We call B.S.!

Today, I discovered a petition on my Facebook timeline to “protect our nation’s food supply” brought to us by the Safe and Affordable Food Coalition. Hmmm… who isn’t for safe and affordable food? Well, would you feel different about the group and the petition if you knew it was funded by the chemical and biotech […]

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Insider Secrets on How the Biotech Industry Shapes the Story of GMOs

Check out this fabulous new report from the new non-profit, the U.S. Right to Know Network. “Seedy Business: What Big Food is hiding with its slick PR campaign on GMOs” [PDF] includes amazing detail about the ways GMO companies have been working to control the narrative about the benefits and risks of GMOs. The report […]

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

by Anna Lappé for Earth Island Journal The climate movement could learn some lessons from the fight against Big Tobacco via EIJ: As a sneak peek into Earth Island Journal’s Winter 2015 print issue, we are unlocking writer-activist Anna Lappé’s new column, “Digging Deeper” At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 21, the 400,000 people gathered […]

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

by Anna Lappé for Earth Island Journal 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 […]

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Big Soda Is Outspending Its Opposition 10-to-1 to Fight a Soda Tax in Berkeley

by Anna Lappé for The Nation   Drive around the streets of Berkeley, California and you’ll see “Yes on Measure D” signs everywhere. This morning, on the one-mile drive to my daughter’s elementary school, she and I counted ten. Measure D, also known as the soda tax, would seem a shoo-in for this city of […]

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What Climate Activists Can Learn From the Fight Against Big Tobacco

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America   Today hundreds of thousands of people around the world — from Burundi to Berlin to Brooklyn — will take to the streets in what organizers are calling the biggest climate march in history. This outpouring of action in the lead-up to this year’s global climate summit in […]

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Big Food Uses Mommy Bloggers to Shape Public Opinion

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America   This past weekend, biotech giant Monsanto paid bloggers $150 each to attend “an intimate and interactive panel” with “two female farmers and a team from Monsanto.” The strictly invitation-only three-hour brunch, which took place on the heels of the BlogHer Conference, promised bloggers a chance to learn […]

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Detroit’s Fight for Public Water is Also the Nation’s

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America Detroit made international news this month when its municipal water board resumed cutting off water to residents with unpaid bills. With thousands of community members struggling in homes with no running water, local groups reached out (PDF) to the United Nations special rapporteur on the human right to safe […]

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Junk Food Industry’s Shameful Targeting of Black and Latino Youth

#82055765 / gettyimages.com by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America   One hundred and six million people tuned in to watch the Broncos take on the Seahawks in this year’s Super Bowl; almost as many saw the McDonald’s ad that ran during the game, featuring a dunk contest between basketball stars LeBron James and Dwight Howard. Using […]

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