TruthOut/Buzzflash, By Mark Karlin
On Thursday night, October 17, one of the three “nobel prizes” for agriculture — The World Food Prize — will be awarded to the executive vice president and chief technology officer at Monsanto (who specializes in GMO research), Dr. Robert T. Fraley.
Also receiving one of the coveted agricultural honors is [...]
“Do not go gentle into that good night, Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” – Dylan Thomas
The poet was talking of old men, but the American Global Capitalist Empire seems determined to follow his advice. It will not to go gently, but like old men, it will go. We pretty much [...]
(The Guardian) – Fracking boom sucks away precious water from beneath the ground, leaving cattle dead, farms bone-dry and people thirsty
Three years of drought, decades of overuse and now the oil industry’s outsize demands on water for fracking are running down reservoirs and underground aquifers. And climate change is making things worse.
In Texas [...]
Drop dead date pushed up – Man made pollution, mostly CO2, is accelerating at a rate that has a definite endpoint for world civilization as we know it. Since accumulated CO2 in the atmosphere sticks around for hundreds of years, we won’t be able to change the cycle of oblivion once it gets rolling. (Image: [...]
We all lie, to some degree. But not all lies are created equally.
My dad once said the worst kind of lie is when you lie to yourself.
We, collectively, the United States of America, are lying to ourselves on so many fronts, I don’t know where to begin.
It’s Sunday, about 9 PM and it’s still 101 degrees outside my door. The official high for the day was 108. I am told it’s worse out West. A couple of weeks back I told Sean Paul Kelley that we’ve done OK this year on rainfall. I lied. While we had timely showers during the [...]
The US government has given the go-ahead to a slaughterhouse that will produce horse meat for human consumption.
Global Post, By Samantha Stainburn, June 29
The US government has given the go-ahead to a slaughterhouse that will produce horse meat for human consumption. The plant, Valley Meat Co. in Roswell, NM, is the first such [...]
New York Times, By Lori Wallach & Ben Beachy, June 2
Washington — THE Obama administration has often stated its commitment to open government. So why is it keeping such tight wraps on the contents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the most significant international commercial agreement since the creation of the World Trade Organization in 1995? [...]
Organisers celebrate huge global turnout and say they will continue until Monsanto and other GM manufacturers listen
AP, May 25
Organisers say that two million people marched in protest against seed giant Monsanto in hundreds of rallies across the US and in more than 50 other countries on Saturday.
“March Against Monsanto” protesters say they [...]
(Phys.Org) – The European Commission said Friday that it will ban for two years beginning in December pesticides blamed for killing the bees that pollinate food and fruit crops.
The decision to ban the three insecticides, made by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta, “marks another milestone towards ensuring a healthier future” for bees, EU Health [...]
While we here in America rest secure in our homes, largely free from the scourge of want or shortage, we’ve become immune from and blissfully ignorant of what may well be the cause of future wars around the world: water. Joe Sixpack, when he turns on the faucet at his kitchen sink, doesn’t often think [...]
World is unprepared for changes that will see parts of Africa turned into disaster areas, say food experts.
The Observer, By John Vidal, April 13
Millions of people could become destitute in Africa and Asia as staple foods more than double in price by 2050 as a result of extreme temperatures, floods and droughts that [...]
St Louis Business Journal, By E.B. Solomont
Food activists plan to protest outside Monsanto Co.’s shareholder meeting Thursday, calling on the $13.5 billion seed company to be more transparent.
The activists also hope to draw attention to a shareholder proposal to study “material financial risks or operational potential impacts” on Monsanto associated with seed contamination [...]
NPR’s All Things Considered:
The U.S. had its hottest year on record last year. That heat, combined with the relatively dry winter that came before, has brought a historic drought.
From forest fires and low crop yields, to infrastructure and recreation, the drought has been costly, with early estimates putting the cost at between $50 [...]
The Year In Review (stories you may have missed because you were out snorting blow and banging hookers) 1) Along with the alleged fiscal cliff comes a real financial cliff. The farm bill also expires at December 31, and failure to pass a new one will drive dairy prices into the stratosphere. Good government advocates [...]