GM and Green Revolution practices detrimental to ecosystems in Africa (IRIN News)


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Countering Africa’s green revolution

Civil society groups are taking on the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops and Green Revolution technologies.

They argue that GM and Green Revolution practices – those aimed at increasing developing countries’ crop yields through specific innovations – will, in the long run, be detrimental to ecosystems across the continent. Earlier this month, a coalition of almost 60 civil society groups across Africa came out to protest AGRA ahead of the G8 Summit in London.

“Green Revolution technologies benefit relatively few farmers, often at the expense of the majority. These technologies produce concentration of land ownership, increasing economies of scale (production has to be at a large scale to get into and stay in markets), and a declining number of food-producing households in a context of limited other…

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Coercive Population Control in Three Villages in Northern Sri Lanka · Global Voices

Coercive Population Control in Three Villages in Northern Sri Lanka · Global Voices.

Groundviews reports that women of three villages in Kilinochchi with a child under the age of five were summoned to Veravil divisional hospital to weigh their children and to receive a vaccination. According to the report the doctors and nurses used coercive language and manipulated medical information to convince those women to take Progestogen-only subdermal implants (POSDIs), a long-term hormonal birth control.

Kissing on Egyptian Streets · Global Voices

Public display of affection is widely frowned upon in Egypt, as laws of public indecency could be used to prosecute those who publicly show affection or drink alcohol on the streets.

Alongside the photo, ElGohary shared lyrics of Youssra El Hawary’s song On The Street. El Hawary an upcoming independent singer and her songs proved a youtube success. On The Street’s lyrics read:

Some people curse each other, kill each other on the street,

Some people sleep on the floor on the street,

Some people sell their honor on the street,

But it would truly be a scandal if one day we forgot and kissed each other on the street!

via Kissing on Egyptian Streets · Global Voices.