Not-so-golden rice: Agro-imperialism in a time of COVID-19 (Part 3—Final)

Sunday, 27 September 2020 - 11:00am to 11:30am
The picture is a campaign promotional graphic headed with some text saying “Stop Golden Rice! Network; Stop Golden Rice! No to GMOs! Defend Farmers Rights!” There is a logo depicting a single gold rice grain with a label on it saying “Golden Rice”) and a bar code, encircled with a prohibition sign. There are also 2 Indigenous farmers each holding a threshing basket and a clump of freshly harvested rice. One basket has text saying “No to Golden Rice” and the other has text saying “No to GMOs”.

Not-so-golden rice: Agro-imperialism in a time of COVID-19 (Part 3—Final)

The Gates Foundation funded project ‘Golden Rice’ is an unnecessary and unwanted GMO technology driven by big agriculture corporations purely for profit. It endangers agrobiodiversity, self-determination and community health in the global south. Agroecologists & small-medium/peasant farmer networks have been campaigning against the propagation and commercialisation of Golden Rice since the mid-2000s via protest and direct action resistance.

But in the looming COVID-19 recession—as the UN predicts the worst global food crisis in more than 50 years—corporate agri-imperialists are shamelessly taking advantage by amping up Golden Rice hype as a “solution” to the worsening hunger and malnutrition associated with the pandemic.

This is the final episode of a three part series featuring concerned activists from the Stop Golden Rice Network speaking at an urgent online forum to commemorate the International Day of Action Against Golden Rice.
 

Speakers:

Sarojeni Rengam (Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific) on anti GMO & Stop Golden Rice resistance movement.

Neth Daño (ETC Group) how big tech philanthro-capitalists like the Gates Foundation are commandeering global food systems. 

 

Earth Matters #1263 was produced by Nicky Stott

LISTEN to Not-so-golden rice Part 1 here

LISTEN to Not-so-golden rice Part 2 here

Sunday 11:00am to 11:30am
Local, national and international environmental issues from grassroots, activist perspectives with a strong social justice focus. Distributed nationally on the Community Radio Network.

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Em Gayfer, Megan Williams, Pauline Vetuna, Teishan Ahearne, Bec Horridge, Else Kennedy & Nicky Stott

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