#TPP: Fast Tracking a Corporate Agenda by Karen Hansen-Kuhn + Action Alerts

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by Karen Hansen-Kuhn
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
January 10, 2014

The People Are Watching the TPP

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The U.S. trade debate shifted into high gear yesterday with the introduction of Congressional bills to fast track trade deals. If approved, this would give the administration the authority to negotiate trade deals behind closed doors and then submit the resulting agreements to Congress for an up or down vote, with very limited debate and no possibility of amendments. Continue reading

Ellen Brown on Bail-ins (the Big Disaster Coming), GMO Foods, Trans Pacific Partnership (#TPP)

2013 March Against Monsanto DC 10

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with Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
December 4, 2013

Greg Hunter on Dec 1, 2013

Ellen Brown, founder of WebofDebt.com, thinks so-called ‘bail-ins’ are coming. Depositors’ money will be legally taken. Brown says, “That’s the big disaster that’s coming. Probably one of these big derivative banks will go bankrupt . . . the derivative players will get first dibs. They’ll grab all the deposits, and there won’t be anything left.” Join Greg Hunter as he goes One-on-One with author and journalist Ellen Brown.

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Genetically Modified Politicians by Lesley Docksey

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
England
Originally published by The Ecologist, Nov. 24, 2013
November 27, 2013

Say NO to GMO

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The official UK government policy on genetically modified (GM) crops is “precautionary, evidence-based and sensitive to public concerns”. Who are they kidding?

My heart always sinks when, listening to the BBC’s Today programme, someone from the Department for International Development starts talking about the “international food crisis”, and the starving people in all those poor undeveloped countries (the ones we helped to pauper with our empire building).

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Monsanto, the TPP, and Global Food Dominance by Ellen Brown

by Ellen Brown
Writer, Dandelion Salad
The Web of Debt Blog
November 26, 2013

#Monsanto is on #Molokai and they are not liked. And why should they be. #GMO

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“Control oil and you control nations,” said US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in the 1970s. “Control food and you control the people.”

Global food control has nearly been achieved, by reducing seed diversity with GMO (genetically modified) seeds that are distributed by only a few transnational corporations. But this agenda has been implemented at grave cost to our health; and if the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) passes, control over not just our food but our health, our environment and our financial system will be in the hands of transnational corporations.

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Secret Trade Agenda Threatens Shift Toward Sustainable Food System by Karen Hansen-Kuhn + Promises and Perils of the #TTIP

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by Karen Hansen-Kuhn
www.iatp.org
October 24, 2013

After being delayed by the U.S. government shutdown, talks for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are quietly gearing up again. Tariff barriers between the U.S. and EU are already low, so these negotiations are focused squarely on achieving “regulatory coherence.” Continue reading

Eric Holt-Gimenez: Justice Begins With Seeds (#GMO #Monsanto)

Lots of cherry tomatoes

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talkingsticktv on Aug 18, 2013

Talk by Eric Holt-Gimenez, Executive Director of Food First – Institute for Food and Development Policy given August 2, 2013 at the Justice Begins With Seeds 2013 International Conference at Seattle First Presbyterian Church in Seattle, WA. Continue reading

Vandana Shiva: Justice Begins With Seeds (#GMO #Monsanto)

Eggplant

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talkingsticktv on Aug 10, 2013

Talk by Vandana Shiva, author of “Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge” speaking August 2, 2013 at the “Justice Begins With Seeds 2013 International Conference” at Seattle First Presbyterian Church in Seattle, WA.  Continue reading

Biotech Industry Moves Toward “Transparency” While Pulling the Curtain Over Trade Agreements by Dale Wiehoff (TTIP)

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by Dale Wiehoff
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
August 1, 2013

#Monsanto is on #Molokai and they are not liked. And why should they be. #GMO

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Earlier this week, Andrew Pollack reported in the New York Times that biotech companies like Monsanto, Dupont and Dow Chemical announced through an industry association that they would be more transparent with the public about the chemicals and genetically modified seeds they sell. According to Cathleen Enright, executive vice president at the Council for Biotechnology Information (BIO), “We have not done a very good job communicating about GMOs. We want to get into the conversation.”

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Trade Secrets – Draft EU Documents Reveal Trade Agenda With U.S. by Karen Hansen-Kuhn (TTIP)

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by Karen Hansen-Kuhn
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
July 3, 2013

Transparency and trade negotiations don’t seem to go together these days. Recent revelations in Spiegel disclosed that the U.S. government had been spying on its EU “partners” connected to negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP, probably better stated as the Trans Atlantic Free Trade agreement, or TAFTA, which very much rhymes with NAFTA). The French and German governments are outraged, with some parliamentarians calling for a suspension of the talks, slated to start next week in Washington, D.C.

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Commercial Colonisation of Africa–The New Wild West by Graham Peebles

by Graham Peebles
Writer, Dandelion Salad
London
June 27, 2013

Is Africa’s land up for grabs?

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Dancing to the tune of their corporate benefactors, governments of the ruling G8 countries are enacting complex agriculture agreements delivering large tracts of prime cut African soil into the portfolios of their multinational bedmates.

Desperate for foreign investment, countries throughout Africa are at the mercy of their new colonial masters – national and international agrochemical corporations, fighting for land, water and control of the world’s food supplies. Continue reading

Foot-in-Mouth Disease, GMO Style by Lesley Docksey + Seeds of Doubt

by Lesley Docksey
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 22, 2013

March Against Monsanto Lethbridge

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Will the biotech companies ever give up on trying to sell Europe their genetically modified crops? Their latest PR man is the UK’s Minister for the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Owen Paterson. His website (very bland and uninformative apart from his list of engagements) says he is “a passionate supporter of localism, free enterprise and less interference in people’s lives”. But he also loudly supports Monsanto et al, and wants all of Europe to grow and eat GM foods. I would say that thoroughly destroys any localism, interferes in the most basic way with our lives, and any enterprise is freely handed to big corporations that already have far too much power over people.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Civil Disobedience

Tar Sands Blockade N19

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CIMC on Jun 2, 2013

In this episode, we’ll see a short documentary about activists and landowners joining forces to stop the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. We’ll also go to recent protest activities in Chicago, including those opposing the corporate control of food, a proposed buyout of the Tribune company’s newspapers, and a commemoration of May Day.

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Hell No, GMO! Anti-Monsanto Protests Sweep US

March Against Monsanto Lethbridge

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RussiaToday May 26, 2013

Hundreds of thousands across the US joined the worldwide rally against biotech giant Monsanto and genetically engineered crops. MORE INFO & PHOTOS: http://on.rt.com/hbbzf7 & http://on.rt.com/1hmc5w

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Elizabeth Kucinich: The Pure Food Movement

Meet My Farmer, Rob

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breakingtheset on May 16, 2013

Abby Martin talks to wife of former US Rep. Dennis Kucinich and director of the Center for Food Safety, Elizabeth Kucinich, about the US Senate’s farm bill, the pure food movement, and the need to adopt better agricultural policies that will benefit American citizens.

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