A multistakeholder International Symposium on Agroecology was organized in China in August 2016. Agroecology is a key component of China’s plans to reconcile environmental sustainability with economic development.
Advocates claim that synthetic biology and new breeding techniques are distinct from genetic engineering whereas in fact, they carry similar risks to old-style GE and may even create new ones. Thus, they should require more, rather than less, scrutiny.
Documents ordered to be unsealed by a U.S. court have revealed disturbing evidence of Monsanto’s manipulation of scientific literature and alleged collusion with an EPA official to protect its flagship herbicide, Roundup.
After 20 years of intensive use, research finds that glyphosate and its primary metabolite AMPA are frequently detected in ground and surface waters and in some marine environments, with adverse effects on biological organisms and their functions.
FAO's report on the challenges that agriculture and food systems will face into the 21st century acknowledges that "business-as-usual is not an option" and that major transformations are needed towards holistic approaches such as agroecology.
The November 2016 Addis Ababa Declaration on agroecology, ecological organic agriculture and food sovereignty in Africa establishes a new narrative which recognizes agroecology as the true future of the continent‘s food systems.
An exploratory ecological study detected increased frequency of cancer in association with high environmental exposure to glyphosate in an agricultural town in Argentina, where the herbicide is used in conjunction with mass cultivation of GM crops.