Owen Paterson accuses Greenpeace of witchcraft

Posted by Graham Thompson — 6 March 2015 at 6:39pm - Comments
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Where does he get his information from?

Owen Paterson MP, former Environment Secretary, climate sceptic and committed scourge of the ‘Green Blob’, is in South Africa promoting GM crops. Greenpeace has seen a press release issued on his behalf by a GM lobbyist, in which the following passage appears –

He castigated the fearmongering activities of Greenpeace, the anti-GMO activists… "Do Greenpeace supporters understand that they are truly wicked? It is eco-terrorism. It is witchcraft,” he emphasised.

Eco-terrorism and witchcraft. Crikey.

Safety first: India gives Monsanto a moratorium

Posted by saunvedan — 12 February 2010 at 1:03pm - Comments

The humble aubergine has been the staple of Indian cuisine since antiquity. I can tell you that as I’ve grown up trying to avoid it, but eventually it just makes its way on your dinner plate if you spend time in India. The Americans, who like to call the aubergine ‘eggplant’ are trying to sell Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) bacterium Brinjal to Indians citing increased yields and the usual propaganda associated with genetically modified crops. Honestly though, anything injected with any kind of ‘bacterium’ doesn’t really sound safe, does it?

Food Inc puts intensive modern farming under the spotlight

Posted by christian — 25 January 2010 at 5:34pm - Comments

Food, Inc. opens on 12th February and features factory farming, making it the ideal Valentine's day date film.

25% of us are obese. GM crops have slipped into our grocery stores and kitchen pantries without us knowing. Our food production systems stress animals, rely on ever-increasing quantities of pesticides, and leave one sixth of the world population without secure access to food. That's the contention of Food Inc, a forthcoming film from the same distributors that brought us ‘End of the Line'. It takes a look under the surface of the US food production industry to examine how we get our food in a modern, mechanized society.

While we don't campaign on food issues, it looks like it'll be pretty interesting - check out more details here: The film opens on the 12th February, and as with other small but worthy films, (like Age of Stupid, for example) it's the first week that makes the difference in terms of getting rebooked - so maybe go along and check it out.

Rice up against the twin threats of genetic engineering and climate change

Posted by jossc — 15 September 2009 at 12:38pm - Comments

Last March hundreds of Thai Greenpeace supporters, volunteers and farmers took part in an amazing experiment - to create a giant, beautiful organic work of art in the rice fields of Thailand's Central Plains.

Peddling ecological farming in India

Posted by reyestirado — 17 June 2009 at 5:49pm - Comments

Reyes works for Greenpeace's Research Labratories and is normally based in Exeter but she's just begun a year long project working with our office in India. Reyes already wrote for the blog relay last month but we convinced her to write a monthly update about her adventures in India and here's her first update.

Rice is life: traditional farming in China

Posted by jamie — 8 June 2009 at 1:55pm - Comments

In a new photo essay, rice farming in southern China is put under the spotlight to show how traditional methods are still working well without any tinkering from the GM industry.

Potato power peddlers promote organic farming

Posted by jamie — 21 May 2009 at 3:35pm - Comments

Mr Potato Head makes an appearance in Amsterdam

It sounds like something that would have appeared on the late, lamented Eurotrash but giant potatoes have been spotted recently cycling through the Netherlands. However, it isn't an offbeat continental cultural outing, but a reminder to the Dutch public about the importance of organic farming and the perils of GM technology.

Does rice really need to be genetically modified?

Posted by christian — 16 April 2009 at 2:03pm - Comments

The Philippine rice terraces, a UNESCO Living Cultural Heritage site, has been declared a genetically-modified organism (GMO) free zone

In the world of food staples, rice has a pretty iconic status. Over half of the global population eat it every day. It has been grown around the world for over 10,000 years. It's cultivated in 113 countries. If rice was a pop group, it would be the Beatles.

Press, peace and life on the ocean waves...

Posted by Louise Edge — 26 March 2009 at 4:04pm - Comments
Louise takes the baton for the latest lap in the spring blog relay - our quest to introduce to you all the staff members who keep the Greenpeace wheels turning here in the UK - click here to catch up on entries from other Greenpeace staff.

Louise - is Creative Outreach a real job title?

I started out with Greenpeace nearly nine years ago as a press officer – and on arrival dived straight in at the deep end by heading off to Norwich to deal with media for the trial of 28 activists (including our then Director, Peter Melchett) who were charged with pulling up genetically modified (GM) crops from an experimental field in nearby Lyng. The atmosphere was charged, as our people were potentially facing jail, and the media interest was intense.

Duck-rice farming in China

Posted by jossc — 24 October 2008 at 11:53am - Comments

Chinese farmers are discovering that resurrecting the old tradition of keeping ducks in their rice fields allows them to cut down on the amount of pesticides and artificial fertilisers they need to use to grow their crops.

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