The UN Climate Summit did little to alter the direction of climate change. Empty promises ensure increasing corporate profits. In many ways, the event was a way for corporations to show off their superficial green agendas, which, beneath the surface, only really support one green — money. The Inter Press Service outlines this corporate green washing in “Climate-Smart Agriculture is Corporate Green-Washing, Warn NGOs,” a recent article by reporter Thalif Deen.
Critics say the agrochemical and biotechnology markets are dominated by a few mega companies that have a vested interest in maintaining monoculture farming systems which are carbon-intensive and depend on external inputs. Photo: Patrick Burnett/IPS
The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture, a cohort comprised of mostly governments and self-serving Big Ag corporations, proposes solutions to climate change that will only worsen the situation. From genetically engineered crops and trees to monoculture farming systems, Climate-Smart Agriculture is set to increase carbon emissions and threaten indigenous communities.
“The proposed Global Alliance on Climate-Smart Agriculture seems to be yet another strategy by powerful players to prop up industrial agriculture, which undermines the basic human right to food. It is nothing new, nothing innovative, and not what we need,” critics say.
Can we really trust the ethics of an alliance when Monsanto and Walmart are sitting at the table?
Climate-Smart Agriculture is Corporate Green-Washing, Warn NGOs
by Thalif Deen, Inter Press Service, September 24, 2014
On the sidelines of the U.N.’s heavily hyped Climate Summit, the newly-launched Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture announced plans to protect some 500 million farmers worldwide from climate change and “help achieve sustainable and equitable increases in agricultural productivity and incomes.”
But the announcement by the Global Alliance, which includes more than 20 governments, 30 organisations and corporations, including Fortune 500 companies McDonald’s and Kelloggs, was greeted with apprehension by a coalition of over 100 civil society organisations (CSOs).
It is a backhanded gesture, warned the coalition, which “rejected” the announcement as “a deceptive and deeply contradictory initiative.”
“The Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture will not deliver the solutions that we so urgently need. Instead, climate-smart agriculture provides a dangerous platform for corporations to implement the very activities we oppose,” the coalition said.
Read the rest of Deen’s article here.