Engineered Food Crisis: Agri Biotech Motivated by Monopoly Control and “Sacred GMO Cash Cow”

Engineered Food Crisis: Agri Biotech Motivated by Monopoly Control and “Sacred GMO Cash Cow”

We are currently seeing rising food prices due to a combination of an engineered food crisis for geopolitical reasons, financial speculation by hedge funds, pension funds and investment banks and profiteering by global grain trade conglomerates like Cargill, Louis Dreyfus, ADM and Bunge. In addition, agri firms like Bayer, Syngenta (ChemChina) and Corteva cynically regard current circumstances as an opportunity to promote their…

Land Dispossession and Imperialism Repackaged as ‘Feeding the World’

Land Dispossession and Imperialism Repackaged as ‘Feeding the World’

The world is fast losing farms and farmers through the concentration of land into the hands of rich and powerful land speculators and agribusiness corporations. Smallholder farmers are being criminalised and even made to disappear when it comes to the struggle for land. They are constantly exposed to systematic expulsion. In 2014, the Oakland Institute…

An Engineered Food and Poverty Crisis to Secure Continued US Dominance

An Engineered Food and Poverty Crisis to Secure Continued US Dominance

In March 2022, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned of a “hurricane of hunger and a meltdown of the global food system” in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine.  Guterres said food, fuel and fertiliser prices were skyrocketing with supply chains being disrupted and added this is hitting the poorest the hardest and planting the seeds for political instability…

From Bill Gates to “The Great Refusal”: Farmers on the Frontline

From Bill Gates to “The Great Refusal”: Farmers on the Frontline

Prior to the Industrial Revolution, most humans were engaged in agriculture. Our relationship with nature was immediate. Within just a few generations, however, for many people across the world, their link with the land has been severed. Food now arrives pre-packaged (often precooked), preserved with chemicals and contains harmful pesticides, micro-plastics, hormones and/or various other…

The Future of Food? Genetic Engineering, Value Capture and Dependency

The Future of Food? Genetic Engineering, Value Capture and Dependency

The following is an abridged version of the second chapter of the author’s short (free-to-read) e-book Food, Dispossession and Dependency (2022)  GM crops are required to feed the world is a well-worn industry slogan trotted out at every available opportunity. Just like the claim of GM crops being a tremendous success, this too is based on a…

The Nitrogen Problem in Agriculture

The Nitrogen Problem in Agriculture

The nitrogen problem in Agriculture is a problem created by synthetic nitrogen fertilisers made from fossil fuels. Nitrogen fertilisers contribute to atmospheric pollution and climate change in the manufacture and the use of fertilisers. The manufacture of synthetic fertiliser is highly energy intensive. One kg of nitrogen fertiliser requires the energy equivalent of 2 litres…