I read the news today (28/12/16)……..

Surprise, surprise, GM industry hacks pack the key biotech panel of the US National Academies of Science; a real surprise is that a leading organic guy has been elected to be deputy chair of the EU’s key agriculture advisory group; misleading headlines are no surprise but why use them on an inspiring story of Tanzanian farmers seed saving and farming organically; it shouldn’t be a surprise but it is to learn just how far mega-cities threaten productive farmland around the world; and it’s no surprise to find that mainstream politicians and journalists still get things wrong even when they have woken up to the need to reform the EU which makes train crash Brexit very likely.

GM industry ties to US National Academies of Science

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/27/business/national-academies-biotechnology-conflicts.html?rref=collection%2Fbyline%2Fstephanie-strom&action=click&contentCollection=undefined&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=1&pgtype=collection&_r=1

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/news/new-york-times-confirms-gmo-industry-ties-national-academies-sciences

Organic figure elected to key position on CAP advisory body

http://organic-market.info/news-in-brief-and-reports-article/jan-plagge-elected-deputy-chair-of-the-working-group-on-the-common-agriculture-policy.html

Tanzanian farmers are facing heavy prison sentences if they continue their traditional seed exchange

http://www.mo.be/en/analysis/tanzanian-farmers-are-facing-heavy-prison-sentences-if-they-continue-their-traditional-seed

Mega-cities will destroy vast areas of productive farmland

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/world-on-a-plate/2016/dec/28/growing-mega-cities-will-displace-vast-tracts-of-farmland-by-2030-study-says

Rethinking Europe

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/rethinking-europe-tn5sj5kw0

https://euobserver.com/europe-in-review/136024

https://www.ft.com/content/9ec6ccec-c5ce-11e6-8f29-9445cac8966f

……..Oh boy

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