Do you know about REDD? The Mending News checks in with IEN (Indigenous Environmental Network) Executive Director, Tom Goldtooth.
This video was produced as part of a crowdfunding campaign for Global Justice Ecology Project’s Campaign to STOP GE Trees.
Monsanto is highly invested in ArborGen and other biotech corporations who are agressively seeking approval for industrial tree plantations containing genetically engineered trees. This video presentation clearly outlines the truth about GMOs/GE plants.
The world’s leading Scientists, Physicians, Attorneys, Politicians and Environmental Activists expose the corruption and dangers surrounding the widespread use of Genetically Modified Organisms in the new feature length documentary, “Seeds of Death: Unveiling the Lies of GMOs”.
Senior Executive Producer / Writer / Director: Gary Null PhD
Executive Producer/Writer/Co-Director: Richard Polonetsky
Producers: Paola Bossola, Richard Gale, James Spruill, Patrick Thompson, Valerie Van Cleve
Editors: James Spruill, Patrick Thompson, Richie Williamson, Nick Palm
Music: Kevin MacLeod (Incompetech.com), Armando Guarnera
Graphics: Jay Graygor
Plantation Trees and Water Use: Seventy years of Jonkershoek Paired Catchment Experiments
A Tour with Arthur Chapman
Plantations use significant amounts of water and South Africa is an arid country. In this documentary Arthur Chapman from One World Sustainable Investments (previously CSIR) takes us on a tour and shares with us the background of seventy years of hydrological research in the Jonkershoek Valley and how the paired catchment experiments work, and how much water trees really use. The intention of the documentary is educational, and to be used as a platform for further discussions.
This documentary is a GeaSphere / EcoDoc Africa collaboration and made possible with funds from the Swedish Society for Nature Conservation. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of GeaSphere, EcoDoc Africa or SSNC. This video was produced and edited by Liane Greeff, video footage were filmed by Roy MacGregor and Liane Greeff. Original music: Roy MacGregor. Project planning: Liane Greeff and Philip Owen. Thanks to Janet Botes for graphics on watershed plantations and eucalyptus trees, and to Guy Preston, Willem de Lange, Deidre May and Wally Menne for additional photographs and visuals.
As policies and programs to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) and to enhance forest carbon stocks (REDD+) are promoted around the world by global and national elites, Indigenous Peoples and other forest-dependent communities are raising the alarm that these programs will have serious negative impacts — and will not reduce the cascading threats of the climate crisis. This 28-minute documentary introduces the many concerns about REDD from the perspective of the people who are most impacted, featuring interviews and testimonies from Mexico, Brazil, Panama, Philippines, Indonesia, Nepal, Uganda, India, and California.
The fastest-growing cause of deforestation across the tropics is the massive growth of palm oil plantations. One company — Wilmar International — produces nearly half of the world’s palm oil.
In the United States, palm oil is in about half of our packaged foods and cosmetics, because global companies are taking over land, wreaking havoc on the environment, and ignoring human rights.
Among the biggest U.S. financiers of Wilmar are the nation’s largest banks, pension funds and asset managers. To save the world’s forests, we need to get our money out of palm oil.
There’s nothing they are leaving untouched: the mustard, the okra, the bringe oil, the rice, the cauliflower. Once they have established the norm: that seed can be owned as their property, royalties can be collected. We will depend on them for every seed we grow of every crop we grow. If they control seed, they control food, they know it — it’s strategic. It’s more powerful than bombs. It’s more powerful than guns. This is the best way to control the populations of the world. The story starts in the White House, where Monsanto often got its way by exerting disproportionate influence over policymakers via the “revolving door”. One example is Michael Taylor, who worked for Monsanto as an attorney before being appointed as deputy commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1991. While at the FDA, the authority that deals with all US food approvals, Taylor made crucial decisions that led to the approval of GE foods and crops. Then he returned to Monsanto, becoming the company’s vice president for public policy.
Thanks to these intimate links between Monsanto and government agencies, the US adopted GE foods and crops without proper testing, without consumer labeling and in spite of serious questions hanging over their safety. Not coincidentally, Monsanto supplies 90 percent of the GE seeds used by the US market. Monsanto’s long arm stretched so far that, in the early nineties, the US Food and Drugs Agency even ignored warnings of their own scientists, who were cautioning that GE crops could cause negative health effects. Other tactics the company uses to stifle concerns about their products include misleading advertising, bribery and concealing scientific evidence.