Tag Archives: commodity crop

Syngenta withdraws application to use banned pesticide linked to bee harm

argylesock says… I’m not sure which neonic Syngenta wants to bring back here in Europe. Maybe all of the three which are temporarily banned: clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam. [Edit] Soon after this story broke, I’m feeling cynical about it. Maybe … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, ecology, horticulture | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cocoa prices are surging, but cocoa farmers are still making a pittance

argylesock says… Chocolate tastes so good, but it’s not so sweet for the smallholders who grow it. You can scroll down for info about other tropical commodity crops.

Posted in agriculture, money and trade | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A GM soya for Europe?

A new soya (soybean, Glycine max) has been approved for growing in Europe. It’s a genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) crop called MON87769 from the chemical and biotech giant Monsanto. This new crop has been engineered to adjust the fatty … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, knowledge transfer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Is the GM crops war over? What’s next?

GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered) crops are a fact of life by now. In our interconnected world (remember the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, TTIP, which might be finalised soon) I think that people who oppose GM crops may have … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, fish, food, horticulture, miniculture, money and trade | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 10 Comments

Soya to grow with 2,4-D

Crops genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) to resist Monsanto’s weedkiller Roundup (glyphosate) aren’t the only GM crops designed to be grown with weedkiller. GRAIN tells us about a new such crop. It’s a soya (soybean, Glycine max) designed to be … Continue reading

Posted in agriculture, food, human health, knowledge transfer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Are GM crops biosafe?

Are GM (genetically modified, genetically engineered) crops biosafe? Here’s a review of how biosafety testing is done. That review is from the lab of Gilles-Eric Séralini. Prof Séralini is famous or infamous for a series of studies about GM crops. … Continue reading

Posted in human health, knowledge transfer | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Monsanto Admits: 1. We Don’t Need Genetic Engineering, 2. We Don’t Need Monsanto

Originally posted on Volatility:
> Recently Wired magazine ran a Monsanto infomercial touting its alleged change of strategic course on vegetables. Monsanto, through its subsidiaries Seminis and others, is selling a line of high-end conventional vegetables dolled up as some kind of high-tech breakthrough. Contrary…

Posted in agriculture, horticulture, human health, knowledge transfer, money and trade | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment