Community Articles from 2017
The Agroecological Alternative to Global Capitalism
By Colin Todhunter
Posted March 22, 2017
The very foundation of the GMO agritech sector is based on a fraud. The sector and the wider transnational agribusiness cartel to which it belongs have also successfully captured for their own interests many international and national bodies and policies, including the WTO, various trade deals, governments institutions and regulators. From fraud to duplicity, little wonder then the sector is ridden with fear and paranoia.
Global corporations like Monsanto are waging an ideological war against not only critics but the public too. For instance, consider that the majority of the British public and the Canadian public have valid concerns about GM food and do not want them. However, the British government was found to have been secretly colluding with the industry and the Canadian government is attempting to soften up the public to try to get people to change their opinions. More…
Fukushima: a Lurking Global Catastrophe?
by Robert Hunziker
Posted March 5, 2017
Year over year, ever since 2011, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdown grows worse and worse, an ugly testimonial to the inherent danger of generating electricity via nuclear fission, which produces isotopes, some of the most deadly poisonous elements on the face of the planet.
Fukushima Diiachi has been, and remains, one of the world’s largest experiments, i.e., what to do when all hell breaks lose aka The China Syndrome. “Scientists still don’t have all the information they need for a cleanup that the government estimates will take four decades and cost ¥8 trillion. It is not yet known if the fuel melted into or through the containment vessel’s concrete floor, and determining the fuel’s radioactivity and location is crucial to inventing the technology to remove the melted fuel,”
As it happens, “”inventing technology” is experimental stage stuff. Still, there are several knowledgeable sources that believe the corium, or melted core, will never be recovered. Then what? More…
Homeless Build Drug-Free Camp to Help Others Get Sober, Cops Promptly Tear it Down
by Matt Agorist
Posted March 3, 2017
Known as ‘The Promised Land,’ a group of homeless people in Oakland sought to improve their situation by creating a camp that would foster sobriety and help people to get jobs. However, because the government constantly wages war on the people’s right to exist, this unique and inspiring place is no more.
The Promised Land, also known as The Village, was a small camp under multiple layers of highway in a small and underused city park. Multiple homeless camps in Oakland, California are rife with heroin abuse and crime. However, the people who created this one aimed to be different. More…
“Dark Forces” Are Coming for Your Organic Food
by Tom Philpott
Posted February 25, 2017
Back in December, the Freedom Caucus released a “recommended list of regulations to remove.” Among its 228 targets—ranging from eliminating energy efficiency standards for washing machines to kiboshing rules on private drones—the group named the National Organic Program.
Operated by the US Department of Agriculture, the NOP was established by the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990 to set uniform national standards for foods and agricultural products labeled “USDA Organic,” replacing the patchwork of state-level standards that had held sway for decades previously. The NOP ensures that food labeled organic really is raised without synthetic pesticides and fertilizers—it also oversees USDA-accredited organic certifying agents and takes “appropriate enforcement actions if there are violations of the organic standards,” according to the USDA. More…
Confronted by Activist Moms, Monsanto CEO Lies to Shareholders
by Christina Sarich
Posted February 19, 2017
Two mothers from Moms Across America, Anne Temple and Zen Honeycutt, recently attended Monsanto’s stock holder meeting to address some important points they felt the corporation had been missing, such as failing to report deleterious outcomes of continuing their use of Gylphosate and its co-formulants, along with Dicamba, the newly released Xtend and other scientifically-proven toxic chemical herbicides.
Shareholders did not ask questions about the many salient points that Temple and Honeycutt brought up, but instead acted as sheep following their herder, refusing to even make eye contact with the two women who were obviously concerned about the infiltration of breast milk, vaccines, water, and food with Monsanto/Bayer’s chemicals. As they report the events at the meeting, CEO, Hugh Grant’s actions were nothing less than typical, but the shareholders’ response was simply shocking. More…
Universal Basic Income Accelerates Innovation by Reducing Our Fear of Failure
By Scott Santens
Posted February 16, 2017
Our economy is a complex adaptive system. Much like how nature works, markets work. No one central planner is deciding what natural resources to mine, what to make with them, how much to make, where to ship everything to, who to give it to, etc. These decisions are the result of a massively decentralized widely distributed system called “the market,” and it’s all made possible with a tool we call “money” being exchanged between those who want something (demand) and those who provide that something (supply).
If you’ve ever played Monopoly this should be apparent. The game would not work if all players started the game with nothing. Some wouldn’t even make it once around the board. Additionally, if no one received $200 for then passing Go, the game would end a lot sooner. Ultimately the game always grinds to a halt once everyone but one person is all out of money, which is inevitable. No money, no purchases, no market, no game. Game over. More…
A Public Bank for Oakland: An Idea Whose Time is Coming
by JP Massar
Posted January 15, 2017
Public banks are financial institutions owned by the people through their representative governments at city, county or state levels. Public banks differ from private banks in that they are mandated to serve the public interest. Unlike Wall Street banks that seek short-term profits for private shareholders by investing in stocks, derivatives and other speculative financial instruments, public banks primarily invest in their local economies: making loans to help small businesses, funding infrastructure, and improving the long-term health of their communities.
Mark Armstrong, President of Commonomics, a non-profit advocacy organization for economic justictice, public banking, and in opposition to predatory capitalism, made a related point. With a public bank the community’s values can be translated into the bank’s loan portfolio, which can vary over time with the people’s wishes. This in contrast to a private bank’s loan portfolio, directed at maximizing profit with no thought for the community good.
Tom Sgouros, an expert in the theory of public banking and a former senior advisor to the Treasurer of Rhode Island, made the astute observation that instead of trying (and failing, for the most part) to “regulate away” the big banks’ socially and financially destructive behavior, we should be looking at setting up financial institutions which have socially constructive behavior as part of their raison d’ etre. This, he said, was a major reason he had taken to advocating for public banks. More…
Monsanto GMO Seeds in Nigeria, Breaking the Agricultural Cycle, Complicity of UN World Food Program
By Slavko Nissl
Posted February 13, 2017
Nigeria’s Farmers Alliance of over 14 million farmers have called on all farmers especially in the Northeast to reject the genetically modified organisms (GMO) and Hybrid seeds distributed by the United Nation’s World Food Program (WFP) and the World Bank.
The body in a letter to the UN Security Council (UNSC), called for intervention to stop WFP and World Bank from using their international status to spread GMO seeds for Monsanto and Cargill in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa.
Farmers’ Alliance said that ‘Bill Gates has used the UN World Food Program and World Bank to promote and distribute GMO seeds aimed at displacing use of natural seeds in Black Sub-Saharan Africa as the first step of displacing all indigenous farmers, who will be left out with no means of livelihood, while Monsanto (owned by Bill Gates) would have a monopoly of the seed market’. More…
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