The Pacific free trade deal that’s anything but free

The draft TPP deal may grant new patent privileges and restrict net freedom, but it's secret - unless you're a multinational CEO by Dean Baker          The Guardian (August 27 2012) Patent protection increases what patients pay for drugs in the United States by close to $270 billion a year (1.8% of GDP). "Free … Continue reading The Pacific free trade deal that’s anything but free

Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed population expected to reach nine billion by 2050 by John Vidal, environment editor      The Guardian (August 26 2012) Leading water scientists have issued one of the sternest warnings yet about global food supplies, saying that the world's population may … Continue reading Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis

Don't blame American appetites, rising oil prices, or genetically modified crops for rising food prices. Wall Street's at fault for the spiraling cost of food. by Frederick Kaufman Foreign Policy Magazine (April 27 2011) Demand and supply certainly matter. But there's another reason why food across the world has become so expensive: Wall Street greed. … Continue reading How Goldman Sachs Created the Food Crisis

Chick-fil-A: The Awful Truth

by Mickey Z World News Trust (August 06 2012) If you don't want to be beaten, imprisoned, mutilated, killed, or tortured then you shouldn't condone such behavior towards anyone, be they human or not. -- Moby {1} By now, you've surely heard that Dan T Cathy, president of an Atlanta-based fast food chain called … Continue reading Chick-fil-A: The Awful Truth

Monsanto’s Minions in California

by  Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association Truthout (May 11 2012) Kathy Fairbanks, spokeswoman with the Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition, says requiring labels on genetically engineered food would increase food prices. What she doesn't say is that she's being paid by the trade association that represents both the biotech behemoths like Monsanto that … Continue reading Monsanto’s Minions in California

Monsanto, DuPont Spend Millions …

... to Defeat California Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Initiative by Mike Ludwig Truthout (August 21 2012) With biotech giant Monsanto leading the way, big agribusiness firms and food manufacturers have vastly outspent organic food and alternative health firms in an effort to defeat California's Proposition 37 ballot initiative that would require special labels on foods … Continue reading Monsanto, DuPont Spend Millions …

Uncle Sam Needs YOU for a Bailout

Six Reasons Another Big Banking Crisis Is Coming Our Way Rampant financial crime and poor regulation can only mean another blowup, and guess who will be holding the bag? by Alexander Arapoglou {1} and Jerri-Lynn Scofield {2} AlterNet (August 17 2012)   Surprise, surprise! Last week, the Justice Department announced it wasn't going to prosecute … Continue reading Uncle Sam Needs YOU for a Bailout