An entry for the Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice. Anti-globalization Movement is a disputed term referring to the international social movement network that gained widespread media attention after protests against the World Trade Organization WTO in Seattle, WA in late November and early December Varied communities organizing against the local and national consequences of neoliberal policies, especially in the global South, connect their actions with this wider effort.
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With the end of the Iraq war, the globalization war is heating up around trade again, this time over the issue of genetically modified food. And once again the United States is opposing a United Nations approach, this time Globalization monsanto the form of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, signed by more than nations, which establishes rules to regulate GMOs.
Zoellick says he is out of patience with those picky European eaters who spread unfounded fears in the developing world about GMOs. The invitees to Sacramento are trade and agriculture ministers from countries. Critics of corporate dominance of world agriculture will fight for inclusion in the closed official sessions while protesting on the outside.
UN Secretary General Kofi Annan wants to double aid to poor nations, but the United States is failing to do its part, committing just 0. In addition, the Bush Administration insists that aid recipients accept deregulation and privatization and import GMO food from American farmers and corporations.
But then anti-biotech activist Jeremy Rifkin mobilized public opinion, Campbell Soup pulled out of an agreement to use the tomatoes and the Flavr Savr was abandoned. Otherwise, why deny consumers a right to informed choice in the marketplace?
As one current example of the dangers of unregulated biotechnology, federal officials are nearing approval of a transgenic species of Atlantic salmon spliced with hormones to make it grow five times faster than normal. Others have antifreeze genes thrown in to allow them to abide icy ocean water.
That project raises outraged cries from commercial fishermen, who believe the larger Frankenfish will decimate wild species of salmon with their precious genetic inheritance, which has evolved over millennia.
Not to miss a buck in the novelty market, there are even plans to create glow-in-the-dark fish and koi that change colors.
Despite the Flavr Savr failure and the Frankenfish scare, the US corporate prescriptions might be taken more seriously if the United States were a model of food security.
But 36 million Americans lack enough food, mainly because of poverty. In some villages in her native India, she says, every farmer has sold a kidney to feed his family, and some, in despair, commit suicide by consuming the pesticides they were told to use on their fields.
Mittal is equally cynical about a corporate biotech revolution. The state of Punjab, she laments, produces pet food for Europe and the state of Haryana grows tulips for export to pay off international debts instead of building local agriculture.
Some of the strongest opposition in Sacramento will be from the global South, the very countries the biotech advocates claim to be saving. While some organizations are willing to bow to even more deregulation in exchange for trade niches, the growing consensus among most Southern advocates is that attempts to push GMOs as a condition of food aid or HIV assistance should be resisted and any expansion of WTO control prevented.
Their example is spreading. The fight over GMO food is a major part of the battle against US efforts to dictate policy on all aspects of international trade and development.
The empire is being renegotiated. Tom Hayden Tom Hayden, the former California state assemblyman and senator, author, lifelong activist, and Nation editorial board member, died in Santa Monica on October 23, The loss of biodiversity is increasing.
There is massive extinction from human activity. For example, fish stocks are dwindling, forest loss is resulting in the loss of many species, land and other resources are being misused, leading to various long terms costs.
Monsanto, Agenda 21 and Globalization. Monsanto among many other powerful corporations in America is known for its hypocritical business model and its glorious past from helping to build the first atomic bomb and poisoning more than 5 million Vietnamese with Agent Orange which resulted in , deaths and disabilities to its monopoly and total market control over the world’s foods and seeds.
Globalization, describes the process by which. regional economies, societies, and cultures. have become integrated. through a global network of political ideas. The Progressive Populist is an independent newspaper that reports from the Heartland of America on issues of interest to workers, small business people and family farmers and ranchers..
We produce our newsprint edition and email versions twice monthly with updates and resources online.. We also produce a daily supplement, delivered by email, with additional columns by our writers, such as Dean. Monsanto is now instantly recognized as the company dominating the global food supply with its more than current worldwide patents.
But today’s Monsanto is not a corporate newcomer. The Millions Against Monsanto Campaign was started by OCA in the mid s to fight back against Monsanto and the other biotech bullies responsible for poisoning the world's food and environment.