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One Word: Agroecology

The Tweet from global chemical giant Bayer links to a peppy quiz testing your honeybee knowledge. The announcement from Monsanto declares its commitment to a “milkweed” sanctuary near St. Louis for monarch butterflies on their long migration from Mexico to Canada. The companies’ websites are bursting with images of shiny, happy people apparently thrilled with the promises of the chemical age of agriculture. It’s spin, of course, designed to obscure the fact…
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by: Anna Lappé – Winter 2016

It’s Alive! The Amazing World of Soil

“We can’t eat those carrots,” the kids cried out. “They’re covered in dirt!” My friend had been regaling me with stories about teaching public school kids healthy eating and gardening and this particular comment struck a chord: Kids are so used to devouring carrots from plastic bags that they’re shocked to see the vegetables with soil still clinging to their orange flesh. What we dismiss as dirt is perhaps the most valued…
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by: Anna Lappé – Autumn 2015

In the Marrow of Our Bones

On March 20, scientists from 11 countries convened by the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer released their unanimous conclusions about the world’s most used herbicide, glyphosate. In a paper that would be published in The Lancet Oncology, the experts concluded that the herbicide is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” Yes, you read that right: The most widely used herbicide in the world probably causes cancer in humans. Barely used…
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by: Anna Lappé – Summer 2015

Monsanto’s Spin Machine Grinds On

In the fall of 1962, a group of chemical companies including Monsanto – at the time the largest producer of the cancer-causing chemical compound, PCB – launched a full-throttle public relations campaign against Silent Spring and its author, biologist Rachel Carson. In Silent Spring, Carson dared to take on the world’s biggest chemical companies, explaining that their products were not only harmful to birds and bees, but to humans, too. In the…
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by: Anna Lappé – Spring 2015

Smoke ‘Em Out: Time to Kick Big Oil from the Global Climate Talks

At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, the 400,000 people gathered for the People’s Climate March in New York City took a moment of silence for those whose lives have already been lost because of climate change. The silence swept up Central Park West from Columbus Circle to 85th Street. A quiet fell among the Indigenous activists and solar power advocates, the high school students and octogenarians, all packed shoulder-to-shoulder. Ten seconds,…
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by: Anna Lappé – Winter 2015

Smoke ‘Em Out: Time to Kick Big oil from the Global Climate Talks

The climate movement could learn some lessons from the fight against Big Tobacco

At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, the 400,000 people gathered for the People’s Climate March in New York City took a moment of silence for those whose lives have already been lost because of climate change. The silence swept up Central…
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by: Anna Lappé – November 11, 2014

Berkeley Bellwether: What the Soda Tax in this City Means for the Country

The face of Berkeley vs. Big Soda is the face of mainstream America

At Tuesday night’s Berkeley vs. Big Soda victory party in the heart of downtown, the results rolled in slowly, but spirits were high. Early returns around 8:00 p.m., with only 8 percent of precincts reporting, showed the people beating Big Soda by a huge…
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by: Anna Lappé – November 6, 2014

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