Tag: Andrea Brower

Coming soon to your backyard, Monsanto and gang!

Article – Andrea Brower When the handful of corporations set on owning, controlling and ber-profiting from our common seed heritage Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont, Dow, BASF and Bayer began experimenting with their proprietary chemicals and genetically engineered crops … Coming soon to your backyard, Monsanto and gang! by Andrea Brower May 30, 2013 When the handful of corporations set on owning, controlling and über-profiting from our common seed heritage — Monsanto, Syngenta, DuPont, Dow, BASF and Bayer — began experimenting with their proprietary chemicals and genetically engineered crops in Hawaii in the 1990s, barely a peep was made. Two decades later, we can’t even convince our Hawaii state government to pass a law making these companies release basic information about the pesticides they spray next to primary schools. Children are sent home vomiting and with nose bleeds. The national US-level is even more outrageous. Some will have heard of the infamous revolving door between Monsanto and the Federal Government. The recently passed “Monsanto Protection Act” that mandates the government to allow planting of GE-crops even if courts rule they pose health risks. Monsanto’s triumphant suing of family farmers to the tune of USD$27 million (many of whom did not plant Monsanto’s patented seeds but are victims of cross-pollination). Or even the current push to prohibit states from passing GE-labeling laws (despite the fact that 82% of Americans support labeling). The...

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Food, Farmers and the TPP

Article – Andrea Brower I write this as an American living in Aotearoa who is deeply concerned by the ‘trade’ deal being negotiated between our countries (or more correctly, between our countries corporations and their political cronies). On America’s side, Monsanto, Big Pharma, … Food, Farmers and the TPP by Andrea Brower I write this as an American living in Aotearoa who is deeply concerned by the ‘trade’ deal being negotiated between our countries (or more correctly, between our countries corporations and their political cronies). On America’s side, Monsanto, Big Pharma, and Wall Street are attempting to manipulate New Zealand’s laws to eliminate anything that might get in the way of their expansion and bottom-line. On New Zealand’s side, Fonterra hopes for access to the US market. So they are endeavoring to devise a plan amongst themselves (and the elite of several other countries) to maximize their interests (profit, power, market consolidation) — a plan brilliantly named with the most amiable of words, the ‘Trans-Pacific Partnership Free Trade Agreement’(hereafter referred to simply as the TPP). I say ‘devise a plan amongst themselves’ without sounding like too much of a conspiracy theorist because there is really no other way to describe closed-door talks that include 600 corporate advisors and exclude journalists, civil society, and Members of US Congress / New Zealand Parliament. Participating countries have agreed that no background documents...

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