Global Farmer Network

The Global Farmer Network is a non-profit advocacy group led by farmers who support free trade and farmers’ freedom to choose the tools, technologies, and strategies they need to maximize productivity and profitability in a sustainable manner.
The Global Farmer Network is a non-profit advocacy group led by farmers who support free trade and farmers’ freedom to choose the tools, technologies, and strategies they need to maximize productivity and profitability in a sustainable manner.

Articles By Global Farmer Network

Dec 08, 2019

Blocking Glyphosate is a Recipe for Disaster

By Alfredo Gutierrez: Pachuca, Hidalgo, Mexico The Mexican government’s decision last week to block a shipment of safe crop-protection products took farmers like me by surprise. We’ve used glyphosate on our farm in central Mexico for as long as I can remember—and yet I had to learn about this ban
Dec 01, 2019

Giving Thanks is Good for Us

By Dan Kelley: Normal, Illinois This was a tough year on the farm. A wet spring delayed our planting. A wet fall suspended our harvest. We didn’t finish bringing in our crops until last week, even though in a normal year we would have wrapped up last month. So I
Nov 24, 2019

Still Waiting for Approval to Plant Golden Rice

By Rosalie Ellasus: San Jacinto, Philippines Bangladesh is on the verge of making one of the most important decisions in the history of GM crops: It may become the first country to commercialize and grow golden rice . This miracle crop promises to save lives and prevent blindness in children.
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Nov 17, 2019

California Can Keep the Water Flowing

By Ted Sheely: Lemoore, California California is in trouble. We can’t keep the lights on , the fires out , or the air clean . Worst of all, from my perspective as a farmer, is that we’ve failed to keep the water flowing . That may change, thanks to the
Nov 10, 2019

Three Voices. One Message. Ratify USMCA Now.

By: Georgina Gutierrez (Mexico), Joanna Lidback (USA), and Cherilyn Jolly-Nagel (Canada) What happened when the three female farmers from the United States, Mexico, and Canada walked into a trade negotiation? It sounds like the start of a bad joke. In our case, however, it’s serious business: For the sake of
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Nov 03, 2019

Sharing A GM Technology Testimony From India to Uganda

By V. Ravichandran: Poongulam Village, Tamil Nadu, India As an Indian farmer, I’m pleased to accept invitations that allow me to share my experience and help raise awareness of the benefits of GM crops. In November, I’ll travel to Uganda from my farm in India. My mission is to describe
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Oct 28, 2019

Much at Stake: the War on Glyphosate Threatens Australia Agriculture

By Andrew Weidemann: Rupanyup, Victoria, Australia The global war on glyphosate has arrived in Australia. Our media has been closely following media coverage of the recent court cases in the United States, in which plaintiffs have received multi-million dollar awards in their lawsuits against the maker of the world’s most
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Oct 20, 2019

Let the Farmer Have a Voice

By Onyaole Patience Koku: Abuja, FCT, Nigeria Always let the farmer have a voice. That’s the message I delivered last month at an agricultural forum in Germany—and it’s the message that I intend to spread as the 2019 recipient of the Global Farmer Network’s Kleckner Award . This is such
Oct 13, 2019

Agriculture Holds the Key to Addressing Climate Change

By Ian Pigott: Harpenden, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom Activist teenager Greta Thunberg scolded heads of state last month at a United Nations Summit in New York for failing to confront climate change: “How dare you!” Now she’s taking her show across the United States, including a stop last Friday in Iowa,