El gran juego del ajedrez botánico
The Grand Botanical Chess Game
From Puerto Rican social ecologist Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero:
All over the world, debates on the future of food and agriculture are dominated by one supreme subject: the seed. Its importance cannot possibly be overstated. Seed is, after all, the beginning of the human food chain. In the words of University of Wisconsin professor Jack R. Kloppenburg: “As both food and means of production, seed sits at a critical nexus where contemporary struggles over the technical, social and environmental conditions of production and consumption converge and are made manifest.”
Current debates on seed center around its appropriation and privatization through intellectual property laws and treaties, and around the growing power of corporations like Monsanto and Syngenta, which are bent on creating virtual monopolies over all seed germplasm. As we’ll see, attempts to take over the seed are not new at all (continue)
Link to Mary Anastasia O’Grady’s article in ISLA, page 113,
Respuesta comunitaria al Plan Fortuño de gasificar a Puerto Rico
A Community-Based Response to Governor Fortuño's Plan to Gasify Puerto Rico
By Arturo Massol-Deyá, Ph.D.
Casa Pueblo, PUERTO RICO
Rising energy costs and the questionable sustainability of Puerto Rico’s dependence on imported fossil fuel is broadly recognized on the island. Furthermore, there is widespread awareness that thermoelectric emissions are detrimental to public health and the environment, and Puerto Ricans across-the-board recognize that U.S. maritime restrictions under the Jones Act effectively limit imports, fueling rising energy costs and exacerbating supply issues. Though there is general agreement on the energy problem, a formidable gap exists between the public’s viewpoint and the proposals, vision, lack of transparency and undemocratic style of Republican governor, Luis Fortuño.
Governor Fortuño is actively promoting the construction of a gas pipeline across 92 miles of a 100 mile wide island, from a privately owned liquefied natural gas terminal located on the south-west, EcoElectrica, to the north where it will fuel three power plants. These power plants combined scarcely produce 22% of the country’s energy needs. This is the governor’s plan for resolving the country’s energy crisis. (continue)
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