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Global village

(Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2003 -- CropChoice news and commentary items) --

1. Bunge, DuPont in joint venture

The companies forecast annual revenue of more than $800 million from the new venture, Solae LLC, which will provide a broad offering of soy-ingredient products...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1266

2. Biopharming touted as good idea for Iowa; some fear big risks...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1272

3. Soybean Producers of America sees beans as part of clean-air solution

The Soybean Producers of America is calling on the White House and Congress to try their solution to the problem associated with reducing polluting emissions in off road diesel fuel use. Diesel fuel used in construction and farm equipment has been exempt from standards applied to diesel used on highways but revelations of damage to the environment and consequently to the health of Americans due to the higher sulfur levels of off road diesel fuel is demanding change...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1265

4. Competitive market advocate faults Justice Department for allowing ADM merger...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1251

5. Sustainable Livelihood and Rural Development in South Asia

By Binayak Rajbhandari
Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences & Technology (HICAST)

The issues and concerns about sustainable livelihood, food security, equality, social justice and sustainable rural development in South Asia have resumed good space in the national and regional discussions. The ultimate goal of humanity is to enrich local knowledge system and transfer it to the next generation with better environment, richer resource base and sustainable livelihood (SL) options in the planet Earth. Keeping in view that the people of South Asia never have had colonial and resource pirating characteristics but supporting nature conservation and global peace and friendship, the sustainable livelihood approach (SLA) can make this goal of the marginalised people of South Asia come true...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1256

6. A Global Village

by Brewster Kneen

Who has the higher ‘standard of living’: the capital-intensive industrial monocrop farmer with a debt that can never be paid off and no neighbours and not enough cash to buy food for the family – or the well-nourished subsistence farmer and her family with no debt, in a village with no paved roads, minimal electrical power, no piped water and virtually no cash income?

Surely the farmers driven off the land by the Green Revolution in India and now sleeping on the streets of every big city begging, providing casual labour and buying what food they can ‘afford’ are not the signs of progress that the government of Andhra Pradesh state in India would choose to proclaim among the promises of its Vision 2020 program to ‘modernize’ the state’s agriculture. What Vision 2020 calls for is more of the Green Revolution: industrialize agriculture with the aid of Monsanto and biotechnology and eliminate tens of thousands of small and subsistence farmers. It makes no promises for the redundant farmers, not even that biotech will feed them...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1269

7. Americans revolt in Pennsylvania: New battle lines are drawn

by Thom Hartmann

The good citizens of Pennsylvania have done it again.

Back in 1776, they hosted at Liberty Hall in Philadelphia a gathering of people radicalized by the predations of the East India Company. The world's first multinational corporation then held a virtual stranglehold on commerce and politics in North America, and brazenly used British troops as its enforcers. On the first week of December, 1600, when she created the East India Company, Queen Elizabeth I became the first CEO monarch, and by 1776 King George II was following in her footsteps with his sizeable holdings in and open advocacy of corporate rule...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1271

8. Japan to increase StarLink tests on US corn, but USDA officials question the numbers...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1267

9. Swedish research questions pesticide...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1257

10. British study uncovers GM contamination in oilseed rape...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1259

11. Monsanto Wins Pirated Seed Case Against Tennessee Grower...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1254

12. Japanese sweetener industry to cease sourcing non-GM corn...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1261

13. Another agriculture is possible...http://www.cropchoice.com/leadstry.asp?recid=1255