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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Agent Orange From Farm to Table

by Anna Lappé for Al Jazeera America While my sister-in-law put the finishing touches on Thanksgiving dinner, I listened to her friend recount the losing battle her husband, a Vietnam veteran, fought with lung cancer. She explained her husband’s illness was caused by his wartime exposure to the toxic defoliant Agent Orange, produced primarily by […]

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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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Leaked IPCC report must be catalyst for a reassessment of global food system

by Lindsey Allen and Anna Lappé for The Guardian   In case it wasn’t already clear, there is now consensus that climate change will have a significant impact on the world’s food systems. A leaked draft of the newest report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) underscored the serious threat climate […]

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