RIVERA SUN – With divestment, strikes, boycotts, shareholder action, and more, activists’ campaigns need to find strategic and creative ways to pressure business into taking more ethical, just, peaceful, and sustainable practices.
CAREY GILLAM – As an invited expert to a European Parliament hearing last month, I joined scientists, regulators and others in what has become a global debate over the activities of the American seed and agrochemical giant, Monsanto, and the â€œscienceâ€ surrounding glyphosate, the active ingredient in its popular Roundup herbicide.
TEX DWORKIN – In a landmark decision on September 4, following intense pressure by indigenous people, trade unions, farmerâ€™s organizations and others, the Guatemalan judiciary ruled to suspend the controversial Plant Variety Protection Law, commonly referred to as the â€˜Monsanto Lawâ€™ because of the multinational biotech companyâ€™s involvement in it.
TWILIGHT GREENAWAY – Itâ€™s that exciting time of the year again when the Senate and House Appropriations Committees gets together to hash out the annual agriculture budget. I know, right? Really fun stuff.
This year, in addition to the usual underfunding of legislation that could make the food system more sustainable, the appropriations process has become especially charged, thanks to a one-paragraph addition called the â€œfarmer assurance provision.â€