down 300 ash trees to build sports facilities; they were threatening the survival of the poorest people living in this forest and the overall balance of the region. So people were tied to trees and embraced them. Every time the loggers came back, they were shouting, "If you want to cut down this tree, first shoot me!" After six months, they had been successful. From there, I gave up the prospect of a comfortable academic career to get into activism because the results were there. Life is not linear. I intend to follow my instinct and fully experience what I think is right and necessary.

But we can not refuse any industry, yet?

Perhaps, but we must oppose the abuse, since globalization has sent to companies the message that we can escape the consequences of their actions. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster in which more than 20,000 people have died as a result of the explosion of a pesticide plant. There were 300,000 collateral victims since, and officials are still trying to shirk responsibility. As did Coca-Cola after building a huge factory in southern India, in 2004. The company received approval to produce 561,000 liters of soda ... daily. Knowing that 3.8 liters of water are required to produce 1 liter of Coca, you think!

They promised jobs, people have sold their land. But groundwater has been polluted or dried up to tens of kilometers around, diseases have appeared and the land became barren. It took two years for the government, faced with the general indignation, to order the closure of the plant. 100,000 demonstrators then gathered to recognize free access to water as an inalienable right.

To listen to you, ecological fight would be started first by women ...

Yes, because it is they, more than men, going up to the front, because they always suffer the social division of labor. Anything that does not seem "important" to men, take care of his family, land, feed the children, keep the house -having children and making life- is relegated to women. All that, however, seem "important" -money, power, war- comes to men. And when you attack nature, women are the first, that smell danger. Our economy based on patriarchy, leads men and women to rebel to heal and repair the destruction.

Is it not a vision too deterministic?

This division is a fact. I wrote a book about ecofeminism -word was invented by a Frenchman, Françoise d'Eaubonne. And in this book, I ask the question: is it that women are trying to catch up with men in violence, domination, or conversely that men join women in their struggle to protect the land, raising children and defending peace? We must transcend the old patterns so that everyone takes care, and unites with earth and living beings. We must move towards a world where men and women share the responsibility to preserve life. Gandhi, for example, when he prayed, asked for a reinforcement of the female part of him, that he pays more attention to others, it shows more compassion.

Prince Charles
, visiting a farm Navdanya (here Bija Vidyapeeth, Dehradun, India) in November 2013. The activist helps farmers return to organic farming.

Avec le prince Charles, visitant une ferme Navdanya (ici, Bija Vidyapeeth, à Dehradun, en Inde), en novembre 2013. La militante aide les paysans à revenir à l'agriculture biologique.
Prince Charles, visiting a farm Navdanya (here Bija Vidyapeeth, Dehradun, India) in November 2013. The activist helps farmers return to organic farming.   REUTERS / Mansi Thapliyal

Your other big struggle is for the liberty to produce its seeds. Why is it so important to you?

Because this key to life, to democracy. It is a universal issue that concerns humanity as a whole, and which has not always aware, especially in the rich and urbanized countries. During the 1990s, multinationals such as Monsanto, thanks to what was called the Green Revolution in India - in fact, conversion to intensive industrial agriculture - led farmers to buy seed. So we abandoned millennia seeds adapted to the soils, the needs, local climates, against the false promise of higher returns.

What proves that this promise is false?

Everything! The peasants then realized that these patented seeds were used only once, by contract. We had to buy them every year and also buy specific pesticides and fertilizers to these seeds. The soils were becoming less and less fertile, and not able to fall back on another production method, since they had converted to monoculture. As a result, facing bankruptcy, there has been an explosion of Indian farmers to commit suicide: 284,000 between 1995 and 2012. Many have even committed suicide by drinking pesticide that had been sold to them!

What do you suggest?

To help farmers return to organic farming, and to prohibit the privatization of seeds, to preserve the essentials: food sovereignty of all. That's why I created, for over twenty years the Navdanya movement, which has allowed many farmers to get loans, training in organic agriculture and access to natural seed banks. Having organized marches with hundreds of thousands of farmers, we obtained from the Indian government the only law in the world allowing farmers to reproduce, share, distribute, enhance, disseminate, sell seeds. This, for example, is banned in France, but who knows who is aware?

We were aware that the Texas firm RiceTec attempted in 1997 to capture all strains and basmati rice grains by filing patent No. US5663484, on the pretext that they had made a patent change. It took five-year legal battle to prove that the people of India have forever grown, selected and improved these strains forever, and that this heritage belongs to all. If we had lost, no Indian peasant could not have continued to cultivate his rice without paying royalties to the company or to buy seeds. I am sure that this fight now would be that of Gandhi.

Does his message, to you, seem ever present?

Of course, it is more relevant than ever. Gandhi fought for independence; us, for seeds. He resisted against the English colonizer; us against the multinationals. He said that as superstition and ignorance would push us to obey unjust laws, we would then continue to be the slaves. It is on the basis of this observation that began the concept of civil disobedience, September 11, 1906, to help the Indians victims of apartheid in South Africa, to resume their destiny.

This example inspired me a lot, like that of non-violence. We are fighting not weak but peacefully against multinationals, so that the right to life of all species is respected. These immutable principles were guided by Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela, and today we take over. Only now, the enemy is not as easily identifiable and locatable. And it's not only Indian freedom is at stake, but the survival of humanity.

This fight, do you feel like a sacrifice of your personal life?

No, my choices have always been guided by instinct and necessity. Each time, I followed my conscience. It's true that I have invested a lot, but I have no regrets. I assume the risks. At major trial that I conducted, I have received death threats and press campaigns threats were made against me. My life is touted. They use corruption, subversion, lies, misinformation, slander against me, but I'm not afraid and I will not yield.

And then there are those other invisible enemies: apathy, defeatism, ignorance, blind consumption, climate chaos that affects the poorest and is largely due to the industrial food chain, responsible for 40 % of CO2 emissions. It is necessary to change the way we produce. Alas, I have not known that many wins, but I remain very optimistic, because every day I discover in me and around me a good reason to find hope and feed it.

Shiva in 6 dates

1952 Born in Dehradun, India. 1973 Joined in the feminist movement Chipko. 1991 Created the peasant movement Navdanya. 2001 After five years of proceedings, canceled the US patent on basmati rice. 2004 After two years of fighting, gets the closure of the Coca-Cola plant in Kerala. 2014 Began a European tour in favor of freedom of seed.

(1) Vandana Shiva, for a creative disobedience, interviews with Lionel Astruc. Actes Sud, 204p., 19 €.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Organic Consumer Pressure Works—Stonyfield Quits International Dairy Foods Group

Published on  Tuesday, December 09, 2014   by    Common Dreams
Ignored by the International Dairy Foods Association, Stonyfield did the right thing—resign. (Photo: Dreamstime)
In the latest example of how consumers can pressure food companies to do the right thing, on Friday (December 5, 2014), Stonyfield Farm, a New Hampshire-based producer of organic milk and yogurt, became the second organic dairy company in five months to resign from the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA). IDFA is a trade group that is suing Vermont to overturn the state’s GMO labeling law, passed earlier this year.
The resignation came after OCA and other groups sent an open letter to four leading organic dairy companies, demanding they withdraw their membership in the IDFA.
An article in Vermont Digger, stated that Stonyfield and California-based Clover-Stornetta Farms, which pulled out of the IDFA in July, claimed they were “under fire” from consumers. In our letter, sent July 23, 2014, and addressed to Stonyfield Farms, Aurora Organic, Organic Valley and White Wave/Horizon, OCA warned that organic consumers were outraged that leading organic dairy companies were paying membership dues and lending credibility to the pro-Monsanto IDFA.
The IDFA is not only party to the lawsuit against Vermont, it is also lobbying for H.R. 4432, an outrageous anti-consumer bill, introduced in April (2014) in the House of Representatives by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.). The bill, dubbed by consumers as the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, would preempt all state GMO labeling laws, and make it legal to use the word “natural” on products that contain GMOs.
IDFA has also been a leading force lobbying to outlaw the sales of raw milk and dairy products in the USA, as well as to nullify Country of Origin (COOL) labels on imported food products.
The IDFA also wants dairy companies to be able to hide the fact that their products contain aspartame, which has been linked to brain cancer and to the accumulation of formaldehyde, known to cause gradual damage to the nervous system and the immune system and to cause irreversible genetic damage at long-term, low-level exposure.
On behalf of their combined ten million members, OCA and its allies, including, Cedar Circle Farm (Vermont), Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Alliance for Natural Health USA, Food & Water Watch, Rural Vermont, GMO Inside and Food Democracy Now! warned the organic dairy companies:
"If your company continues to support the GMA and/or IDFA, consumers will have no choice but to seek out alternative brands sold by companies that are on the right side of the GMO labeling issue."
In July, Stonyfield said it had been hit with “friendly fire” from the OCA, and that it would not resign from the IDFA: “The OCA may believe that quitting the IDFA is the right way to support GMO labeling. But at this point in time we disagree, instead of quitting, we’re fighting harder. After all, if we believed that positions about GMO labeling couldn’t be changed, we wouldn’t be in this fight in the first place.”
The company also said it “directly” opposes “and challenged the International Dairy Foods Association’s (IDFA) decision to join the lawsuit against VT’s GMO labeling law.”
Yet in a statement following Stonyfield’s resignation last week, IDFA Spokesperson Peggy Armstrong said:
“The company [IDFA] represents 200 dairy companies, many of which she said agree with the trade group’s position. We have not been hearing from a lot of people saying they support Vermont.”
Apparently, the IDFA didn’t hear (or didn’t listen to) Stonyfield’s direct opposition or challenge. So Stonyfield did the right thing—resign.
So, what do you say Organic Valley, Horizon Organic, and Aurora Organic Dairy? How about letting IDFA hear from you? And how about backing your opposition to the lobbying group’s aggressive efforts to defeat GMO labeling laws by joining Stonyfield and Clover Stornetta in resigning immediately from the IDFA?
Claims by organic and other dairy companies that their membership dues go toward IDFA’s administrative expenses, not the lobbying group’s efforts to defeat GMO labeling laws, ring hollow with consumers. Funneling dues to fund operational expenses just leaves more money for the IDFA to fight lawsuits.

Ronnie Cummins is a veteran activist, author, and organizer. He is the International Director of the Organic Consumers Association and its Mexico affiliate, Via Organica.

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Diana Reeves 4:52am Dec 7
According to the latest statistics, at least 1 in 68 American children are diagnosed with autism. Could RoundUp Ready GMOs be a contributing factor? More research is definitely needed but there are several studies that are raising red flags with potential links. A recent study found that probiotic therapy alleviated autistic behavior in mice. The study acknowledges that there are many environmental factors that may adversely impact gut microbiota, and it does not examine all of them. Another recent study found that Roundup had an adverse effect on the gut microbiota of chickens. With GM crop technology failing and Roundup resistant superweeds on roughly half of the farm acreage in the US, ever increasing amounts of Roundup are being sprayed on our food. This leads us to ask... could Roundup Ready GMOs be contributing to the rise in autism? Read the research in the links below and let us know... What do YOU think?
READ: Autism Symptoms in Mice Decreased with Probiotics

READ: ROUNDUP Suppresses Growth of Beneficial Gut Bacteria
READ: ROUNDUP Linked to Overgrowth of Deadly Bacteria (chicken study)
READ: ROUNDUP: The Non Toxic Chemical that May Be Destroying our Health (Autism?)
READ: Glyphosate toxic to immature rat hippocampus:

READ: Autism statistics:


Saturday, December 6, 2014



Huge Win: Monsanto Stock Downgraded After Worst Growth in 7 Years

Monsanto's stock showed bleak returns making it the worst growth in more than seven years thanks to both grassroots and international efforts. It's time to defeat the biotech hydra.

Here’s one for the history books, and a slap on the wrist for stock-holders like Bill Gates and George Soros. Monsanto stock has been downgraded to ‘Neutral’ from ‘Buy’ after an annual seed dealer industry survey showed bleak returns.
This may be the most depressing news in seven years for Monsanto, but great news for the seed industry, which has been monopolized by the chemical peddler since the early 1990s. The target price for (MON +0.1%) has been lowered from $140 to $127. Conditions affecting the downgrade include “greater discounting, reduced trait purchases, reduced spending on seeds, and share gains for non-major seeds brands” – with hardly a mention of the grass-roots, and international efforts of people to shine a light on Monsanto’s illegal influence on the world seed market.
“We are downgrading Monsanto from Buy to Neutral, due to the findings from our seventh Annual Seed Dealer Survey, which came back the most negative for the seed industry in the history of the survey,” Chris Shaw of Monness Crespi Hardt wrote. “The unprecedented results of this year’s survey has led us to be more cautious on Monsanto’s outlook for the current seed selling season.”
The firm who conducted the survey said the 50-plus dealers who responded are seeing challenging industry conditions – including greater discounting as a second straight year of significantly lower farm profits forces farmers to watch their spending closely, including on seeds. Could this be due to the outright false advertising by Monsanto that their GMO seeds would increase yields and be impervious to glyphosate and other herbicides?
Or what about the complete failure of Bt crops, designed to withstand the use of Monsanto’s favorite product – RoundUp? Indian farmers went belly-up trying to plant Monsanto seeds, causing an epidemic of suicides across the country. When Bt cotton started to fail, Big Biotech tried to blame the farmers. Come again?
US farmers are also complaining that biotech seeds are becoming much too expensive, resistant to weed killer, and can contaminate conventional seed crops.
Doug Gurian-Sherman, author of a 2009 study for the Union of Concerned Scientists comments on the failed promises of GM seeds to outperform conventional seeds:
“The technology has really been hyped up a lot. Even on a shoestring, conventional breeding outperforms genetic engineering.”
Hopefully this will spawn a new financial front against Monsanto as hedge fund managers and insider traders start dumping devalued Monsanto stock. Want to defeat the biotech hydra? Start with Wall Street.


Thursday, December 4, 2014


I’ve got good news and bad news.

The bad news is that despite hundreds of thousands of comments from people like you, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved Monsanto and Dow Chemical’s new “Enlist Duo” herbicide which is a mixture of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Monsanto’s Roundup) and the even more toxic chemical 2,4-D, a component of “Agent Orange”used in the Vietnam war.

The good news?

Center for Food Safety filed a groundbreaking lawsuit against the EPA challenging this terrible decision!

The chemical will be used on -- you guessed it -- Dow’s very own genetically engineered “Enlist” corn and soybeans, killing the weeds but not the crops, and increasing Dow’s profits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture approved Dow’s genetically engineered corn and soybeans last month, making EPA’s approval of the herbicide the last step before Dow’s “Agent Orange” crops head to a supermarket near you.

Sadly, our environmental watchdog is playing lapdog to the chemical industry, ignoring hundreds of thousands of comments urging it to do otherwise. When the EPA approved Enlist Duo, it knew this pesticide would contaminate our streams and rivers. There is absolutely no doubt that the pesticide will harm dozens of endangered species.

We’ve fought approval of this toxic pesticide since the beginning, and we’re not going to stop now. That’s why Center for Food Safety has taken legal action to reverse this approval. 

But the potential harm from Monsanto and Dow’s chemical cocktail doesn’t stop there: the chemicals can also end up on the food you eat every day.

Exposure to 2,4-D has been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, endocrine disruption, and reproductive problems. It’s already the 7th largest source of dioxins in the U.S. By the EPA’s own estimation, approval of “Enlist Duo” will lead to an unprecedented 2 to 7 fold increase in its use.

We’re suing EPA because the toxic treadmill must stop. EPA and USDA cannot continue to ignore the history, science, and public opinion surrounding these dangerous chemicals.

Why is this case so important? EPA and USDA have bowed to the chemical industry and rubber stamped these genetically engineered crops whose sole purpose is to promote ever more herbicide use and fatten the bottom line of Dow and Monsanto.

Unless stopped, these crops will lead to a massive increase in the spraying of toxic chemicals
and an increasing plague of herbicide resistant weeds that will choke America’s farmlands and threaten the livelihoods of our farmers.

Monsanto and Dow Chemical aren’t going to back down from this fight. After all, “Enlist Duo” is designed to protect their very own genetically engineered crops and increase their profits.

Pitch in $5 right now so that we can continue to be the voice of reason and fact in court on this issue.

Thanks again for everything you do to make this fight possible,

George Kimbrell, Senior Attorney
Center for Food Safety
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Recount of Oregon GMO labeling measure begins

KATU - ‎12 hours ago‎
A hand recount began Tuesday for the Oregon ballot measure that would require labels for genetically modified foods. Counties have until Dec. 12 to complete the count where the first tally showed Measure 92 was narrowly defeated.

Montana senator calls for GMO labeling for food

Great Falls Tribune - ‎7 minutes ago‎
Tester, who is also an organic farmer from Big Sandy, said that consumers have the right to know what's in the food they eat. He supports the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which requires manufacturers to label genetically engineered foods.

How Monsanto's Big Data Push Hurts Small Farms

Mother Jones - ‎4 hours ago‎
The payoff for growers can be huge: Monsanto estimates that farmers typically make 40 key choices in the course of a growing season—what seed to plant, when to plant it, and so on.


USAMRIID using genetically engineered cows to fight virus

Frederick News Post (subscription) - ‎9 hours ago‎
Scientists at SAB Biotherapeutics Inc. in South Dakota grew human antibodies in genetically engineered cows, which received an experimental vaccine against the virus.

Business Day|USDA Approves Modified Potato. Next Up: French Fry Fans.

New York Times - ‎Nov 8, 2014‎
A potato genetically engineered to reduce the amounts of a potentially harmful ingredient in French fries and potato chips has been approved for commercial planting, the Department of Agriculture announced on Friday.

ADM Sues Syngenta Over Genetically Engineered Corn

Wall Street Journal - ‎Nov 19, 2014‎
Archer Daniels Midland Co. sued Syngenta AG over losses the grain trader and processor said it suffered after Syngenta sold genetically engineered corn in the U.S. that had yet to win approval in China. ADM said Syngenta's push to sell its biotech corn ...

Hawaii GMO ban overturned

Capital Press - ‎21 hours ago‎
U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry Kurren has now invalidated that ban because it is pre-empted by state laws that govern agriculture, much like Kauai County's regulations that mandated pesticide buffers and mandatory reporting of genetically modified organisms.

Watch the Intelligence Squared GMO Debate

Biofortified Blog - ‎9 hours ago‎
Tune in Wednesday, December 3rd for a debate on GMOs. Intelligence Squared is hosting a debate between four individuals from two opposing camps, addressing the question of whether or not we should grow genetically engineered foods.

State, Kauai set up panel to study GMO pesticide impacts

Hawaii News Now - ‎6 hours ago‎
The meta-question if you will is are people being harmed from pesticides being sprayed by GMO companies?" said Peter Adler, a veteran mediator who will oversee the project.

Here's How Your Neighborhood Voted on the GMO-Banning Measure P

Lost Coast Outpost - ‎16 hours ago‎
The results of last month's general election were certified by the Board of Supervisors this morning, which means that Kim Bergel is now your officially official next representative from Eureka's Third Ward on the Eureka City Council.

Minnesota schools serve up non-GMO lunches as “educational” event

Genetic Literacy Project - ‎2 hours ago‎
Just when the backlash over first lady Michelle Obama's school lunch menu leveled off, students in a handful of Twin Cities schools got a taste of what could be another controversial food fad.

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Why we favor labeling GMO foods

Buffalo News - ‎Nov 28, 2014‎
We believe you deserve to know as much as possible about the food you put on your plate and feed your families. That's why we're in favor of labeling GM foods. Some 61 countries around the world, including most of Europe, do … but not the United State ...

British opposition toward GMO food softening

Genetic Literacy Project - ‎Dec 2, 2014‎
On a damp Sunday afternoon shoppers at Tesco, a supermarket, in south London seem uninterested in discussing genetically modified (GM) food. Several shrug at the idea, or profess ignorance. One insists she only buys organic stuff, but only if it is not ...

Are some Minnesota schools out to lunch over GMOs? - ‎Dec 2, 2014‎
“Having the GMO awareness day for our district was to really show that whether you agree with consuming GMOs or not, consumers should have the right to make that choice,” said Laura Metzger, Westonka schools' director of food and nutrition services.

Head of Monsanto talks about battle over GMOs

KITV Honolulu - ‎Nov 28, 2014‎
Despite a nearly $8 million campaign, Maui County voters agreed to temporarily ban the growth of genetically modified organisms until the county deems it safe. That almost immediately triggered a lawsuit by GMO seed companies Monsanto and Dow ...

Sorry Dr. Oz and Jenny McCarthy: More scientific proof vaccines, GMOs don't ...

Genetic Literacy Project - ‎Dec 1, 2014‎
Corroborating the fact that GMOs and vaccines don't cause autism, scientists have now linked mutations in over a hundred genes to autism in two recent studies published in Nature.

Can precaution about GMOs really prevent potential disaster?

Genetic Literacy Project - ‎Dec 2, 2014‎
Taleb et al. apply the PP to the problem of genetically modified food, or GMOs, and conclude that the technology shouldn't be used.

Monsanto Sues Maui for Direct Democracy, Launches New PR Campaign

PR Watch - ‎Nov 24, 2014‎
Residents of Maui County, Hawai'i voted on November 4 to ban the growing of genetically modified (GMO) crops on the islands of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai until scientific studies are conducted on their safety and benefits.

UPDATE: Monness Crespi Hardt Downgrades Monsanto

Benzinga - ‎22 hours ago‎
"We are downgrading Monsanto from Buy to Neutral, due to the findings from our seventh Annual Seed Dealer Survey, which came back the most negative for the seed industry in the history of the survey," Shaw wrote.