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Agribusiness: Q&A

April 2014

Answers to tricky questions about our food/agribusiness campaign


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Seeds of Freedom Tanzania: A film

11 August 2016

We are told that Tanzania has an abundance of available fertile land, but that production is inefficient, based on many small farms, and needs modernisation through private sector investment in large-scale high-input industrial agriculture. Critics maintain that Africa has been lined up for corporate agribusiness market penetration, with a focus on land and water, food and bio-fuels.

A tale of two food systems

15 July 2016

Take away a farmer’s land, take away their seeds systems, and take away their independence. Now sell them a collection of expensive chemical fertilisers, one size fits all seeds and pesticides every year; all chaining them into a system of debt, and dependence on multinational corporations.

Fighting for seeds and soil: a film

31 May 2016

“The chemical based model of farming drains income because you have to buy seeds and buy fertilisers, to buy insecticide and buy pesticide. Organic farming is a lot more successful [and I don’t have] to buy from the shop.”

How to 'rebrand' Monsanto to expose the toxic truth

05 May 2016

If you look at Monsanto’s website you would think that it is an environmental campaign organisation. It sells itself and its products as safe, sustainable and good for farmers.

Venezuela’s food revolution has fought off big agribusiness and promoted agroecology

11 January 2016

Just days before the progressive National Assembly of Venezuela was dissolved, deputies passed a law which lays the foundation for a truly democratic food system. The country has not only banned genetically modified seeds, but set up democratic structures to ensure that seeds cannot be privatised and indigenous knowledge cannot be sold off to corporations.

Four inspiring people I met in Tanzania

10 December 2015

Tanzania is a country at forefront of the global battle for control over our food. On one side corporations are lining up to seize control over the country’s land, seeds and soil. On the other side passionate small-scale farmers groups are strengthening their networks and deepening pre-existing knowledge in an attempt to keep control of their resources.


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Food fight - the story of rich country hypocrisy at the WTO

December 2015

Nairobi will be the scene of an important battle between richer and poorer countries in December when the World Trade Organisation (WTO) meets for its ministerial. On one side, countries like the US and UK subsidise their agricultural sector to the tune of billions of pounds but don't want to allow other countries to do so. On the other side countries like India are demanding equal treatment and the freedom to buy farmers' crops in order to distribute them to those too poor to buy them at market prices.

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Five reasons why seed diversity is good

February 2015

When farmers plant a variety of seeds in their field they are thought of as backward by agribusiness corporations which maintain that genetically modified (GM) and hybrid varieties are the future of farming. Yet through millennia of traditional seed breeding, humans have developed thousands of different varieties for food crops across the world. Seed diversity allows farmers control over their food system, protects biodiversity and builds resilience against climate change.

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Agribusiness: Q&A

April 2014

Answers to tricky questions about our food/agribusiness campaign

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Research released today at the UN climate talks in Paris suggests that official emissions figures from agribusiness companies fall far short of reflecting the full climate impact of their operations. While agribusiness companies are at COP 21 in Paris portraying themselves as leaders in sustainability, the research shows that the model of industrial agriculture they are practicing is extremely carbon intensive and a serious challenge to dealing with the threat of climate change.

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Politicians and executives from some of the world’s biggest agribusiness companies are today meeting in Cape Town, South Africa for the leadership council of the controversial New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. No details or mention of the meeting are publicly available but its existence was leaked by one of its attendees.

Food sovereignty activists protest a secret elite meeting being held in London convened by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).