Viewpoint: Green technology-rejectionist Vandana Shiva at center of Sri Lanka’s disastrous organic farming embrace and crop protection chemical rejection – Genetic Literacy Project

The unprecedented economic crisis in Sri Lanka has been doing the rounds across mainstream media, academia, policy circles as well as the global political dispensation. From the recent resignation of Mahinda Rajapaksa from the post of prime minister to the appointment of the new Prime Minister, Ranil  Wickremesinghe, new dynamics are unfolding in the island nation almost every day, making it a challenging task to keep track of the political and economic effects of this conundrum. Sri Lanka has a long history of economic challenges, which includes the repercussions of the 26-year long civil war in the country, successive loans from the International Monetary Funds (IMF), the excessive increase of money supply in an attempt to douse its fiscal deficits—the economy’s money supply has increased by approximately 42 percent in the last four years, deep tax cuts that were enacted a few months before the pandemic hit, and, of course, the soaring external debts that the country owed to other powers such as  China and Japan. However, the myopic switch to organic farming in Sri Lanka could be declared as the final nail in the coffin that led to a series of economic disasters which will remain a lesson in the history of agricultural policy, especially for the Global South.
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Viewpoint: Europe’s rejection of biotechnology in favor of organics has played an unfortunate role in today’s global food crisis. ‘Precision agriculture’ can help – Genetic Literacy Project

Leading officials including UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres are sounding the alarm over the alarming state of global food security. The war in
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Viewpoint: ‘A very curious form of self-sabotage’ — Organic industry rejects crop biotechnology solutions for environmental damage caused by widespread copper sulfate use – Genetic Literacy Project

As far as arable crops are concerned, copper is particularly used on potatoes, since 75% of the surfaces in organic farming are concerned, compared to
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A new European-based organic grocery store came to town. Why does it misrepresent the advantages of organic and the disadvantages of GMO foods? – Genetic Literacy Project

here’s a new grocery store opening up in my hometown, McLean, VA. It’s called Lidl (pronounced Lee-dul), and it’s headquartered in Neckarsulm, Germany. My
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‘Organic revolution’ in farming? Switzerland and Sri Lanka offer lessons on downside of pushing too aggressively – Genetic Literacy Project

Amid deepening concern over the damage agrochemicals cause to the environment and public health, organic farming is widely touted as a green and
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Viewpoint: ‘Organic farming folly’ — Bjorn Lomborg says Ukraine war has exposed Europe’s ‘self-indulgent obsession’ with low-yield, unsustainable farming – Genetic Literacy Project

As food prices skyrocket and the Ukraine conflict threatens a global food crisis, we need to face another unpopular reality: Organic farming is
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‘Third way’ regenerative farming: Syngenta CEO calls for cooperation between organics and crop biotechnology to address food crises, sparking ‘grotesque’ rebuke from organic activist – Genetic Literacy Project

Erik Fyrwald, the CEO of the Swiss agrochemicals group Syngenta, has called for an end to organic farming to avoid a worsening food crisis. The president
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‘Third way’ regenerative farming: Syngenta CEO calls for cooperation between organics and crop biotechnology to address food crises, sparking ‘grotesque’ rebuke from organic activist – Genetic Literacy Project

Erik Fyrwald, the CEO of the Swiss agrochemicals group Syngenta, has called for an end to organic farming to avoid a worsening food crisis. The president
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‘Organic label doesn’t always mean safer,’ study finds: Spinosad insecticide more damaging to beneficial insects than synthetic imidacloprid neonicotinoid banned in Europe – Genetic Literacy Project

Very low concentrations of the popular organic insecticide spinosad have profound effects on beneficial insect species, including vision loss and neurodegeneration, new research led by the University of Melbourne has found.The study, published in ELife, used the vinegar fly Drosophila to analyse the impact of chronic exposure to low concentrations (0.2 parts per million) of spinosad and the resulting physiological impacts on the brain and other tissues.Spinosad is commonly used to control insect pests including thrips, leafminers, spider mites, mosquitoes, ants and fruit flies, in both commercial and domestic settings.“Within a matter of 20 days, tiny doses of spinosad can have an alarming impact on the brains of adult Drosophila. Observing sections of brain tissue under microscope demonstrated there was an average of 17 per cent of the fly brains destroyed due to exposure,” said Dr Felipe Martelli from Monash University, who completed this work as part of his PhD at the University of Melbourne.
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Viewpoint: Food activists lobbied for an organic-only, no synthetic pesticide model in Sri Lanka. Here’s why it went so catastrophically wrong – Genetic Literacy Project

Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa promised in his 2019 election campaign to transition the country’s farmers to organic agriculture over a period
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