Agroecology and Agribusiness: Monsanto's War on the Sustainable Agricultural

On May 25, 2013 over two million people marched and protested against agribusiness giant Monsanto.  See coverage from USA Today, Protest Against MonsantoHuffington Post and a roundup of articles on the Occupy Monsanto website.  The MST has long decried the unsustainable agricultural model that Monsanto has developed for profit – including the use of GMO seeds and a reliance on a flood of agro-toxins.

We include an article on how the Brazilian government is seemingly organizing for organic production, when in reality it is only support for agribusiness.  We also include two articles on Monsanto’s war on health, GMO labeling and its attempt to control the world’s food.

 “Agroecology Will Have A National Plan and Create A New Milestone for the Country” from Carta Maior.

 From CounterPunch magazine:

 “Monsanto’s Dirty War: Why Labels on Genetically Engineered Foods Won’t Cost Consumers a Dime

 “Monsanto Seeks to Control World’s Food: It's Not Science Fiction Anymore

National Day of Struggle - Charlotte Observer

Thousands of workers on strike in Brazil

By Stan Lehman

Tens of thousands of workers across Brazil walked off their jobs on Thursday in a peaceful nationwide strike demanding better working conditions and improved public services in Latin America's biggest nation.

Metalworkers, transportation and construction workers as well as teachers and civil servants adhered to the "Day of Struggle" organized by Brazil's biggest trade union federations.

Strikers either partially or completely blocked 40 interstate and intercity highways in 14 states.

National Day of Struggle - Folha de Sao Paulo

Unions make shutdowns and blockades on highways in 23 statesCUT

At least 23 states recorded on Thursday (July 11) strikes in factories and banks, roadblocks and street protests. The acts are part of the "National Day of Struggle" and are organized by unions as CUT, Union Force, Conlutas and UGT.

The protests are scattered and have fewer people than in actions recorded in June throughout the country.

Stedile: Structural Reform on the agenda for the 11th July mobilizations

We have not had such vigorous street mobilizations since the campaign for “Rights Now” in the '80s.  The protests which exploded withDilma. What Happened to Agrarian Reform? the youth indignation were just the tip of the iceberg of the profound social and economic problems that persist in our society.  On one hand, the big cities have become a living hell, where workers pay high costs for low quality public transport.  Besides that, they spend two or three hours a day traveling, a pure waste of time.

Those who managed to buy an automobile, financed by international finance capital, are realizing that they paid dearly for the ability not to be able to move.  The auto assembly companies and the associated banks have never before sent so much money abroad.

For another thing, the political life of the country is a disgrace.  The congressmen only represent their campaign financiers.  The judiciary is an oligarchic power, the last of the state powers not yet republican.

Every day there is news about their corruption, which goes unpunished.  Even the President of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Joaquim Barbosa, used public money to go to a national soccer team match .... the Globo network did not denounce the fact and, coincidentally, has just hired the son of the illustrious judge.  Some coincidence!