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Category: Food Systems :: Global Food System
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Is Modern Technology Killing Us? 19.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles

An exploration of the social, cultural and environmental pitfalls of modern technology culminates in a proposed neo-Luddite framework for evaluating the risks and benefits of existing and emerging technologies.

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To Address Crisis of Antibiotic Resistance, We Must Curb Overuse in Industrial Agriculture 19.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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The Carbon Underground: Reversing Global Warming 18.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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The Triumph of the Cyclops Polyphemus 17.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The ancient Greeks were primarily very small family farmers, intimately connected to the land and the growing of food. Agriculture for the Greeks was food, economics, natural history, science, religion and politics. In other words, agriculture was civilization. In the ninth book of The Odyssey, Homer reports that when Odysseus came in contact with the Cyclops Polyphemus, he faced an uncivilized barbarian. The Cyclopes did not plant their crops or plowed the land. They were lawless savages. They had neither assemblies for lawmaking nor customs. According to the fifth century BCE Athenian tragedian Euripides, Polyphemus was also full of hubris. The one-eyed monster Cyclops says to Odysseus that he cared less about the gods. His greatest god was his own stomach. The Cyclops bragged that eating and drinking for a day and causing no pain to himself was Zeus for men of good sense. Polyphemus had contempt for those who established laws, which complicate people's lives. Hesiod, the epic poet only second to ...
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What Will It Take to Create Climate Justice? 16.9.2014 Truthout.com
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Inform to Inflame? 15.9.2014 Current Issue
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Food Science: What's the Harm? 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Corporate CEOs are always strategizing in their quest for greater revenues and profits. Often these strategies--and their resulting, insidious successes--have shaped our elections, our government, our education system, our media, our publicly funded research and development, our tax and credit systems, our trade agreements and so on. The world has never seen such an ingenious, power-concentrating machine as the modern, global corporation. Even science, which ideally should carry the banner for rigid standards, openness and integrity, has suffered the undue influence and control of autocratic, commercially-driven multinational corporations. In many disturbing cases, independent science has been increasingly displaced by the far more devious "corporate science" which places profits over people, above safety, and above revealed scientific method and peer-reviewed accountability. The food we eat is increasingly engineered by such corporate science. Biotech companies like Monsanto and DuPont have moved ...
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For the First Time, U.S. Agencies Consider a Diet for a Healthy Planet 15.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Herbicide and Insecticide Use on GMO Crops Skyrocketing While Pro-GMO Media Run Interference 15.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Former EPA Senior Scientist's New Article Sets Record Straight Michael Specter's recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods ( Seeds of Doubt and The Problem with G.M.O. Labels , 8/25/14) in the New Yorker are the latest high-profile pro-GMO articles that fail to engage with the fundamental critique of genetically engineered food crops in US soil today: rather than reduce pesticide inputs GMOs are causing them to skyrocket in amount and toxicity. Setting the record straight, Dr. Ramon J. Seidler, Ph.D., former Senior Scientist, Environmental Protection Agency, has recently published a well-researched article documenting the devastating facts, " Pesticide Use on Genetically Engineered Crops ," in Environmental Working Group's online AgMag. Dr. Seidler's article cites and links recent scientific literature and media reports, and should be required reading for all journalists covering GMOs, as well as for citizens generally to understand why their right to know if ...
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Four Ways Industrial Ag Is Destroying the Soil - and Your Health 14.9.2014 Truthout.com
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The Increasing Threat of Factory Farms 13.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Rarely do we as Americans reflect on the fact that 10 billion land animals are slaughtered each year for our food system or that over 90 percent are raised in CAFOs , better known as factory farms. Since profit is the driving force, living, breathing creatures are treated as a commodity with the goal to produce the highest volume of meat and dairy on the smallest amount of feed, taking up the least amount of square footage. These animals are crowded in cages or pens with no vegetation, restricted fresh air and movement, and are fed a disease-inducing diet that betrays what each species has evolved to eat over thousands of years. For example, as we know, cows are herbivores and they're designed to thrive on fresh grass. In the common industrialized system though, they're forced to eat GMO corn, plastic pellets (to compensate for a lack of fiber), and pulverized animal parts, which creates acidification and inflammation in their bodies. Crammed in feedlots, often standing in thick, muddy fecal matter or ...
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Groups Lauded for Work Towards Communities' Rights to a Just Food System 13.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Foodies, Feds and Factory Farms: Why We Need Vegans Now More Than Ever 12.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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San Francisco, Berkeley Stand Up for Public Health 11.9.2014 Commondreams.org Newswire
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'Trojan Horse' Warns of Corporate-Friendly Trade Deal's Impending Dangers 11.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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You Need to Know: What Colony Collapse Means for Our Food Supply 10.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The ultimate who-done-it of our time is not a scandalous political act or John Grisham plot line, but the story of honey bees. 40 percent of bee colonies vanished during the winter of 2006 , and another 36 percent departed the winter after . Why? Years later, there is still no clear answer, but what we do know is that honey bees are essential for the continued functioning of our food system. Here is all you need to know about what's happening to the United States honey bee population. Why do we care about bees? The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that "out of some 100 crop species which provide 90 percent of food worldwide, 71 of these are bee-pollinated." Some say bees are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Bee pollination work is worth $365 billion each year . So what's happening to the bees? They are dying. A lot. And it's bad. Beginning in 2006, record numbers of honeybees began dying during the winter months. It is common to lose roughly ten to fifteen ...
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We Must Degrow the 'Corporate Food Regime': Food Sovereignty Advocate 9.9.2014 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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6 Meals We Would Never Enjoy The Same Way Again If Bees Disappeared 9.9.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A silent killer has been affecting our food system: The decline of pollinators. According to most available research, bees and other pollinator animals are disappearing due to a complex variety of factors including Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) , a global bee epidemic first identified in 2006. The cause is somewhat unclear, but experts have cited varroa mites, malnutrition, pesticides — including a new class called neonicotinoids--and even cellphones as possible causes. If the problem persists, our food supply could be in serious jeopardy. Bees (both the honey and native varieties) pollinate seventy out of the top 100 human food crops, which supply nearly 90 percent of the world’s meals. In fact, the Apis mellifera (aka the Western honeybee) is responsible for 1 in every 3 mouthfuls we eat. Indeed, bees are not only essential for pollinating the likes of almonds, apples, blueberries, cucumbers, and broccoli, but also for the reproduction of alfalfa and clover, which feed cattle and other grazing ...
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To Save Family Farms From Corporate Buyout, Retiring Farmers Connect With a New Generation 8.9.2014 Truthout.com
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My Dinner With the 1 Percent: The Fight for Higher Wages Means Confronting the Greed of the Rich 5.9.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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