The Green Revolution in agriculture: the end of a myth

Historical revisionism is out of fashion, but we are in great need of it, perhaps where we least expect it: for example to understand contemporary agriculture. Some really interesting essays are in fact demolishing the myth of the Green Revolution, pride of the agro-industrial system, starting from the second half of the XX Century: a … read more

The War of the Multinationals and the failure of GMOs in Agriculture

Do you remember when GM crop promoters ensured that the spread of engineered crops would eliminate the use of pesticides? A decade has passed and now we learn, from the gigantic struggle underway to conquer the Chinese market of transgenic soya, that things have not really gone so… GMOs don’t work against weeds The news … read more

The social issue in the third millennium

When we talked about the social question about the yellow vests, a careful reader of Anglo-Saxon area asked us what we meant by this expression. Social issue today, what does that mean? The question initially caught us because in continental Europe social issue or soziale Frage are well-known terms in reference to the effects of … read more

“Father of Green Revolution in India” slams GM crops as unsustainable and unsafe

source: The plant geneticist and World Food Prize winner M.S. Swaminathan is known as the “father of the Green Revolution in India”, since he helped introduce into the country a new US-influenced agricultural movement focusing on modern high-yield varieties of wheat and rice – and their accompanying pesticides and fertilizers. “No doubt” that GM … read more

Persistence of pesticides threatens European soils

New evidences on persistence of pesticides found out by a Spanish University Research Pesticides residues: an hidden reality The use of phytosanitary products to combat weeds and other pests that affect the crops has led to an increase in the productivity of European agricultural crops in the last 50 years. Their use has been one … read more