|Monsanto Teams up with Congress to Shred the Constitution|
Appetite for Profit - 3/25/2013. By Michele Simon - Our founding fathers, white-maleness aside, did get a few things right. One of them was the concept of “separation of powers,” to ensure a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. But a dangerous provision snuck into the budget bill passed last week in Congress upends that system. Without any hearings on the matter, the Senate included language that would require the U.S. Department of Agriculture to essentially ignore any court ruling that would otherwise halt the planting of new genetically-engineered crops.
|Biotech Rider a Threat to Farmers and the Environment|
Union of Concerned Scientists - 3/25/2013. By Doug Gurian-Sherman - A short addition to the legislation passed last week to continue the funding of the U.S. government contained a gift for the biotech industry that could hurt the very farmers that the transnational seed companies love to cozy up to. It could also hurt the environment.
|Local rice makes the grade in West Africa|
SciDevNet - 3/25/2013. By Christophe Assogba - Cotonou, Benin: New research from West Africa challenges the widely held view that African and Asian 'farmer rice' varieties have only local value owing to their poor ability to adapt to adverse environmental conditions. Findings suggest that farmer rice varieties can grow without fertilisers, require no special maintenance and can develop ways of coping with stress.