Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Venezuela’s Food Revolution

New Internationalist
That South American country has fought off big agribusiness and promoted agroecology, explains Nick Dearden. More here.
North America, on the other hand, embraces "Big Ag," with its warts, excesses, hazards and all. PinP photo.

Agency Allowed Dangerous Pesticides on Crops For Years, Says Audit


A potato-harvester in central Manitoba. 
Commercial potato producers are known for their 
heavy and frequent use of pesticides. PinP photo.

Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency allowed the agricultural industry to continue using an “unacceptable” pesticide on potato crops for more than a decade after concluding it had high acute toxicity, said a new audit tabled in Parliament on Tuesday. Details here.


At least 80 million children under one are at risk of diseases such as diphtheria, measles and polio as COVID-19 disrupts routine vaccination efforts

World Health Organization A WHO photo. Agencies call for joint effort to safely deliver routine immunization and proceed with vaccination ...