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Critics of Monsanto and its genetically modified seed have been effective because they’re good storytellers, the company’s director of millennial engagement told attendees at a recent conference on building trust in the food system.

Farmers need to be ‘heroes’ to win over consumers

People respond to powerful stories centred around people they can admire, says Monsanto official

Reading Time: 3 minutes Producing food isn’t enough these days — you’ve got to be a hero, too. That was one of the messages delivered at the recent Public Trust Summit put on by the Canadian Centre for Food Integrity. The conference, in its second year, attracted a diverse crowd of farmers, food processors, retailers, communications experts, and even […] Read more

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Report finds ethanol, bioenergy no threat to food security

New York | Reuters — Bioenergy produced from crops does not threaten food supplies, researchers funded by the U.S. government, World Bank and others said in a report Tuesday, dealing a potential blow to critics of the country’s biofuels program. There is no clear relationship between biofuels and higher prices that threaten access to food, […] Read more



Small farms have been the lifeblood of Senegal but are increasingly being squeezed out.  Photo: Belgian Development agency

In Senegal, a land rush is pushing local farmers to the side

Africans without formal title are losing their farms to international biofuel and cash crop companies

Reading Time: 2 minutes From Farm Radio Weekly, published by Farm Radio International, a Canadian organization that works with farm broadcasters in sub-Saharan Africa Doudou Sow is furious. For the last 10 years, small-scale farmers in his area have been steadily losing their land to an influx of private investors. The Senegalese farmer says that outsiders have been purchasing […] Read more