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- Kenya’s once thriving sugar industry now on its knees January 27, 2020
- Trump: ‘Nothing was ever said to John Bolton’ January 27, 2020
- What do we need to learn to survive as a species? (The Case of Agriculture and Oxford’s PPE Degree) January 27, 2020
- Explosive Bolton Book Allegations Spark New Calls For Witnesses to Testify at Impeachment Trial January 27, 2020
- World’s Top Countries by Proven Natural Gas Reserves 1960 to 2018 January 27, 2020
- Top 15 countries Oil Production (1900 – 2019) January 27, 2020
- Democrats call for Bolton to testify in impeachment trial – BBC News January 27, 2020
- Why We Ignore Warnings Of Looming Disaster : NPR January 27, 2020
- Facebook Still Refusing To Crack Down On Deceptive Ads January 26, 2020
- White House wants to tighten rules for food assistance January 26, 2020
- Gambia’s role in holding Burma accountable for genocide January 26, 2020
- The Top Agricultural Producing Countries 1960 to 2016 January 26, 2020
- Terry Boardman – the three main crises we face in the 21st century January 26, 2020
- Corporate Control and the Climate Meltdown January 26, 2020
- Here’s Why Foreign Aid Is a Scam | Doha Debates January 26, 2020
- Why is Italy swinging to the far right? – BBC News January 26, 2020
- Trump ordered to remove envoy in Ukraine in 2018 – video – BBC News January 26, 2020
- Trump ordered to remove envoy in Ukraine in 2018 – video – BBC News January 26, 2020
- China coronavirus ‘spreads before symptoms show’ – BBC World Service – Newshour January 26, 2020
- Documentary Mashup – The Corporation & Who Killed the Electric Car January 26, 2020
- Robert Reich and Dan Kammen – Inequality, Climate change, & the economy January 26, 2020
- Robert Reich: Climate and Inequality January 26, 2020
- Protesters rally in Hong Kong against the government’s handling of the new coronavirus January 26, 2020
- Investing in SDG Action – UN SDG Media Zone (Davos 2020) January 26, 2020
- Analysis: Coronavirus infections around the world January 26, 2020
- Is capitalism dead? Quotes from Davos | World Economic Forum January 26, 2020
- Press Conference: One Trillion Trees January 26, 2020
- Up close and personal with Ghana’s President January 25, 2020
- These are the 5 biggest global risks in 2020 January 25, 2020
- Global Risks Report 2020 January 25, 2020
- Forging a Sustainable Path Towards a Common Future | DAVOS 2020 January 25, 2020
- Press Conference: One Trillion Trees | DAVOS 2020 January 25, 2020
- Stakeholder Capitalism: What Is Required from Corporate Leadership? January 25, 2020
- David Attenborough, Jane Goodall and Greta Thunberg’s plea for the planet January 25, 2020
- Breaking Free from Single-Use Plastics | DAVOS 2020 January 25, 2020
- World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Davos 2020 | World Economic Forum January 25, 2020
- Attorney: Trump caught on tape demanding ambassador’s firing January 25, 2020
- 25 Chinese provinces, municipalities launch highest emergency response level January 25, 2020
- How do we Heal from GMOS and Roundup? by Jeffrey M. Smith January 25, 2020
- What the Science Says About GMO’S, Seeds, Soil, Pesticides and the Best Way to Grow Healthy Food January 25, 2020
- The Best Diet to Prevent Heart Disease, Diabetes, Strokes, Obesity and Chronic Kidney Disease January 25, 2020
- Greta Thunberg: You’re listening, but not hearing | DAVOS 2020 January 25, 2020
- DAVOS DAILY | DAY 4 | Carbon Taxation, the True Cost of Plastic and Thunberg’s Strike January 25, 2020
- DAVOS DAILY | DAY 1 | Greta Thunberg, Donald J. Trump and the Start of Davos January 25, 2020
- À Davos, Greta Thunberg répond à Donald Trump sans le nommer en 5 points January 25, 2020
- ‘Take her out’: Recording appears to capture Trump at private dinner saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired – ABC News January 25, 2020
- New audio appears to capture Trump saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired January 25, 2020
- Recording appears to capture Trump saying he wants Ukraine ambassador fired January 25, 2020
- Charles Mann – The Epic Battle Between Technologists and Naturalists Trying to Stop Climate Change January 25, 2020
- BookTV: Charles Mann, “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” January 25, 2020
Daily Archives: October 26, 2014
It’s boycott time again.
With less than two weeks to go before voters in Oregon and Colorado decide on ballot initiatives to require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the Junk Food Giants are at it again.
According to the latest numbers provided by the pro-labeling campaigns (as of October 22, 2014), the opposition in Oregon has raised $16.5 million to defeat Measure 92, while opponents of Colorado’s Proposition 105 have raised $14.3 million.
Monsanto is the largest donor to both campaigns, with combined donations totaling approximately $8.8 million. While Dow has spent only $668,000 in both states, DuPont Pioneer just yesterday dumped a whopping $3 million into the Colorado NO on Prop 105 war chest.
But apart from Monsanto, and now DuPont Pioneer, the most prolific donors to the campaigns intent on defeating the Oregon and Colorado GMO labeling initiatives have been large, multinational food corporations. Many of these corporations own organic and “natural” brands—brands we’ve been asking consumers to boycott ever since Big Food helped defeat Proposition 37, California’s citizen-led GMO labeling initiative, in 2012.
Has the boycott strategy worked?
Apocalypse Now: Seriously, It Is Time for a Major Rethink About Liberal and Progressive Politics | Alternet
We are losing badly to the corporate state. Here’s what we need to do.
October 25, 2014 |
As the Editor of AlterNet for 20 years, I have read and seen the entire range of horrendous and growing problems we face as a society and globe virtually every day. It is not just climate change, or ISIL, or Ferguson, or poverty and homelessness, or more misogynistic murdering of women, or the Democrats about to lose the Senate as Obama gets more unpopular. It is much, much more. Every day. It passes by before my eyes. At AlterNet, there are no issue silos—there is just the open faucet of depressing political information coming and going every hour of every day (with the occasional story of success and inspiration).
So I am sorry to share my deep-seated opinion, which should jibe with anyone who is paying attention. After decades of engagement in progressive politics and media, it is very clear to me: we progressives, liberals, common sense people, are losing badly to the conservative business state, the tyranny of massively expanding tech companies, theocratic right-wing forces and pervasive militarism, home and abroad. By virtually every measure, things are getting worse. And are trending much, much worse in ways we can easily measure, like inequality, climate, militarization of police forces, etc., and in ways that are more psychological and emotional.
Americans are very pessimistic: 76 percent of respondents in a Wall Street Journal poll did not feel confident that their children’s generation will have a better life than they. That’s up from 60 percent in 2007. Optimism for Americans peaked in 2001. The percentage of American adults who believe the country is on the wrong track jumped eight percentage points just this summer, to 71 percent, the WSJ poll found.
By Jeffrey E. Stern, Vanity Fair
DON’T TOUCH Health workers in protective gear prepare to see patients at the Ebola-treatment center in the courtyard of Donka hospital, in Conakry, Guinea.
Hell in the Hot Zone
As the Ebola epidemic rages, two questions have emerged: How did the deadly virus escape detection for three months? And why has a massive international effort failed to contain it? Traveling to Meliandou, a remote Guinean village and the likely home of Patient Zero, Jeffrey E. Stern tracks the virus’s path—and the psychological contagion that is still feeding the worst Ebola outbreak in history.
The tiny village of Meliandou, nestled in the Forest Region of southern Guinea, has begun to see flashes of the outside world. A Messi soccer jersey, three sizes too big, on a little boy. A down parka on an old man in the heavy heat, worn as a robe of distinction. You might even come across the occasional teenager on a cell phone, cupping the device from the sun as if lighting a cigarette in the wind. But mostly it is a place from the past—a rutted dirt path between thatch-roofed shacks, on a hillside sloping up toward the forest. It is home to just a few hundred people. Chickens and goats wander freely. Local shamans are the first responders when illness strikes.
In Meliandou, bushmeat has long been a common source of food. As elsewhere in West Africa, hunters wade into the forest and come back with whatever they can find. Once, not so long ago, what they found was a rich and varied bounty: monkeys, antelope, squirrels. That has changed; the whole eco-system has re-arranged itself. After civil wars broke out in Liberia and Sierra Leone, refugees poured over the borders, and the population grew, even as a power struggle in Guinea took an economic toll. People started looking to the rich resource all around them: trees. Trees were felled to make way for farms or burned down for charcoal. Endless truckloads of timber were shipped to construction companies. The forest suffered another trauma as mining interests—the Anglo-Australian Rio Tinto, the omnipresent Chinese—pushed aggressively to exploit the country’s natural resources (bauxite mostly). As the forests disappeared, so too did the buffer separating humans from animals—and from the pathogens that animals harbor.