Darwin’s Dog Food Recall of December 2017

December 8th 2017 – Darwin’s Natural pet products of Tukwila,Washington has notified distributors that it is recalling Select lots of Darwin’s Natural selection dog food due to possible contamination with Salmonella bacteria.

https://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-recall/darwins-dog-food-recall-december-2017/

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FDA Warning: Store-Bought ‘Bone Treats’ Could Kill Your Dog

FDA Warning: Store-Bought ‘Bone Treats’ Could Kill Your Dog
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November 28, 2017 — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning regarding the purchase and use of store-bought “bone treats”. The FDA claims the danger goes beyond the risk of regular bones.

The FDA reports it has received about 68 reports of pet illnesses related to “bone treats”.

Bone treats differ from regular uncooked butcher-type bones because they’re processed and packaged for sale as “dog treats”.

A variety of commercially-available bone treats for dogs were listed in the reports including items described as:

“Ham Bones”
“Pork Femur Bones”
“Rib Bones”
“Smokey Knuckle Bones”

No specific brands are mentioned in the FDA bulletin.

The processed products may be dried through a smoking process or by baking. They may also contain other ingredients such as:

Preservatives
Seasonings
Smoke flavorings

According to Dr. Carmela Stamper, a veterinarian in the Center for Veterinary Medicine at the FDA…

“Giving your dog a bone treat might lead to an unexpected trip to your veterinarian, a possible emergency surgery, or even death for your pet.”

So, if you’re planning to give your dog a stocking full of bone treats this holiday season, you may want to reconsider.

Illnesses reported to FDA by owners and veterinarians in dogs that have eaten bone treats have included:

Gastrointestinal obstruction (blockage in the digestive tract)
Choking
Cuts and wounds in the mouth or on the tonsils
Vomiting
Diarrhea
Bleeding from the rectum
Death

According to FDA, approximately 15 dogs have reportedly died after eating a bone treat.
How Widespread Is the Problem?

To date, reports submitted by pet owners and veterinarians have included about 90 dogs. Some reports included more than one dog.

In addition, FDA has received 7 reports of product problems such as…

Moldy-appearing bones
Treats splintering when chewed by the pet

FDA has included the following tips to help keep your dog safe:
Chicken bones and other bones from the kitchen table can cause injury when chewed by pets, too. So be careful to keep platters out of reach when you’re cooking or the family is eating.

Be careful what you put in the trash can. Dogs are notorious for helping themselves to the turkey carcass or steak bones disposed of there.

Talk with your veterinarian about other toys or treats that are most appropriate for your dog. There are many available products made with different materials for dogs to chew on.
Dr. Stamper adds the following advice…

“We recommend supervising your dog with any chew toy or treat, especially one she hasn’t had before. And if she ‘just isn’t acting right,’ call your veterinarian right away!”

U.S. citizens can report complaints about FDA-regulated pet food products by calling the consumer complaint coordinator in your area.

Or go to http://www.fda.gov/petfoodcomplaints.

Canadians can report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

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Risky Infant Cereal Contains High Levels of Mercury, say Scientists

mercury-in-infant-rice-cereal.jpgThe American Chemical Society is reporting that scientists have uncovered high levels of methylmercury in some types of infant cereals. This presents a potential health risk to infants whose brains…

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Arsenic uncovered in Big Food brands of baby food

Another distressing finding during testing of the most popular Big Food brands of baby food:  arsenic. . The Clean Label Project, a nonprofit group that works for clarity in labeling, tested a wide…

Source: Arsenic uncovered in Big Food brands of baby food

Baking Soda Best Pesticide Remover, say Scientists

 

We have offered this DIY solution for pesticide removal on produce for a number of years and now the effectiveness has been scientifically demonstrated: Scientists have now shown that baking soda i…

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Massive recall of packaged vegetables gets even bigger as more stores pull products

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Massive recall of packaged vegetables gets even bigger as more stores pull products

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Regulatory Approval Ignores Possible Dangers Of GE Potatoes | Global Justice Ecology Project

Regulatory Approval Ignores Possible Dangers Of GE Potatoes

Posted on October 5, 2017 by GJEP staff

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), a trans-Tasman regulatory body, has approved 6 lines of GE potatoes (A1139) carrying genes from viruses and bacteria to stop discoloration and alter vital nutritional components. The NZ Minister for Food Safety has let down NZ consumers yet again by failing to carry out a thorough public safety evaluation.
The joint submission from GE-Free NZ and Soil and Health highlighted many studies that show harm from eating GE foods, which FSANZ has dismissed and ignored.

The FSANZ decision states, “No public health and safety concerns have been identified in relation to food derived from the potatoes developed by the Applicant.” This statement is highly misleading and contravenes a “duty of care” to the consumer. FSANZ openly acknowledges it does not require feeding trials or genomics testing.

“How can FSANZ give consumers an assurance of safety when they do not require any animal or human feeding studies? There is no evidence that the potatoes are safe to eat,” said Claire Bleakley, president of GE-Free NZ.

The FSANZ decision has dismissed submitters’ concerns calling them “campaign targeting”. The agency has rejected all requests for feeding trials to see if the foreign DNA causes harm. Submitters cannot challenge the agency’s decision, because they have no jurisdiction to call for a review. Consumers are forced to accept that FSANZ can approve anything regardless of its dangers.

“The goodness in potatoes has been corrupted and now harbours unknown dangers,” said Claire Bleakley. “Consumers are also vulnerable, as the GE potatoes escape the labelling laws.”

These potatoes are aimed at fast food outlets and the frozen chip and crisps market. Any imports would include processed foods such as par-cooked frozen potato chips, crisps, flour, starch and alcohol. There is as yet no approval to grow GE potatoes in Australasia.

GE Free NZ asks all fast food outlets to ban the use of transgenic potatoes, as they are putting their customers at risk. There is no evidence that these GE potatoes are safe to eat.
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10 Foods You Should Never Give Your Cat Or Dog | Care2 Causes

By: Judy M.
September 18, 2017

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Editor’s note: This Care2 favorite was originally posted on August 22, 2015. Enjoy!

A number of dogs around the country are not happy with their dinner these days. And that’s due to repeated scares about pet food safety. From euthanasia drugs to wires, some of the reported ingredients are downright scary.

Obviously we don’t want to feed our pets anything that could threaten their health, so let’s use this opportunity to take a look at ten foods that you should never give your cat or dog.

  1. Alcohol

All alcoholic beverages and food products containing alcohol can have disastrous effects on the human liver and brain — and the effects are amplified for our pets. Even a tiny amount of alcohol can cause vomiting, diarrhea, decreased coordination, central nervous system depression, difficulty breathing, tremors, abnormal blood acidity, coma and even death.
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  1. Avocado

This fruit contains Persin, a toxic component which has adverse effects on the heart and lungs of our pets. It can also cause vomiting and diarrhea.

  1. Caffeine

I love my morning coffee — and, indeed, tea and coffee are known for their beneficial effects on human health. But the same is not true for our pets. These products all contain methylxanthines, and when ingested by pets, this can chemical can cause vomiting, diarrhea, panting, excessive thirst and urination, hyperactivity, abnormal heart rhythm and seizures.

  1. Chocolate

You probably already know this one, but you should never share a bite of your favorite chocolate bar with your pet. The theobromine in chocolate can cause irregular heart beats in dogs and cats, which could prove fatal. Don’t even let your dog lick the chocolate frosting on that cake.

  1. Grapes and Raisins

It’s unclear why grapes and raisins create problems for pets, but these fruits can lead to kidney failure in dogs and cats. Don’t leave any lying around!

  1. Milk

As a child, I watched my mother give our cat Timmy a bowl of milk every day, so this one came as a total surprise to me. Mom made a big mistake: Cats do not possess significant amounts of lactase — the enzyme that breaks down lactose in milk — which means that milk and other milk-based products may give them diarrhea or cause other digestive upset.

  1. Onions and Garlic

You may love to cook with a perfect combination of these two ingredients, but onions and garlic are highly toxic to animals. Onions, in particular, have a destructive effect on your pet’s red blood cells, which can lead to anemia, breathing troubles and weakness.

  1. Raw/Undercooked Meat, Eggs, Bones

Some people may consider raw bones to be a natural food for dogs, but they definitely pose a choking hazard. Raw meat and raw eggs also may contain Salmonella and E.coli bacteria, which can affect your pet’s health. In addition, raw eggs contain an enzyme called avidin that restricts the absorption of biotin — a B vitamin — leading to skin and coat problems.

  1. Salt

Too much salt produces excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium poisoning. Don’t let your pet have any of those salty chips, or you may find that she experiences vomiting, diarrhea, tremors or an elevated body temperature.

  1. Xylitol

Candy, chewing gum and baked goods may contain a sweetener called Xylitol, which can cause insulin release in most species, potentially leading to liver failure. The increase in insulin triggers a sudden fall in blood glucose level, potentially causing seizures and/or loss of coordination.

Of course, even if you know what to avoid feeding your cats or dogs, they do have minds of their own, and accidents can happen. If you suspect your pet has eaten any of these foods, note the amount ingested and contact your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435.

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Ben & Jerry’s Toxic Glyphosate Ice Cream: They Also Allow Their Egg & Dairy Suppliers To Use GMO Feed

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Pet Snack Contains Toxic Chemical: Recall – Chemical Free Life


Pet Snack Contains Toxic Chemical: Recall
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Another pet snack recall due to chemicals–this one covers several brands…

Rawhide possibly contaminated with chemicals recalled by United Pet Group

Eileen Faust, Morning Call

A pet treat manufacturer is recalling several brands of rawhide dog chews because they could be contaminated with a chemical used to disinfect manufacturing equipment.

According to a press release from United Pet Group, a division of Spectrum Brands Inc., the packages of rawhide were sold online and distributed to retailers nationwide. United Pet Group issued the voluntary recall after it found certain manufacturing facilities in Mexico and Colombia, and a supplier in Brazil, were using a quaternary ammonium compound to clean food processing equipment. The chemical compound is not approved in the U.S. as a processing aid for rawhide chews.

The company has received a few reports of illnesses in pets that consumed the rawhide covered in this recall…

Quaternary ammonium compounds can cause the following symptoms in dogs that have ingested it: reduced appetite, and gastric irritation including diarrhea and vomiting. These may require treatment by a veterinarian.

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Recall Details

All of the dog chew products in the recall have an expiration date ranging from 06/01/2019 through 05/31/2020 printed on the back of the package. This recall is limited to dog chew products that contain rawhide.

The products subject to the recall are described below:
American Beefhide brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: Manufactured by:Salix Animal Health, LLC; Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

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Digest-eeze brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: Manufactured by:Salix Animal Health, LLC; Deerfield Beach, FL 33442

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Healthy Hide (including Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fun and Healthy Hide – Good -n- Fit) brand

Products with lot codes listed on the back of the package that start with AH, AV, A, AI, AO, or AB are affected. This includes all package sizes and/or weights.

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The following contact information appears on the back of the package of the affected products: United Pet Group, a Division of Spectrum Brands Inc.; 3001 Commerce St., Blacksburg, VA 24060; 800-645-5154.

Consumers who have purchased the recalled products should dispose of them or return them to United Pet Group or to the retail establishment where they were initially purchased for a full refund.

For more information, call United Pet Group consumer affairs at 855-215-4962 between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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More Fake Organic Food: Another Investigative Report and Consumer Alert – Chemical Free Life


https://chemical-free-life.org/2017/05/15/more-fake-organic-food-another-investigative-report-and-consumer-alert/

FDA Refuses to Ban Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging – Chemical Free Life


https://chemical-free-life.org/2017/05/16/consumer-alert-fda-refuses-to-ban-toxic-chemicals-in-food-packaging-including-baby-food/

Smallbatch Dog and Cat Food Recall of May 2017

Complete details of the Smallbatch dog and cat food recall of May 2017 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Smallbatch Dog and Cat Food Recall of May 2017

Preservative ‘Calcium Disodium EDTA’ Linked with Health Concerns – Chemical Free Life


https://chemical-free-life.org/2017/03/29/preservative-calcium-disodium-edta-linked-with-health-concerns/

FDA Warning Dog Owners & Vets: Watch for Hyperthyroidism from Contaminated Food – FIREPAW, Inc.


https://firepaw.org/2017/03/28/fda-warning-dog-owners-vets-watch-for-hyperthyroidism-from-contaminated-food/

Multiple Brands of Pig Ears Recalled Due to Salmonella | March 2017

Complete details of the March 2017 pig ears recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Multiple Brands of Pig Ears Recalled Due to Salmonella | March 2017

Recalls, Market Withdrawals, & Safety Alerts > Blue Buffalo Voluntarily Recalls One Lot of BLUE Wilderness® Rocky Mountain Recipe TM Red Meat Dinner Wet Food For Adult DogsDue to Potential Health Risk


https://www.fda.gov/Safety/Recalls/ucm547335.htm

Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall Event Number 2 of March 2017

Complete details of the second Blue Buffalo dog food recall event of March 2017 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall Event Number 2 of March 2017

Wellness Dog Food Recall of March 2017

 

 

Complete details of the March 2017 Wellness dog food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Wellness Dog Food Recall of March 2017

New ‘Dirty Dozen’ Pesticide Listing

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From sea to plate: how plastic got into our fish | Life and style | The Guardian


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/feb/14/sea-to-plate-plastic-got-into-fish

Petition: Label the Genetically Engineered Arctic Apple!


http://www.thepetitionsite.com/188/066/968/label-the-genetically-engineered-artic-apple/

Petition · @Kroger and @Albertsons: Get toxic BPA out of canned food #MindTheStore · Change.org


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Against the Grain Dog Food Recall of February 2017

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Complete details of the Against the Grain Dog Food Recall of February 2017 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Against the Grain Dog Food Recall of February 2017

Companion Dog Food Recall of February 2017

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Complete details of the Companion canned dog food recall of 2017 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Companion Dog Food Recall of February 2017

PetSmart Grreat Choice Dog Food Recall of February 2017

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Complete details of the PetSmart Grreat Choice dog food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: PetSmart Grreat Choice Dog Food Recall of February 2017

Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall of February 2017

Complete details of the Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall of February 2017 as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Blue Buffalo Dog Food Recall of February 2017

Evanger’s Dog Food Recall of February 2017

Complete details of the Evanger’s Dog Food recall as reported by the editors of the Dog Food Advisor

Source: Evanger’s Dog Food Recall of February 2017

United States Files Enforcement Action Against Florida Company and Senior Managers to Stop the Adulteration and Misbranding of Medicated Animal Feeds | OPA | Department of Justice

Department of Justice  Office of Public Affairs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
United States Files Enforcement Action Against Florida Company and Senior Managers to Stop the Adulteration and Misbranding of Medicated Animal Feeds

A civil complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida against Syfrett Feed Company Inc. of Okeechobee, Florida; its owner and President Charles B. Syfrett I; its Vice President Melissa S. Montes De Oca; and its Operations Manager Charles B. Syfrett II to stop the adulteration and misbranding of medicated animal feed in violation of the federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA), the Department of Justice announced today.

Syfrett Feed Company Inc. (Syfrett Feed) manufactures and distributes medicated and non-medicated feed, primarily for food-producing animals and fowl. The complaint alleges that the defendants adulterated and misbranded animal feeds while such feeds were held for sale. The Department filed the complaint at the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

“The Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act is designed to make sure that medicated animal feed has sufficient labeling to ensure its safe use,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General Chad A. Readler, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division. “The Department of Justice will work closely with the FDA to ensure that medicated animal feeds are manufactured in compliance with current good manufacturing practices.”

According to the complaint, the company’s medicated animal feeds failed to list the name of the active drug ingredients on the label of the medicated animal feeds and failed to include adequate instructions for use on the labels of the medicated animal feeds. For example, as noted in the complaint, the defendants did not include adequate instructions when they omitted dose administration instructions, feeding limitations and/or cautionary statements for use of the drugs in combination with other drugs on the label of the medicated feeds.

The complaint further alleges that the feed was not manufactured in conformity with current good manufacturing practices for medicated feeds. Specifically, according to the complaint, the defendants: failed to establish and maintain adequate procedures for the identification, storage, and inventory control of drugs intended for use in their medicated feeds; failed to establish and use adequate procedures for all equipment used in the production and distribution of medicated feeds to avoid unsafe contamination of medicated and non-medicated feeds; and failed to adopt labeling practices that assure that the correct labels are used for the medicated feeds they manufacture.

As noted in the complaint, the company conducted a recall of its non-medicated horse pellet food in April 2014 when customers complained that their horses were falling ill. According to the complaint, 15 horses had to be euthanized after consuming the company’s horse pellet food and in September 2014, two more horses had to be euthanized after consuming the company’s horse pellet food. Following these events, the company discontinued manufacturing medicated and non-medicated feeds for horses, according to the complaint.

According to the complaint, FDA conducted inspections of Syfrett Feed’s facility located at 3079 NW 8th Street, Okeechobee, Florida, in January 2014, June 2015 and June 2016. In 2014, following the inspection, FDA sent a Warning Letter to Mr. Syfrett I, notifying him of the significant current good manufacturing practices deviations and misbranding violations observed during the January 2014 inspection. In September 2015, FDA wrote to Mr. Syfrett I, stating that Syfrett Feed had not taken adequate measures to correct the current good manufacturing practice deviations and misbranding violations noted in FDA’s 2014 Warning Letter and 2015 inspection. According to the complaint, Syfrett Feed did not respond to FDA’s September 2015 letter.

“Animal owners and caretakers must be able to have confidence that the feed they purchase is safe and properly labeled,” said Steven M. Solomon, D.V.M., M.P.H., director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine. “It is the responsibility of feed manufacturers to have proper procedures in place and follow good manufacturing practices to ensure the safety of their products and the animals that consume them.”

The government is represented by Trial Attorney Jocelyn Hines of the Civil Division’s Consumer Protection Branch and Assistant U.S. Attorney Christopher Cheek of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, with the assistance of Associate Chief Counsel for Enforcement Tara Boland of the F DA, Office of General Counsel, Department of Health and Human Services.

A complaint is merely a set of allegations that, if the case were to proceed to trial, the government would need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence.

Additional information about the Consumer Protection Branch and its enforcement efforts may be found at http://www.justice.gov/civil/consumer-protection-branch. For more information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida, visit its website at https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdfl.

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World Bank Put On Notice: Do Not Jeopardizes Farmers’ Right to Seeds, Food Security | Global Justice Ecology Project


World Bank Put On Notice: Do Not Jeopardizes Farmers’ Right to Seeds, Food Security

Ahead of World Bank’s release of the 2017 “Enabling the Business of Agriculture” (EBA) report this month, 157 organizations and academics from around the world denounce the Bank’s scheme to hijack farmers’ right to seeds, attack on food sovereignty and the environment.

Global Justice Ecology Project believes it’s critical that environmental protection groups respond to the World Bank when it tries to regulate the autonomy and biodiversity of local farmers from around the globe.

The World Bank’s corruption is endless. As a bully of developing nations and a friend to multi-national corporations it should be dismantled so peoples everywhere can regulate themselves.
From the Civil Societies letter calling on the World Bank to end the Enabling the Business of Agriculture (EBA):

While the EBA reforms will not benefit the majority of farmers, they will increase the profits of a handful of private companies. Only six multinationals currently control over two-thirds of the industrial seed market, and pending agroindustry mergers stand to further consolidate this oligopoly.4 The concentration of the global seed market has a significant impact on seed prices5 as well as seed diversity. Replacing farmers’ seeds with a few uniform industrial varieties contributes to the rapid erosion of global agro-biodiversity, which is crucial to address the climate crisis.

In the letter, the group demands the immediate end of the project, originally requested by the G8 to support its industry-co-opted New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition.

“The EBA dictates so-called ‘good practices’ to regulate agriculture and scores countries on how well they implement its prescriptions,” said Frederic Mousseau, Policy Director at the Oakland Institute. “But the EBA has become the latest tool, to push pro-corporate agricultural policies, notably in the seed sector—where it promotes industrial seeds, that benefit a handful of agrochemical companies,” he continued.

Only six multinationals currently control over two-thirds of the industrial seed sales, and pending agro-industry mergers stand to further consolidate this oligopoly. Further market expansion for these corporations depends on the shrinking of farmer-managed seed systems, which currently provide 80 to 90 percent of the seed supply in developing countries through on-farm seed saving and farmer-to-farmer seed exchange.

A new report, Down On the Seed, the World Bank Enables Corporate Takeover of Seeds, exposes that while the World Bank claims to promote “smart and balanced policies,” its EBA index blatantly ignores farmer-managed seed systems. Instead, it reinforces the stranglehold of agrochemical companies and Western nations by pushing for intellectual property rights in agriculture, so that private breeders profiteer from the use of their seeds by farmers.

The EBA also awards the best scores to countries that ease private companies—not the farmers—access to public gene banks. In addition, the Bank recommends that governments reduce the time and cost necessary to register industrial seeds, with the private sector as the predominant force on the national committees that oversee the introduction of new varieties.

“The EBA reforms aim to foster the privatization of seed systems, regardless of the consequences for farmers and the planet,” said Alice Martin-Prevel, author of the report, Down on the Seed. “The reduction of farmers as passive consumers of industrial seeds undermines their contribution to agro-biodiversity, which is crucial to mitigate pests, disease, and the effects of climate change. It also disempowers farmers, while failing to protect them in increasingly concentrated markets.”

In its 2016 EBA report, the World Bank upheld Tanzania as a model country for enacting intellectual property laws in agriculture, and becoming the first least-developed nation bound by the 1991 UPOV Convention. UPOV is a pro-industry treaty that dramatically restricts farmers’ rights to save, exchange, and sell seeds. Under Tanzania’s seed laws, farmers now risk fines and imprisonment for practicing ancestral seed saving and trading, and are being forced to rely on industrial varieties.

“The Bank, behind closed doors, convinces governments to implement reforms based on the EBA scores, thereby bypassing farmers and citizens’ engagement,” said Mousseau. “The signatories to the petition are demanding an end of the EBA as a step to enable the full participation of farmers and rural communities in agricultural policymaking. This participation is essential for development to be inclusive and to tackle the challenge of food insecurity and rural poverty around the world.”

               

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