• Monsanto’s code of silence August 24, 2015 Monsanto’s Code of Silence by Colin Todhunter In his book Altered Genes, Twisted Truth, US public interest attorney Steven Druker exposed the fraudulent practices and deceptions that led to the commercialisation of GM food and crops in the US. Not long after the book’s release, he wrote an open letter to the Royal Society in Britain ...
  • Urban agriculture is proliferating August 24, 2015 Taking the Long View with Gord Stewart                ~~~ Seems strange to be writing a column about gardening in the “depths” of winter, but that’s the whole point really. Except for the occasional cold blast, much of the country is blessed with weather that allows for year-round gardening. No need to bring in ...
  • Monsanto Wants to Know Why People Doubt Science August 2, 2015 Monsanto Wants to Know Why People Doubt Science by Colin Todhunter On Twitter recently, someone asked the question “Why do people doubt science?” Accompanying the tweet was a link to an article in National Geographic that implied people who are suspicious of vaccines, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), climate change, fluoridated water and various ...
  • Working Class War Fodder July 29, 2015 Working Class War Fodder by Colin Todhunter   Who in their right mind would be prepared to fight and die for Shell, Chevron or Coca Cola? Who with half a brain would choose to put their life on the line for Goldman Sachs, Bank of America or General Electric? Any volunteers? I’m guessing ...
  • Who Will Bail Out Humanity? July 21, 2015 Who Will Bail Out Humanity If the GMO Evangelists Win? by Colin Todhunter The pro-GMO lobby likes to think it has the monopoly on truth. Anyone questioning its creed is attacked and smeared. GM Supporters claim to be big on science and peer review. While mouthing slogans about science and its pivotal ...
  • Is this the world’s most dangerous drink? July 7, 2015 Is this the world’s most dangerous drink? By David Derbyshire David Derbyshire is an award winning freelance environment, science and countryside writer who writes for national UK newspapers and magazines.  Once you’ve sampled a glass of raw milk freshly expressed from a cow, the pasteurised pinta delivered to your doorstep seems a pale ...
  • The Pro-GMO Lobby’s Latest Scapegoat July 2, 2015 The Pro-GMO Lobby’s Latest Scapegoat Neil Young is Starving the Poor! by COLIN TODHUNTER Not since the original Luddites smashed cotton mill machinery in early 19th century England, have we seen such an organised, fanatical antagonism to progress and science. These enemies of the Green Revolution call themselves ‘progressive’, but their agenda could ...
  • Food Security: a Hostage to Wall Street July 2, 2015 Imperialism and the Control of Agriculture by COLIN TODHUNTER In October of last year, World Food Day celebrated ‘Family Farming: Feeding the world, caring for the earth’. According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization’s website, the family farming theme was chosen to raise the profile of family farming and smallholder farmers. ...
  • A neoliberal assault July 2, 2015 Noam Chomsky: Obama Trade Deal A ‘Neoliberal Assault’ To Further Corporate ‘Domination’ The Obama administration’s Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal is an “assault,” on working people intended to further corporate “domination,” according to author and activist Noam Chomsky. “It’s designed to carry forward the neoliberal project to maximize profit and domination, and to ...
  • Fool me Once July 2, 2015 Fool me Once: Lessons on the TPPA from Free-Trade History http://publicaddress.net We should ask Canada and Mexico whether free trade deals are a good idea.   Last week, Barack Obama’s free-trade deal went from dead in the water to full steam ahead in the space of 24 hours, thanks to last-minute horse trading that ...
  • The Twisted Politics of GMOs July 1, 2015 Capture, Smear, Contaminate by COLIN TODHUNTER When rich companies with politically-connected lobbyists and seats on public bodies bend policies for their own ends, we are in serious trouble. It is then that public institutions become hijacked and our choices, freedoms and rights are destroyed. Corporate interests have too often used their dubious ...
  • Are the Mexico sheep for breeding or barbeque? June 19, 2015 Posted on June 19, 2015 by Keith Woodford Prior to this week, I had no particular knowledge about the current shipment of 50,000 ewe lambs that are heading to Mexico. So when I was approached by Jamie Ball from the NBR for comment, my immediate thought was to say nothing. ...
  • Monsanto and the Subjugation of India June 16, 2015 Control the Food, Control the State by COLIN TODHUNTER After a study of GMOs over a four-year plus period, India’s multi-party Parliamentary Standing Committee on Agriculture recommended a ban on GM food crops stating they had no role in a country of small farmers. The Supreme Court appointed a technical expert committee ...
  • The Slavery Economy June 16, 2015 Trade Deals and the Quest for Global Dominance by ROB URIE The Setup “In the factory books, you see lots of turnover. But slaves couldn’t quit. While factories were worrying about filling positions and just keeping things going, plantation owners were focused on optimization. They could reallocate labor as they saw fit. I ...
  • Some history in live sheep furore June 4, 2015   Protocol over live animal exports to Saudi Arabia marks progress in trading relations Posted in Rural News A New Zealand demonstration farm here? A photograph I took some two years before I wrote this article. The Government has moved a ...
  • Free Traders to Food Consumers: Get Lost June 4, 2015 Free Traders to Food Consumers: Get Lost Rick North Regarding food – and virtually all our interests – “giant sucking sound” applies equally to our democratic rights being vacuumed up by corporations in free trade agreements. “Free” has proven to be very, very expensive. If you thought you’d eaten ...
  • Poking Holes in the Hype June 2, 2015 Poking Holes in the Hype Surrounding the Digital Technology Revolution Krugman Column Questions the Idea that the Digital Age has Helped the Economy Tony Rogers Journalism Expert Having written at length – and maybe ad nauseam – about the digital zealots’ overhyped prophecies for the news business, I was heartened to see this battle ...
  • Can’t trust these bloody journalists May 31, 2015 Why A Journalist Scammed The Media Into Spreading Bad Chocolate Science By Maria Godoy Eating a chocolate bar daily can help you lose weight? Sorry, that study was a sweet lie — part of an elaborate hoax to school the news media about proper nutrition science journalism. Earlier this spring, headlines around the ...
  • Dead-End Journey in India May 31, 2015 By Colin Todhunter In Chennai today there was a dead-end journey. A deafening firecracker was set off by a gathering of men at the head of a funeral procession. Stray dogs flinched and onlookers cowered. Shutters were hastily pulled down. The raucous entourage made its way along the street in Triplicane. ...
  • The need to know May 27, 2015 A Half-Digested Version of Reality The Need to Know by FRED RUSSELL News organizations are the beneficiaries of two basic but unrelated principles: the right to know and the need to know. The first is grounded politically and gives these organizations the license to invade our privacy and conceal sources of defamatory or ...