Monday, June 26, 2006
GRAIN Report: Sustainable Monoculture? No Thanks!
A new report from GRAIN criticises corporate initiatives to promote sustainable monocultures.
Sustainable Monoculture? No, thanks! is strongly critical of not only the transparency of such initiatives but also the scientific validity of such claims. As the accompanying press release states, "It is flawed to think that a monoculture of one crop can be sustainable."
GRAIN is an international non-governmental organisation (NGO), established 16 years ago during arguably the early period of increased awareness of the loss of biological diversity and threats to food security. GRAIN is committed to the promotion of the sustainable use and management of agricultural biodiversity. Building upon local and community control over genetic resources and local and traditional knowledge, GRAIN maintains that genetic resources represent not only genetic diversity but also options for development for many communities and regions.