Today FoE Europe, Food and Water Watch and the European Via Campesina launched a new film on the devastating impact of growing GM soy in Latin America. This is a part of the Feeding and Fuelling Europe project which aims to raise public awareness of the impacts of Europe’s factory farms and meat consumption in developing countries.
Many food commentators and activists are full of equivocal noises on GM – often repeating the same bits of propaganda drip fed through the media and industry. The Fife Diet (for what its worth) remains resolutely against GM and wholly unconvinced by any arguments in favour. The world food crisis is a social crisis it is not to be solved by a technical fix, especially one which puts more power and control in the hands of agri-business.
Soy, grown mostly to feed chickens, cows and pigs in Europe, now covers nearly 11 million hectares in South America – an area equivalent to all the arable farmland in Germany. The film shows that to make way for soy plantations, thousands of people are being forced from their land and with it, losing their ability to grow their own food. Indigenous people are being evicted and forests are being cleared.
Many of the soybeans are genetically modified by the multi-national Monsanto and massively increase the use of pesticides – poisoning rural communities, water sources and the natural environment. Download and view the film here. See more on GM at GM watch here.