Contact l Sitemap

home industries issues reasearch weblog press

Home  » Industries » Food and Agriculture

News Articles

LIBERIA: Land deals with foreign firms 'could sow seeds of conflict'
by Tamasin FordThe Guardian (UK)
March 2nd, 2012
Land deals with foreign firms in Liberia 'could sow seeds of conflict'says a new report from the Centre for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at Columbia University in New York. The report covers Golden Veroleum, Sime Darby, ArcelorMittal and Putu Iron Ore Mining Corporation.

EUROPE: Europe’s Vast Farm Subsidies Face Challenges
December 29th, 2009
The last time the European Union decided the future of its 50 billion euro agricultural aid program, in 2005, the deal was cut behind closed doors in a luxury suite at the five-star Conrad Brussels hotel. Now, 2013 is closer at hand and a new round of maneuvering has begun to reshape the richest system of agricultural handouts in the world.

AP report: Monsanto seed business role revealed
December 14th, 2009
Confidential contracts detailing Monsanto Co.'s business practices reveal how the world's biggest seed developer is squeezing competitors, controlling smaller seed companies and protecting its dominance over the multibillion-dollar market for genetically altered crops, an Associated Press investigation has found.

US: Monsanto's dominance draws antitrust inquiry
by Peter WhoriskeyWashington Post
November 29th, 2009
For plants designed in a lab a little more than a decade ago, they've come a long way: Today, the vast majority of the nation's two primary crops grow from seeds genetically altered according to Monsanto company patents. Now Monsanto -- like IBM and Google -- has drawn scrutiny from U.S. antitrust investigators.

SOUTHEAST ASIA: Sizing up palm oil
by David GrantChristian Science Monitor
November 2nd, 2009
While it doesn’t sound (and need not be) nefarious, activist groups worldwide like the Rainforest Action Network argue that the production of palm oil is currently harming rain forests in Southeast Asia, orangutans, and the environment.

BRAZIL: Giants in Cattle Industry Agree to Help Fight Deforestation
by Alexei BarrionuevoNew York Times
October 7th, 2009
Environmental groups hailed a decision this week by four of the world’s largest meat producers to ban the purchase of cattle from newly deforested areas of Brazil’s Amazon rain forest. Brazil has the world’s largest cattle herd and is the world’s largest beef exporter. It is also the fourth largest producer of greenhouse gas emissions.

US: E. Coli Path Shows Flaws in Beef Inspection
by Michael MossNew York Times
October 3rd, 2009
Tracing the chain of production of an E. Coli-contaminated hamburger made by Cargill, through interviews and government and corporate records obtained by The New York Times, shows why eating ground beef is still a gamble. Neither the system meant to make the meat safe, nor the meat itself, is what consumers have been led to believe.

US: Clean Water Laws Are Neglected, at a Cost in Suffering
by Charles DuhiggNew York Times
September 12th, 2009
Violations of the Clean Water Act have risen steadily across the nation, an extensive review of water pollution records by The New York Times found. Polluters include small companies, like gas stations, dry cleaners, and shopping malls. They also include large operations, like chemical factories, power plants, sewage treatment centers and one of the biggest zinc smelters, the Horsehead Corporation of Pennsylvania.

US: Food Problems Elude Private Inspectors
by Michael Moss and Andrew MartinNew York Times
March 5th, 2009
When food industry giants like Kellogg want to ensure that American consumers are being protected from contaminated products, they rely on private inspectors. With government inspectors overwhelmed by the task of guarding the nation’s food supply, the job of monitoring food plants has in large part fallen to an army of private auditors, and problems are rife.

EUROPE: Europe to Allow Two Bans on Genetically Altered Crops
by James KanterNew York Times
March 2nd, 2009
European Union governments delivered a blow Monday to the biotechnology industry, allowing Austria and Hungary to maintain national bans on growing genetically modified crops from Monsanto. The market for genetically engineered crops is worth several billion dollars worldwide.

US: Plant Shipped Tainted Products, F.D.A. Says
by ReutersNew York Times
January 27th, 2009
Peanut Corp. of America plant in Blakely, Georgia, identified as the source of an outbreak of salmonella, shipped out products that managers knew might have been tainted, U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said on Tuesday.

CHINA: Chinese Dairies Agree to Pay $160 Million to Tainted-Milk Victims
by David Barboza New York Times
December 30th, 2008
The China Dairy Industry Association, blamed for selling contaminated milk that killed six children and sickened nearly 300,000 others earlier this year, has agreed to pay $160 million in compensation to the victims and their families.

CHINA: Hong Kong Finds Tainted Chinese Fish Feed
by DAVID BARBOZAThe New York Times
November 12th, 2008
The Hong Kong government finding, reported late Tuesday, is the latest indication that melamine, a chemical used to make plastic and fertilizer, has seeped into large parts of China’s food and feed industry, posing potential health hazards to consumers.

IVORY COAST: Ivory Coast workers can't sue firms in U.S.
by Bob EgelkoSan Francisco Chronicle
September 25th, 2008
Ivory Coast plantation workers who claim they were sterilized by a U.S.-made pesticide can't sue the manufacturers and distributors of the chemical in the United States because they can't show the companies intended to harm them, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.

CHINA: China Food-Safety Chief Resigns in Dairy Scandal
by Loretta Chao and Jason LeowWall Street Journal
September 23rd, 2008
China's top food-safety official resigned as a dairy contamination scandal brought more international recalls of Chinese products and heightened fears among dairy farmers that their livelihoods were in danger. Nestlé SA was among those manufacturers involved in the recall.

INDIA: India Grapples With How to Convert Its Farmland Into Factories
by Somini SenguptaNew York Times
September 17th, 2008
On the eve of opening a new auto factory in West Bengal, arranged via secret contract with the government, Indian industrial giant Tata is facing massive protests by local farmers determined not to be pushed off their land.

US: Collusion Inquiry Targets Ice Companies
by JOHN R. WILKEThe Wall Street Journal
August 7th, 2008
Federal prosecutors are investigating an alleged criminal price-fixing conspiracy in the $1.8 billion market for packaged ice, with the help of a former industry executive who told authorities the collusion was nationwide and forced up prices for consumers and businesses.

US: OSHA Seeks $8.7 Million Fine Against Sugar Company
by SHAILA DEWANThe New York Times
July 26th, 2008
Imperial Sugar, the owner of a refinery near Savannah where 13 workers died in a sugar dust explosion in February, knew of safety hazards at the plant as early as 2002 but did nothing, and should pay more than $8.7 million for safety violations, the head of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Friday.

UK: Are we falling out of love with Tesco?
by David Smith and Zoe Wood, The ObserverThe Guardian
June 29th, 2008
As the biggest beast in the jungle, Tesco has been accused of monopolisation, exploitation and bullying anyone who dares to stand in its way. It has become a lightning rod for every critic of corporate power, homogenised high streets and the malign influence of multinationals in the developing world.

US: Bush administration files nuclear dump application
by H. JOSEF HEBERTAssociated Press
June 3rd, 2008
Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman said Tuesday he's confident the government's license application to build a nuclear waste dump in Nevada will "stand up to any challenge anywhere."

US: Tyson Pulls Antibiotic-Free Label
by  LAUREN ETTERWall Street Journal
June 3rd, 2008
Under pressure from regulators and competitors, Tyson Foods Inc. withdrew its antibiotic-free chicken label awarded by the Agriculture Department barely a year ago.

US: In Stock Plan, Employees See Stacked Deck
May 29th, 2008
Now that many U.S. Sugar workers are reaching retirement age, though, the company has been cashing them out of the retirement plan at a much lower price than they could have received. Unknown to them, an outside investor was offering to buy the company — and their shares — for far more. Longtime employees say they have lost out on tens of thousands of dollars each and millions of dollars as a group, while insiders of the company came out ahead.

GERMANY: Pesticides: Germany bans chemicals linked to honeybee devastation
by Alison BenjaminThe Guardian (UK)
May 23rd, 2008
Germany has banned a family of pesticides that are blamed for the deaths of millions of honeybees. The German Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety (BVL) has suspended the registration for eight pesticide seed treatment products used in rapeseed oil and sweetcorn.

US: Slaughter Ban Is Implemented On Cows Too Sick, Weak to Stand
by Associated PressWall Street Journal
May 20th, 2008
Agriculture Secretary Ed Schafer announced Tuesday a total ban on meat plant slaughter of cows too sick or weak to stand.

US: Court Orders Tyson to Suspend Ads For Antibiotic-Free Chicken
by Annys ShinWashington Post
May 2nd, 2008
Poultry giant Tyson Foods has 14 days to dismantle a national multimillion dollar ad campaign centered on the claim that its chickens are raised without antibiotics, a federal appeals court in Richmond ruled yesterday.

CHILE: Salmon Virus Indicts Chile’s Fishing Methods
March 27th, 2008
The new virus is spreading, but it has primarily affected the fish of Marine Harvest, a Norwegian company that is the world’s biggest producer of farm-raised salmon and exports about 20 percent of the salmon that come from Chile.

INDONESIA: Indonesia's Commodity Boom Is a Mixed Bag
by Tom WrightWall Street Journal
March 24th, 2008
Indonesia's economy is riding the recent wave of high global commodity prices. But local pressure is arising towards steel makers and power producers in China and India who have diverted coal supplies abroad by locking in 20-year supply contracts with Indonesian miners.

US: Families Sue Chiquita in Deaths of 5 Men
by CARMEN GENTILEThe New York Times
March 17th, 2008
Last week, Ms. Julin, who has remarried, and the widows of the four other men filed a lawsuit against Chiquita Brands International Inc., saying the company contributed to their husbands’ deaths by financing the leftist group.

US: Fighting on a Battlefield the Size of a Milk Label
by ANDREW MARTINThe New York Times
March 9th, 2008
A new advocacy group closely tied to Monsanto has started a counteroffensive to stop the proliferation of milk that comes from cows that aren’t treated with synthetic bovine growth hormone.

US: Pesticide maker owned by political donor
by Matthew YiSan Francisco Chronicle
March 8th, 2008
The company that makes one of the pesticides state officials are considering spraying over the Bay Area to fight the light brown apple moth is owned by a wealthy California agribusinessman who has been a generous contributor to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and other state officials.

BRAZIL: King of soya: environmental vandal or saviour of the world's poor?
by Rory Carroll and Tom PhillipsGuardian (UK)
March 3rd, 2008
Erai Maggi's company Bom Futuro produces more than 600,000 tonnes of soya a year, most of it to feed livestock ending up as meat in China and Europe, and generating £175m in revenue. Critics decry the link between increasing soya production and Amazon deforestation.

UGANDA: Privatization of Seeds Moving Apace
by Aileen KwaIPS
February 21st, 2008
The Ugandan parliament will soon have a hearing on the draft Plant Variety Protection Bill, approved by the cabinet early last year. According to an inside government source, seeds companies including Monsanto have been lobbying for such intellectual property protection.

GLOBAL: 2 Reports At Odds On Biotech Crops
by Rick WeissThe Washington Post
February 14th, 2008
Dueling reports released yesterday -- one by a consortium largely funded by the biotech industry and the other by a pair of environmental and consumer groups -- came to those diametrically different conclusions.

EL SALVADOR: "Life Is Worth More than Gold" Say Anti-Mining Activists
by Raúl GutiérrezInter Press Service (IPS)
February 1st, 2008
Peasant farmers from the northern Salvadoran province of Cabañas fear that mining operations planned for the region will consume 30,000 litres of water a day, drawn from the same sources that currently provide local residents with water only once a week.

GLOBAL: False 'Green' Ads Draw Global Scrutiny
by Tom WrightWall Street Journal
January 30th, 2008
With companies eager to tout their "green" credentials to consumers, advertising watchdogs are stepping up efforts to rein in marketers that make false or exaggerated claims.

US: McDonald’s Ending Promotion on Jackets of Children’s Report Cards
January 18th, 2008
McDonald’s has decided to stop sponsoring Happy Meals as rewards for children with good grades and attendance records in elementary schools in Seminole County, Fla.

THAILAND: Green Groups Will Take GM Crops Issue To Court
by Marwaan Macan-MarkarIPS News
January 9th, 2008
Thai environmentalists are banking on the country’s courts to overturn a decision by the military-appointed government to allow field trials of genetically modified (GM) crops.

US: Cloned Livestock Poised
by Jane Zhang, John W. Miller and Lauren EtterWall Street Journal
January 4th, 2008
After more than six years of wrestling with the question of whether meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring are safe to eat, the Food and Drug Administration is expected to declare as early as next week that they are. The food industry appears to be divided over the issue.

EUROPE: Both Sides Cite Science to Address Altered Corn
by Elisabeth RosenthalNew York Times
December 26th, 2007
A proposal made by Europe’s top environment official, to ban the planting of a genetically modified corn strain produced by companies like Syngenta and Monsanto, sets up a bitter war within the European Union.

UK: Supermarkets admit milk price fix
BBC News
December 7th, 2007
Supermarket firms Sainsbury's and Asda have admitted that they were part of a dairy price-fixing group that earned about £270m extra from shoppers.

GLOBAL: 'MNCs Gaining Total Control Over Farming'
by Anil NettoIPS News
December 7th, 2007
Food security campaigners are now more concerned than ever that farmers are turning dependent on large multinational corporations (MNCs) for seeds, fertilisers, pesticides and other inputs while also becoming more vulnerable to pressures to produce genetically engineered crops.

IVORY COAST: The Bitter Taste of Cocoa in Côte d'Ivoire
by Michael DeibertIPS News
December 3rd, 2007
In addition to funding conflict, cocoa revenues are believed to have been defrauded for enrichment of persons in both the government and rebel camps. Article also mentions the following corporations: Lev-Ci and Cargill.

COLOMBIA: Victims of Colombian Conflict Sue Chiquita Brands
New York Times
November 14th, 2007
Victims of Colombia’s civil conflict sued the banana importer Chiquita Brands International yesterday, accusing it of making payments to a paramilitary group responsible for thousands of killings.

US: Banana Workers Get $3.3M In Pesticide Case
November 7th, 2007
A Los Angeles jury awarded $3.3 million to six workers on Monday who claimed they were left sterile by a pesticide used at a banana plantation in Nicaragua operated by Dole Fresh Fruit Co.

US: Hearing on Beef Packaging Fails Activists' Smell Test
by Rick WeissWashington Post
October 30th, 2007
A congressional hearing on the use of carbon monoxide to keep meat looking fresh promises to be an odious affair.

US: Food Companies Face U.S. Probe Over Iraq Deals
by Glen R. SimpsonWall Street Journal
October 16th, 2007
Prominent American food companies are under scrutiny in a federal probe of possible fraud and corruption in the military's food-supply operations for the Iraq war.

US: In Turnaround, Industries Seek Regulations
by Eric Lipton and Gardiner HarrisNew York Times
September 16th, 2007
After years of favoring the hands-off doctrine of the Bush administration, some of the nation's biggest industries are pushing for something they have long resisted: new federal regulations.

US: FTC: Milk Ads Not Misleading
by Sam HananelGuardian (UK)
August 28th, 2007
Federal regulators have turned down a request from Monsanto Co. to take action against dairy companies that advertise milk as free of synthetic hormones.

EUROPE: A Genetically Modified Potato, Not for Eating, Is Stirring Some Opposition in Europe
by Elisabeth RosenthalThe New York Times
July 24th, 2007
Amflora potatoes, likely to become the first genetically modified crop in the last decade to be approved for growth in Europe, have become the unlikely lightning rod in the angry debate over such products on the Continent.

WORLD: A Way for Resource-Rich Countries to Audit Their Way Out of Corruption
by Tyler CowenThe New York Times
July 12th, 2007
An Oxford economist has a new and potentially powerful idea: setting up an voluntary international charter to guide transparency efforts in resource-rich developing countries, in order to stave of corruption.

CHILE: Gold rush threatens glacier
by Lucia Newman Al Jazeera
July 8th, 2007
A new gold rush is under way as mining companies seek to supply the ever-increasing demand for the precious metal from emerging economies such as India, and with reserves dwindling all over the world they are going to extraordinary lengths to extract it.

CHINA: The Growing Dangers of China Trade
by Jyoti ThottamTIME Magazine
June 28th, 2007
Growing concerns over the safety of everyday goods manufactured in China and imported to the US have thrown into relief the problematic (and dangerous) differences in safety and regulatory standards between the two countries.

US: Starbucks in Ethiopia coffee vow
BBC News Online
June 21st, 2007
Starbucks has agreed a wide-ranging accord with Ethiopia to support and promote its coffee, ending a long-running dispute over the issue.

WORLD: Food Firms Accused of Pushing Toddler Milk
by Bellinda KontominasSydney Morning Herald
June 9th, 2007
Food and drug companies are using aggressive marketing tactics similar to those used in the tobacco industry to circumvent advertising bans on infant formulas and sell milk drinks to parents.

IVORY COAST: Cocoa exports ‘fund’ Ivory Coast conflict
by  William Wallis and Dino MahtaniFinancial Times
June 7th, 2007
After diamonds and timber, Global Witness, the London-based pressure group, has turned its sights on chocolate in a report that claims cocoa exports from Ivory Coast, the world’s largest producer, have contributed to funding and prolonging the conflict there.

US: Another Chemical Emerges in Pet Food Case
The New York Times
May 9th, 2007
A second industrial chemical that regulators have found in contaminated pet food in the United States may have also been intentionally added to animal feed by producers seeking larger profits, according to interviews with chemical industry officials here.

US: KFC to tell customers of chemical in potatoes
by Tim ReitermanThe Los Angeles Times
April 25th, 2007
To resolve a suit by the state attorney general, the maker of Kentucky Fried Chicken agreed Tuesday to tell its California customers that its fried or baked potatoes contain a suspected carcinogen.

CHINA: China union says U.S. fast food chains broke wage law
by John RuwitchReuters
April 4th, 2007
U.S. fast food chains, including McDonald's and KFC, broke minimum wage laws in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, the state-backed labor union said on Wednesday, urging tougher enforcement of employment laws.

COLOMBIA: Colombia seeks extradition of 8 people in Chiquita payments to terrorists
by Javier BaenaUnion-Tribune
March 23rd, 2007
Colombia's chief prosecutor said Tuesday he will demand the extradition of eight people allegedly involved with Chiquita's payments to right-wing paramilitaries and leftist rebels in a region where it had profitable banana-growing operations.

COLOMBIA: Colombia May Extradite Chiquita Officials
by Simon RomeroNew York Times
March 19th, 2007
Colombian officials said over the weekend that they would consider seeking the extradition of senior executives of Chiquita Brands International after the company pleaded guilty in United States federal court to making payments to paramilitary death squads.

US: Chiquita admits paying fighters
BBC News
March 14th, 2007
US banana company Chiquita Brands International has said it will plead guilty to a count of doing business with a paramilitary group in Colombia.

ARGENTINA: Mapuches Return to Benetton-Held Land
by Marcela ValenteInter Press News Service (IPS)
February 27th, 2007
Mapuche Indians in the southern Argentine region of Patagonia, who in 2002 took part in a land dispute against the Italian textile group Benetton, have returned to occupy land belonging to the firm, reclaiming their ancestral rights.

INDIA: Farmers irked over land acquisition for Reliance's power plant in Ghaziabad
by Shailesh KumarDown to Earth
February 9th, 2007
Farmers continue to protest against Reliance's power project in UP

US: Lawsuit accuses Connecticut nursery of human trafficking
by John ChristoffersenAssociated Press
February 8th, 2007
A dozen Guatemalan workers filed a federal lawsuit Thursday accusing one of the nation's largest nurseries of engaging in human trafficking by forcing them to work nearly 80 hours per week, paying them less than minimum wage and denying them medical care for injuries on the job.

UK: Starbucks stirred by fair trade film
by Ashley SeagerGuardian Unlimited (UK)
January 29th, 2007
A campaign by Ethiopia to get a fair price for its coffee - some of the world's finest - kicks off in London today as a spokesman for the east African country's impoverished coffee growers meets Tony Blair.

US: US farming watchdog accuses Wal-Mart of mis-selling
by Stephen Foley in New YorkIndependent (UK)
January 21st, 2007
Wal-Mart, the controversial retailing giant, is under investigation in the US over allegations it is trying to pass off non-organic foods as organic.

WORLD: GM crops slow to win over the world
by Stephen LeahyMail & Guardian Online
January 10th, 2007
Widespread use of GM crops remains limited worldwide, even as growing weed and pest issues are forcing farmers to use ever greater amounts of pesticides.

US: Swift sued over hiring
by Christine TatumDenver Post
December 12th, 2006
Eighteen former Swift & Co. employees who worked at the meatpacker's Cactus, Texas, plant have filed a $23 million lawsuit alleging that Swift hired illegal workers to depress employee wages.

PHILIPPINES: Banana firm bars DoH team from proving chemical poisoning
by  Jeffrey M. TupasInquirer (PHIL)
December 1st, 2006
Experts from the Department of Health (DoH) were denied entry Thursday by the management of the Tagum Agricultural Development Corporation, Inc. (Tadeco) to the company-owned hospital in Panabo City where victims of toxic chemical inhalation from the nearby town of Braulio Dujali in Davao del Norte were confined.

CAMEROON: NGOs to the Defence of Local Farmers
by Sylvestre TetchiadaInter Press Service
December 1st, 2006
Cameroonian civil society groups are expressing concern at the effects of trade liberalisation on the Central African country's food security.

US: Wal-Mart Charged with Selling Nonorganic Food as Organic
by Mark A. KastelThe Free Press
November 14th, 2006
The Cornucopia Institute, the nation's most aggressive organic farming watchdog, has filed a formal legal complaint with the USDA asking them to investigate allegations of illegal “organic” food distribution by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Cornucopia has documented cases of nonorganic food products being sold as organic in Wal-Mart’s grocery departments.

US: The Package May Say Healthy, but This Grocer Begs to Differ
by Andrew MartinThe New York Times
November 6th, 2006
The chain, Hannaford Brothers, developed a system called Guiding Stars that rated the nutritional value of nearly all the food and drinks at its stores from zero to three stars. Of the 27,000 products that were plugged into Hannaford’s formula, 77 percent received no stars, including many, if not most, of the processed foods that advertise themselves as good for you.

ETHIOPIA: US coffee chain Starbucks is denying Ethiopia earnings of up to USD 88 million a year
The Ethiopian Reporter
October 28th, 2006
According to reports, Oxfam said that Starbucks asked the National Coffee Association (NCA) to block Ethiopia's bid to trademark two types of coffee bean in the US. The move would have given farmers a greater share of profits, it claims.

US: Somalis allege discrimination at Cold Spring poultry plant
Associated Press
October 9th, 2006
Nine Somali immigrant employees at poultry processor Gold'n Plump Poultry Inc. alleged in a federal lawsuit that they were discriminated against because of their race and their religion at the company's Cold Spring plant.

US: Farmers Fear Coal Mining Will Sink Land
by Bob SecterChicago Tribune
September 17th, 2006
Two mining companies want to dig for coal under nearly half of Montgomery County. They plan to use a nontraditional but highly efficient process called "longwall" mining that will cause flat-as-a-dime land to sag like a burst souffle.

CHILE: Despite Protests, CELCO Opens Fourth Pulp Mill
by Daniela EstradaInter Press News Service (IPS)
September 1st, 2006
Despite years of opposition mounted by a determined network of environmentalists and citizen groups, a new paper pulp plant began to operate Thursday in Chile.

US: Pollution in the Water, Lawsuits in the Air
by Juliet EilperinThe Washington Post
August 28th, 2006
Every time the rain comes down, muddy water laden with phosphorus, arsenic and other contaminants flows into the Illinois River from chicken farms nearby and just across the border in Arkansas.

US: It's Not Easy Being Green: Are weed-killers turning frogs into hermaphrodites?
by William SouderHarpers
August 25th, 2006
In the summer of 1997, Tyrone Hayes, a biologist at the University of California, Berkeley, accepted what seemed a harmless offer to join a panel of eight other scientists investigating the safety of the common weed-killer atrazine. The panel had been commissioned by atrazine's inventor and primary manufacturer, the Swiss-based chemical giant then called Novartis and since renamed Syngenta. The company wanted to know if its product threatened “non-target” organisms, including fish, reptiles, and amphibians—creatures whose fate had remained largely unexplored through the half century in which atrazine had become the most heavily used herbicide in the United States as well as one of its most widespread environmental contaminants.

WORLD: New alliance seeks fight water sector corruption
by Alister DoyleReuters
August 22nd, 2006
Water experts and businesses teamed up on Tuesday to fight corruption feared to be siphoning off billions of dollars from projects to supply drinking water to the Third World.

INDIA: Pesticide Charge in India Hurts Pepsi and Coke
by Amelia GentlemanInternational Herald Tribune
August 22nd, 2006
When claims were first published on the front pages of Indian newspapers this month that Coca-Cola and PepsiCo beverages were contaminated with pesticides, executives at the two companies were breezily confident that they could handle the issue. Three weeks later, though, they are still struggling to win back Indian consumers. One-quarter of India’s component states have imposed partial bans on their products, and a complex legal battle to overturn those bans is only just beginning.

US: USDA Found Guilty in Hawaii Biopharming Case
Environment New Service
August 21st, 2006
Citing possible harm to Hawaii's 329 endangered and threatened species, a federal district judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) violated the Endangered Species Act in permitting the cultivation of drug-producing, genetically engineered crops throughout Hawaii.

US: Unapproved Transgenic Rice Found in U.S. Rice Supply
Environment News Service
August 21st, 2006
U.S. supplies of long grain rice have been contaminated with a genetically modified variety not approved for human consumption, Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns said late Friday. The secretary said he learned about the contamination from the company that engineered the rice, Bayer CropScience, and could say nothing about how the contamination arose.

WORLD: Has Coke become the new McDonald's?
by David TeatherThe Guardian (UK)
August 18th, 2006
Welcome to the Coke side of life. Africa's planned legal action is just the latest in a litany of alleged human rights and environmental abuses in developing markets that has made Coca-Cola a cause celebre.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Environmentalists say logging companies in Papua New Guinea committing rights abuses
by Michael CaseyAssociated Press
August 7th, 2006
Multinational logging companies operating in Papua New Guinea are involved in widespread human rights abuses, political corruption and the brutal suppression of workers, environmentalists alleged Monday.

INDIA: Court seeks Coke, Pepsi reply to additives petition
Reuters India
August 4th, 2006
Local arms of cola giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo were asked by the Supreme Court on Friday to respond to a petition seeking to force them to list all chemicals present in their drinks on bottles.

US: Unions Say E.P.A. Bends to Political Pressure
by Michael JanofskyThe New York Times
August 2nd, 2006
Unions representing thousands of staff scientists at the Environmental Protection Agency say the agency is bending to political pressure and ignoring sound science in allowing a group of toxic chemicals to be used in agricultural pesticides.

US: Our Lady of Discord
by Susan HansenThe New York Times
July 31st, 2006
Since netting about $1 billion from the 1998 sale of Domino’s Pizza to Bain Capital, Thomas Monaghan, 69, has become one of the leading philanthropists in the country and the biggest benefactor of conservative Catholic institutions.

VIETNAM: Tons of Expired Coca Cola Materials Destroyed in Vietnam
Thanhnien News
July 18th, 2006
Days before, municipal inspectors discovered almost 7.5 tons of aromatic spice material with 2003 expiry dates in the company’s warehouse.

INDIA: Organic Farming, Answer to Farmers' Suicides?
by Bharat DograInter Press News Service
July 18th, 2006
As the phenomenon of mass suicides by farmers turns into a major national issue, small cultivators in this sub-Himalayan state are demonstrating that the way forward to sustainable agriculture may lie in sticking to traditional methods.

BRAZIL: Eating the Amazon: The fight to curb corporate destruction
by Daniel HowdenThe Independent (London)
July 17th, 2006
Three years ago, the agrobusiness giant Cargill, the largest privately owned company in the world, opened a soya port in Santarem. And Father Edilberto has set himself on a collision course with the Minnesota multinational that he says represents the worst of rapacious capitalism.

ARGENTINA: Court allows Uruguay pulp mills
BBC News
July 13th, 2006
The International Court of Justice has ruled that Uruguay can continue building two pulp mills which Argentina argues will pose a pollution threat.

SINGAPORE: Shell says biofuels from food crops "morally inappropriate"
July 6th, 2006
Royal Dutch Shell, the world's top marketer of biofuels, considers using food crops to make biofuels "morally inappropriate" as long as there are people in the world who are starving, an executive said on Thursday.

US: The 100 Worst Corporate Citizens
by Phil MatteraThe Corporate Research Project
July 1st, 2006
For the past 52 years, Fortune magazine has been publishing a list of the largest U.S. corporations, an annual chance for chief executives to brag that "my revenue is bigger than yours." For the past seven years, Business Ethics magazine has issued another kind of ranking -- a list of what it calls the "100 Best Corporate Citizens" -- that promotes virtue over size in the perennial game of corporate comparisons.

US: OCA Boycott of Bogus Organic Milk Brands Putting Pressure on Nation's Largest Dairies & Retailers
by Steve Karnowski Associated Press
June 27th, 2006
Fears that big operations will muscle out family farms have produced a backlash, including a boycott by the Organic Consumers Association against the country's biggest organic milk brand, Horizon Organic.

INDIA: Patented Seeds Edge out Local Varieties
by Keya Acharya Inter Press News Service
June 26th, 2006
India has tabled a controversial Seeds Bill (2004) in Parliament that would allow foreign companies to be directly involved with small farmers. Large multinational corporations (MNCs) are now attracting Indian farmers through an aggressive extension network that promises seeds with bigger yields and better profits.

BRAZIL: Soy Exporters in Greenpeace's Sights
by Stephen LeahyInter Press News Service
June 16th, 2006
Financed by huge U.S. agribusiness corporations like Cargill, soybean farming is now one of the primary drivers of deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, charge activists from the environmental watchdog group Greenpeace, which is leading an international campaign against unregulated, unsustainable soybean cultivation.

US: KFC Gets Burned for Using Unhealthy Fat
June 13th, 2006
A consumer group is suing the operator of the KFC to try to stop it from frying foods in an artery-clogging trans fat.

US: Ag-Mart influence alleged
by Kristin CollinsThe News and Observer
June 11th, 2006
A state report on pesticides and birth defects might have been influenced by the company that was its focus, some researchers who worked on the report say.

US: Three Restaurant Executives Will Admit Fraud Charges
by Floyd NorrisThe New York Times
June 8th, 2006
Three former top officers of Buca Inc., an operator of Italian restaurants, have agreed to plead guilty to federal fraud charges in connection with a scheme to create false profits for Buca and allow executives to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars to pay for a wide range of expenses including the use of an Italian villa and visits to strip clubs.

EU: Biotech Food Tears Rifts in Europe
by Elisabeth RosenthalThe New York Times
June 5th, 2006
Greece and a few other countries in the European Union that have banned genetically modified organisms are on the front lines of a war over the future of modified food in Europe, the only large swath of the world that does not already grow or buy the crops. Facing international pressure and a lawsuit brought by the United States, Canada and Argentina at the World Trade Organization, the union said this year that all member states must open their doors to genetically engineered crops and prepare practical and legal regulations to ensure safety for health and the environment.

ITALY: Parmalat Fraud Hearing Opens
Associated Press
June 5th, 2006
Two and a half years after the $18-billion (U.S.) collapse of the Parmalat dairy company, a closed-door preliminary hearing opened Monday in Italy's main criminal proceedings to arise from Europe's largest corporate failure.

UK: For England's Army of Migrant Workers, It's Not All Strawberries and Cream
by John VidalThe Guardian
June 5th, 2006
When Val Salisbury walked down her Herefordshire lane and into a giant plastic polytunnel where dozens of Ukrainians, Lithuanians and other east Europeans were picking strawberries, the workers were surprised. She was, after all, a 69-year-old Englishwoman using a walking frame. But when she started pulling up the plants all around her and throwing them to the ground, they understood why she was there.

ARGENTINA: Argentina to Take Legal Action Against U.S. Biotech Giant Monsanto in Spain
by David HaskelBNA
June 1st, 2006
Argentina will take legal action against Monsanto in Spain and in other European nations if the U.S. biotechnology giant continues to block Argentine soy shipments from reaching European Union markets, an Argentine Agriculture Secretariat official said.

US: Farm Groups Nix US Bid for Deeper WTO Cuts: Sources
May 30th, 2006
The Bush administration sought agreement from U.S. farm groups for a 70 percent cut in their most trade-distorting subsidies as a way to save world trade talks but was rejected, industry sources said on Tuesday.

US: Deformities in infants blamed on migrant worker pesticide exposure
Associated Press/News 14 Carolina
May 25th, 2006
North Carolina health officials urged closer communication between the state's agriculture, labor and health departments and stricter enforcement of pesticide laws after three severely deformed children were born to migrant farmworkers.

COSTA RICA: Court Rules Dupont's Fungicide Damaged Costa Rican Farmers' Crops
Environment News Service
May 18th, 2006
Lead counsel Don Russo of Don Russo, P.A., and lawyers with Holland & Hart Wednesday obtained an award of $113.48 million on behalf of 27 Costa Rican leatherleaf fern farmers in a lawsuit against E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co.

US: Breadbasket of Democracy
by Ted NaceOrion Magazine
May 16th, 2006
Can we trust the future of food production to giant biotech corporations and their lobbyists?

WORLD: Investors Risk Losing Billions on Environmentally Destructive Pulp Mills
Environment New Service
May 12th, 2006
Incorrect assumptions about the origins and the cost of wood used in emerging market pulp mills has led international investors to channel tens of billions of dollars worldwide into financially risky and environmentally destructive ventures, finds an analysis of 67 pulp mill projects released Thursday by the Indonesia-based Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR).

INDIA: India rejects wheat from Australia
by Orietta GuerreraThe Age
May 2nd, 2006
Wheat exporter AWB has rushed a high-level delegation to India, after the country refused to unload 50,000 tonnes of Australian wheat that it claims contain unacceptable levels of pesticide.

HONG KONG: Hong Kong Stores Accused in Pesticide Scare
Agence France Presse
April 18th, 2006
Hong Kong supermarkets have halted some vegetable sales amid a new food scare after pressure group Greenpeace accused grocery chains of selling produce tainted with dangerous levels of pesticides.

UK: McCartney food empire 'may be sold to Nestle'
Machester Online
April 17th, 2006
"exploring options" amid reports it is about to be sold to Swiss food giant Nestle.

AFRICA: U.S. Farm Subsidies Hurting Africa's Development
by Joyce MulamaInter Press News Service (IPS)
April 15th, 2006
In a renewed campaign, African trade ministers have urged the United States to remove agricultural subsidies that are hurting African farmers.

US: The Case Against Coke
by Michaeil BlandingThe Nation
April 14th, 2006
The Coca-Cola Company will hold its stockholders' meeting, an annual exercise designed to boost the confidence of investors. If the meeting is anything like last year's, however, it may do the opposite.

BRAZIL: With Big Boost From Sugar Cane, Brazil Is Satisfying Its Fuel Needs
by Larry RohterThe New York Times
April 10th, 2006
In his State of the Union address in January, Mr. Bush backed financing for "cutting-edge methods of producing ethanol, not just from corn but wood chips and stalks or switch grass" with the goal of making ethanol competitive in six years. But Brazil is already 30 years of effort down that path.

US: McDonald's Is Super-Sizing Destruction of Amazonia: Greenpeace
Agence France Presse
April 7th, 2006
The environment group Greenpeace launched a campaign against McDonald's, accusing the US restaurant chain of abetting the destruction of the Brazilian rainforest by buying meat raised from Amazonian soya.

IRAQ: Cut in Food Rations Hurting Poor Iraqis
by Daud SalmanEnvironmental News Service
April 3rd, 2006
A government decision to cut food rations has hurt poor Iraqis who cannot afford high prices on the open market, say economists and Baghdad residents.

US: Farmers not lovin' tomato-picking pay
Associated Press
April 1st, 2006
The coalition is urging consumers to pressure Oak Brook, Illinois-based McDonald's Corp. to support a campaign to boost wages for more than 3,000 Florida pickers. They're proposing a penny per pound increase in pay.

LIBERIA: Before UN Sanctions Are Lifted, a Timber Industry Clean-Up
by Abdullah DukulyInter Press Service News Agency
March 31st, 2006
Liberia's newly-elected but cash-strapped government has begun to find ways that the U.N. sanctions can be lifted to allow the country to exploit its immense timber resources for the benefit of its war-ravaged people.

SOUTH AMERICA: Creating a Network Against Biopiracy
by Mario OsavaInter Press Service News Agency
March 27th, 2006
Two patents granted in the United States between 2000 and 2002 and another for which an application has been filed have put "maca", a high altitude Andean plant that is used by indigenous people in Peru, at the centre of a new battle against biopiracy, which involves the construction of an international network against the misappropriation of traditional knowledge.

US: Survey Ranks 'Organic-ness' at Dairies
by Marian BurrosThe New York Times
March 22nd, 2006
THE CORNUCOPIA INSTITUTE, a nonprofit agricultural policy research group in Cornucopia, Wis., will release a report today that ranks organic milk and dairy products based on federal organic standards as well as environmental and humane concerns.

LATIN AMERICA: Victims of Glyphosate
by Roberto Villar BelmonteInter Press Service News Agency
March 16th, 2006
The pain and suffering of victims of toxic agrochemicals invaded the international negotiations on biosafety in Curitiba, Brazil this week with the accounts of a Paraguayan mother whose son died from herbicide poisoning and local residents of a neighbourhood in Córdoba, Argentina facing a severe health crisis caused by the fumigation of surrounding fields.

EU: Toxic Metal Found in Bottled Water
The Food Navigator
March 14th, 2006
Trace amounts of a little-researched toxic metal have been found in bottled water brands in PET bottles across Europe and Canada, says new research from Germany.

EU: How can we make sure we stay GM free?
by Lucy SiegleThe Observer
March 12th, 2006
If you think the GM battle is over, think again, says Lucy Siegle. Beware, transgenic crops and Terminator Technology are back.

EU: Ministers back 'terminator' GM crops
by Geoffrey LeanThe Independent
March 5th, 2006
Ministers are trying to scrap an international agreement banning the world's most controversial genetic modification of crops, grimly nicknamed "terminator technology", a move which threatens to increase hunger in the Third World.

PERU: Bank Rejects Rapid Review of Controversial Pipeline
by Emad MekayInter Press Service News Agency
March 1st, 2006
The main public investor in a controversial gas pipeline in Peru's Amazon rainforest that has ruptured four times already appears adamant not to bow to pressure from green groups demanding a full investigation after a study asserted that the pipeline is shoddily built and likely to break again.

INDIA: Battle over Indian steel mills
by Mark DummettBBC News
February 26th, 2006
A South Korean firm, Posco, last year promised to build a steel plant costing $12bn - the biggest ever single foreign investment in India. The only problem is that many of the people living in Kalinga Nagar, near the town of Jajpur, do not want to make way for the new factories.

US: Cotton farmers sue Monsanto, Bayer, and Delta&Pine for crop loss
by Carey GillamReuters
February 24th, 2006
More than 90 Texas cotton farmers have sued Monsanto Co. and two affiliated companies, claiming they suffered widespread crop losses because Monsanto failed to warn them of a defect in its genetically altered cotton product.

US: Farmers, Others Sue USDA over Monsanto GMO Alfalfa
by Carey GillamReuters
February 17th, 2006
A coalition of farmers, consumers and environmental activists Thursday sued the U.S. government over its approval of a biotech alfalfa that critics say will spell havoc for farmers and the environment."

INDONESIA: U.S. mine to pay Jakarta $30 million to settle suit
by Jane PerlezThe New York Times
February 16th, 2006
Newmont Mining agreed Thursday to pay $30 million to Indonesia in a settlement of a civil lawsuit in which the government argued that the company had polluted a bay with arsenic and mercury.

US: Advisories on Fish and the Pitfalls of Good Intent
by Marian BurrosThe New York Times
February 15th, 2006
SHOPPING for fish these days is fraught with confusion. There is so much contradictory information about what is safe and what isn't. Some nutritionists are worried that people will throw up their hands and choose steak instead.

EU: Europe Defends Stance on Genetically Altered Foods
by Paul MellerThe New York Times
February 8th, 2006
The European Commission defended its current practices on screening genetically altered foods in the wake of a report from the World Trade Organization that criticized its past action in restricting the entry of modified products into the European Union.

EU: Europe's Biotech-Seed Rules Ruled Illegal by WTO, U.S. Says
by Warren Giles and Mark DrajemBloomberg
February 8th, 2006
The World Trade Organization ruled that the European Union unfairly blocked imports of genetically engineered crops, U.S. trade officials said, setting a precedent that may force other nations to drop their restrictions.

SOUTH AFRICA: GM debate fought on cotton fields of KZN
February 7th, 2006
Taking a break from spraying his neat, one-hectare plot of young cotton plants with herbicide, Moses Mabika surveys the land that has been supporting his family for 45 years. He may not realise it, but he is standing at the epicenter of a heated debate about growing genetically modified (GM) crops in Africa.

VENEZUELA: Indigenous Demonstrators Protest Coal Mining
by Humberto MárquezInterpress News Service
January 27th, 2006
Indigenous protesters from northwestern Venezuela marched Friday through the streets of Caracas, which is hosting the sixth World Social Forum (WSF), to protest plans for mining coal on their land.

WORLD: 'Suicide Seeds' Could Spell Death of Peasant Agriculture, UN Meeting Told
by Haider
January 26th, 2006
Groups fighting for the rights of peasant communities are stepping up pressure on governments to ban the use of genetically modified ''suicide seeds'' at UN-sponsored talks on biodiversity in Spain this week.

BOLIVIA: Bechtel Drops $50 Million Claim to Settle Bolivian Water Dispute
Environmental News Service
January 19th, 2006
Bechtel, a global engineering and construction company based in San Francisco, today reached agreement with the government of Bolivia, dropping a legal demand for $50 million after a revolt over privatizing water services in the city of Cochabamba forced the company out of Bolivia in April 2000.

THAILAND: Thai Farmers Fear Free Trade Deal With US
by Marwaan Macan-MarkarInter Press Service
January 12th, 2006
When United States negotiators fly into Thailand to thrash out a bilateral free trade deal next week, they will be greeted with jeers rather than this country's famed smile of welcome.

US: Engineer: DuPont hid facts about paper coating
by Elizabeth WeiseUSA TODAY
November 16th, 2005
A former engineer for the DuPont company has accused his ex-employer of concealing test results almost two decades ago that showed toxic chemicals leaching out of a paper coating used to give grease resistance to microwave popcorn bags, fast food and candy wrappers, and pizza box liners.

INDIA: Health Minister: 'Coke Plant Will Not Be Allowed to Function'
The Hindu
October 25th, 2005
Health Minister K.K. Ramachandran on Monday said the Government "would not allow the bottling plant of Hindustan Coca-Cola Beverages Pvt. Ltd. at Plachimada to reopen against the will of the people." (Mr. Ramachandran is the first Minister to have visited Plachimada where the local people have been waging an agitation for the last three years demanding the closure of the company for allegedly exploiting the groundwater, leading to shortage of water for drinking and irrigation purposes.)

EU: The wrong label
by David RansomThe New Internationalist
October 17th, 2005
In a move that has astonished campaigners in the trade and global-justice movements, the giant Nestlé corporation has been awarded a ‘Fairtrade’ mark for a new brand of its coffee in Britain. David Ransom wonders why.

US: Smoking the fast-food industry: Fight against warning labels reminiscent of tobacco fray
by Thomas KostigenMarketWatch
October 6th, 2005
The state of California is suing nine top food manufacturers, including Burger King, Heinz and McDonald's, over their reluctance to issue warnings that some of their snacks could contain the potentially cancer-causing chemical acrylamide. Acrylamide was found to be linked to cancer in 2002. Then, the Swedish Food Administration reported high levels of it in carbohydrate-rich foods, such as french fries and potato chips, cooked at high temperatures. Studies indicated the chemical caused cancer in rats.

INDIA:Everything Gets Worse With Coca-Cola
by D. RajeevInter Press Service
August 21st, 2005
Kerala State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) ordered a Coca-Cola plant shut down to the jubilation of tribal leaders and green activists who had focused more on the 'water mining' activities of the plant rather than its production of toxic cadmium sludge.

INDONESIA: Indonesia hit by petrol shortages
by Rachel HarveyBBC News
July 18th, 2005
The oil crisis is hitting Indonesia - one the world's biggest oil producers - as it struggles to end subsidised prices for petrol.

EU: EU votes to continue ban on GM crops
by Paul BrownThe Guardian
June 25th, 2005

EU: Sugar Sector 'Must Reform or Die'
June 22nd, 2005
Subsidies to European sugar farmers are to be cut by 40%, under plans unveiled by the European Commission.

US: Coke to Examine Overseas Labor Practices
Associated Press
June 20th, 2005
The Coca-Cola Co. says it is willing to examine its labor and business practices in India and Colombia to keep $1.3 million worth of contracts with the University of Michigan.

US: Electricity from Cow Waste
June 17th, 2005
Environmental Power Corporation , in collaboration with Dairyland Power Cooperative, is formally commissioning the first of its electricity generating anaerobic digester systems.

PANAMA: Banana Growers Fear EU Tariffs May Spell End
by Mike PowersReuters
June 14th, 2005
The European Union (EU) wants to increase import tariffs on Latin American bananas from 75 euros per ton now to 230 euros per ton in 2006. Growers and exporters here say it could lead to the collapse of their industry.

US: Teamsters Picket L.A. Coke Plants
by Nancy Cleeland and Erica WilliamsLA Times
May 24th, 2005
Teamster drivers, packers and warehouse workers walked picket lines at all seven Coca- Cola Enterprises Inc. bottling plants in the L.A. area in a dispute over wages and rising health insurance costs.

NICARAGUA: Chiquita's Children
by By Nicolas Bérubé and Benoit AquinIn These Times
May 23rd, 2005
In the ’70s and ’80s, the banana companies Dole, Del Monte and Chiquita used a carcinogenic pesticide, Nemagon, to protect their crops in Nicaragua. Today, the men and women who worked on those plantations suffer from incurable illnesses. Their children are deformed. The companies feign innocence.

WORLD: The Truth about McDonald's and Children
by by Morgan SpurlockIndependent
May 22nd, 2005
Obesity rates in American children remained stable throughout the 1960s, but they began to climb in the 1970s. In the past 20 years, the rate of obesity has doubled in children and trebled in teenagers. Kids are starting to clock in as obese as early as the age of two. If we find that surprising, we shouldn't.

US: Emboldened by Victory, Farmworkers Taking on Fast Food Industry
by Mike Schneider Associated Press
May 21st, 2005
"It's not just a problem of the farmworkers in Immokalee. It's not just a problem for immigrant workers in Florida," say representatives of Coalition of Immokalee Workers, "The problems in the agriculture industry are problems for all of American society."

US: Ben and Jerry's Plans to Lick Global Warming
by Lottie Moggach Financial Times
May 21st, 2005
Ben & Jerry's "Lick Global Warming" campaign. Last month, in protest against the US government's proposed drilling for oil in Jerry Greenfield -- co-founder of Ben and jerry's is serious about preventing climate change. To protest the Arctic National Wildlife Park, the company made a 1,000lb Baked Alaska and left it to melt outside the Capitol. They've also has set up a Climate Change College, which, each year for three years, will train six spokespeople for the cause.

INDIA: Spice Farmers in Misery
by Sunil RamanBBC news
May 13th, 2005
Thousands of spice farmers in India are in the midst of a major crisis, threatening one of the country's best known trades.

US: Animal Experts Quit KFC Over Confidentiality Pact
by Nichola GroomReuters
May 5th, 2005
Two animal welfare experts said they resigned as advisors to fast-food chain KFC after the company asked them to sign an agreement preventing them from speaking publicly about its policies on such issues as animal slaughter.

US: Hunt's, Orville Redenbacher's to Launch Organic Products
by Paul GearyEnvironment News Network
May 3rd, 2005

US: Is Fast Food Just What the Doctor Ordered?
by Melanie WarnerNew York Times
May 2nd, 2005
In the last two years, at least two dozen leading nutrition scientists and experts have started working for large food companies, either as consultants or as members of health advisory boards. Most do not directly promote products, though Dr. Arthur Agatston, a practicing cardiologist and author of "The South Beach Diet," has a licensing deal with Kraft Foods to sell a line of South Beach foods, which are appearing on supermarket shelves this month.

US: Farming Life May Head Offshore
by By Cain BurdeauAssociated Press
April 27th, 2005
Bush's backing may lead to the conversion of idle oil and gas rigs in the Gulf of Mexico to sites for rearing fish. But the plan raises concerns.

US: The Escalating Obesity Wars
by Caroline E. Mayer and Amy Joyce
April 27th, 2005
Nonprofit's Tactics, Funding Sources Spark Controversy

US: Senomyx's Fake Flavors
by By Melanie WarnerNew York Times
April 6th, 2005
Unlike artificial sweeteners, Senomyx's chemical compounds will not be listed separately on ingredient labels. Instead, they will be lumped into a broad category - "artificial flavors" - already found on most packaged food labels.

US: Agent Orange Legal Case Dismissed
March 10th, 2005
A US federal court in New York has dismissed a legal action brought by Vietnamese plaintiffs over the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. The plaintiffs had sought compensation from the firms that manufactured the chemical, which allegedly caused birth defects, miscarriages and cancer.

US: Coca-Cola Faces Boycotts Over Colombia Murders
by Steve MatthewsBloomberg
March 2nd, 2005
Coca-Cola Co., the world's largest soft-drink maker, is facing boycotts at U.S. college campuses including New York University by students who allege the company has ignored the murder of labor organizers at bottling plants in Colombia.

UK: 'McLibel' Campaigners Win Legal Aid Battle
by Geoff MeadeThe Independent Online
February 15th, 2005
Two environmental campaigners who took on hamburger chain McDonald's and lost have now won their claim that the libel trial was unfair.

US: Monsanto's Big Deal
by Nick Parker and Karl
February 14th, 2005
Monsanto's announcement of their plans to purchase Seminis, the largest fruit and vegetable seed producer in the world, was quickly followed by a statement that Monsanto does not intend to apply biotech to develop these seeds - at least not yet. This is a curious assertion from a dominant biotech company.

US: Lawsuit Will Force McDonald's to Reduce Hazardous Transfats
Associated Press
February 12th, 2005
McDonald's Corp. will pay $8.5 million to settle a lawsuit accusing the fast-food giant of failing to inform consumers of delays in a plan to reduce fat in the cooking oil used for its popular french fries and other foods.

WORLD: Free Trade Leaves World Food in Grip of Global Giants
by John VidalThe Guardian
January 27th, 2005
Global food companies are aggravating poverty in developing countries by dominating markets, buying up seed firms and forcing down prices for staple goods including tea, coffee, milk, bananas and wheat, according to a report to be launched today.

UK: Patents on Flowers: Profits to Blossom?
Corporate Watch
January 26th, 2005
The European Patent Office is currently considering an application by crop science giant Syngenta to control the DNA that regulates the way flowers grow in rice plants.

LATIN AMERICA: World Wide Fund for Nature Makes GM Soya ‘Sustainable’
Corporate Watch
January 26th, 2005
The World Wide Fund for Nature (now known as WWF) continues its career as the thinking corporation’s greenwasher with a recent initative designed to extend the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) soya across much of Latin America.

US: Meat Packing Industry Criticized on Human Rights Grounds
by Steven GreenhouseNew York Times
January 25th, 2005
Human Rights Watch has issued a report that harshly criticizes a single industry in the United States, concluding that the nation's meat packing industry has such bad working conditions that it violates basic human and worker rights.

INDIA: Cola Companies Told to Quit
BBC news
January 20th, 2005
Activists in India have held nationwide protests against multinational soft drink companies Coca-Cola and Pepsi.

US: Monsanto ”Seed Police” Scrutinise Farmers
by Stephen Leahy IPS
January 14th, 2005
Agribusiness giant Monsanto has sued more than 100 U.S. farmers, and its "seed police" have investigated thousands of others, for what the company terms illegal use of its patented genetically engineered seeds, and activists charge is "corporate extortion".

INDONESIA: Monsanto Agrees to US $1.5m Penalty Over Crop Bribe
by Jonathan BirchallFinancial Times
January 7th, 2005
Monsanto, the US agro-chemical company, is to pay Dollars 1.5m in penalties to the US government over a bribe paid in Indonesia in a bid to bypass controls on the screening of new genetically modified cotton crops.

CUBA: Biotech Revolution
by Douglas StarrWired News
December 12th, 2004
Embargo or no, Castro's socialist paradise has quietly become a pharmaceutical powerhouse. (They're still working on the capitalism thing.)

INDIA: Bhopal Disaster and Aftermath Violation of Human Rights
Agence France Presse
November 29th, 2004
Tens of thousands of Indian people still suffer appalling effects from the Bhopal gas leak 20 years ago and over 20,000 have died from the disaster, Amnesty International says, labelling the victims' long wait for justice a major breach of human rights.

USA: Chiron's Public Health Disaster
by Matthew HerperForbes
October 5th, 2004

INDIA: Anti-Coca-Cola Agitation Picks up in Kaladera, Rajasthan
by Nagraj AdveIndia Resource Center
September 28th, 2004
It's a classic David versus Goliath story. Villagers facing diminishing livelihoods agitating against one of the largest soft-drink and bottled water companies in the world: Coca-Cola. Fortunately there are many Davids.

USA: Justice Department Closes Monsanto Probe
by Associated Press8-18-2004

US: DuPont Failed To Report Teflon Health Risks, Says U.S. EPA
by Chris Baltimore and David BrinkerhoffReuters
July 9th, 2004

INDONESIA: Monsanto Inquiry Begins
Wall Street Journal
May 27th, 2004

UK: Oxfam Hopes To Stimulate Taste For Fair Trade
by Simon BowersGuardian
May 14th, 2004
The charity, backed by a loan from Glasgow-based coffee supplier Matthew Algie, yesterday said it hoped consumers' appetite for fair trade-certified coffee will attract new customers and draw others away from the mainstream chains.

Belgium: EU Urged To Reject GM Rice
by Stefania BianchiInter Press Service
March 23rd, 2004
Leading environmental groups are urging the EU to reject a new strain of genetically modified rice.

Yo No Quiero Taco Bell: Farmworker Struggles and the Legacy of C�sar Chavez
by Catherine Cunningham and Sean
March 21st, 2004
In Immokalee, Florida, the situation is dire. South Florida is the nation's leading producer of fresh tomatoes. Taco Bell is a major purchaser of Florida tomatoes. Their enormous purchasing power gives them a unique opportunity to intervene on behalf of farm workers who subsidize corporate profits with sweatshop tomatoes.

US: Government Funds Massive Biodefense Effort
by Michael
March 20th, 2004
In the wake of 9/11, the U.S. government is funding a massive new biodefense research effort, redirecting up to $10 billion toward projects related to biological weapons such as anthrax. The Pentagon's budget for chemical and biological defense has doubled; high-security nuclear-weapons labs have begun conducting genetic research on dangerous pathogens; universities are receiving government funding to build high-tech labs equipped to handle deadly infectious organisms; and Fort Detrick, Maryland, once the home of America's secret bioweapons program, is about to break ground on two new high-tech biodefense centers.

UK: Coca-Cola Admits Dasani is Tap Water
by Trevor DatsonReuters
March 4th, 2004
It made for great headlines, but the fact that the UK version of Coca-Cola's Dasani brand bottled water comes out of the London public supply should hardly have come as a surprise.

GM Oilseed Rape Could Harm The Environment
by John MasonFinancial Times
January 28th, 2004
The Belgian biosafety advisory committee said a herbicide-tolerant oilseed rape variety made by Bayer Cropscience would damage wildlife and mix with non-GM wild varieties through a process called vertical gene-flow.

Argentina: Soy Exports Are Up, Monsanto is Not Amused
by Tony SmithNew York Times
January 21st, 2004
Booming soy exports may be a boon to Argentina's convalescent economy, but Monsanto has stopped selling its Roundup Ready soybean seeds because a sharp rise in black-market sales of genetically modified seeds has badly cut into the company's revenue.

Indian NGO Finds Pesticides in Colas
Centre for Science and Environment
January 17th, 2004
Our study helped to place on record that water was increasingly poisoned and even products like soft drinks, peddled through high value brand ambassadors, were unsafe. New questions emerged. The cola giants challenged our study. They sent their street fighters turned college debaters who argued their drinks were "safe". Why? Because India used very low levels of pesticides on a per capita basis and contamination wasn't a problem.

World: GMO Seed Prices Fixed by MNCs in the 90s
by David BarbozaNew York Times
January 6th, 2004
Senior executives at the two biggest seed companies in the world met repeatedly in the mid- to late 1990's and agreed to charge higher prices for genetically modified seeds, according to interviews with former executives from both companies and to court and other documents.

UK: Polluted 'Ghost Ships' May be Turned Back After Ruling
by Cahal MilmoIndependent (London)
November 1st, 2003
The two highly-polluted American "ghost ships" which have courted controversy were last night facing the prospect of being turned back across the Atlantic after the Environment Agency withdrew permission for them to be dismantled in Britain.

CHINA: Party Leaders Endorse Property Rights
by John PomfretWashington Post
October 15th, 2003
China's top Communist Party leaders ended a four-day meeting Tuesday with promises to protect private property and allow farmers to amass large land holdings, key steps toward creating a more capitalist economy, state-run media said. The decisions, made at a meeting of the Communist Party's Central Committee, marked another radical break with the country's founding ideals and a pragmatic recognition that economic reforms have remade society.

USA: Biosensors to be Used for 'Homeland Security'
by Mark BaardWired News
August 26th, 2003
Still stinging from failed attempts to introduce radio tags to consumers, retailers and their uppliers are now adding features to the technology to make it appear essential to the safety of the nation's food supply.

USA: Microsoft's Big Role on Campus
by Ariana Eunjung ChaWashington Post
August 25th, 2003
Bearing gifts of cash, software and computers worth $25 million, Microsoft Corp. came to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1999, saying it wanted to jointly develop educational technologies. Some scholars expressed more suspicion than gratitude.

India: Pepsi and Coca-Cola Deny Pesticide Claims
by Edward LuceFinancial Times
August 6th, 2003
Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, the US ccompanies, yesterday angrily denied allegations that their products manufactured in India contained toxins far above the norms permitted in the developed world.

Italy: Activists Suspect Monsanto in GM Seed Controversy
by Ernesto FerriniInter Press Service
August 4th, 2003
MILAN -- The discovery of an undeclared plantation of genetically modified crops in Italy has given a new twist to the controversy over these crops.

Malaysia: Gov't Pulled in Opposite Directions on Pesticide Use
by Baradan KuppusamyInterPress Service
July 23rd, 2003
KUALA LUMPUR - To know paraquat is to like it, says a promotional video by the Swiss-based Syngenta, the world's biggest agro-chemical company. But for weed sprayer Anggamah, to know paraquat -- with which she is intimate -- is to hate it. Daily, the 47-year-old lugs an eight-kilogramme tank on her back to spray paraquat, a highly toxic herbicide, on broadleaf weeds in an oil palm plantation about 60 kilometres south of the capital here. For this, she gets 14 Malaysian ringgit (3.7 U.S. dollars) a day.

World: Bananas are a Dying Breed
by Robert AlisonGlobe and Mail
July 19th, 2003
The banana is about to disappear from store shelves around the globe. Experts say the world's favourite fruit will pass into oblivion within a decade. No more fresh bananas. No more banana bread. No more banana muffins or banana cream pie.

BRAZIL: Wall Street Concerned over Mass Landless Movement
by Matt MoffettThe Wall Street Journal
July 10th, 2003
Outside of this central cattle town, activists have built a massive squatter camp, with 3,500 families who say they won't leave until the government gives them property. In other places, protesters demanding land have looted food trucks, seized toll roads, and taken over government agricultural offices. Last week, the nation's president convened an emergency meeting with the group's leaders, who refused to halt their protests.

Cambodia: Farmers' Use of Pesticides Increasing
by Eric UnmachtBBC East Asia Today
July 9th, 2003
Sa'ang is a popular fruit-growing area just south of the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. Villagers tend their fields in traditional scarves and sarongs, with plough and ox.

Vietnam: Agent Orange Still Killing After Three Decades
by Katrin DauenhauerIPS News
July 9th, 2003
More than 30 years after the spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam by U.S. troops during the war, the health effects on U.S. veterans and their families as well as affected Vietnamese remain devastating, experts say.

World: Food Inc. Explores Middle Ground
by Marion NestleWashington Post
July 6th, 2003
In this latest account of the arrogance and unfulfilled promises of the international corporations that produce genetically modified (GM) foods, Peter Pringle takes on a formidable challenge. At the behest of the Rockefeller Foundation, which funded this study, he resolves to explore and demystify the language and politics of GM agriculture from the "eerily deserted" middle ground.

EU: GM Labeling Laws Passed, U.S. Unimpressed
July 3rd, 2003
The European Parliament passed laws Wednesday to force the labeling of all genetically modified food in a move that could lead the E.U. to lift an unofficial ban on GM crops. But it may not be enough to halt a U.S. trade suit.

US: GMOs and WTO at Heart of Sacramento Protest
by Joe GarofoliSan Francisco Chronicle
June 23rd, 2003
Agriculture ministers from more than 100 nations convene in Sacramento today for what U.S. officials call a good-faith gathering to show off high- tech farming advances that they say could reduce hunger in developing countries. But critics contend that the three-day Ministerial Conference and Expo on Agriculture Science and Technology sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture is merely a cover for the United States to strong-arm smaller nations into lowering trade barriers to genetically modified products made by American biotechnology interests. The big winners, critics say, would be large corporate farmers.

WORLD: Factory Farms Growing in Developing Nations
Environmental News Service
April 22nd, 2003
Factory farms are expanding into developing countries, bringing these nations a wealth of environmental and public health concerns, finds a new paper by the Worldwatch Institute.

VIETNAM: Country Jolted Over Trademark Debacle
by Tran Dinh Thanh LamInter Press Service
April 8th, 2003
Socialist Vietnam is starting to learn the ways of capitalism as its products enter the global market.

Brazil: Furor Errupts Over GM Soy
by Mario OsavaInter Press Service
April 7th, 2003
Brazil will permit the sale of genetically modified soy harvested this year in the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, even though it was planted illegally. Consumer and environmental groups are outraged.

PHILIPPINES: People's Congress Urges Land, Food Without Poisons
Envinroment News Service
April 7th, 2003
Agricultural workers and their families are being poisoned, rural lands, forests, oceans and waters are devastated, biodiversity is being destroyed, and food is unfit for human consumption. With these words, 140 participants from 17 countries at the First Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific Congress in Manila last week warned the world that industrial agriculture as conducted by transnational corporations is undermining the resources needed to sustain food production.

US: Family Farm Organizations Endorse Taco Bell boycott
Coalition of Imokalee Workers
March 19th, 2003
In what is a natural -- but all too rare -- partnership, farmworkers and family farmers have joined forces in the battle against the corporate domination and consolidation of agriculture, as several family farm organizations have endorsed the Taco Bell boycott!

World: Prior Informed Consent: Asbestos, Pesticides, Lead
Environmental News Service
March 11th, 2003
An international list of chemicals subject to trade controls will expand to include all forms of asbestos, three pesticides, and two forms of lead if recommendations made by a committee of government appointed experts is approved under the Rotterdam Convention. The international treaty requires exporting countries trading in a list of hazardous substances to obtain the prior informed consent of importing countries before proceeding with the trade.

India: Bottled Water Firms Lose Licenses
Indo-Asian News Service
February 19th, 2003
New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) The Indian government Wednesday withdrew the licenses of eight bottled water units following reports there were massive doses of pesticides and other chemical contaminants in their products.

JAPAN: Tokyo Meeting Aims To Boost Flagging WTO
by Katharine MillarAgence France Presse
February 12th, 2003
Trade ministers gather in Tokyo on Friday for a three-day meeting to try to step up the pace of flagging global trade talks, beset by failed deadlines and a lack of progress. Only 25 of the 145 members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) have been invited to send ministers to the February 14-16 "mini-ministerial". Their task: to thrash out ideas for giving a boost to negotiations, mainly on greater market access in services, industrial goods and the traditionally-thorniest subject of agriculture.

USA: Concerns Raised Over Genetically Altered Fish
by Andrew PollackNew York Times
January 15th, 2003

A new study maintains that the government is poorly structured to assess possible environmental hazards posed by genetically modified fish.

USA: Unhappy Meals
by Barry YeomanMother Jones magazine
January 6th, 2003
Every weekday at lunch, courtesy of the federal government, more than 27 million schoolchildren sit down to the nation's largest mass feeding.

France: Activist Jose Bove Must Serve 14 Months in Prison
by Verena Von DerschauAssociated Press
November 20th, 2002
France's highest court ruled Tuesday that militant French farmer Jose Bove must serve 14 months in prison for destroying two fields of genetically modified crops.

USA: Critics Detail Risks of Colombian Coca Spraying
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
October 1st, 2002
A U.S. State Department report on aerial spraying of coca crops in Colombia fails to prove that the pesticide program does not harm the environmentor pose safety risks to humans, charge six independent reviews released Monday by scientists and advocacy groups. The groups argue that the U.S. cannot authorize more funds for the controversial program until it can rule out health and environmental risks from the spraying.

India: Court Upholds Charges Against US Executive for Bhopal Deaths
Agence France Presse
August 28th, 2002
Bhopal -- A court ruled that a former chairman of US-based Union Carbide should face culpable homicide charges over the 1984 Bhopal gas disaster, rejecting the Indian government's attempt to dilute them to negligence.

South Africa: Bhopal Tragedy Lives on at Earth Summit
by Maria AbrahamReuters
August 27th, 2002
BOMBAY -- An exhibition of black-and-white photographs capturing the suffering of victims of the world's worst industrial accident is set to open in Johannesburg on Tuesday to coincide with the Earth Summit.

S. Asia: Leaders Need Fresh Approach to End Hunger, Say Experts
by KalyaniOneWorld South Asia
August 22nd, 2002
Governments in South Asia are failing to make significant progress in reducing high levels of hunger in the region because they are not aware of the difficulties faced by farmers, a New Delhi-based campaigns group said Wednesday.

USA: Blowing the Whistle on West Nile and Pesticides
by Lynn
August 12th, 2002
I'm reminded of the 1950's...TV newscasts showing clouds of DDT sprayed on a clueless public, compromising their health and contaminating the environment for decades to come, as Rachel Carson writes "Silent Spring." But the time is now, other toxic pesticides have joined the ranks in our wayward war against mosquitoes, and the Rachels of today are drowned out by a media rushing to sound the alarm, rather than report the news.

Zambia: African Nation Accepts U.S. GM Food Aid
by Singy HanyonaEnvironment News Service
July 29th, 2002
Zambia is expected to import genetically modified maize (corn) from the United States to feed its 2.3 million starving citizens, according to the Biotechnology Trust of Africa, a regional charitable trust. Zambia has decided not to follow in the footsteps of hungry Zimbabwe, which two months ago rejected 10,000 metric tons of genetically modified maize from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

EGYPT: Protest Groups Boycott U.S. Products
by Khaled HanafiIslam Online
July 22nd, 2002
Environment and anti-globalization organizations worldwide called on all citizens suffering from 'U.S. injustice' to give up drinking American soft drinks, especially Coca-Cola, for the day of Monday, July 22, 2002.

USA: Poor Countries Reject GMO Food Aid
Environment News Service
June 14th, 2002
The controversy over genetically engineered crops is disrupting U.S. efforts to provide food aid to starving people. The government of Zimbabwe and citizens groups in Bolivia, Guatemala and Nicaragua are resisting U.S. supplied foods that contain transgenic corn, or maize. Citizen's groups say the GMO crops are not proven safe.

EU: Genetically Engineered Crops Raise Costs, Says Supressed Study
Environment News Service
May 21st, 2002
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- Farmers would face higher, and in some cases unsustainable, production costs if genetically engineered crops were commercially grown on a large scale basis in Europe, according to a secret European Union study leaked to Greenpeace.

India: Government Approves Use of BT Cotton
by Hari RamachandranReuters
March 27th, 2002
India said on Wednesday it had allowed production of three genetically modified cotton hybrids by a private company which has U.S. biotechnology giant Monsanto as its partner

BRAZIL: Peasants Take Over Ranches of the Rich
EFE News Service
March 26th, 2002
Some 300 members of Brazil's Landless Peasants' Movement (MST) took over an estate belonging to an associate of the country's president in the state of Sao Paulo Monday, organization spokesmen said.

US: Students Campaign for Coffee in Good Conscience
by Jake BatsellThe Seattle Times
March 17th, 2002
Starbucks serves fair-trade certified drip coffee on campus through Sodexho, the food-services vendor. But with the school considering bids for a new 10-year food-services contract, McDonald and the group he leads, Students for Fair Trade, are pushing for all coffee including decaf and espresso drinks on campus to be fair-trade certified. To be certified, third-party monitors must have confirmed that farmers were paid a fair price for their beans.

Canada: Giant Food Chain Rejects Chemical Pesticides
Environment News Service
March 12th, 2002
TORONTO, Ontario, Canada -- Canada's largest food distributor has made a public commitment to stop marketing chemical pesticides by next spring. Loblaw Companies Limited announced today that it will no longer sell chemical pesticides in all of its 440 garden centers across Canada by 2003.

ECUADOR: Farmers Fight DynCorp's Chemwar on the Amazon
by Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander CockburnCounterpunch
February 27th, 2002
The International Labor Rights Fund has filed suit in US federal court on behalf of 10,000 Ecuadorian peasant farmers and Amazonian Indians charging DynCorp with torture, infanticide and wrongful death for its role in the aerial spraying of highly toxic pesticides in the Amazonian jungle, along the border of Ecuador and Colombia.

USA: Beans and Big Business
by Rita GiordanoPhiladelphia Inquirer
February 18th, 2002
Scott Good, 42, is the target of a federal lawsuit he fears could break him financially. It is one of about two dozen pending suits, not to mention hundreds of complaints, pursued by Monsanto about alleged misuse of its genetically altered cotton, canola, corn and soybean seeds.

FRANCE: Activist Gets Jail for Ransacking McDonald's
February 6th, 2002
France's highest court upheld on Wednesday a three-month jail sentence for anti-globalization activist Jose Bove over his ransacking of a McDonald's restaurant to protest U.S. trade barriers.

France: National Cartoon Character Promoting McBurgers
by Murray CampbellToronto Globe & Mail
January 24th, 2002
The McDonald's hamburger chain that occupies villages throughout modern-day France has commandeered a Asterix, a national cartoon character, to promote its food as part of a marketing campaign launched yesterday that pushes aside the venerable clown, Ronald McDonald.

USA: Washington Pressures EU to Drop GMO Labeling
Environment News Service
January 16th, 2002
Confidential documents obtained by Friends of the Earth Europe underline American opposition to European Union plans for compulsory tracing and labeling rules for all food and animal feed containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) above a certain threshold.

US: Lobbyists Try to Insert Special Interests in Bioterrorism Bill
by Robert PearThe New York Times
December 11th, 2001
In the final hectic days before Congress adjourns for the year, lobbyists are swarming around the Capitol, trying to adorn a bill on bioterrorism with all sorts of special-interest provisions.

Mexico: Study Raises GMO Concerns
by Ivan NobleBBC
November 28th, 2001
Scientists have found DNA from genetically modified crops in wild maize growing on remote mountains in Mexico.

USA: Biotech Terrorism?
by Jeremy RifkinThe Guardian (UK)
September 27th, 2001
For the first 10 days we worried about commercial airplanes being hijacked and used as missiles. Now, the American people are worried about a new, even more deadly threat: bacteria and viruses raining from the sky over populated areas, infecting and killing millions of people.

Phillipines: Lawmakers Vote to Label GMOs
by Michael BengwayanEnvironment News Service
August 15th, 2001
If you are selling a product that contains genetically modified organisms (GMO) in the Phillippines you may soon have to label it ''genetically engineered'' or go to prison.

MEXICO: Farmers March Against Free Trade
Associated Press
August 8th, 2001
Thousands of farmers marched through the Mexican capital Wednesday demanding subsidies and a halt to free trade -- posing the most direct challenge yet to President Vicente Fox's 8-month-old administration.

Colombia: Chemical Spraying of Coca Poisoning Villages
by Hugh O'ShaughnessyThe Observer (London)
June 17th, 2001
The tiny indigenous Kofan community of Santa Rosa de Guamuez in Colombia had it hard enough with pressures from settlers on their reservation, without Roundup Ultra containing Cosmoflux 411F, a weedkiller that is being sprayed on their villages in a concentration 100 times more powerful than is permitted in the United States.

UN: Aventis Accused of Breaking Global Compact
by Elizabeth NeufferBoston Globe
June 15th, 2001
Consumer and agricultural watchdog groups yesterday accused a multinational corporation that produces genetically modified foods of failing to uphold a UN code of business conduct to which it had agreed.

USA: World Health Threatened by Toxic Pesticide Stocks
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
May 9th, 2001
More than 500,000 tons of banned or expired pesticides are seriously threatening the health of millions of people and the environment in nearly all developing countries and countries in transition, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization warned in a new report issued today.

BRAZIL: Farmers Demand Agrarian Reform
by Mario OsavaInter Press Service
April 17th, 2001
Demonstrators in dozens of cities throughout Brazil and around the world marked International Day of Farmers' Struggle on Tuesday, protesting police massacres of rural workers, genetically modified seeds, and agricultural trade that jeopardises food security.

Italy: Monsanto Seed Depot Set on Fire
by Alesssandra RizzoAssociated Press
April 3rd, 2001
Arsonists on Tuesday set fire to a Monsanto depot a week after the Italian government said tests showed genetically modified material in one of the company's seed shipments.

USA: The Dioxin Deception
by Tamara StrausAlterNet
April 3rd, 2001
Behind Closed Doors reveals that year after year the publication of the EPA's report on dioxin has been stalled due to pressure from the chemical industry.

FRANCE: Activist Jose Bov Gets Suspended Sentence
Agence France Presse
March 15th, 2001
French anti-globalization activist Jose Bove on Thursday was sentenced to a 10-month suspended prison term for the destruction in 1999 of genetically altered rice plants.

FRANCE: McDonald's Foe Jose Bové Back in Court
Agence France Presse
February 15th, 2001
Jose Bové, French peasants' champion and hero of the international anti-globalism movement, was due back in court Thursday on trial for his part in the dismantling of a McDonald's restaurant.

USA: Going Bananas
by Michael JessenAlterNet
February 6th, 2001
With a history tied to colonial exploitation, union busting, presidential influence peddling, and environmental degradation, it's obvious the banana is much more than a topping for breakfast cereal or a nutritious snack food. The banana has been at the center of a controversial World Trade Organization ruling and just last month the world's top banana producer (Chiquita Brands International) appeared to teeter on the brink of bankruptcy even as it filed a half-billion dollar lawsuit against the European Union.

CHINA: Government Refusal to Cut Aid to Farmers Blocks Bid to Join WTO
Bloomberg News
January 16th, 2001
China won't sacrifice income support for farmers in talks this week to join the World Trade Organization, officials and analysts said yesterday.

USA: Ten Worst Corporations of 2000
by Russell Mokhiber and Robert WeissmanFocus on the Corporation
January 3rd, 2001
Here is the annual Top 10 Worst Corporations of 2000 list compiled by Russell Mokhiber and Robert Weissman. This year, rushing to the head of the pack of irresponsible biotech companies was the French corporation Aventis, the maker of Cry9C corn, sold under the name StarLink.

USA: Combination of Pesticides Linked to Parkinson's Disease
by Cat LazaroffEnvironment News Service
January 3rd, 2001
A combination of two widely used agricultural pesticides - but neither one alone - creates in mice the exact pattern of brain damage that doctors see in patients with Parkinson's disease. The research offers the most compelling evidence yet that everyday environmental factors may play a role in the development of the disease.

South Africa: New Treaty Bans Top 12 Toxic Chemicals
Environment News Service
December 11th, 2000
After a week of deliberations to ban the world's most toxic chemicals, delegates have reached an agreement, which ''constitutes a declaration of war on persistent organic pollutants,'' said conference chairman John Buccini.

India: ''Green Revolution'' Bad News for Poor Laborers
by Bharat DograInter Press Service
November 22nd, 2000
Sikri Kalan is a ''Green Revolution'' village. The term is derived from India's three-decade-old farming revolution, which was ushered in by high-yielding wheat crops that helped make the country self-reliant in food.

USA: United Farm Workers Call Off Grape Boycott
by Brian MelleyAssociated Press
November 21st, 2000
In time for Thanksgiving, the United Farm Workers union ended its 16-year ''Wrath of Grapes'' boycott Tuesday -- halting the longest of its three California table grape boycotts.

Colombia: Monsanto, US War on Drugs Poison Environment
by Brian HansenEnvironment News Service
November 20th, 2000
The aerial fumigation program that has grown out of the U.S. government's so-called ''war on drugs'' is endangering the fragile ecosystems and indigenous cultures of Colombia's Amazon Basin, a coalition of groups warned today at a news conference on Capitol Hill.

Europe: Biotechnology Mega-Merger
by Jaya RamachandranInter Press Service
October 17th, 2000
The merger of two biotech corporations - the Swiss Novartis and British AstraZeneca - to create the world's biggest agribusiness is alarming some of Europe's largest development agencies.

UK: Aventis Admits Growing Unauthorized GM Seed
Environment News Service
October 10th, 2000
Biotechnology company Aventis admitted Monday that it had grown genetically modified sugar beet without permission at two trial sites in the United Kingdom.

Europe: Biotech Congress Cancelled
Corporate Europe Observer
October 1st, 2000
EuropaBio, the European biotech lobby group, has recently suffered a major blow when it had to cancel its annual congress. The Fourth Annual European Biotechnology Congress was scheduled to take place in Edinburgh, Scotland on October 9-13. According to the Dutch daily newspaper, De Volkskrant, EuropaBio, ''cannot deny that the conference was cancelled due to the fierce critique of genetic engineering in the UK and the resulting lack of sponsors.''

Nicaragua: Banana Workers May Sue International Firms
September 27th, 2000
DBCP, or dibromochloropropane, is one of the pesticides used on Nicaragua's banana plantations in the 1970s. Workers say it has affected 22,000 people, directly or indirectly, and that DBCP-related illnesses have already killed at least 83 of their comrades.

JAPAN: Snow Brand Inc. Merges with Nestle After Food-Poisoning Outbreak
Agence France Presse
September 26th, 2000
The dairy company at the centre of Japan's biggest ever food-poisoning outbreak said Tuesday it was tying up with Swiss giant Nestle, as it unveiled big job cuts in a bid to repair the financial damage.

India: Farmers Urge 10-Year Moratorium on GM Agriculture
Agence France Presse
September 25th, 2000
A tribunal formed by more than 25 farmers groups in India called Monday for a 10-year national moratorium on the commercial use of genetic engineering in agriculture.

CHINA: McDonald's Fires Underage Workers
Associated Press
September 4th, 2000
Scores of underage workers hired in a mainland China factory that makes toys for McDonald's were fired following recent media reports about the situation, a Hong Kong labor-monitoring group said Monday.

US: McDonald's Uses Sweatshop
Associated Press
August 27th, 2000
Snoopy, Winnie the Pooh and Hello Kitty toys sold with McDonald's meals in Hong Kong are made at a mainland Chinese sweatshop that illegally employs child laborers to package the toys, a newspaper reported Sunday.

UK: GMO Crop Testing Approved
Environment News Service
August 24th, 2000
Unperturbed by threats of legal action from environmental groups, the UK's agriculture ministry announced Wednesday that it will allow genetically modified (GM) crop trials to go ahead this fall.

Canada: Sweet-Scented Pesticide 'Sugarcoats a Toxic Pill'
by Andrew DuffyOttawa Citizen
August 20th, 2000
An association that represents Ontario lawn-care companies is selling cherry and bubble-gum flavoured scents to mask the smell of toxic pesticides.

USA: Novartis Phasing Out Genetically Engineered Foods
by Neville JuddEnvironment News Service
August 4th, 2000
Novartis, one of the world's leading producers of genetically engineered seeds, has been phasing out genetically engineered ingredients in its food products worldwide for over a year.

Germany: Biotech Foods ''Conquer'' Supermarkets
Environment News Service
August 2nd, 2000
A German government backed consumer foundation has reported that over one-third of food products it tested contained either genetically modified (GM) soya or maize (corn).

India: Government Under Fire for Allowing GE Cotton Trials
by Ranjit DevrajInter Press Service
July 26th, 2000
The Indian government's decision to allow field trials of the controversial genetically-engineered (GE) cotton has come under flak from farmers' rights activists who allege this would ruin thousands of tillers in the country.

USA: Former Monsanto Lobbyist Appointed to Represent Consumers on GE Food Issues
by Tom AbateSan Francisco Chronicle
July 24th, 2000
Leading consumer and environmental groups are fuming because the Clinton administration has appointed a former Monsanto Corp. lobbyist to represent U.S. consumers on a transatlantic committee set up to avoid a trade war over genetically engineered foods.

EU: Ban on Controversial Pesticide Recommended
Environment News Service
July 18th, 2000
The controversial insecticide lindane could be subject to a partial ban by the Europe Union's 15 member countries within 18 months.

EU: Commission Bows to US Pressure on GMOs
Environment News Service
July 13th, 2000
The European Union is trying to regain the public's confidence in genetically modified organisms (GMOs) by strengthening the laws that govern their release onto the market.

Pakistan: Corporate Farms Worry Food Activists
by Muddassir RizviInter Press Service
July 7th, 2000
ISLAMABAD -- The Pakistani government is inviting foreign business into the country's farms, giving rise to fears that this will finish off millions of small tillers and reduce national food supply.

Brazil: Activists Outraged by Decision on GM Crops
by Mario OsavaInter Press Service
July 4th, 2000
RIO DE JANEIRO -- The Brazilian Consumers Defence Institute (IDEC) asked the courts to issue arrest warrants for the members of a government scientific commission that gave the go-ahead to imports of transgenic corn, on the argument that the decision was released in violation of the law.

UK: Corporate Control of the Genome Only the Beginning
by George MonbiotThe Guardian (UK)
June 29th, 2000
Nearly everyone debating the mapping of the human genome now agrees on one thing: that the identification of our genes invokes an unprecedented danger, as it might assist a handful of companies to seize something which belongs to all of us. I wish this were true.

Canada: Farmer v. Monsanto
by Fred BridglandEnvironment News Service
June 19th, 2000
Saskatchewan, Canada -- On the Great Plains of Canada, farmer Percy Schmeiser has engaged in a David v. Goliath battle which could save farmers and consumers around the world from a genetically modified food nightmare beyond anything they have experienced so far.

Corn Growers Submit Recommendations to USDA on Agricultural Biotechnology
News and Views (American Corn Growers Association)
May 8th, 2000
The American Corn Growers Association (ACGA) has submitted comments to the United States Department of Agriculture's Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology. These comments include sixteen (16) recommendations that will protect agricultural producers in this whole debate over genetically modified (GMO) crops.

USA: Over 2,500 Challenge Biotech Industry To Debate
by Raphael Lewis and Jamal E. WatsonBoston Globe
March 27th, 2000
Despite fears of violence in the streets, an estimated 2,500 chanting, costumed demonstrators kept their promise to march peacefully through the Back Bay yesterday as they voiced their opposition to the spread of biotechnology.

Malaysia: Consumer Groups Press for Labelling of GE Food
by Anil NettoInter Press Service
March 13th, 2000
Buoyed by a string of recent campaign successes, consumer groups around the world are now demanding mandatory labelling of genetically modified (GM)food as they mark World Consumer Rights Day on Mar 15, reflecting growing concern about the unregulated production and trade of GM food crops.

Europe: Protests Against GE Foods Spread Across Continent
Environment News Service
March 8th, 2000
In time for the spring planting season, the pressure group Friends of the Earth Europe is launching its biggest ever campaign on foods and crops made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in 22 countries across Europe.

USA: Union Carbide CEO Fugitive in Bhopal Suit
by Chris HedgesNew York Times
March 7th, 2000
Warren M. Anderson, chairman of the Union Carbide Corporation during the 1984 chemical disaster at Bhopal, India, has apparently gone into hiding to avoid a summons to appear in a Manhattan federal court as part of civil proceedings against him and the company, say lawyers who have hired a private investigator to locate Mr. Anderson.

Scotland: Consumer Advocates Throw Down Gauntlet on GE Foods
Agence France Presse
February 29th, 2000
Genetically-modified foods face a consumer revolt if biotech corporations, scientists and policy-makers fail to overhaul the way they vet the safety of these novel products, consumer watchdogs said Tuesday.

USA: Farmers Desert Genetically Modified Crops
by Julian BorgerThe Guardian (UK)
February 17th, 2000
US farmers have just finished buying seed for the coming growing season, and early studies suggest that a significant proportion are abandoning GM. A market survey reveals that US farmers plan to plant 16% less genetically modified (GM) corn than they did last year.

WORLD: Critics Fear New Treaty Subordinates Biosafety to Trade
by Danielle KnightInter Press Service
February 1st, 2000
Environmental groups, while praising aspects of the first worldwide treaty governing trade in genetically modified organisms (GMO), criticise the scope of the agreement and worry it could be subverted by powerful free trade interests.

India: Construction Industry Uses Toxic Waste
by Nidhi JamwalDown to Earth
January 31st, 2000
Ignorance is bliss. This seems to be the state of mind of the Indian government for several environment-related issues, including that of hazardous waste like phosphogypsum (PG). A byproduct of the fertiliser industry, PG is used liberally by the construction industry and its use is promoted by the government.

Canada: Biosafety Talks Trigger Demonstrations and Debate
Environment News Service
January 24th, 2000
Delegates from 130 nations arriving this morning at the International Aviation Building in Montreal to restart talks on a set of rules for the transborder movement of genetically modified organisms were greeted by protesters and police. But temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius below zero kept demonstrators subdued and police idle.

INDIA: Setting the Record Straight
by Joshua Karliner
December 4th, 1994
A Conversation with Edward A. Munoz, former Managing Director of Union Carbide India, Limited. An interview with the former head of Union Carbide India conducted by Joshua Karliner, Executive Director of CorpWatch, in association with the Bhopal Action Resource Center of the Council on International and Public Affairs.