GMOs: The Best and Worst of 2016

“We must accept the reality that what happens in Ghana happens to all of us. We must realize that a threat to food sovereignty anywhere, is a threat to food justice everywhere.”


GMOs: The Best and Worst of 2016

Notable events, publications and news

By Jeff Kirkpatrick – Ban GMOs Now

A lot happened in 2016. The DARK Act Extreme was made into law in July. In October, one highly anticipated event that took place was the Monsanto Tribunal. One of the main goals of the Tribunal was get a legal opinion about alleged crimes committed by Monsanto, with the goal of focusing on ecocide. This legal opinion will not be legally binding, but it is expected to set the groundwork for hopefully transforming international laws – specifically, the inclusion of the definition and an enforcement procedure for criminal conduct known as ecocide.

At this point it is too early to assess the overall long-term impact the Tribunal may have. Initially a goal was set for December 2016 for the legal opinion to be issued. However, the time frame has been pushed…

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Food Sovereignty: A Framework for Assessing Agrarian Responses to Climate Change in the Philippines

Amber Heckelman from the blog ‘mestizarise’ shared a link to a publication by her & Hannah Wittman, “Food Sovereignty: A Framework for Assessing Agrarian Responses to Climate Change in the Philippines.” Thank you Amber.

This is an excerpt from that publication:

Assessments that only measure crop yield fail to account for important social, political, economic, environmental, and health outputs of an agrarian system. The development of comprehensive assessments that also consider inequality, poverty, hunger/malnutrition, market instability, and ecological degradation that characterize much of the agrarian experience are urgently needed. All of these dimensions and realities necessitate a move toward a more ‘systems-based approach’ derived from systems dynamics, a methodology for studying and managing complex systems that change over time.

“The principles of food sovereignty provide a framework for developing a systems-based approach that can assess food security and climate resiliency among agrarian communities. Since its articulation by La Via Campesina in 1996 as the right of local people to control their own regional and national food systems, food sovereignty has emerged as a significant topic in the discourse surrounding climate change. Advocates suggest that food sovereignty initiatives have the potential to create alternative agricultural and food policy models that are better equipped with addressing food insecurity in the face of climate change. This is because the principles of food sovereignty promote practices that are consistent with resilient agrarian systems like the preservation of genetic and biological diversity to enhance ecosystem service functions, reduced reliance on costly energy intensive inputs, and the linkage of farmer knowledge with political mobilization.”  [Bold emphasis added, citations omitted]

To read more, see Amber’s blog.



The Philippines is one of the foremost countries affected by climate change, with increasing incidence of super typhoons, droughts, floods, and changing rain patterns — all of which exacerbate existing food insecurity, poverty, and ecological degradation (United Nations University & Alliance Development Works, 2014; Yumal et al., 2011). In response to these challenges, the development and diffusion of adaptation and mitigation strategies are necessary to enhance agrarian resiliency. Here, we report on our progress in using food sovereignty principles to develop an assessment framework for climate resiliency and food security among a network of smallholder agrarian systems in the Philippines.

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Jonathan Latham, PhD: Why the Food Movement is Unstoppable

“The philosophy of the food movement recognizes that our planetary problems and our social problems are really the same problem and therefore represents the beginnings of a historic ecological and social shift that will transform our relationships with each other and with the natural world.”

GMO Reports

GMO Reports

By Jeff Kirkpatrick – Ban GMOs Now

This is a working post that will be updated periodically. Last update: January 9, 2017

GMO Reports” is a list of publications from over 35 organizations from the U.S. and around the globe from around the 1980’s to the present. The primary focus is on reports, fact sheets, issue briefs and studies related to GMOs. Also included are publications related to agricultural issues and various approaches to sustainable agriculture (including agroecology and organic agriculture); pesticides, including insecticides and herbicides that are used in agriculture; Congressional hearings; international trade and more. Although some articles are on this list, they are generally excluded unless they are connected to a report in some way (with some exceptions). This is a working post that will be updated on occasion when possible. It is provided to assist in research and raise awareness about GMOs. Since the list…

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