World Bank Wants Water Privatized, Despite Risks

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America Humans can survive weeks without food, but only days without water — in some conditions, only hours. It may sound clichéd, but it’s no hyperbole: Water is life. So what happens when private companies control the spigot? Evidence from water privatization projects around the world paints a pretty […]

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Pharma to Farms, Cultivating the Germs that Won’t Die

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America In 1982, my father, the late toxicologist and medical ethicist Dr. Marc Lappé, published “Germs That Won’t Die,” raising the alarm about the overuse of antibiotics and the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. He would have no idea that nearly four decades later, the crisis has only gotten worse. […]

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Walmart and the Grinch Who Stole Thanksgiving

by Anna Lappé for Civil Eats   Today, as we dig into our Thanksgiving leftovers–for us, that’s pumpkin pudding and my mother-in-laws famous nutloaf–we’ll be thinking about the Walmart workers around the country who are bravely stepping away from their jobs to bring attention to the paltry pay and poor working conditions by the country’s […]

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Hey Big Food, Our Children are None of Your Business

by Anna Lappé for Corporate Accountability International   Did you know that Nabisco touts a preschool-age “Oreo Cookie Counting Book” and Hershey’s publishes a “Hershey’s Kisses Multiplication Book”? Did you know that these books are just one of the countless tactics Big Food uses to market to our kids throughout their lives — even in […]

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What Ronald Reagan Has to Do with Dora on Your Popsicle Package

by Anna Lappé for Earth Island Journal The backstory behind Shrek hawking Twinkies   If asked to think of the lasting legacies of Ronald Reagan, you might conjure up the long shadow of US military intervention in Central America or the coordinated attack on organized labor and public-sector programs. Probably few of us would think about […]

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Time for Action on Marketing to Kids

by Anna Lappé for MomsRising.org   On September 18th, the First Lady brought together 100 parent leaders, government agency representatives, researchers, and food and media industry executives–from McDonalds to PepsiCo to Coca-Cola–in the first ever White House Convening on Food Marketing to Children. It was a big deal.   Since President Reagan stripped the power […]

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Wake Up and Smell the Soil! Groundbreaking UN Report on the Paradigm Shift Needed to Feed the Future

by Anna Lappé for Civil Eats A doorstop of a report arrived in inboxes this morning. Not so subtly called: “Wake up Before It Is Too Late,” the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development new report is a rallying cry for action to move toward greater sustainability in food and farming—to ensure food security […]

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