The United States, as the largest producer of GM seeds, is looking for new markets and has its eye on Africa. In many African countries, the growing of GM crops is not regulated and so it is not surprising that large US agrochemical corporations such as Monsanto are strong supporters of steps to authorise the use of genetically manipulated organisms (GMOs) in these countries.
Trees are a vital resource for rural populations in the Kaliro District of Uganda. Wood is used for cooking, house building and it provides an essential source of income. Finally, we should not forget that the environment and biodiversity are dependent upon healthy tree populations.
Soil is essential to life: it’s the base on which we walk and the source of our food. We take soil for granted; it is always there for us wherever we are. Maybe that is why we often forget about the health and quality of soils. The uncomfortable truth is that soils are currently suffering in silence.