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Millions of years of growing natural diversity are in real danger of extinction. There’s a bid by industrial agriculture to take complete control over seeds – and thereby of all the food we eat. As for genetic modification – promoted as the only way to feed the world, its one real benefit is that it conveys corporate ownership. Monopoly and monoculture are the result, together with increased dependence on fossil fuels and reduced adaptability to climate change. So the New Internationalist reports from Latin America, Africa and Asia on what peasant farmers are already doing to avert catastrophe.

September 2010, Issue 435

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Seed savers
The world’s seed markets are being gobbled up by ‘life-science’ corporations – but peasant farmers still feed the world. David Ransom reports.
Crops of truth
You have to travel with Jaideep Hardikar to meet the women at the bottom of the social scale in rural south India to find knowledge and wisdom.
Seeds - the facts
The seeds of sovereignty
Francisca Rodríguez talks with Camila Montecinos about the women who work with Via Campesina, the world's largest and most active organization of peasant farmers.
Surviving climate change
What was once almost a sacred duty provides a vital clue to the future, reports Isaiah Esipisu from Kenya.
A very short natural history of seeds
Merchants of death!
The troubling story of a corporate bid to take control of the world’s food supply, told by Sue Branford.
Action
Contacts, links, books...
A world wide web of change
Digital activism has come a long way, but its principles still reflect its analogue ancestry, argues Adam Ma'anit.
Accused of witchcraft
Alasdair Soussi talks to Gary Foxcroft, whose organization, Stepping Stones Nigeria, is helping some of the country’s most vulnerable children.
Violent clash averted in Western Sahara stand-off
Stefan Simanowitz reports from Algiers.
On the short road to discipline - flourishing democracy
Put aside an election called by despots as also revolutionary fantasies. We must look elsewhere for hope for Burma, argues Dinyar Godrej.
The organ donors' bill of rights
To combat the illegal trade in body parts, an Organ Donors’ Bill of Rights is required, argues Nancy Scheper-Hughes.
Indigenous mothers-to-be: not mothers enough?
Pregnant women from indigenous communities face multiple layers of discrimination, as Cheryl Gallagher explains.
'The people are with us'
Dilnaz Boga talks to Masarat Alam Bhat, leader of the Quit Kashmir campaign
Housing the urban poor
Jeremy Seabrook meets Mohammad Kamal Uddin, who has worked tirelessly for two decades to transform people’s lives in Bangladesh.
Letters and Letter from Cairo
Currents: Cook feels the heat
Canadian ambassador to Guatemala guilty of slander.
Currents: Historic Yasuní deal signed
Currents: Poisoned hills
Burmese women expose military’s complicity in the opium trade.
Currents: Hacked off
Activists hack into the public website of the European Climate Exchange
Currents: A deadly drought
Conflicts between nomadic communities over water shortages increase.
Worldbeater: Don Blankenship
Big coal equals big profits, so Don Blankenship doesn’t worry too much about pollution.
Southern Exposure: Andrés Lofiego
Making Waves
PV Rajagopal seeks a return to Ghandian values and wonders what happened to his country.
Essay: Working together
A common vision has joined two major players in the labour and co-op movements. Erbin Crowell considers the implications.