Kris Ullman, Conservative Commentator & Activist & Sam Sacks, The District Sentinel & Charles Sauer, The Market Institute joins Thom. The bill to give the President “fast track” authority for trade deals is now just waiting on President Obama’s signature to become law.
The acute emergency has caused widespread disruption in C.A.R. with food production 50 percent lower in 2014 than before the crisis. Nearly a quarter of the population is in need of urgent food assistance.
Despite the challenges due to conflict, WFP provides food/voucher assistance to vulnerable groups, including small-scale farmers who are able to plant again after their lives have been disrupted last year as well as people who are still displaced across the country. In May, WFP provided food and nutrition assistance to more than half a million people.
Violence continues to fuel displacement and prevent internally displaced people and refugees from returning to their homes. Nearly 1 million people are either displaced within C.A.R. or refugees in neighbouring countries – including 50,000 uprooted since January.
Parts of Europe have been hit by temperatures reaching above 40C, leading to concerns for the welfare of the young, the elderly and vulnerable.
Spain and Portugal are already on alert after temperatures reached as high as 44C in the Spanish city of Cordoba earlier in the week.
The hot weather has now reached France, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands. It was the UK’s hottest day since 2006.
The high temperatures are likely to stay for a few more days.
Water is handed out in the southern French city of Bordeaux
Paris registered temperatures of 40C, bringing back painful memories of the heat wave in 2003, that killed nearly 15,000 people. Officials in the French capital have opened special air-conditioned rooms to the public and are checking on the elderly, AFP news agency reports.
A ball boy at Wimbledon is attended to by medics after collapsing in the heat
In the UK, temperatures of 34C were recorded – it’s hottest in nine years. At the Wimbledon Championships, the roof of the centre court was closed to protect the playing surface from the heat and spectators were advised to wear hats.
Truth or deception? New report exposes how industry front groups are spending millions to shape the story of food
Posted Jun. 30, 2015 / Posted by: Kari Hamerschlag, Anna Lappé and Stacy Malkan
Organic and non-GMO food sales are skyrocketing as more and more people are choosing healthier, more sustainable food produced without synthetic pesticides, GMOs or the routine use of antibiotics and added hormones. Rather than respond to changing market demands by shifting the way they do business, many large food and agrochemical companies are using tobacco-style PR tactics to mislead the public and attack the organic food industry to try to win back skeptical consumers.
Our new report, “Spinning food,” investigates how Big Food and agrochemical corporations are deliberately misleading the public — and reporters — on facts about industrial agriculture and organic and sustainable food production.
Taking their cues from the tobacco industry, these companies have spent hundreds of millions of dollars in the past few years on stealth PR tactics, deploying over a dozen front groups to push coordinated messages attacking organic food production, defending pesticides and the routine use of antibiotics and promoting GMOs — messages that are making their way into the pages of our largest media outlets. In the last four years alone, these companies have set up six new front groups that often appear as independent experts in the media, but are in fact made up of industry or PR professionals that are promoting messages designed to defend industry profits and win critical national policy battles on these issues.
The report shows how these companies are trying to preserve their markets by deploying front groups; targeting moms, attacking journalists and scientists; grooming third party allies that pose as independent sources; producing advertising disguised as editorial content and using other covert tactics to influence public opinion and sway policymakers — without most people realizing the story is being shaped behind the scenes to promote corporate interests. With the future of our food at stake, it is critical to raise awareness about these coordinated messages and covert communication tactics.
The Koch brothers have perfected the right wing “bounce” concept, where they take advantage of all facets of the right wing noise machine. Mike Papantonio and Thom Hartmann help expose the Koch brothers’ tactics, and discuss the ways in which people can fight back.
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