Category Archives: Agriculture

Seed heritage for sale

Najma Sadeque    November 19, 2014   The government is about to facilitate the handing over of our seed heritage to the foreign corporate world. In many agricultural countries, millions of farmers and peasants have been up in arms against their … Continue reading

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Seedy business

November 06, 2014 By  NAJMA SADEQUE   Throughout history, superpowers that outstayed their welcome eventually turned unscrupulous trying to hang on. The most recent one in the last century directly shaped and manipulated global institutions forcing most countries into submission. The … Continue reading

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Patents to kill competition

April 23, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE The Nation, 23rd April, 2014   In 1971, Mohan Chakravarty, an Indian-American, and his employer, General Electric, applied for the patenting of a genetically-engineered “oil-eating” bacterium. He took genes from three kinds of bacteria and transplanted … Continue reading

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Neither green, nor a revolution

The Nation – April 02, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE Pity countries can’t choose their neighbours. Most prefer those they have something in common with to get along. But all are stuck with geography. One such unlucky nation was Mexico. First it … Continue reading

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Death by GM contamination

March 11, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE How did all this happen? Easily. By steady, unrelenting persuasion by a chemical-cum-GM seed multinational sitting around in Pakistan the past 15 years, seemingly twiddling its thumbs. Starting in America, nothing happened by accident but … Continue reading

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Terminating the peasants

February 26, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE Imagine maize, or corn, having cellular structures resembling those of humans, making them easier for scientists to manipulate. Much more disconcerting to discover however, was why scientists were tinkering with maize. Non-reproducing seeds apart, they … Continue reading

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Mayhem by monoculture

February 19, 2014 NAJMA SADEQUE Crop failures are an inevitable part of agricultural life. Though blame is often attributed to drought, excess rains, and other weather discrepancies, the chosen method of farming itself is never called into question. Instead, massive … Continue reading

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