|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 Batsell, The 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 Cockburn, Counterpunch
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 Giordano, Philadelphia 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 Campbell, Toronto 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.
|Mexico: Study Raises GMO Concerns|
by Ivan Noble, BBC
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 Rifkin, The 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 Bengwayan, Environment 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|
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'Shaughnessy, The 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 Neuffer, Boston 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 Lazaroff, Environment 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 Osava, Inter 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 Rizzo, Associated 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 Straus, AlterNet
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.