*Australian organic farmer Steve Marsh will appeal the biased, fraudulent ruling against him in his GMO contamination lawsuit. The court refused to deal with the case as a simple trespassing and property destruction case, but instead chose to turn its decision into a long op-ed piece on how organic certification rules are too strict. In other words, the court engaged in judicial activist corporatism in asserting that GMO aggression is normative while organic and non-GM agriculture have no right to exist at all.
*The latest study on Roundup confirms its nature as a severe endocrine disruptor and finds that it causes abnormal sperm development at concentrations commonly found in agriculture.
*Soybean cultivation is becoming ever more difficult in Latin America as herbicide resistant superweeds overwhelm fields populated by Roundup Ready soybeans. The author of the piece, a former DuPont agronomist, admits that this is the direct result of a system totally dependent on massive applications of glyphosate.
What’s more, as we’re hearing more and more often, there are no new herbicides in the industry pipeline, no new modes of action. The poisoner side of the herbicide/weed arms race looks set to stall out soon, and there will be nothing left but ever more massive and frequent dousing of glyphosate, glufosinate, 2,4-D, dicamba, and a few other extremely toxic poisons to get even the most modest result. The weeds look set to totally rout industrial ag wherever GMOs predominated within the next decade.
Herbicide tolerance is a failed product genre and should be discontinued immediately. Everyone who’s even minimally informed about agriculture knows this, and no one still supports HT GMOs on any basis other than the sociopathic ones of profit and control at all costs.
*Reports out of Kyrgyzstan say it has become the first country to ban all cultivation and importation of GMOs. This is an important move for one of the world’s most important centers of agricultural genetic origin. Previously Bhutan announced a similar move toward preserving a 100% “organic” agriculture, a superfluous term in the case of a farming country so far never ravaged by poison-based agriculture. (“Organic” as we know it in the West is first of all a reform term and concept, though it could be transformed into an assertive revolutionary program.)
The pieces I read didn’t say whether these countries plan to attempt agricultural quasi-autarchy on a traditional/agroecological basis, or whether they plan to participate in global agriculture on a strictly organic basis. Some combination plan, the latter as part of working toward the former, could work for many regions.
*Should the boycott of the corporate organic brands of GMA members include Unilever’s Ben & Jerry’s? After contributing money to the GMA war chest in California in 2012, Unilever sat out of 2013’s Washington battle. But it’s still a GMA member. Meanwhile Ben & Jerry’s, unlike many other corporate “organic” brands, has been very active in labeling campaigns in Vermont, Washington, and Connecticut. I think that last point is most important. Actions are always the most important thing. Meanwhile the brands who do nothing to help the people but then whine that they’re being treated unfairly are really being treated exactly as their actions, or lack thereof, warrant.
*The GMO cartel’s Biotechnology Industry Organization along with some of its Hawaiian contractors is suing the county of Hawaii (the big island) over the GMO cultivation ban it passed in 2013. (The ban exempts GM papaya and would have little immediate practical effect.) This joins the lawsuit the poisoners filed in Kauai against the modest spraying reforms that island passed, also in 2013.
This comes a few days after the people of Maui gathered enough signatures to put a GMO cultivation moratorium on the ballot for 2014.
*Communities are starting to fight back against the standard tactic of corporations and central governments of filing SLAPP suits against community rights ordinances and other democracy measures the people enshrine at lower levels of government. The residents of Lafayette Colorado are filing their own class action suit against the Colorado Oil and Gas Association and the state itself for its pre-emption law. The CELDF provides strategic advice and legal representation in these cases.
If only Hawaii, Vermont, and other states had the backbone to legally counterattack in this way.
The CELDF doesn’t expect this war ultimately to be won in the courts. The goal is for the actions of passing the ordinances, fighting the court fights, and spreading the ideas underlying them to galvanize people into building a true community sovereignty movement. The goal is for this movement to build the strength and will to assert itself politically and economically on whatever extralegal basis is necessary, and in that way eventually force “the law” to move to where the people demand it be.
In the end, this is the only way any freedom or democracy movement has ever won any enduring victory, and it will be the only way every freedom and democracy movement of today, including GMO abolitionism, shall win. The strategy of the community rights movement is just one version of this.