Posted September 29, 2014
Trade, Free trade agreements, GMO
Letter from 70 consumer, farm and food groups, and businesses to United States Trade Representative Michael Froman expressing deep concerns about proposals for the Trans-Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (TAFTA, otherwise known as the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) that would threaten efforts to label...
Posted September 24, 2014
Agroecology, Climate, Climate Change
A statement from Civil Society as read by Sonali Bisht at the UN Climate Summit September 23, 2014 emphasizing agroecology as the real solution to climate change impacts on agriculture, there was no mention of agroecology or agroecological initiatives in the agriculture session."
Posted September 22, 2014
On July 13, 1899, on the northwest shore of Lake Athabasca in Fort Chipewyan, our grandfathers entered into a Sharing Agreement with the Crown. This Agreement, known as Treaty 8, guaranteed the hunting, fishing and trapping rights of our peoples in support of sustaining our traditional livelihood, in return for our...
Posted September 17, 2014
As scientists and scholars working in sustainable agriculture and food systems, the undersigned praise the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for organizing and convening the International Symposium on Agroecology for Food and Nutrition Security.
This symposium comes at an opportune time as...
Posted September 8, 2014
Agriculture, Antibiotics, Health
147 Studies Supporting Public Health Action to Reduce Antibiotic Overuse in Food Animals*
Posted September 3, 2014
Free trade agenda, Trade, TTIP, Free trade agreements
RE: The safety of Europe’s food is under threat in US-EU trade talks
Dear Commissioner De Gucht,
Cc. EC Spokesman Mr. Valero-Ladrón,
We are writing to respond to claims by the European Commission (EC) that there is “no contradiction” in the US-EU trade talks with the “enforcement of high...
Posted August 27, 2014
Agriculture, Trade, Food, Free trade agreements, Globalization
The future of trade deals?
In the final year of the George W. Bush presidency, the U.S. entered into negotiations to establish a gargantuan new trade deal. The negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) currently involve 12 countries—Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico...
Posted August 21, 2014
Tar Sands, Climate Change, Energy, Environment
Neoliberalism exacerbates climate change and codifies the subjugation of indigenous communities through trade agreement rules that allow corporations to control natural resources and challenge government regulations. Liberalized trade and economic regimes promote policies that incentivize unrestricted...
Posted August 15, 2014
Free trade agenda, TTIP, Free trade agreements
The negotiations for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) began with a series of bold assertions that it would serve to jump start the two ailing economies, resulting in rising economic growth and job creation on both sides of the Atlantic. Tariffs are already quite low. The...
Posted August 7, 2014
A group of 64 scientists raised concerns over the panel selected by the National Academy of Sciences for its new study on genetically engineered crops, arguing that the group “does not contain the necessary expertise required” to fully answer the questions at hand. The panel put together for the study, entitled "...
Posted August 7, 2014
Products derived from synthetic biology (popularly called synbio), a rapidly growing new technology, are beginning to enter the marketplace without a regulatory framework in place that provides for pre-market safety assessment of its unique risks to health and the environment. In the very near future, a host of food...
Posted August 1, 2014
Agriculture, Agroecology, Food security
In light of human population growth, global food security is an escalating concern. To meet increasing demand for food, leading scientists have called for “sustainable intensification”, defined as the process of enhancing agricultural yields with minimal environmental impact and without expanding...