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Paying $62 billion For One of the World’s Most Hated Companies

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Touch the Soil News #387 Industrial agriculture is materially defined by the GMO seeds and toxic chemicals it uses. Bayer AG from Germany just announced on May 23, 2016 that it made an all cash offer to buy Monsanto for $62 billion. If the deal comes together, it will create the world’s largest seller of GMO seeds and farm chemicals. This is the largest all-cash offer ever made in the history of capitalism. Bayer AG will become one of the most deeply indebted companies as it plans to assume approximately $9 billion of Monsanto debt, sell new Bayer Ag stock for $15.5 billion and borrow another $37.5 billion. Announcement of…

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The Battle to Control What We Think About Food

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Touch the Soil News #219 We’ve all heard the expression putting a “Spin” on information or truth. The “spin” essentially means that by turning and twisting information, you can drop the truth and add false ingredients. We were particularly interested in a report that just came out called “Spinning Food.” The upshot of the report is that Industrial food companies create “Front Groups” that look like legitimate enterprises, but are used to put a “Spin” on the story of food. The authors of the report include Kari Hamerschlag, Anna Lappe and Stacy Malkan with support from Friends of the Earth. Cover of the special Spinning Food report (courtesy of Friends…

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When Big Ag Corporations Think for Us

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Touch the Soil News #209 The agriculture media is saturated with warnings about demand for food outpacing the world’s capacity to raise food. This “fear” so to speak is being leveraged by large industrial agriculture enterprises to gain public support for practices that are unsustainable and exploiting people. Food must be sustainable in order to sustain big populations (photo courtesy of Rakesh Krishna Kamur – Creative Commons 2.0) What would you say to a food security plan that says sustainable production doesn’t work and we need to change focus? That focus being full bore ahead with chemical farming, soil compromising practices and GMO foods that collapse seed diversity and promote…

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