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Brazil, and the world, ought to invest in ecological farming

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 26 March, 2014

Yesterday, I joined a panel at the Global Agribusiness Forum in São Paolo (Brazil) to talk about the impacts of climate change on agriculture and food production. You might be surprised that Greenpeace was at an agribusiness...

Blow against Monsanto. No GE (or GM) soy allowed in Campeche, Mexico

Blog entry by Silvia Díaz Pérez | 14 March, 2014 2 comments

"The government secretariats of SAGARPA (Ministry of Agriculture) and SEMARNAT (Ministry of Environment) must guarantee that no genetically engineered (GE) soy will be grown in the state of Campeche starting from the 7th of March 2014"...

Indian people voice their concern about Moily's approval of GE field trials!

Blog entry by Neha Saigal | 6 March, 2014

The massive opposition to genetically engineered (GE) crops in India has almost entirely stopped the entry of this risky and unwanted technology into our farms and plates. But the proponents of this technology and their cronies are...

Healthy earth, healthy people, happy people

Blog entry by Aleira Lara Galicia | 18 February, 2014

"We have a commitment to protect what we have. Here, we grow everything we need: corn, pumpkins, chiles, flowers for our bees - and at the same time we respect and take advantage of natural cycles. We never run out of food, we don't...

Greenpeace Victories

Topic | 28 January, 2014 at 23:00

Just some of the positive environmental changes that Greenpeace has directly helped to bring about since we began campaigning in 1971.

'Fed Up' with big AgriBusiness

Blog entry by Myrto Pispini | 21 January, 2014

Since ancient times food has not only been about eating, but also about sharing. Whether it's the same plate, the same table, or the same central Berlin square; food is an important force for social gathering. Sharing conversations,...

'Golden' rice ignores the risks, the people and the real solutions

Blog entry by Daniel Ocampo | 8 January, 2014

'Golden' rice is being promoted by GM advocates as a solution to malnutrition. But it should be for the 'target populations' in the Philippines and elsewhere to decide whether to accept the technology - and they don't want it! ...

Campaign reports

Background | 1 January, 2014 at 16:30

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2013: The Year In Photos

Image gallery | 24 December, 2013

2013: The Year In Photos

Feature story | 24 December, 2013 at 14:30

The year 2013 has been very eventful for Greenpeace on all points of the compass. Whether it be turning around a cargo container filled with fin whale meat in Hamburg, getting the palm oil industry to think twice about deforestation in Indonesia,...

Can deforestation affect global weather patterns?

Blog entry by Dr. Janet Cotter | 17 December, 2013

Forests, like other ecosystems, provide ‘ecosystem services’. These are services people need (such as pollination and flood control) and use, but often don’t realise we depend on. They provide us with essential services like the ...

Dripping Poison

Publication | 16 December, 2013 at 9:30

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has carried out reviews of the neonicotinoid pesticides thiamethoxam, imidacloprid and clothianidin in order to assess the possible risks posed by these systemic insecticides to bees.

Golden Illusion

Publication | 17 October, 2013 at 19:53

GE 'Golden' rice is a genetically engineered (GE, also called genetically modified, GM) rice variety developed by the biotech industry to produce pro-vitamin A (beta-carotene). Proponents portray GE 'Golden' rice as a technical, quick-fix solut...

Fighting world hunger: Who deserves our praise?

Blog entry by Christine Campeau | 16 October, 2013 1 comment

Today is World Food Day, a chance to celebrate the millions of farmers around the world who put food on our tables. Yesterday, some of these farmers were awarded the Food Sovereignty Prize by the US Food Sovereignty Alliance,...

The man who showed us all the true threat in the Arctic

Blog entry by John Novis, Head of Photography, Greenpeace Int'l | 27 September, 2013 10 comments

A photo is key when it comes to bearing witness and Greenpeace has been a leading organization in visuals for over forty years. We go to the frontline of environmental issues to see for ourselves what is happening so that we can show...

AGRA: helping agribusiness conquer African agriculture?

Blog entry by Iza Kruszewska and Glen Tyler | 6 September, 2013 3 comments

Finally, we have confirmation of what we have long suspected: AGRA, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, has been created to facilitate the corporate takeover of African agriculture, not support African smallholder farmers...

No strawberries in winter

Blog entry by Wil van Egdom | 29 August, 2013 2 comments

As a father of three young children, I want my kids to eat good quality food, now and forever. Nevertheless, the threat of decreased food quality, and its availability in the near future, is eminent. Our current agricultural system is...

7 things you missed from Kumi Naidoo’s AMA on Reddit

Blog entry by Kumi Naidoo | 12 August, 2013

Ask me anything, as Reddit arranges is a risky proposition, one that I relished, but that also made me a little nervous. Smart, funny and incisive questions came in fast and furious. It was a struggle to keep up. I did my best and...

Monsanto confirms GE retreat from Europe

Blog entry by Luís Ferreirim | 22 July, 2013 8 comments

What had been brewing for weeks following various hints and tips was finally confirmed last week when Monsanto announced it would cease the marketing of new genetically engineered seeds (GE) in the European Union. The world's...

Exported: Chinese herbs laced with toxic pesticides

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 1 July, 2013 10 comments

Although widely known since 2009 as the world's largest exporter, a new Greenpeace East Asia investigation has revealed that China is also exporting traditional Chinese herbs laced with a toxic cocktail of pesticide residues. ...

Pesticides Cocktail

Image gallery | 24 June, 2013

Pesticides: the secret ingredient in Chinese herbal products?

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 24 June, 2013 16 comments

Traditional Chinese herbs have a strong reputation for their medicinal benefits, but a Greenpeace East Asia investigation has revealed that these herbs are coated in a toxic cocktail of pesticide residues, posing long-term health risks...

Exposed: toxic pesticides cocktail revealed in traditional Chinese herbs

Press release | 24 June, 2013 at 8:12

Beijing, June 24, 2013 – Greenpeace East Asia tests on 65 traditional Chinese herbal products have exposed a toxic cocktail of pesticide residues, some of them illegal in China, highlighting the need to end the use of industrial agricultural...

The fake promises of GE crops

Blog entry by Janet Cotter | 21 June, 2013 5 comments

There's been a lot of 'noise' recently about how genetically engineered (GE) crops can help "feed the world", and that they can help agriculture in a climate-affected world. But are these promises real or just hype? If we look at...

Honey Bee Collapse: A Lesson in Ecology

Blog entry by Rex Weyler | 10 June, 2013 5 comments

"In the last four years, the chemical industry has spent $11.2 million on a PR initiative to say it's not their fault, so we know whose fault it is." ― Jon Cooksey, writer, director: How to Boil a Frog . We know what is killing...

When will governments learn that GE crops are uncontrollable?

Blog entry by Janet Cotter | 31 May, 2013 1 comment

Shockwaves are being felt across the world's wheat markets following the first-ever discovery of unauthorised genetically engineered wheat growing on a US farm – a development that gives further proof that GE crops cannot be controlled...

Knowledge is key to biodiversity, not technology

Blog entry by Iza Kruszewska | 14 May, 2013

Agribusiness and commodity traders are thin on the ground at this week’s FAO conference in Rome on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition. Despite its title, this event is of little interest to Big Food. After all, this conference is...

EU bans three bee-killer pesticides: a light of hope for bees and agriculture

Blog entry by Matthias Wüthrich | 3 May, 2013 4 comments

The next time you see a bee buzzing around, it’s worthwhile remembering that much of the food we eat depends significantly on pollination these insects provide. But bees and other pollinators are declining globally, particularly in...

Bees in decline: how long will Syngenta deny science?

Blog entry by Marianne Kuenzle | 23 April, 2013 1 comment

Today, six days before the key EU vote to ban bee-killer pesticides, Greenpeace is attending the annual general meeting (AGM) of Syngenta in Basel, Switzerland, in order to alert shareholders to the company’s role in the global decline...

UglyFood: the other truth about chemical fertilisers in China

Blog entry by Alessandro Saccoccio | 16 April, 2013 2 comments

We recently blogged about a Greenpeace East Asia investigation which uncovered the ‘ugly side of food’, and exposed a phosphate fertilizers manufacturing scandal in Sichuan, China . We also sadly witnessed how chemical fertilizers...

European agriculture at risk: time to ban bee-killing pesticides

Blog entry by Matthias Wüthrich | 9 April, 2013 6 comments

Most of the food served on our tables greatly depends on insects such as bees and their crucial pollinating role in agriculture, but the use of pesticides is increasingly placing the future of bees and our farming at risk. A ...

Bees in Decline

Publication | 9 April, 2013 at 7:30

Honeybees and wild pollinators play a crucial role in agriculture and food production. However, the current chemical-intensive agriculture model is threatening both, and thereby putting food supply at risk

Ugly food: the truth behind chemical fertilisers in China

Blog entry by Alessandro Saccoccio | 2 April, 2013 4 comments

When thinking about food the first image that comes to our mind might be the so-called 'food porn' photography that the marketing industry relies upon when advertising food products. But there is also an ugly side of food the industry...

'Monsanto Protection Act' adopted in the US

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 28 March, 2013 21 comments

Imagine a democratic government adopting a legislation that would instruct its own Agriculture Department "to ignore any judicial rulings that block the planting of crops that the court determines to be illegal"(according to Senator...

The long march of the food movement in the US

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 13 March, 2013 11 comments

Whole Foods Market, the eighth largest food and drug store in the US, has announced that it will start to label all food made from genetic engineering (GE) within 5 years. As the US (and Canada) is one of the rare so-called...

GM: not the promised route to food security

Blog entry by Neha Saigal | 21 February, 2013 2 comments

Hunger and malnutrition is an issue that governments around the world are grappling with and its impact can be felt more severely in the developing and under-developed nations. India is no different in this regard; we stand towards...

Did horsemeat leave a bad taste in your mouth?

Blog entry by Lasse Bruun | 19 February, 2013 4 comments

Over the past couple of weeks the 'horsemeat scandal' has topped news headlines, revolted consumers and forced retailers and producers to come clean and revise their supply chains. This is firstly a story of mislabelling, but...

Bhutan goes organic: a lesson for us all?

Blog entry by Pat C | 18 February, 2013 6 comments

By banning the sales of pesticides and herbicides Bhutan has outlined a clear path for the future of its agriculture: it will become the first wholly organic country in the world. Bhutan was already largely organic, but the recent...

Feeding animals or feeding ourselves?

Blog entry by Reyes Tirado | 12 February, 2013 5 comments

As a mostly-vegetarian scientist and smallholding farmer, it was my new challenge to consider the role of animals in an ecological farming system aimed at both protecting nature and feeding the world equitably. Inspired by the...

Ecological Livestock

Publication | 12 February, 2013 at 12:41

Options for reducing livestock production and consumption to fit within ecological limits, with a focus in Europe.

Will big biotech giants destroy Mexican corn? Join us and say no!

Blog entry by Aleira Lara | 11 January, 2013 45 comments

The Mexican government is likely to authorise the cultivation of genetically engineered (GE) corn in Mexico. And until now Mexican citizens, with the help of organisations like Greenpeace ,  have managed to prevent agribusiness giants...

Is the world heading towards another food crisis?

Blog entry by Eric Darier | 15 November, 2012 11 comments

Too many countries have in history experienced the devastation of not only failed harvests, but also gross agricultural policy mismanagement. The Great Famine of the 1930s in the Ukraine, which resulted in millions starving to death...

Why the EU should not follow GE path to agricultural Armageddon

Blog entry by Lasse Bruun | 12 November, 2012 5 comments

When a warning comes loud and clear from someone who has lived through what can only be described as agricultural Armageddon, it’s usually a good idea to heed their advice. This week Greenpeace has linked European farmers,...

Glyphosate-tolerant crops in the EU

Publication | 30 October, 2012 at 15:51

Renowned agricultural economist Dr. Charles Benbrook was commissioned by Greenpeace International to make the first ever forecast of how Europe would be impacted by the authorisation of the cultivation of herbicide-tolerant, genetically-engineered...

US farmers warn EU: do not follow GE path to agricultural Armageddon

Press release | 22 October, 2012 at 12:55

Warsaw, 22 October 2012 – European agriculture will be irreparably damaged if the European Commission were to follow the US and authorise the cultivation of herbicide-tolerant genetically engineered (HTGE) crops, Greenpeace warned today. The...

Food, Fuel, Forests and Climate – the Biofuels Conundrum

Blog entry by Sini Harkki | 18 October, 2012 7 comments

Fossil fuels are killing our climate and we need to find alternatives. It’s a simple message that most people get, but what happens when one of the supposed alternatives also becomes not just a climate killer, but a driver of hunger...

Fuel for thought on World Food Day

Blog entry by Julian Oram | 16 October, 2012 3 comments

On this World Food Day, I am in Rome where government ministers attending the World Committee on Food Security are facing up to a sobering reality: the food world system is badly broken. From climate change, to biofuels and GE foods,...

Are organic foods safer or healthier than conventional produce?

Blog entry by Reyes Tirado | 7 September, 2012 4 comments

Safer, healthier, but what about less toxic? Why not ask the question the other way around… Are foods from chemically intensive farms worse for humans and the planet than organic alternatives? An apple is an apple, and...

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