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- ‘Our Food System Is Very Much Modeled on Plantation Economics’ | FAIR May 26, 2020
- Vandana Shiva: We Must Fight Back Against the 1 Percent to Stop the Sixth Mass Extinction May 26, 2020
- Top U.S. & World Headlines — May 26, 2020 May 26, 2020
- Photojournalist Sebastião Salgado: Brazil’s Reckless COVID Response Threatens Indi genous Survival May 26, 2020
- How Western “complacent exceptionalism” is driving the spread of the coronavirus May 26, 2020
- Caution: COVID-19 surveillance measures will last your lifetime May 26, 2020
- Worst outbreak in 27 years | Swarms of locusts threaten food supply May 26, 2020
- Activist Vandana Shiva And Cycle Mayor of Bengaluru Sathya Sankaran Join #TheCycleOfChange Telethon May 26, 2020
- Vandana Shiva on Oneness vs the 1% May 26, 2020
- DiEM25 TV: “Towards a transformation of hope for the earth” with Vandana Shiva and Stefania Romano May 26, 2020
- EP.873: Dr. Vandana Shiva: Why Treating Coronavirus as a War Will NOT Work! May 26, 2020
- ISF2020: Vandana Shiva & David Suzuki: The Virus is a Wake-up Call May 26, 2020
- Clips from The Seeds of Vandana Shiva May 26, 2020
- Vandana Shiva on Industrial Agriculture May 26, 2020
- Agriculture: The Basics of Our Industrial Food System in 5 minutes May 26, 2020
- Garrison Institute Presents: a LIVE Webinar with Psychologist Rick Hanson PhD May 26, 2020
- Epidemics and the end of humankind | Rosalind Eggo | TEDxThessaloniki May 26, 2020
- Cultivating equality in the food system | Danielle Nierenberg | TEDxManhattan May 26, 2020
- Yo-Yo Ma’s Bach – Open Source with Christopher Lydon May 26, 2020
- A Conversation with Anand Giridharadas May 26, 2020
- Anand Giridharadas on ‘Winners Take All’ and the charade of elite philanthropy | VPRO Documentary May 26, 2020
- Live Memorial and Tribute: Yo-Yo plays Bach this Sunday May 26, 2020
- Flash Mob – Gustav Holst – The Planets: Jupiter (Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra) May 26, 2020
- Edward Elgar – Nimrod May 26, 2020
- Aaron Copland – Fanfare For The Common Man May 26, 2020
- Gustav Holst – The Planets – Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity May 26, 2020
- Brilliant African Innovations Against COVID-19 May 26, 2020
- Virtual Conferences – Africa.com – Webinar Series May 26, 2020
- Settlement Reached Over Arrest of Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! Producers at GOP Convention May 26, 2020
- Native communities have been hit hard by COVID-19 — and fear for their survivall May 26, 2020
- How COVID-19 reshapes our views of life, and of loss May 26, 2020
- Donald Trump, Resign Now for America’s Sake: This is No Time for a Dangerous, Law-breaking, Bungling, Ignorant Ship Captain | Common Dreams Views May 26, 2020
- Fauci Urges Trump to Remain on Golf Course Until Pandemic Is Over | The New Yorker May 26, 2020
- The decade climate change was baked in May 26, 2020
- WMO Statement on the State of the Global Climate i… | E-Library May 26, 2020
- Fleeing climate change — the real environmental disaster | DW Documentary May 25, 2020
- World Meteorological Organization Report: The Global Climate in 2015 – 2019 May 25, 2020
- Largest food bank in U.S. stretched thin amid coronavirus pandemic May 25, 2020
- Middle-class Americans queue at food banks as US unemployment hits 38 million – BBC News May 25, 2020
- Donald Trump delivers Memorial Day address, returns to golf course May 25, 2020
- Inside the Rohingya Refugee Crisis | Between Us May 25, 2020
- Coronavirus cases have exploded in Brazil, Latin America’s largest economy May 25, 2020
- Public Events | cambridgeforum – Webinar – 29 May 2020 – 2:00pm EST May 25, 2020
- Expect something close to an exodus from expensive, large cities: Redfin CEO May 25, 2020
- Why 42% of coronavirus-related job losses will be permanent: Economist May 25, 2020
- Working Woman Testifies About Reality Of Poverty In The U.S. | NowThis May 25, 2020
- How People Are ‘Dying of Whiteness’ Amid COVID-19 | Opinions | NowThis May 25, 2020
- Climate Change Is Turning Antarctica Green | NowThis May 25, 2020
- Explore unknown pathogens, avoid disease outbreaks: Chinese researcher’s task May 25, 2020
- Compassion During Coronavirus: How Is Your Community Responding to COVID-19? May 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.