October 4, 2013

Via Democracy Now!:

"A Corporate Trojan Horse": Obama Pushes Secretive TPP Trade Pact, Would Rewrite Swath of U.S. Laws

As the federal government shutdown continues, Secretary of State John Kerry heads to Asia for secret talks on a sweeping new trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The TPP is often referred to by critics as “NAFTA on steroids,” and would establish a free trade zone that would stretch from Vietnam to Chile, encompassing 800 million people — about a third of world trade and nearly 40 percent of the global economy. While the text of the treaty has been largely negotiated behind closed doors and, until June, kept secret from Congress, more than 600 corporate advisers reportedly have access to the measure, including employees of Halliburton and Monsanto. “This is not mainly about trade,” says Lori Wallach, director of Public Citizen’s Global Trade Watch. “It is a corporate Trojan horse. The agreement has 29 chapters, and only five of them have to do with trade. The other 24 chapters either handcuff our domestic governments, limiting food safety, environmental standards, financial regulation, energy and climate policy, or establishing new powers for corporations.”

September 14, 2013
More Americans Struggle to Afford Food

Gallup:

The 20.0% who reported in August that they have, at times, lacked enough money to buy the food that they or their families needed during the past year, is up from 17.7% in June, and is the highest percentage recorded since October 2011. The percentage who struggle to afford food now is close to the peak of 20.4% measured in November 2008, as the global economic crisis unfolded.

December 22, 2012
Overeating now bigger global problem than lack of food

New Scientist:

The largest ever study into the state of the world’s health has revealed that, for the first time, the number of years of healthy living lost as a result of people eating too much outweigh the number lost by people eating too little.

October 23, 2012

New Robin Hood Tax Introduced In U.S. Congress (from therealnews.com)

A .05% tax on all financial transactions makes it to Congress

September 11, 2012
Alzheimer's could be the most catastrophic impact of junk food

George Monbiot, Guardian (UK):

There is evidence that poor diet is one cause of Alzheimer’s. If ever there was a case for the precautionary principle, this is it

April 18, 2012
Eliminate GDP and “Economic Growth” to Create the Real Green Economy, Indigenous Peoples Say

National Geographic: Indigenous peoples are among the most affected by climate change, as well as by industries like mining, oil, coal, and agribusiness that appropriate or use their lands without consent. Many are suspicious the proposed shiny new green economy is the old, land-hungry wolf in green clothing.

March 8, 2012

The MEATRIX.

Take the red pill and watch the critically-acclaimed, award-winning first episode of The MEATRIX® Trilogy.

Join Leo, the young pig who wonders if he is “the one”, Chickity, the feathered family farm defender, and Moopheus, the trench-coat-clad cow with a passion for green pastures as they expose the problems with factory farming while making the world safe for sustainable family farms.

March 3, 2012
U.S. Supreme Court Debates Human Rights Case Aimed at Corporations

How can the international community hold multinational corporations accountable for human rights violations? The corporations’ “home” industrialized countries are generally supportive of the wealth-amassing, artificial, legal persons they create, and these states are loathe to prosecute them for crimes committed elsewhere, no matter how heinous. Further, there is no existing international tribunal for prosecuting corporate crimes. This means a lack of accountability for some of the wealthiest and most powerful institutions in the world. These institutions are founded on the concept of limited financial liability. Investors and managers also enjoy limited criminal liability.

Who should be held responsible for gross injustices committed in the name of good business practice, in the interest of maximized profits? Current legal structures are totally inadequate. From the US Supreme Court to the World Trade Organization, tribunals dealing with the business-society conflict continue to lend powerful support to corporate interests over ordinary people’s interests for health and safety and a clean environment. The result? Corporations are getting away with murder.

February 23, 2012
Monsanto Found Guilty of Chemical Poisoning in France

Anthony Gucciardi: In a major victory for public health and what will hopefully lead to other nations taking action, a French court decided today that GMO crops monster Monsanto is guilty of chemically poisoning a French farmer.

January 7, 2012
McDonald’s Closes All Their Restaurants in Bolivia

Hispanically Speaking News: The failure of McDonald’s in Bolivia had such a deep impact that a documentary titled “Por que quebro McDonald’s en Bolivia” or “Why did McDonald’s Bolivia go Bankrupt,” trying to explain why did Bolivians never crossed-over from their empanadas to Big Macs.

The documentary includes interviews with cooks, sociologists, nutritionists and educators who all seem to agree, Bolivians are not against hamburgers per sé, just against ‘fast food,’ a concept widely unaccepted in the Bolivian community.

December 28, 2011
Documentary Film: "Hot Coffee" (2011)

Ever hear of the case where the lady spilled coffee on herself and then actually had the audacity to sue McDonalds for a ridiculous amount of money?

What you heard is probably not true.

Susan Saladoff, in her extraordinary first feature, explores the corporate propaganda machine and American right-wing political machinations behind “frivolous lawsuits” and “tort reform” through a handful of high-publicity cases whose facts were distorted in order to manipulate public opinion about jury trials. The film also explores civil rights abuses like the widespread tactic of “mandatory arbitration” whereby you give up your rights to sue on entering into a contract, as with a phone company or your employer. Click here for an eye-opening radio interview with the filmmaker (interview starts at 7min).

October 23, 2011
Animal Production Practices Create Antibiotic Resistance [Audio]

"We produce nine billion food animals in the United States every year…Most antibiotics are fed to healthy animals to promote growth…so we’re using these lifesaving drugs as production tools…in concentrated animal feeding operations…I could not honestly engineer a better system for creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria than to introduce antibiotics to this setting," warns microbiologist Lance Price in this short Scientific American podcast.

"If we all recognize that antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest threats to public health that we face today, we have to do something about this."

October 13, 2011
Food Chain Slaves [Documentary video]

AJE: At least 40,000 slaves in the US today

September 23, 2011
Toxic BPA turning up in children's soup cans

AFP: Breast Cancer Fund urges parents to avoid canned foods