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The bubble market: "houses, debt and risk, and now food." GMOs @ 8:33.

K&R with reservations - he's just plain wrong on GMO labeling.
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Oct 29, 2012, 02:58 PM (0 replies)

"Financialized food?" What an informative interview, K&R!

More here: http://www.frederickkaufman.com/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Oct 29, 2012, 02:11 PM (0 replies)

DEMOCRACYNOW.ORG - Food Fight: Debating Prop 37, Californiaís Landmark Initiative to Label GMO Food


Wednesday, October 24, 2012


PART 1 - Food Fight: Debating Prop 37, Californiaís Landmark Initiative to Label GMO Food
On Election Day, California voters will decide on Proposition 37, which would make their state the first in the nation to require the labeling of food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The California Department of Public Health would be responsible for labeling everything from baby formula and instant coffee, to granola, canned soups and soy milk. Many major corporations, including Monsanto, Dow Chemical, Pepsi and Coke, are spending millions fighting the measure, which stands to impact labeling practices across the country. We host a debate on Prop 37 with two guests: Stacy Malkan, a longtime advocate for environmental health and spokesperson for the Yes on 37 California Right to Know campaign, and David Zilberman, professor of agricultural and resource economics at University of California, Berkeley, and director of the Center for Sustainable Resource Development. [includes rush transcript]

PART 2 - Michael Pollan: Californiaís Prop 37 Fight to Label GMOs Could Galvanize Growing U.S. Food Movement
As California voters prepare to vote on whether to label GMOs in food, we go to Berkeley to discuss Prop 37 and its implications for the broader food system with journalist and best-selling author Michael Pollan. Among the nationís leading writers and thinkers on food and food policy, Pollan is the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Journalism. Heís written several books about food, including "The Botany of Desire," "The Omnivoreís Dilemma," "In Defense of Food: An Eaterís Manifesto," "Food Rules: An Eaterís Manual," and the forthcoming "Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation." [includes rush transcript]

PART 3 - Michael Pollan: From GMOs to NYCís Soda Ban, Local Efforts Challenge Agri-Giantsí National Control
From Californiaís Proposition 37 initiative to New York Cityís soda ban, journalist and best-selling author Michael Pollan argues that local efforts hold the key to challenging the agricultural industryís stranglehold over national food policy. With companies like Monsanto influencing Congress and state legislatures, Pollan warns the United States risks falling into a "two-class food system," where only those who can afford to live outside the industrial food system can access healthy ways to eat. Among the nationís leading writers and thinkers on food and food policy, Pollan is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Journalism and author of several best-selling books, including "In Defense of Food: An Eaterís Manifesto." [includes rush transcript]

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Oct 25, 2012, 11:46 AM (4 replies)


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Wed Oct 24, 2012, 11:15 PM (0 replies)

AND... he's probably no longer running to be governor of Texas.

BREAKING NEWS: Armstrong to Run for Governor of Texas

Written by Bob Cullinan
Friday, 01 April 2011

We now know why Lance Armstrong really retired.

In an early-morning announcement today on the steps of the Texas state capitol in Austin, the seven-time Tour de France winner declared himself a candidate for Governor of the state of Texas, just six weeks after his second retirement from the sport of professional cycling.

"I have a deep abiding love for the people and the potential of this state and this country," Armstrong said, "And when I see Governor Rick Perry threating to pull Texas out of the United States, I simply can not sit back and let that happen."

Armstrong went on to say that he will initiate a petition to recall Perry, who was elected to a third term in November of 2010. Perry's governorship is set to expire in early 2015, but Armstrong vowed to make sure Perry does not serve-out his full term.

"Rick Perry has made Texas the laughing stock of America, with his rants and raves against the Health Care Reform Act, and his threats of secession," Armstrong said. "Because of my work with the Livestrong Foundation, and my dedication to fighting cancer across America, I feel it is my duty to challenge Governor Perry's ignorant, narrow-minded view of how we Americans should treat and take care of one another."

If the recall effort is successful, Armstrong believes he can fill the void left by the absence of Perry. "I know Texas...Texas knows me...and I can assure you that as your Governor, I will make the health of all Texans my number one priority. And I will do it in a way that preserves our allegiance to the United States of America."

Armstrong would not say whether he would run for Governor as a Republican or a Democrat, chosing instead to say, "I will run as a Texan. That's all you need to know."
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Mon Oct 22, 2012, 10:46 AM (0 replies)

"I've been better, but I've been worse."


Lance Armstrong speaks out at 2012 Livestrong gala

October 20, 2012
By: Ray Fauteux

There is a good chance the Evening at Livestrong gala that took place on Friday October 19, 2012 had something to do with the timing of the resignation by Lance Armstrong as the Chairman of the Livestrong Foundation.

The gala benefits the foundation that Lance Armstrong created in 1997.

The Livestrong Foundation had it's roots in October of 1996 when Lance was talking with several friends about his cancer diagnosis and prognosis and eventually the discussion morphed into the question "How could we help and serve people?"

Lance responded, "Let's do a bike ride. Maybe we would raise $1,000. Give it to someone else. But the mission grew."

That $1000 grew into half a billion dollars over the years and in the process has impacted the lives of over two million cancer survivors around the world.

"This mission is bigger than me," Armstrong continued. "It's bigger than any individual. Martin Luther King said, 'We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. This team behind me has infinite hope."



Posted by proverbialwisdom | Sun Oct 21, 2012, 12:16 PM (0 replies)


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:06 PM (0 replies)


Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Oct 11, 2012, 11:00 PM (0 replies)

Short video, perhaps?


Danny Devito, Dave Mathews, Emily Dechanel, Bill Maher, John Cho, Glenn Howerton, Kaitlin Olson, KaDee Strickland and Kristin Bauer van Straten use some reverse psychology to say that you donít need to know what goes into your food. So what that China, Japan, Europe and other countries require foods with GMOs to be labeled. In America, we canít handle that kind of information so best to let the companies worry about our health and for us just to trust them. Sounds like a good health plan, right? Yeah. Not so much.

Link from http://organicconsumers.org/
Posted by proverbialwisdom | Thu Oct 11, 2012, 02:43 PM (0 replies)

Thank you to the jury. I had no idea any of this happened.

Posted by proverbialwisdom | Fri Oct 5, 2012, 10:16 PM (0 replies)
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