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Project News and Views

Agroecology Declaration Outlines Food Sovereignty Vision and Rejects Co-option by Industrial Agriculture

The recent Declaration of the International Forum for Agroecology, Nyéléni, Mali (27 February 2015) represents “diverse organizations and international movements of small-scale food producers and consumers, including peasants, indigenous peoples and communities (together with hunter and gatherers), family farmers, rural workers, herders and pastoralists, fisherfolk and urban people.” According to the declaration, the peoples and organizations represented “produce some 70% of the food consumed by humanity. They are the primary global investors in agriculture, as well as the primary providers of jobs and livelihoods in the world.”

The declaration outlines the integral role that agroecology must play in creating equitable and healthy food systems while at the same time stabilizing, mitigating and allowing adaptation to climate change. As explained in the declaration, replacing current industrial systems with agroecological systems would drastically reduce waste, pollution and biodiversity loss of all kinds. It would also ensure food systems that provide all people with a healthy diet.

The declaration refutes claims that industrial agriculture can be made “sustainable” by adding a few agroecological methods to its fundamental “toolkit” of expensive and proprietary inputs (fossil fuel, pesticides, artificial fertilizers, GMOs etc.) and its reliance on industrial-scale machinery and large-scale monoculture systems.

The declaration states: Popular pressure has caused many multilateral institutions, governments, universities and research centers, some NGOs, corporations and others, to finally recognize “agroecology”. However, they have tried to redefine it as a narrow set of technologies, to offer some tools that appear to ease the sustainability crisis of industrial food production, while the existing structures of power remain unchallenged. This co-optation of agroecology to fine-tune the industrial food system, while paying lip service to the environmental discourse, has various names, including “climate smart agriculture”, “sustainable-” or “ecological-intensification”, industrial monoculture production of “organic” food, etc. For us, these are not agroecology: we reject them, and we will fight to expose and block this insidious appropriation of agroecology.

According to the declaration, the goal of agroecology must be to transform — not conform to — the industrial model by providing an alternative model of food production. The agroecological model outlined in the declaration provides a pathway for restoring planetary health on many levels — from the individual to the political, social and ecological.

See also:

How Agriculture Can Provide Food Security Without Destroying Biodiversity

New Report Links Food, Climate and Agricultural Policies

How the Great Food War Will Be Won

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Beyond the Ban Event Success

Well over 100 people attended last Thursday’s Beyond the Ban held at Ithaca’s Unitarian Church. The Bioscience Resource Project hosted and introduced the event. First to speak were veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Cornell professor of molecular medicine Robert Oswald, authors of “The Real Cost of Fracking,” who updated the public on fracking’s documented harmful health effects on humans and animals. They discussed their original findings, new results from follow-up studies, and the implications of fracking for the food supply. They also pointed out the many risks facing NY State from current and intended fracking infrastructure — risks that do not disappear even if drilling itself is banned. Links to information about their book and to copies of all their published papers are available: Bamberger and Oswald Fracking Publications.

After their joint presentation, Sandra Steingraber (author of “Raising Elijah” and “Living Downstream,” and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College) spoke about the plans of Texas-based company Crestwood Midstream to store highly pressurized and explosive natural gas in salt caverns near Seneca Lake. Read More »

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No Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety Affirm 300+ Scientists

Environmental Science Europe just published a joint statement that concludes “the scarcity and contradictory nature of the scientific evidence published to date prevents conclusive claims of safety, or of lack of safety, of GMOs.” Developed and signed by “a broad community of independent reseachers” the paper states “Published results are contradictory, in part due to the range of different research methods employed, an inadequacy of available procedures, and differences in the analysis and interpretation of data.” It also asserts that “Rigorous assessment of GMO safety has been hampered by the lack of funding independent of proprietary interests. Research for the public good has been further constrained by property rights issues, and by denial of access to research material for researchers unwilling to sign contractual agreements with the developers, which confer unacceptable control over publication to the proprietary interests.”

Cite: Hilbeck, Angelika, et al. “No scientific consensus on GMO safety.” Environmental Sciences Europe 27.1 (2015): 4.

PDF File of the published Statement “No Scientific Consensus on GMO Safety.”

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Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA

Independent Science News has just published Carol Van Strum’s review of: Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA (Bloomsbury Press 2014), a new book by Evaggelos Vallianatos (with McKay Jenkins).

Summary: What goes on inside the US Environmental Protection Agency is no longer a mystery. Evaggelos Vallianatos had a twenty five year career as a staff officer in EPA’s Pesticides Division. Now that he no longer works there Vallianatos calls its activities “The Big Business of Fraudulent Science” and in Poison Spring he documents multitudinous ways in which, while he was there, EPA ignored and dismissed scientific evidence of harm for numerous synthetic chemicals. This downplaying of risk by the EPA is not based in ignorance; rather, it is a function of calculated collusion with polluters and “independent” testing organizations. The result is a complex and elaborate illusion of governmental precaution and rigor that ultimately gives the petrochemical industries and agribusiness free reign. Poison Spring is an essential guide to understanding – and rolling back – industrial and agricultural pollution.

To read Carol Van Strum’s review of this important book click on: Poison Spring: The Secret History of Pollution and the EPA.

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Press Release: Beyond the Ban Event on Thursday February 26

IMPORTANT VENUE CHANGE: Due to Frozen Pipes at original venue the Beyond the Ban event is now at the Sanctuary at The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora. Nothing else has changed. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at the event.

Contact: Allison Wilson, Science Director of The Bioscience Resource Project

Scientist-Authors,
Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald
To Speak at “Beyond the Ban” Event in Ithaca
on Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 7 – 9 pm

Event Title: Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake

Time and Place: Thursday, February 26, 2015 from 7 – 9 pm, in the Sanctuary at The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St. on the Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora St., Doors open at 6:45 pm.

Speakers: Sandra Steingraber (author of “Raising Elijah” and “Living Downstream”, and Distinguished Scholar in Residence at Ithaca College) will join veterinarian Michelle Bamberger and Cornell professor of molecular medicine Robert Oswald, authors of “The Real Cost of Fracking.” Read More »

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Dismantling The Big Lie About GMOs: Radio Interview

On Tuesday, 27 January, 2015, Food Integrity Now spoke with co-founder and executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project, Dr. Jonathan Latham.

We were intrigued by an article he recently wrote entitled “How the Great Food War Will be Won“. Dr. Latham’s spoke with me today about what he thinks is the answer to winning the food war–dismantling this lie that we need GMOs to feed the world.

Interviewer Carol Grieve wrote a blog post about the interview: Dismantling The Big Lie About GMOs. The radio interview can be heard at: http://media.blubrry.com/foodintegritynow/p/content.blubrry.com/foodintegritynow/FIN-2015-01-29-E136.mp3.

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SHORT COURSE — Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology and Politics

Would you like to know more about GMOs and why there is no scientific consensus on GMO safety? The upcoming Ithaca Freeskool course on Genetic Engineering: Science, Technology and Politics [held on 3 Sundays from 2-4pm (on 2/8, 2/22 and 3/8)] will give you a better understanding of the ongoing controversy over their use in agriculture and the food system. The course is FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Reading material will be provided. Students should bring their questions and curiosity about GMO technology. You can attend any or all of the days.

Instructor: Dr. Allison Wilson, Science Director of The Bioscience Resource Project, has nearly 30 years of experience (in and out of the lab)

PRE-REGISTRATION ESSENTIAL: For more information and to sign up for the course here. Put Ithaca Freeskool GMO Course as the subject.

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Ithaca Event: Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health and Infrastructure in NY State

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IMPORTANT VENUE CHANGE: Due to Frozen Pipes at the original venue the Beyond the Ban event is now at the Sanctuary at The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora. Nothing else has changed. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at the event.

For more information see: http://www.bioscienceresource.org/2015/01/steingraber-bamberger-oswald-beyond-the-ban/

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EVENT – Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake

with Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald.

IMPORTANT VENUE CHANGE: Due to Frozen Pipes at original venue the Beyond the Ban event is now at the Sanctuary at The First Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora. Nothing else has changed. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to see you at the event.

Time and Place: Thursday, February 26, 2015, from 7 – 9 pm, the Sanctuary of The Unitarian Church of Ithaca, 306 N. Aurora St., Corner of Buffalo St. and N. Aurora St., Entrances on Aurora. Doors open at 6:45pm. This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

New York state has newly banned fracking due to its known hazards and risks. But New Yorkers are still at risk from hazardous gas facilities and pipelines, pollution, food chain contamination and other problems of the fracking boom.

Ithaca-based non-profit, The Bioscience Resource Project, is hosting Beyond the Ban: Fracking, Health & Infrastructure in New York State from Port Ambrose to Seneca Lake. Sandra Steingraber, Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald will provide an overview of post-ban fracking threats to New York state. The Bioscience Resource Project, CSI (Community Science Institute) and Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE Healthy Energy) will have information tables and Buffalo Street Books will have books for sale at this event. Read More »

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How the Great Food War Will Be Won

Independent Science News has just published: How the Great Food War Will Be Won
By Jonathan Latham, PhD

Synopsis: Major agribusiness corporations, such as Monsanto, Cargill, ADM, and
Syngenta desire to fully control the global food system. Unfortunately for
them, they are held back by an image problem. As most people know, food
produced with their assistance is inferior in every respect. However, there is
one category in which they can plausibly claim superiority over other methods.
That superiority is yield. Consequently, agribusiness has directed intense
efforts at framing yield as the defining element of successful modern
agriculture. Read More »

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