One bright spot on the world agricultural scene is India, where it’s becoming abundantly clear to a growing number of the nation’s farmers that the GMO chemical farming route is a financial and agricultural dead end.
More and more farmers choose Biodynamics in India
Many farmers there who had listened to the advice of Monsanto and their minions later chose to commit suicide when faced with crop failures and economic ruin, and some of them have done it in such a way as to send a message at the same time. They kill themselves by drinking their left-over Monsanto pesticides.
Biodynamic agriculture, on the other hand, is huge and growing on the Indian subcontinent, thanks in part to Peter Proctor from New Zealand, who has visited the country several times to advise farmers and give courses. The movie “How to Save the World — one man, one cow, one planet” is about Peter’s work in India, and the awakening of Indian farmers to a new future beyond the abyss of GMO’s failed promise. Continue reading
While this is not about raw milk, this story by Linn Cohen-Cole is about a concerted effort to make life miserable for farmers who are not toeing the GMO-agribusiness line. I think that’s a matter that concerns us all. This is reprinted from the Surviving the Middle Class Crash blog where it’s titled “The Multiple Ways Monsanto is putting Normal Seeds Out of Reach.
Farmer gets a bill from Monsanto -- for what?
People say if farmers don’t want problems from Monsanto, just don’t buy their GMO seeds.
Not so simple. Where are farmers supposed to get normal seed these days? How are they supposed to avoid contamination of their fields from GM-crops? How are they supposed to stop Monsanto detectives from trespassing or Monsanto from using helicopters to fly over spying on them?
Monsanto contaminates the fields, trespasses onto the land taking samples and if they find any GMO plants growing there (or say they have), they then sue, saying they own the crop. It’s a way to make money since farmers can’t fight back in court and they settle because they have no choice.
And they have done and are doing a bucket load of things to keep farmers and everyone else from having any access at all to buying, collecting, and saving of NORMAL seeds. Continue reading