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Vandana Shiva speaks at Right2Know March

Our friends at MADGE Australia shared this video on Facebook showing Vandana Shiva speaking at the Right2Know March: A mobilisation on GMO Labelling.  She is seated here in front of the White House on October 16 2011, World Food Day.

Video link here

Vandana Shiva, the well known anti-GMO activist is one of the co-authors of the newly released report entitled: The GMO Emperor has no clothes describing the failed promise of GM foods and how it promotes food insecurity, superweeds and the use of pesticides.

The report which can be downloaded here, is co-ordinated by Navdanya and Navdanya International, The International Commission on the Future of Food and Agriculture, with the participation of The Center for Food Safety (CFS).

 

John Vidal from the Guardian writes:

Genetic engineering has failed to increase the yield of any food crop but has vastly increased the use of chemicals and the growth of “superweeds”, according to a report by 20 Indian, south-east Asian, African and Latin American food and conservation groups representing millions of people.

The so-called miracle crops, which were first sold in the US about 20 years ago and which are now grown in 29 countries on about 1.5bn hectares (3.7bn acres) of land, have been billed as potential solutions to food crises, climate change and soil erosion, but the assessment finds that they have not lived up to their promises.

The report claims that hunger has reached “epic proportions” since the technology was developed. Besides this, only two GM “traits” have been developed on any significant scale, despite investments of tens of billions of dollars, and benefits such as drought resistance and salt tolerance have yet to materialise on any scale.

Most worrisome, say the authors of the Global Citizens’ Report on the State of GMOs, is the greatly increased use of synthetic chemicals, used to control pests despite biotech companies’ justification that GM-engineered crops would reduce insecticide use.

Read the rest of the article here

 

 

Further links you may be interested in:

EWTT: Dr Vandana Shiva’s Sydney Peace Prize Lecture: Time to End War on Earth

EWTT: Vandana Shiva: Traditional Knowledge, Biodiversity and Sustainable Living

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