Mexico Revokes Monsanto’s Permit to Market Soy

The headquarters of Monsanto, near St. Louis, Mo. Monsanto is the world's largest seed supplier.

The headquarters of Monsanto, near St. Louis, Mo. Monsanto is the world’s largest seed supplier.

By MCNS Staff

Mexico’s agriculture sanitation authority SENASICA revoked Monsanto’s permit to commercialize genetically modified soy in seven Mexican states this past month, according to Reuters.

The Mexican newspaper Reforma referenced a document stating that the permit was withdrawn as a result of the detection of transgenic Monsanto soya in areas where its growth was not authorized.

Monsanto responded to the document by stating that authorities did not perform analysis on how the soy was sown.

The revocation applies to the states of Tamaulipas, San Luis Potosi, Veracruz, Chiapas, Campeche, Yucatan and Quintana Roo and it follows a 2016 legal suspension of the permit.

Monsanto has been highly successful in taking legal action against individual farmers in the US when Monsanto GMO seeds were carried by the wind and as a result, ended up growing on the land of other farmers. According to its website, they have taken farmers to court 147 times in the US since 1997. Only nine of these cases went to court and Monsanto won all of them. However, the tables are turning against the GMO giant in Mexico as well as in the US where individual farmers are organizing.

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Flint Has Permanent Water Source

By Free Radical

Per their new contract, Flint will get water from the same source as Detroit.

Per their new contract, Flint will get water from the same source as Detroit.

The predominantly Black city of Flint, which has been burdened with an unsafe water supply for years, has just gotten approval to change its water source to the Great Lakes Water Authority (GLWA) for the next thirty years.

Flint has used GLWA, which uses water from Lake Huron and the Detroit River, since October 2015 after multiple complaints of lead from city residents.

The 5-4 vote by Flint’s City Council ensures that the city will have the same water source as Detroit as was the case before Flint’s water crisis.

Along with the change of water source, GLWA has agreed that it will not hold Flint liable in the event of a lawsuit, the city will have a seat on GLWA’s water authority board, $750,000 will be set aside for unpaid water bills,and Michigan governor Rick Snyder will ask General Motors to return to using the city’s water supply.

In a controversial deal, the city manager allowed GM to begin using water form a Flint Township. The loss of GM costs the city $400,000 annually and most city council members had no knowledge of the deal. It was symptomatic of the lack of transparency that made the Flint water crisis so egregious.

Perhaps the most important component of the new agreement with GWLA is that $100 million will be set aside to replace Flint’s corroded pipes. However Flint water will not be safe for years as the new pipes will not be installed until 2020.

Philando Castile’s Partner Gets Settlement

Diamond Reynolds

Diamond Reynolds

By MCNS Staff

Diamond Reynolds, who showed the world what happened after a Minnesota police officer killed her boyfriend, Philando Castile, agreed to a $800,000 settlement last Tuesday, authorities announced.

Police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted on charges of manslaughter and of two counts of endangering Reynolds and her daughter this past June.

Philando Castile was one of at least 963 people who were killed by police officers last year according to the Washington Post and his death became one the most well known cases because Diamond Reynolds live-streamed the footage via Facebook. He was pulled over on July 6, 2016, in Falcon Heights, a suburb near Minneapolis and St. Paul. After Mr. Castile alerted Officer Yanez that he had a gun in the car, the situation escalated. Officer Yanez fired into the car seven times, striking Mr. Castile, and said afterward that he believed Mr. Castile was reaching for his gun.

“I, was scared and I was, in fear for my life and my partner’s life,” Officer Yanez told state agents investigating the shooting, according to a transcript. “And for the little girl in the back and the front seat passenger.”

However, photographs that were taken inside the car and presented as evidence showed that one of the bullets from officer Yanez’s gun passed through Mr. Castile’s seat and hit the back seat, inches from where the little girl was sitting. Additionally, Diamond Reynolds argued that Mr. Castile was not reaching for his weapon.

Ms. Reynolds, who was sitting in the passenger seat with her 4-year-old daughter seated behind her, began to live stream what was happening on Facebook Live, pleading with him to “stay with me,” therefore this footage was seen all over the world. Police then held her in handcuffs while her daughter watched and attempted to console her mother.

Therefore, Miss Reynolds served a complaint in a Minnesota court seeking relief due to the stop and emotional distress suffered during and after it, according to a resolution from the city of St. Anthony.

An agreement was reached Tuesday between Miss Reynolds and the city of St. Anthony as well as the League of Minnesota Cities Insurance Trust on behalf of Roseville, another city in the region according to the Washington Post.

Under the terms announced Tuesday, St. Anthony will pay $675,000 toward the settlement, while Roseville and the insurance trust will pay $125,000. Part of the settlement will be put into a trust for Miss Reynolds’s daughter “and her future educational needs” once it is approved. Also, this past June, Castile’s mother reached a nearly $3 million settlement with the city.

Miss Reynolds said the settlement shows that what happened to her and her daughter “was wrong” and that while it would not erase the pain they feel, she hopes it allows them “to get our lives back and move forward.”

Viceland’s White Weed Privilege

By S. Christopher Emerson

Watching Viceland Weed series videos on social media from time to time gives me a chance see what wonderful possibilities are coming out of the legalized weed market in the US. But mostly and moreover, I troll all of the uber-happy, stoooooked wypipo who revel in their bubbles at yet another personal freedom. I guarantee you this makes my teeth whiter.

I do this from time to time ‘cuz Viceland just tells all these sunny azz stories about wypipo who are taking full advantage of legalized weed in some states and making sooooo much money off of cannabis creativity. And wypipo being wypipo just eat these “civil liberties” shenanigans up.

And, without failure, EVERY TIME, some snowflakes show up kickin’ some “Dude, this is Cali. Weed is legal here. Why some nigger always gotta throw race into EVERYTHING?” (The irony… I know).

Answer: Black people make everything about racial and social equity. Wypipo make everything about race discrimination and oppression. There’s a WHOLE system set up for it, which you can’t perceive because you’re so busy reaping the benefits.

White folks thought (many still do) Blacks intentionally kept themselves economically unstable and therefore unable to take advantage of the “American” Dream. Come to find out, extensive data exist proving that White folks lock Blacks out of opportunity after opportunity, from housing and home ownership, to law, to employment, and now, also, to legalized weed.

Meanwhile, I don’t know ANY Black people who have consistently profited from and simultaneously avoided ‘dem laws while publicly consorting with The Stickiest of the Icky Icky.

These clear folks be cookin’ with weed, having public weed brownie cook offs, preparing weed salads, weed garnishes, weed tea and smoothies and all manner of privileged greenery… And I’m like, “It’s lovely that y’all get to enjoy weed now that jails are still being built for brothas like me. And while White boys out west are building trust funds for their grandkids off drug money, there are 20 year-old Black college girls and boys who are STILL in jail ONLY for nonviolent petty weed offenses, when cops and courts could have EASILY let them go.”

In short, Black folks get demonized en masse for any participation in cannabis, whether it be medical or recreational, while White folks, particularly, White boys, are seen as a new crop of millennial entrepreneurs embarking on the frontier of state-by-state legalized weed law and commerce. And they say they don’t know what privilege is.