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How Will Trump Change Nutrition Assistance Programs?

(Photo: Unsplash; Edited: LW / TO) As the government transitions, many advocates are concerned about the future of benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program...

Hundreds of Brits dying from malnutrition or hunger, official figures reveal

Food bank charities have condemned the “scandal” of poverty in the UK after disturbing new...

False Promises, Smears and Golden Rice: Is This the Solution for Disease, Poverty and...

Colin Todhunter  The pro-GMO lobby relies on fraud, regulatory delinquency, opaque practices, smear campaigns, dirty tricks, slick PR and the debasement of science. While choosing to sideline the root causes of...

Breadline Britain: Rising malnutrition & death linked to low wages, welfare cuts

Foodbank use has risen to record highs in the UK, with over a million three-day...

MSM finally admits Western diets lack nutrition and cause disease… a decade after independent...

The mainstream media and their high-paying pharmaceutical sponsors make it seem like disease is random, striking people without warning. In this way of thinking,...

19% Rise In UK Citizens Being Hospitalized For Malnutrition

Rising levels of food poverty have led to malnutrition becoming more common in the UK, experts say. The public health problem is responsible for...

Plant-based Nutrition Reduces Fatigue, Depression and Anxiety

Research from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine has determined that plant-based foods decrease anxiety and depression and boost energy and performance - reversing fatigue. The study also found weight loss and reduced chol...

Acute child malnutrition has doubled in Afghanistan since 2012

By Mark Church 7 January 2014 A recent New York Times report on child malnutrition in Afghanistan further exposes the ongoing social catastrophe produced by the US-led...

Roast Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots Don’t “Meet Nutrition Guidelines” but GMOs, HFCS, and Trans...

The school lunch drama continues, this time in Manitoba, Canada. Close on the heels of a federally sponsored preschool in Virginia disallowing homemade lunches without a doctor’s note, a mom in Manitoba was given this note and a $10 fine when her children’s preschool felt that the lunch she sentRead the Rest...

Omen for Americans: Malnutrition Doubles in the UK as the Economy Collapses

A report in the UK Daily Mail says that hospitalization cases for treatment of malnutrition have doubled over the past 5 years. The increase...

Unbelievable News Flash: “40 years of federal nutrition research fatally flawed”

Let’s see: federally-funded, quasi-nutritional research that has (1) long propped up Big Ag and its corresponding Industrial Food Machine, and (2) has promoted Food Pyramid mythology while enriching the satellites of the Pyramid scheme has been found to be a “fatally flawed” example of scientific credibility. Really? I’m dumbfounded. Here is a quote from the [...]

Global malnutrition worries UN agency

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) says hundreds of millions of people worldwide are still suffering from malnutrition, Press TV...

Malnutrition kills over 360 kids in Niger

A mother looks after her malnourished child in Niger. (File photo)A United Nations report says over 360 children under the age of five have...

New Law Would Modernize Nutrition Labels, Clarify Terms Like “Healthy” & “Natural”

Chris MorranConsumeristSeptember 19, 2013 While food production has gotten more sophisticated and complex, and we now...

Malnutrition threatens U-16s in Spain

UNICEF says malnutrition threatens 2.3 million Spanish children aged below 16. (file photo)The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) has warned that 2.3 million Spanish...

Worsening malnutrition amongst Spanish children

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Pottenger’s Cats: Nutritional Lessons For Your Children’s Dental-Facial Growth

"If proper nutrition and exercise are absent when facial structures are developing, dentition always suffers. The kitten kept on a deficient diet for 10...

First Nations 'Guinea Pigs' Demand Apology for Govt Nutrition Experiments

A nurse takes a blood sample from a boy at the Indian School in Port Alberni, B.C., in 1948, during a period when nutritional...

Nutritional and functional potential of Beta vulgaris cicla and rubra.

Abstract Title: Nutritional and functional potential of Beta vulgaris cicla and rubra.Abstract Source: Fitoterapia. 2013 Jun 7 ;89C:188-199. Epub 2013 Jun 7. PMID: 23751216 Abstract...

Long-Term Study Finds Children With ‘Early Nutrition Programming’ Reduces Disease Later In Life

Karen Foster Prevent Disease July 5, 2013 Long-term EU funded research with more than 1000 children has found ‘early nutrition programming’ can deliver significant...

Experts warn on world child malnutrition

Researchers have warned that poor nutrition causes nearly half of deaths of children under the age of five, about 3.1 million kids, every year...

Give Nutrition a Chance

CounterPunch is popular because it addresses topics that are either largely ignored by the mainstream media or incorrectly written about. Herewith I present a...

Nutrition Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know About

Rich Stacel | Newstarget Today we know more about vitamins, minerals and nutrition in general then ever before, but at the same time there are...

Prescription drugs cause nutritional deficiencies

All prescription drugs have unintended side effects, and many drugs deplete the body of essential nutrients. Today, most consumers are not being told about...

Microwave ovens destroy the nutritional value of your food

By Mike Adams The rise of widespread nutritional deficiencies in the western world correlates almost perfectly with the introduction of the microwave oven. This is...

The grim reality in the wealthy London borough that houses Grenfell — RT UK...

Victorian ailments including rickets and tuberculosis have been detected in the wealthy London borough hit...

We Supported Their Dictators, Led the Failed ‘War on Drugs’ and Now Deny Them...

President Donald Trump has tied his executive order giving Congress six months to “fix” DACA to constructing a wall between the US and Mexico...

The Food Industry Has the Trump Administration Right Where It Wants It

When Donald Trump was elected president, American consumer protection groups, food safety advocates and commentators were "on high alert." Two months prior, his campaign...

Are You Prepared if You Have to Flee?

By Jeremiah Johnson Ready Nutrition November 6, 2017 ...

‘Get the pillow ready!’ 74yo woman’s email can be used to end her life...

Published time: 1 Nov, 2017 20:12 A judge has ruled that a 74-year-old Christian woman...

‘We’ve Got to Break This Mindset That Policing Is the Only Tool’

Janine Jackson intreviewed Alex Vitale about The End of Policing for the October 27, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

Not soy good? FDA to revoke heart health claim for plant protein — RT...

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed revoking a claim that soy protein can...

Benefits of Beets – LewRockwell

By Edward Group Global Healing Center October 26, 2017 ...

The Sunshine Hormone

This book has made a positive contribution to my own health in the past few months. I hope the ideas presented of the human...

Fatigued, Short of Breath, Lightheaded, or Dizzy?

While low red blood cells can be a sign of a serious health issue, such as anemia, there are ways to increase RBC. People generally...

Rolling Back the Tide of Pesticide Poison, Corruption and Looming Mass Extinction   

An anthropogenic mass extinction is underway that will affect all life on the planet and humans will struggle to survive the phenomenon. So claims...

‘They Have a Systematic Campaign to Ethnically Cleanse the Entire Rohingya Population’

Janine Jackson interviewed Azeem Ibrahim about the Rohungya ethnic cleansing for the October 13, 2017, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript. ...

The Global Food and Health Crisis: Monsanto’s Science is Bogus

By Rosemary Mason and Colin Todhunter Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the new director general of the World Health Organization (WHO). With a $4 billion annual...

Tom ‘two-dinners’ Watson joins Guantanamo solidarity hunger strike — RT UK

Published time: 17 Oct, 2017 11:45 Edited time: 17 Oct, 2017 12:59 Labour’s deputy leader...

The Happiness Diet – LewRockwell

How the elite and greedy corporations are destroying thousands of years of agriculture

The increasingly globalised industrial food system that transnational agribusiness promotes is not feeding the world and is responsible for some of the planet’s most pressing political, social...

You Can’t Have Just One

Psych Ward

It started at the end of the fifteenth century. A cohort of brutal, sociopathic Europeans, fresh from the torture rooms of the Spanish Inquisition,...

Alzheimer’s Disease

Life-support can now be withdrawn without court permission, UK judge rules

Published time: 21 Sep, 2017 09:01 Legal permission is no longer required before life-supporting treatment...

When Is a Genocide a Genocide?

My heart has broken. Many times, in many ways over the past twenty days. It has been splintered, hammered, shattered, parched, starved and numbed...

Conflicts and Climate Change Fueling Rise in World Hunger

Armed conflicts and climate change are key factors being blamed for a rise in worldwide hunger—the first in over a decade, according to a...

Patrol Your Property

OK, all of you Readers out there in ReadyNutrition Land, we’re going to kick off this article on basics of how to patrol your...

Cultural Imperialism and the Seeds of Catastrophe: Ripping up the Social Fabric of India 

Foreign capital is dictating the prevailing development agenda in India. The aim is to replace current structures with a system of industrial agriculture suited...

Hey, Satan, Where’s the Contract?

Faust was a 16th Century practitioner of arcane magical arts who reportedly sold his soul to the Devil to gain youth, knowledge, and (implicitly)...

Kill Thousands Every Night

By Joshua Krause Ready Nutrition September 7, 2017 When mosquitoes become a problem, most people reach for time tested solutions. They spray themselves with chemicals, or...

The Stomach-churning Violence of Monsanto, Bayer and the Agrochemical Oligopoly

As humans, we have evolved with the natural environment over millennia. We have learned what to eat and what not to eat, what to...

The Humble Banana

By Dr. Mercola The humble banana is one of the most popular fruits in the world. Tasty, inexpensive and with its own clean and protective...

Saudi Bombing Kills Dozens, and US Complicit, as 'Man-Made Crisis' in Yemen Worsens

An airstrike by the U.S.-backed Saudi-led coalition on a hotel near the Yemeni capital Sanaa killed dozens of people on Wednesday, multiple news agencies...

10 Emergency Items

By Jeremiah Johnson Ready Nutrition August 23, 2017 ReadyNutrition Readers, this is Part 2 of a 3-part series dealing with immediate actions to be taken in...

Soil, Monsanto and the Agribusiness Giants: Conning the World with Snake Oil and Doughnuts

In their rush to readily promote neoliberal dogma and corporate-inspired PR, many government officials, scientists and journalists take as given that profit-driven transnational corporations...

Oligarchs and Anti-Aging Pills

Rather than the National Institutes of Health designating public funds to further research towards development of an anti-aging pill, a key group of billionaire...

Trump's Proposed After-School Cuts Could Lead to More Hungry Kids, Lower Test Scores

Greenville, Mississippi—In March, President Trump revealed his "skinny budget," a rough sketch of the nascent administration's fiscal priorities and objectives that included deep cuts...

You Might Be a Cheapskate

By Daisy Luther The Organic Prepper August 19, 2017 Do you enjoy saving a buck more than most people?  Do you have a black belt in...

Soda Doesn’t ‘Feed the World’

Coca-Cola has a new ad in which a young girl wishes to grow a garden for the whole world. Then, as a grown woman...

The Fasting Diet

A fasting diet is a nutritional therapy involving either full or partial caloric restriction. It can be a challenge if you embark on one...

Indian Independence: Forged in Washington?

India commemorates the end of British rule 70 years ago on 15 August. Now might be an apt moment to consider where India might...

U.S. Backs War as UN Agencies Make Urgent Plea To End 'World's Largest Humanitarian...

In a joint statement released Wednesday, the United Nations' top relief agencies urged the international community to help provide humanitarian aid to Yemen, where...

Single-Payer Food Insurence

AgainstCronyCapitalism.org July 26, 2017 I think this is great food (get it?) for thought. Lots of folks won’t like this post. “Isn’t it high time that the USA...

Eat Meat

APPIP ERROR:nodata[ (0) NO DATA I am on a vegan diet to deal with my cancer. I eat no animal protein. I probably never will...

Codex Alimentarius and Monsanto’s Toxic Relations

“Our soils are sick from greed-based, irresponsible agricultural practices, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, erosion and mineral depletion, all of which stop or reduce adequate microbial...

Medicare for All Wins Backing of Conservative Southern Democrats

As congressional Republicans try to pass an unpopular plan that would roll back the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and cause an estimated 22 million Americans to lose their...

What Can Water Fasting Do for You?

While fasting has been part of human culture for thousands of years, only recently have we begun to investigate the therapeutic benefits of the...

In India, National Academy of Agricultural Sciences Ditches Science for Spin in Push for...

The case surrounding the approval of genetically modified (GM) mustard in India is coming to a head on the back of the Genetic Engineering...

No, Young People Aren’t Poor Because They’re Not Married

In an op-ed last week, Washington Post columnist George Will deplores the culture of today’s young people, blaming their disproportionate poverty on the fact...

Summer Bug-Out

By Jeremiah Johnson Ready Nutrition July 8, 2017 ReadyNutrition Readers, this article is to formulate some preps for you and your vehicle for a daily basis...

Flush Inflammation and Disease

By Dr. Mercola If you or a loved one has been struggling with low energy, excess weight or a chronic or degenerative disease like type 2...

Monopoly Capitalism in Action: How Amazon's Acquisition of Whole Foods Could Affect Us All

A customer shops for produce at a Whole Foods Market February 22, 2007, in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images) In today's...

A Bipartisan Vote to Put the Brakes on War

One of the few things I recall fondly about the Trump campaign — a short list, I’ll admit — was the candidate’s apparent glee...

Holocaust memorial defaced in New Jersey with anti-Jewish slur, $10k info reward offered

Suspected far-right extremists veiled a Holocaust memorial in Lakewood, New Jersey, with a banner displaying an...

The Trump Team's Poor Arguments for Slashing SNAP

The Trump administration aims to slash spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, by US $193 billion over...

Future Shock: Imagining India

What might a future India look like? If current policies continue, it could mean dozens of mega-cities with up to 40 million inhabitants and just two...

From War to Cholera, Yemen Is Facing World's Largest Humanitarian Crisis

More than 10,000 people have died amid the ongoing U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war in Yemen, which has also destroyed the country's health, water and sanitation...

How To Get Rid of Bloating

While gas is a normal part of the digestion process, with the average adult passing gas between 13 and 21 times a day, gas...

A Grain of Truth: RCEP and the Corporate Hijack of Indian Agriculture

The plight of farmers in India has been well documented. A combination of debt, economic liberalisation, subsidised imports, rising input costs and a shift...

Zuckerberg on the Biggest Something-for-Nothing

Harvard dropout and Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg recently gave the commencement address at Harvard. In his speech he proposed a “universal basic income to...

Trump Cuts Critical Services to Pay for Wealthy Tax Cuts

At a recent press conference at the U.S. Capitol, Marta Conner told reporters, “My daughter Caroline is alive because of Medicaid.” Caroline suffers from...

Here’s an Idea: Guarantee Every Child an Excellent Education

Let’s get one thing straight: there are plenty of things wrong with America’s school system. But they almost all stem from one major error. We...

What’s the Best Time To Have Coffee?

It’s the way countless people around the world start their day. But did you know that when you drink your coffee has an impact on...

Forbes’ ‘Go Bust’ Prescription For Indian Farmers Is A Death Warrant

By Binu Mathew and Colin Todhunter Background Washington’s long-term plan has been to restructure indigenous agriculture across the world and tie it to an international system...

When It’s Time To Fight

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The Washington Post’s War on the Disabled Continues

Washington Post (6/2/17)  At a time when an ever-larger share of national income is going to the richest 1 percent, and large segments of the...

Early Warning Signs

By Joshua Krause Ready Nutrition June 2, 2017 Most people don’t bother to learn what the early warning signs of cancer are. That is until...

Britain’s growing hunger crisis: Food banks distribute 1.2mn emergency parcels in 1yr

The number of food banks in Britain has risen to more than 2,000, with demand...

The Unpleasant Impact of an Unserious Budget

Federal budgets, while boring and wonky, can have a serious impact on our lives. They dictate our collective priorities for how we choose to...

Come Together and Fight the Oligarchy, Declares Sanders in Stirring Commencement

Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered the commencement address at Brooklyn College on Tuesday and told graduating students that entering an "oligarchic" society, like one the...

Using Lunch to Punish the Poor

One of the lucky things about being rich is that you automatically become handsome, your jokes are hilarious, and politicians treat you with fawning...

Trump's Immoral Budget Is 'Dead on Arrival' in Congress

President Trump’s budget proposal is an affront to decency, economics and, at a basic level, math. It is full of both broken and false...

There Is No Getting Around the Fact That Restricting Abortion Access Has Economic Consequences...

Recently, Lori Szala the national director of client services for the Human Coalition, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times attempting to deny...

The Fukushima Disaster Continues

By Joshua Krause Ready Nutrition May 16, 2017 When the crisis at the Fukushima power plant first began six years ago, there were legitimate fears that...

How To Beat Sugar Cravings

For those with an unrelenting sweet tooth, an infographic has devised a plan to keep the craving at bay all day long. Broken down by...

20 Hurricane Survival Tips

Imagine this scenario: It’s the year 2005 and you are living in the heart of New Orleans. A hurricane is threatening to hit and...

It’s Time to Reawaken the Spirit of Occupy for the Starving Millions

The world is now facing an unprecedented emergency of hunger and famine, with a record number of people requiring life-saving food and medical assistance...

It’s Time to Reawaken the Spirit of Occupy for the Starving Millions

by Adam W. Parsons / May 4th, 2017 How is it possible that so many people still die from severe malnutrition and lack of access...

The Warning Signs of a Riot

It seems like civil unrest has become an increasingly common occurrence in America over the past few years. Since the election, we’ve seen a...

Trump's USDA Rolls Back School Lunch Guidelines Championed by Michelle Obama

In one of his first orders of business, President Donald Trump's newly confirmed Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue took steps to weaken school lunch standards...

Our Lives Depend on Stopping Dirty Energy. Here’s How We’ll Do It.

For five years, Food & Water Watch has worked to ban fracking because we’ve determined that it presents unacceptable risks to our water supply....

The High-Fat, Low-Carb Way to Optimal Health

By Dr. Mercola There’s emerging scientific evidence that a high-fat, low-net carb and moderate protein diet is an ideal diet for most people. However, compliance...

The GOP Fraud

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) has a warped view of federalism. He serves on the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Science, Space, &...

Shoot Like a Pro

By Jeremiah Johnson Ready Nutrition April 25, 2017 ReadyNutrition guys and gals, this article is presented in the hopes of giving you a method for being...

Are You Vitamin Deficient?

Many of us suffer from bad breath, cracked lips and agonising headaches. But they could all be a sign of something much more sinister. These...

Saudi-led coalition ‘bombing hospitals, violating rights of children’ in Yemen – report

Published time: 20 Apr, 2017 15:24Edited time: 21 Apr, 2017 11:05 The Saudi Arabia-led coalition in...

Climate Change as Genocide

Not since World War II have more human beings been at risk from disease and starvation than at this very moment. On March 10th,...

Dept of Ed Hires Anti-Civil Rights Crusader to Protect Student's Nonexistent Civil Rights

Candice Jackson is a victim of oppression. When she was attending Stanford University in the mid-1990s, a minority calculus tutoring group refused to help her...

Is Your State in Serious Financial Trouble?

By Joshua Krause Ready Nutrition Maybe you’re looking for a fresh start. Or perhaps you’re looking to find a different job, or you’re trying to get...

Woman gets 3 life terms for torturing 7yo granddaughter while clad as witch

An Oklahoma City woman has been sentenced to three consecutive life terms behind bars for physically...

The US Provided Cover for the Saudi Starvation Strategy in Yemen

The aftermath of an airstrike that killed seven people in Sanaa, Yemen, September 5, 2015. The Pentagon has been the main driver in the...

A Tax Plan Only a One Percenter Could Love

After the failed effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare), the Trump administration has set its sights on its next big project:...

Food Is Your Medicine

By Dr. Mercola Ideally, food is your “medicine.” It’s certainly one of the best preventive strategy I can think of, and getting more raw organic...

Congress Members Call Out Trump for Violating War Powers as He Considers Pushing Yemen...

A woman and children at the Majara camp for displaced Yemenis, north of Abs, in Hajjah Province, Yemen, October 25, 2016. Yemen is mired...

The Aging City: In a Migrant Metropolis, When New Arrivals Grow Old, Where Do...

Seniors at Queens Community House practice tai chi. (Photo Courtesy: Queens Community House) New York is the youngest old city in the world. But the...

Quarter of Britain’s poorest families going hungry, survey finds

Around 25 percent of low-income families in the UK regularly undereat because of insufficient funds,...

The Safe, Reliable .357 Magnum Round

Well, ReadyNutrition firearms enthusiasts, we are following up our .45 ACP article with another piece on a superb cartridge…the .357 magnum round.  Invented by...

‘Hands off’: London protesters stand up against Saudi intervention in Yemen

Published time: 26 Mar, 2017 21:15 Groups of protesters gathered in central London on Sunday to...

Your Body Needs These To Thrive

Micronutrients are the vitamins and minerals required by your body. Unlike macronutrients, you only need minuscule amounts of micronutrients to maintain good health. Micronutrients...

Monsanto’s Violence in India: The Sacred and the Profane

From Hinduism and Paganism to Thor, Woden and Monsanto, humans have lost their ancient beliefs, practices and connection with nature. The old practices, so...

Meals on Wheels Is Just the Beginning: Economist Mark Price on Trump’s Proposed Cuts

A disabled pilot opens a prepared meal at his home in Portland, Oregon, July 12, 2010. Meals on Wheels, a program that Donald Trump...

Are Microwave Ovens Dangerous?

Microwave ovens have been the norm in US households for almost 50 years. If you’re under 40, you’re more likely to have grown up...

Trump’s Spending Cuts Would Create the Black America He’s Been Talking About

On the campaign trail last summer, Donald Trump tried to appeal to African Americans by asking what we had to lose by voting him...

Essentials for Effective, Natural Weight Loss

There’s just a few months left before summer hits, so if you’re looking to ensure you have the best summer body, now is the...

Facing Famine, 20 Million People Need Food, Not Bombs

The world is facing the most serious humanitarian catastrophe since the end of World War II. Twenty million people are at risk of starving...

Fearing Deportation, Immigrants Begin Cancelling Food Stamps

Immigrants are canceling their food stamps over fears they could be deported. Food banks and hunger advocates around the country from Tuscon...

Trump's Budget Won't Balance Federal Spending, but It'll Move a Lot of Money to...

The political theater that passes for serious policy debate is about to run into an unfortunate reality as Donald Trump's budget plan comes face...

Popular gluten-free diets increase diabetes risk – research

Those with the least gluten in their diets had a slightly higher risk of developing Type...

Enemy of Reason: Behind the Mask of Pro-GMO Neoliberal Ideology

Professor Shanthu Shantharam recently wrote a response to Viva Kermani’s well thought out article about injecting some honesty into the debate about genetically modified (GM) food and...

British aid money used to ‘indefinitely detain’ migrants in Libya

Britain’s multimillion-pound aid program in Libya is being used to indefinitely detain and mistreat migrants...

The Ultimate Heart Supporting Herb

In the United States, someone is affected by cardiovascular disease every 42 seconds. If you or a loved one are experiencing heart-related health problems,...

Stop Brain Loss

By Dr. Mercola It’s well-established that healthy fats such as animal-based omega-3s — especially DHA — are vitally important for your brain health, but other...

A Double Deuce to Working Families (and Math)

The political theater that passes for serious policy debate is about to run into an unfortunate reality as Donald Trump’s budget plan comes face...

Sweat Shops, GMOs and Neoliberal Fundamentalism: The Agroecological Alternative to Global Capitalism

Much of the argument in favour of GM agriculture involves little more than misrepresentations and unscrupulous attacks on those who express concerns about the technology and its impacts....

Grandson of pilot who nuked Hiroshima now 2nd in command of US long-range bombers

Published time: 5 Mar, 2017 10:04Edited time: 5 Mar, 2017 10:05 The grandson of Paul Tibbets Jr.,...

She Decries Trump’s Rhetoric, but Albright has Justified Mass Murder

Speaking with CNN’s David Axelrod on “The Axe Files,” former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright derided President Donald Trump over the new administration’s recent...

500 animals die at British zoo that left a monkey to rot behind a...

Published time: 28 Feb, 2017 17:23 South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria, north west England, has...

Downplaying US Contribution to Potential Yemen Famine

For almost two years, the United States has backed—with weapons, logistics and political support—a Saudi-led war in Yemen that has left over 10,000 dead,...

Corporate Power Reality Check: Organic vs Industrial Chemical-Dependent Agriculture – Philosophies and Practices

What follows is a summary of this article, 'A System of Food Production for Human Need, Not Corporate Greed', and is a preamble to...

Message to John Beddington and the Oxford Martin Commission: A System of Food and...

Sir John Beddington is Senior Advisor and Professor of Natural Resources Management at the Oxford Martin School in Oxford, UK. He also belongs to...

The West’s Moral Hypocrisy on Yemen

Exclusive: The West’s “humanitarian interventionists” howl over bloody conflicts when an adversary can be blamed but go silent when an...

Pro-GMO Scientists Blinded by Technology and Wedded to Ideology

The Oxford Martin School is based at Oxford University in the UK and has set up the ‘Oxford Martin Commission for Future Generations’ (OMC). Bringing together...

Monsanto and GMO Propagandists Softening-up UK Public for GM After Brexit

On the back of Brexit, the UK government is planning what could be a disastrous trade deal with the Trump administration. It would likely...

Britain backing the losing side in Yemen, must change policy to prevent famine –...

Britain has been backing the losing side in the Saudi-led war in Yemen and must change course to prevent a famine, Tory MP Andrew...

Pay Attention

By Dr. Mercola How healthy is your diet? Have you ever wondered if recording what you eat on a day-to-day basis might be helpful in...

NYT Apologies Depend on Whose Lives Are Distorted

The kind of reaction the New York Times‘ whatever-did-menfolk-do? story got on social media. Sometimes the New York Times recognizes that it made a mistake...

Food Stamp Recipients Are Purchasing Copious Amounts of Soda

While the report, published recently, suggests that a disproportionate amount of food stamp money is going toward unhealthful foods, the U.S.D.A. said it...

Class Society and Inequality: Debunking the Myth

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America by Nancy Isenberg is a meticulously documented investigation of the historical roots of class...

Even Without an Agriculture Secretary, Trump’s Cabinet Says Plenty about Food and Water Plans

It’s official. This week’s Veterans Affairs nomination leaves the Trump administration’s Secretary of Agriculture position as the last cabinet slot to be filled. With...

Doctor in Italy Quells Parkinson’s Disease

In recent weeks the world has learned the news media creates fake news and/or completely shuns significant news stories to match its own politically...

Sleep deprivation, scaring with dogs, force feeding: Torture allegations as Gitmo turns 15

Exactly 15 years ago, the first inmates were transferred to the infamous Guantanamo prison, with the...

9 year jail term for Arkansas employee who helped swindle $6.1 million from kids...

A 16-year veteran Arkansas state employee has been sentenced to 9 years in prison after admitting...

Children Starve as US-Backed Coalition Violates Human Rights in Yemen

A camp of displaced Yemenis in the town of Khamer, Yemen, October 24, 2016. Yemen is mired in conflict, with rebels holding the capital...

From Agriculture to Demonetisation: Not ‘Make in India’ but Made in Washington

Colin Todhunter A version of the following piece was originally published in June 2016. However, since then, India’s PM Narendra Modi has embarked on a...

No More Holiday Gifts for Repressive Regimes

While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy -- a hidden one -- has been consuming the children...

Take the Office Pool 2017

1) In 2017, President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress will repeal Obamacare entirely. a squabble among themselves and make only cosmetic changes to Obamacare. retain the...

No More Holiday Gifts for Repressive Regimes

While the world has been transfixed on the epic tragedy in Syria, another tragedy — a hidden one — has been consuming the children...

The Trouble With Multivitamins

Multivitamins present the most practical and economical opportunity for the public to make up for gaps in the high calorie/nutrient insufficient American diet. Despite alleged...

Eat Purple

If you’ve never tried an acai bowl, or tucked into a black rice risotto, then 2017 could be a year of new experiences. According to experts...

Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly? Celebrating the Corporate Plunder of Agriculture

Colin Todhunter While Christmas celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ on 25 December, that date was probably originally chosen due to the winter solstice on...

Starving Yemeni Children, Bloated US Weaponsmakers

While the world is transfixed on the epic tragedy unfolding in Syria, another tragedy—a hidden one—has been consuming the children of Yemen. Battered by...

Where Independence Is Illegal Without a Permit

These days, you need permission from the government to do just about anything, including feeding yourself or others. Do you own a car? Every...

Fat Is Good for You

FAMILIES can enjoy high-fat foods this Christmas without fearing for their health after research overturned previously accepted wisdom. Current dietary advice says foods containing high...

Soil: Keeping Nutrients in Food and Carbon in the Ground

Soil stores nutrients, carbon and micro-organisms. (Credit: Xavi Fernández de Castro / IPS) Healthy soil not only makes food more nutritious it also helps keep...

How Did the World Get Addicted to Sugar?

By Dr. Mercola Few would argue that excess refined sugar is pernicious to our health. However, hardly anyone is aware of the manipulation and deceit...

Entrenching Capitalist Agriculture in India Under the Guise of Development

Colin Todhunter Washington's long-term plan has been to restructure indigenous agriculture across the world and tie it to an international system of trade based on...

Do You Get Brain Fog?

Brain fog isn’t a medically recognized condition but it is characterized by the feeling of confusion, forgetfulness, lack of focus, and poor mental clarity....

The Extinction of Life on Earth

Robert J. Burrowes On the day that you read this article, 200 species of life on Earth (plants, birds, animals, fish, amphibians, insects, reptiles) will...

Tough-talking Philippine President Duterte: Fighting for his Life and his Country

From Manila and Davao — There is a sense of change in those narrow and desperate alleys of the Baseco slum in the Philippines’...

Survival Fuel for Your Body

Being well-nourished during a disaster can mean the difference between powering through the event with strength, stamina, and energy or plodding through the situation...

'Threshold not crossed’: Boris Johnson denies Saudi bombing massacres in Yemen breach int'l law

The UK government does not believe that Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign in Yemen violates international...

What Has Neoliberal Capitalism Ever Done for India?

Colin Todhunter When India ushered in neoliberal economic reforms during the early 1990s, the promise was job creation, inclusive growth and prosperity for all. But,...

‘Shiny new toys’: WikiLeaks reveals US plan to give $147mn in military hardware to...

WikiLeaks has released hundreds of documents from the US embassy in Sana’a, Yemen, revealing details of...

You Can Inadvertently Make things Worse

Many ardent dietary supplement users are aware there is a widespread deficiency of magnesium in the American diet.  Upon learning this they often visit...

Vitamin B12 Deficiency Is Dangerous

By Dr. Mercola Pregnant women were recently given new information in regard to optimizing their child’s health: Make sure you’re getting enough vitamin B12. A recent...

Butter Is Better

By Dr. Mercola In your musings about odd things, it may have occurred to you to wonder, if butter is basically made from the skimmings...

What Non-State Disasters Could Lie Ahead?

Did you know that the White House is currently coordinating with Homeland Security to make preparations for a possible solar storm that could bring...

Despite slaughter at Yemen funeral, Middle East minister still justifies UK-Saudi arms sales

Britain’s minister for the Middle East, Tobias Ellwood, has justified the UK’s sale of arms...

Marijuana, an Amazing Natural Drug

Prohibition kills a massive number of people in the United States every year. It does help make a few people extremely wealthy, but at...

UK ministers supporting Saudi-coalition in Yemen could be implicated in war crimes

British MPs supporting the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen could be liable as war criminals if...

US maternal mortality rate worse than Libya, Palestine – report

The maternal mortality rate in the United States is higher than that of Iran, Palestine, Libya,...

Topless PETA activists picket ‘UK Wool Week’ in London (VIDEO)

Topless supporters from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have picketed the opening...

Lessons From That Multi-Million Dollar Heist

Make no mistake, anyone held at gunpoint is living through one of their worst nightmares. That nightmare came true for Kim Kardashian West when...

More Confessions of an Economic Hit Man

Twelve years ago, John Perkins published his book, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, and it rapidly rose up The New York Times’ best-seller...

Fight Cravings and Shed Pounds

Anyone’s who’s ever tried to diet will know it’s a constant struggle not to give in and just have a Mars Bar. But nutritionists claim...

Please Smoke

The hangperson’s noose is unmistakably around the tobacco industry’s neck. In Florida and Mississippi, state governments are attempting to force tobacco companies to pay...

A System Of Food Production For Human Need, Not Corporate Greed

Colin Todhunter There has been an adverse trend in the food and agriculture sector in recent times with the control of seeds and chemical inputs...

Aging Doesn’t Mean Losing Your Vision

By Dr. Mercola Aging is inevitable, but are age-related problems such as poor vision absolute givens? Contrary to popular belief, your vision is largely dependent...
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Video: Shocking images of starved toddler show horrors of Yemen’s civil war (Graphic)

The horrors of Yemen's civil war have been encapsulated by photographs showing a toddler suffering from severe malnutrition. UNICEF estimates that 320000 ... Via Youtube

British MPs denied vote on Saudi arms sales ban, while US senators propose boycott

As the US prepares to debate the legitimacy of selling arms to Saudi Arabia, British...

Monsanto and Bayer: Why Food And Agriculture Just Took A Turn For The Worse

Colin Todhunter News broke this week that Monsanto accepted a $66 billion takeover bid from Bayer. The new company would control more than 25 per cent...

Sugar industry blamed fat in fake studies

The sugar industry paid Harvard researchers in the 1960s to bury research linking sugar intake to heart disease and to instead make...

Sweet deal? Sugar industry blamed fat in fake studies – study

The sugar industry paid Harvard researchers in the 1960s to bury research linking sugar intake to...

False Promises: Avoid "Miracle" Rice and Just Eat a Carrot

Vandana Shiva. (Photo: The Seeds of Vandana Shiva film) New Delhi -- Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, died on September 9,...

Watch the Pounds Roll Off

By Dr. Mercola There’s emerging scientific evidence that a high-fat, low-net carb, moderate protein diet is an ideal diet for most people. However, compliance tends...

Activism’ and Its Consequences: Syrian Refugees Are Not Subjects for a Social Media Gallery

The Italian “activist” was keen on that photo, as if her social media activism career was dependent on it. As if the...

What Triggers a Charley Horse?

By Dr. Mercola A charley horse, or muscle cramp particularly in your calf muscles, is an incredibly common condition that results in your muscles becoming...

Post-Apocalyptic Fantasyland

Post-apocalyptic movies are popular for a reason. We live in a world that is brimming with long lines, bills, traffic jams, bureaucracy, and stressful...

Stacking cheddar: Agriculture Dept buys 11 million pounds of cheese

Talk about government cheese! The feds have announced a plan to buy 11 million pounds of...

Britain ‘one of the most significant violators’ of the Arms Trade Treaty, says Oxfam

Oxfam has accused British MPs of being in “denial and disarray” over an agreement to sell arms to Saudi Arabia, saying the UK has...

Burn Down the Plantation

by subMedia / August 23rd, 2016 In this sedition we bring you an exclusive interview with prison inmate Melvin Ray, secretly filmed inside Holman Prison...

Is Civil Unrest Coming to Suburbia?

Many people watching Milwaukee burn on the news from the safety of their homes in the suburbs feel immune. It seems like this only...

US Soldiers Are Relying on Millions of Dollars in Food Stamps to Survive

Soldiers march near a plane at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska, on February 14, 2008. (Photo: Morning Calm Weekly Newspaper...

Humanitarian Nightmare for Colombia’s Wayuu Fails to Awaken Corporate Media

A Huffington Post piece (8/2/16) called attention to the lack of media coverage of the plight of Colombia’s Wayuu people. Colombia’s Supreme Court has ordered...

Hunger and Food Waste in a World of Plenty

Food, like shelter and health care, is enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a fundamental right of all people, irrespective of...

Media Silence and the Agrochemicals Industry: The Slow Poisoning of Health and the Environment  

Colin Todhunter It’s an all too common tale of dirty deeds, shady deals and propaganda. Rosemary Mason’s recent open letter to journalists at The Guardian...

What Does Vitamin D Deficiency Look Like?

By Dr. Mercola New research has emerged linking low vitamin D levels with a risk of cognitive decline and mental impairment, according to studies conducted...

Progressives Have Always Despised Red Meat

You have never heard of Rachel Premack. Admit it. Until July 3, neither had I. On that day, Ms. Premack got her 15 minutes of fame....

‘Drunkorexia’: Brits skipping meals for guilt-free binge drinking

Britons are regularly skipping meals so they can binge on booze without gaining weight, a new study into the nation’s health has revealed. According to...
Anarchy by the rich and powerful by Graham Vanbergen

What We Now Have Is Anarchy – By The Rich And Powerful

By Graham Vanbergen - Anarchy – By the rich and powerful : The Case of the starving verses a tax dodging transnational food company In...

Olympics: Tribe Facing “Genocide” Defies Ranchers after Baby’s Death

The Guarani have a deep sense of connection to their land, but have seen most of it stolen and destroyed by intensive agriculture. ©...

My Food Identity Dilemma

Why do we eat what we eat? Many of us eat foods that are familiar, convenient, and that simply taste good, without thinking much about...

In OtherWords: August 3, 2016

Like a lot of people, I was deeply moved when Khizr and Ghazala Khan mourned the loss of their son Humayan, a U.S. soldier...

Monsanto in India: Meet the New Boss – Same as the Old Boss?

In capitalism, the state’s primary role is to secure the interests of private capital. The institutions of globalised capitalism - from the World Bank,...

Gosh, It’ll Be a Swell

I usually don’t care one way or the other what mainstream news has to report. Usually, the news rolls like this: A war going...

Effortless Weight Loss?

By Dr. Mercola If you don’t drink enough water, you can easily become dehydrated. Many actually mistake their thirst for hunger, and this is one...

Sugar-coated Lies: How the Food Lobby Destroys Health in the EU 

Colin Todhunter   Over half the population of the European Union (EU) is overweight or obese. Without effective action, this number will grow substantially in the...

Trump’s Trickle-Down Ticket

It was easy to get caught up in the circus that was the Republican National Convention. Rousing speeches (plagiarized and original) and raucous floor...

After a Cataclysm, What?

Preppers spend a lot of time and energy figuring out what they need to do to protect themselves and their families in a wide...

The American Dream Moved to Canada

Does your family aspire to the American Dream of a decent paying job, a few weeks of paid vacation, a home of your own,...

Forget Dangerous Antidepressants

By Dr. Mercola One in 20 Americans over the age of 12 struggles with depression1 and 11 percent of the U.S. population over the age...

Are You Prepared for Lockdown?

This summer is like a movie about how corruption took down a once-great republic and sent it barreling toward civil war. It’s about how the powerful now...

Britain’s Scramble for Africa: The New Colonialism

Colin Todhunter Africa is facing a new and devastating colonial invasion driven by a determination to plunder the natural resources of the continent, especially its...

Ibuprofen & other common drugs, supplements may cause, exacerbate heart failure – study

Commonly-prescribed and -used medications, such as Ibuprofen, and nutritional or natural supplements may trigger or worsen...

Illegal Aliens Receive Food Stamp Preference Over Citizens In 44 States

The federally funded food stamp program has policies in place that benefit families with one or more illegal immigrant wage earners over...

Not Just for Government Spying and Killing

Drones have a rather negative reputation these days and for good reason. They bring to mind government surveillance and extrajudicial killings in foreign countries....

A Modest Proposal: An Irish AIPAC

Noting the remarkable success of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in influencing U.S. government policies, Daniel C. Maguire offers...

USA Today Ducking the Question of Militarism

The top story for USA Today on July 8, 2016: Some Western countries aren’t spending enough money on weapons of war. “NATO Nations Ducking the...

To Stop ‘Bomb Trains,’ I Honeymooned in Jail

It was a few days after my wedding. I was supposed to be honeymooning at a nearby winery with my newly minted husband, celebrating...

Just Say NO to the State

This year, the 4th of July simply makes me sad. I was trying to summon up a rush of pride to write about what makes...

Back to the Future with Laverne and Shirley: The Trivialisation of the GMO Debate

Colin Todhunter When people don’t possess sufficient expertise on matters, they require simplicity. They desire easily manageable packages of knowledge, and these packages become taken...

Pro-GMO Spin Masquerading as Science Courtesy of “Shameful White Men of Privilege”

Colin Todhunter Unlike their predecessors, early 21st century missionaries do not come armed with bibles. They come as members of a scientific priesthood, spouting slick...

Fire in Your Belly?

A burning stomach, or a burning sensation in the stomach, can cause pain, fatigue, and stress to the stomach. Burning stomach is becoming a...

Michigan welfare recipients passing drug tests with flying colors

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is learning a lot about the drug habits of welfare recipients. After...

The Wisdom of Wheatbelly

For the better part of a year, I haven’t felt like myself. I was lethargic, depressed and always on the verge of catching the...

The Case for a Child-Centered Energy and Climate Policy

Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning. Fossil fuel combustion and associated air pollution and carbon dioxide (CO2) is the root cause...

Modi, Monsanto, Bayer and Cargill: Doing Business or Corporate Imperialism?  

Colin Todhunter Describing itself as a major ‘global communications, stakeholder engagement and business strategy’ company, APCO Worldwide is a lobby/PR agency with firm links to the Wall...

Exorcise the Devil From Your Diet

A changing tide in dietary advice in recent years has placed sugar directly in the firing line. The white stuff has been vilified, strung up...

Liberty & drug tests for all: Lawmaker seeks to drug screen the rich

While some lawmakers want to require drug screening and testing for welfare and other assistance program applicants, this idea has inspired one US congresswoman...

Bizarre stomach-pumping device approved in US for fighting obesity (VIDEO)

A new device that sucks food out of your stomach and into the toilet after every...

It's Not Just Climate Change Anymore: Meet the Right-Wing Poverty Deniers

This past Sunday, I joined C-SPAN's Washington Journal for a discussion on the House GOP poverty plan released earlier in the week. My conservative counterpart on the show...

GMOs, “Biggest Fraud in the History of Science” – Some ‘Questions and Answers’

Colin Todhunter The decision on whether to renew EU approval for the herbicide glyphosate is to go to an appeals panel on 23 June after...

Are You Deficient?

For those of us who live busy lives it’s easy to just grab a coffee on our way to work, a bagel in our...

This Mineral Is Essential

By Dr. Mercola One in 3 reading this likely has a serious overload of a mineral that may be more dangerous to your health than...

Hippocrates Swore By It

By Dr. Mercola Whey protein, a byproduct of milk and cheese (often referred to as the gold standard of protein), was promoted for its health...

Bernie Sanders Might Soon Be Out of the Race, but Not the Revolution

Sen. Bernie Sanders during an election night rally at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, June 7, 2016. (Photo: Jim Wilson /...

Bill Gates plans to end poverty one chicken at a time (VIDEO)

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates, aka the richest person in the world, believes he has cracked the...

Sweet little lies: Scientific studies under fire over bias, influence

A study showing that sweets were good for kids turned out to be sponsored by candy...

Old Country Doctor Turned into Paper-pusher and Virtual MD

I can’t take a budget that eliminates marketing, outreach and in-person assistors seriously. — Teresa Mosqueda, member of the Washington State Health Benefit Exchange board. You can’t...

Hold onto Your Older Vehicle

ReadyNutrition Readers, I’m the last person on earth who would ever advocate going out and buying a brand-new vehicle from a showroom floor.  For...

Better Labels, Better Food

Food labels are changing. In the past, you could only see how much total sugar was in your food. That included sugars naturally occurring in...

In OtherWords: June 1, 2016

Donald Trump, the presumptive GOP nominee for president, has called climate change a Chinese-orchestrated “hoax” — except along the one Irish beach where he happens...

Cancer Cells Love Sugar

By Dr. Mercola In 1931, Dr. Otto Warburg won the Nobel Prize  Physiology or Medicine for his discovery that cancer cells have a fundamentally different...

Heard About the Detox Water Craze?

Detox water has become a wildly popular diet craze. Many hail it as a miracle diet and think it can support weight loss. Could...

From Albrecht to Monsanto: A System Not Run for the Public Good Can Never...

The following extract is from the 2011 lecture ‘Healthy Soils, Healthy People’ by Professor John Ikerd. The lecture discussed the legacy of renowned agronomist...

Eat Bacon, Butter, Cheese

By Emily Chan and Anucyia Victor Daily Mail May 27, 2016 The debate over the amount of fat in our diet has just become more confusing...

Stop Craving Sugar and Grains

By Dr. Mercola Your body is designed to naturally regulate how much you eat and the energy you burn. Part of how this occurs is...

From the Green Revolution to GMOs: Living in the Shadow of Global Agribusiness

What can we do about the powerful transnational agribusiness companies that have captured or at the very least heavily influence regulatory bodies, research institutes, trade...

Cancer preventable: Healthy habits can reduce deaths, study finds

Cancer can be prevented through lifestyle changes, Harvard University scientists argue, having found that not smoking,...

Rio During the Coup: “Temer Jamais! Temer Jamais!”

It’s May in Rio de Janeiro.  Winter.  But winter means something very different here in Rio from what it means in my home of...

The Political Economy of Dead Meat: Why Mad Cows are the Least of It

There’s a sour irony to the fact that it’s taken the extremely rare mad cow disease, which has thus far killed a very small...

We All Pay for Low Wages

Marie Kanger Born | Shutterstock.com   When you are paid starvation wages, it’s up to public-assistance programs to make up the difference. That government assistance, costing treasuries billions...

NYT’s Glass Is Half Full of Half-Truths

“A glance out the window shows blue sky,” Gregg Easterbrook writes in the New York Times (5/12/16). (Graphic: Matt Chase) “When Did Optimism Become Uncool?”...

Nestle gets control of town’s groundwater for up to 45 years

Nestlé has secured the rights to the groundwater under the Maine town of Fryeburg for up...

Tests find rat and human DNA in US hamburgers

Think that burger you’re biting into is all-beef? Even if it’s advertised that way, there’s a small chance that you could ingesting be ingesting...

Pot candy manufacturer faces lawsuit over Denver death

The sons of a Colorado woman whose husband shot her in 2014 after consuming marijuana candy...

Venezuela on the knife’s edge as economy collapses

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Neil Hardt The free fall of the Venezuelan economy has produced an...

Republicans Only Care About Children Before They're Born

Middle school students eat lunch in a school cafeteria. (Photo: Woodleywonderworks) When it comes to children, Republicans are hypocrites. They go on and on...

What the heck does ‘natural’ food mean, anyway? Tell the FDA

The word “natural” is often used to describe hundreds of food products from various companies, but...

Future Options: From Militarism and Monsanto to Gandhi and Bhaskar Save  

US Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders recently tweeted: “It is no mystery why Monsanto fights against our right to know about GMOs in food –...

The Good Food Movement Needs Science, Too

Perhaps you’ve heard some organic food advocates say, “We should just roll back the clock and farm the way we used to” — before...

That ‘Natural’ Label Doesn’t Mean Much

Scenario: You’re at the store, trying to make healthy yet frugal choices. You see several products labeled “organic” and others labeled “natural.” You’re trying to...

FTC attacks Dr. Mercola over tanning beds, but won’t go after pharma giants for...

In the latest government-waged attack on alternative health practitioners, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered Dr. Joseph Mercola to pay up to $5.3...

Sex gene: Scientists find DNA determines the age you lose your virginity

Scientists claim to have discovered the ‘risk-taking’ genes that influence the timing of when people...

Fast food exposes eaters to harmful industrial chemicals – study

Fast food contains an "alarming" amount of potentially toxic industrial chemicals like phthalates, according to a new study that links high fast-food consumption with...

“We are being silently poisoned by thousands of untested and unmonitored chemicals” The case...

On 13 April, the EU Parliament called on the European Commission to restrict certain permitted uses of the toxic herbicide glyphosate, best known in...

Life expectancy gap between US rich and poor widens

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Jerry White A study published Monday in the Journal of the American...

A Sweet Tax

As Americans prepare to meet this year’s April 18 deadline to file our taxes, there’s talk of taxes across the Pond, too. Great Britain just...

Zoos barred from allowing visitors play with young tiger & bear cubs

Animal welfare groups have secured a victory in their fight against roadside zoos that allow members...

Chemical added to hot dogs, sausage and bacon now being developed by USDA as...

A preservative chemical that's routinely added to hot dogs, beef jerky, bacon and breakfast sausage is now being deployed by government researchers as a...

The Globalisation of Bad Food and Poor Health: Sustainable Development or Sustainable Profits?

The proportion of deaths due to cancer around the world increased from 12 percent in 1990 to 15 percent in 2013. Globally, cancer is already...

Canada: Why aren’t Conditions of Life for First Peoples a National Emergency?

by J.B. Gerald / March 30th, 2016 May of 2012, the U.N.’s Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Prof. Olivier De Schutter, visited his...

Holocaust files: Britain withheld compensation despite appalling survivor testimonies

Survivors of the Holocaust and former prisoners of war were subjected to fierce questioning by...

What’s ‘Processed’ Food?

If you’ve read any nutritional advice lately, you’ve probably encountered one hard-and-fast rule: Avoid processed foods. But what does “processed” mean? On one level, anything humans...

Slap in the face: Obama administration to cut off Flint emergency aid

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. James Brewer The US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance being provided...

Global Agribusiness, Dependency and the Marginalisation of Self-Sufficiency, Organic Farming and Agroecology

Is organic-based farming merely a niche model of agriculture that is not capable of feeding the global population? Or does it have a major role...

The food you eat determines which genes get activated or suppressed, controlling disease

Everyone says you are what you eat, but, for some reason, the majority of the world's population seems completely oblivious to this fact. Yet...

Nearly one-third of US food stamp recipients rely on food pantries

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Kate Randall Nearly one-third of US households on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance...

A Citizen’s Guide to Combating Election Propaganda: Debunking Anti-Welfare Myths

Political and economic elites’ success in manufacturing mass ignorance represents the largest impediment to democratic empowerment today. Stoking fear of and contempt for the...

A Bad Day for Monsanto and a Good Day for Public Health in Europe

Monsanto needs to be stopped, the health of the world literally depends on it. Aisha Dodwell A battle of corporate profit vs people’s needs has been...

Poisoned, Marginalised, Bankrupt and Dead: The Role of Agroecology in Resisting the Corporate Stranglehold...

It is becoming increasingly apparent that food and agriculture across the world is in crisis. Food is becoming denutrified, unhealthy and poisoned with chemicals...

Labeling GMO: Dems put forward new bill as ‘Dark Act’ pushed on the hill

US Senate Democrats have offered an alternative GMO labeling bill that would require manufacturers to disclose the presence of GMOs to consumers, while still...
Mass privatisation paying for failed economic policies

Mass privatisation masks Britain’s failed economic policies

There is no doubt that throughout the last forty years or so neoliberalism has dominated government, housing, transport, energy and the financial sector in...

HEALTH WARNING: Statins found to double the risk of diabetes… are you still taking...

New science reveals that statin drugs DOUBLE the risk of diabetes. This is in addition to the extreme harm they cause to the body...

Breaking the Backbone of Indian Society: The Small Farmer

This is an updated and amended version of an article originally published in August 2015 which includes new information and new links to journal...

Pro-GMO Activism in India: Journalism gives way to Spin, Smears and Falsehoods 

In a recent piece for the magazine Swarajya (an online and print publication based in India​), its national affairs editor, Surajit Dasgupta, makes it clear that he has...

Organic Agriculture, Capitalism and the Parallel World of the Pro-GMO Evangelist

Consider that India had for generations sustained one of the highest densities of population on earth, without any chemical fertilisers, pesticides, exotic dwarf strains...

45 million Americans rely on food stamps, 1 million about to lose them –...

One in seven Americans still depends on food stamps, according to Bloomberg News. Now with the US economy on the rebound, some states are...

Turning Our Backs on the Nation’s Vulnerable

With the winter winds of January came a flurry of reports that several states were moving to cut thousands of people from their Supplemental...

Report: Flint lead filters provide inadequate protection for residents

Shannon Jones Federal and state officials are warning Flint residents that the lead filters they are using may be inadequate to protect them from the...

More than 1 million in US face food stamps cutoff

Kate Randall More than 1 million low-income people across the United States could soon lose their government food stamp benefits if they fail to meet...

Turning Our Backs

With the winter winds of January came a flurry of reports that several states were moving to cut thousands of people from their Supplemental...

False Claims and Flawed Conclusions Being Used to Push GM Crops into India

Writing in India’s Deccan Herald newspaper on 26 January 2016, Kalyan Ray places great store in a flawed year-old British Parliament document to promote a...

One quarter of young Americans are too obese to qualify for military service; junk...

Forget back and forth shifts in political decisions, terror threats and changing policies; the latest threat to national security may be the fact that...

Saving the world? GMO’s only boost corporate profit while destroying health

Right now, all the focus for increasing crop yields is centered on one method: Genetically modifying crops to make them resistant to pesticides and...

Taiwan bans GMOs from school lunches… mandates GMO labeling nationwide… throws down gauntlet on...

Even as the fascist, corrupt U.S. government and its regulators (FDA and USDA) actively conspire with the biotech industry to poison Americans with genetically...

US military to expand global operations in 2016

  The year 2015 will be remembered as a year of expanding global warfare and militarism. It began with discussions of the possibility of “total...

‘Toxic stress’: Max blood lead levels in Flint children 7 times higher than CDC...

Experts who blew the whistle on lead-contaminated water in Flint, Michigan, and its impact on children said that some kids had blood lead levels...

The GMO Issue: False Claims, Pseudo-Analysis And A Politically Motivated Agenda

Critics of GM promote pseudo-science, make false claims based on ignorance and are driven by politically motivated ideology. The actions of these affluent elitists...

Coke’s PR Scam Explodes

If your car’s battery terminals are corroded, just open a can of Coca-Cola. Coke will dissolve corrosion, making your battery connections spiffy clean in...

Batting for GM in India: Smears, Misinformation and Depoliticising the Political

Sir Richard John Roberts is a biochemist and molecular biologist and currently works at New England Biolabs in the US. He is also a...

Media Take Diet Advice From Coke-Funded Academics

Coca-Cola’s use of healthcare professionals to market its products used to be more overt. Readers of USA Today, the LA Times and Atlantic Monthly might...

What the GOP’s Putting Under Corporate America’s Tree

Given the commitment House Republicans profess to balancing the federal budget, you’d think tax breaks for profitable businesses would be a low priority. But...

The Toxic Agriculture of Monsanto and Big Agribusiness vs Agroecology Rooted in Communities and...

  "We are being far too kind to industrialised agriculture. The private sector has endorsed it, but it has failed to feed the world, it...

Don’t Trust Government Guidelines

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutritional deficiencies are rampant in over-fed/undernourished America. Just a sampling from the USDA list of essential...

Obama Administration releases welfare guide in 14 different languages to help immigrants collect taxpayer-funded...

Obviously, not every Republican voter is enamored with the candidacy of billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump, but the one issue where...

After selling out to Monsanto, National Geographic now purchased by Rupert Murdoch and hit...

The photographers and reporters for National Geographic are in a unique and very influential position to document and record the failures of...

Poisoned Agriculture: Depopulation and Human Extinction’

There is a global depopulation agenda. The plan is to remove the ‘undesirables’, ‘the poor’ and others deemed to be ‘unworthy’ and a drain...

Poisoned Food, Poisoned Agriculture: Getting off the Chemical Treadmill

A peer-reviewed study published last year in the British Journal of Nutrition, a leading international journal of nutritional science, showed that organic crops and...

The Passing of Bhaskar Save: What the ‘Green Revolution’ did for India

Masanobu Fukuoka, the legendary Japanese organic farmer, once described Bhaskar Hiraji Save's farm as “the best in the world, even better than my own!”...

They Profit, We Die: Toxic Agriculture and the Poisoning of Soils, Human Health and...

Our food system is in big trouble. It’s in big trouble because the global agritech/agribusiness sector is poisoning it, us and the environment with...

Protect your body and family from the allopathic assault of cigarettes, pharmaceuticals, vaccines and...

Who do you know that smokes, takes medications and could care less about buying organic food? Who do you know that wears too much...

The Goose that Lays the Golden Egg: Mining, Capitalism and Gandhi, a Catalyst for...

Indian agriculture is in crisis. Indian farmers are in crisis. These crises are human made. Over 300,000 farmers have committed suicide in India during the...

Coca-Cola ‘trying to manipulate public’ on sugar-obesity link

Coca-Cola has spent millions of pounds funding research institutes and scientists who cast doubt on the link between sugary drinks and obesity. The drinks firm...

Rainbow Doritos the latest absurd example of corporate #gaywashing

Corporate #gaywashing is becoming so absurd and insulting to the LGBT community that it deserves serious comment. Frito-Lay has just introduced "Rainbow Doritos" which...

Florida orders dairy to mislabel all-natural skim milk with “imitation” label to mislead consumers

The Ocheesee Creamery of Florida is under attack for doing a great thing for the people of Florida: keeping their skim milk completely all-natural....

Obama’s war crimes in Yemen

By Niles Williamson  Speaking before the Human’s Rights Council in Geneva, the United Nation’s High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, called for...

Elites Want More Refugees: Why?

  Robert J. Burrowes There is much being written about the refugee crisis in Europe at the moment but none of what I have read explains...

The 2030 Agenda: This Month The UN Launches A Blueprint For A New World...

Michael Snyder (RINF) - Did you know that the UN is planning to launch a “new universal agenda” for humanity in September 2015? That phrase...

How green tea helps prevent and eliminate cancer

Researchers at Seoul National University Hospital in South Korea are currently testing green tea's ability to lower colon cancer risk. Nearly 200 patients who...

From abortions to vaccines to chemotherapy: How modern medicine is steeped in a culture...

The standard medical approach in the West is to bombard the body with drugs and poison whenever there's an ailment, rather than try to...

NYT: Not Believing in Climate Change Is Like Believing in Food Shortages

Do you believe there are many hungry children in the world? If so, the New York Times thinks you may be suffering from confirmation...

STUPID: Washington Post claims omega-3s are useless; science shows they improve diabetes, brain health...

Whenever there's an opportunity to mock and discredit the health benefits of nutrition, the mainstream media is right there, ready to pounce. If nutrition...

What an amazing coincidence! Coca-Cola funds scientists who claim poor diet does not lead...

WOW who'd of thunk it? What great news for the corporation. Thanks for clearing that up, Coke! Oh.. wait now..  something doesn't seem right.. ### Coca-Cola has pumped millions...

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by Stephen Lendman

Conditions were dire before Saudi terror-bombing began. Yemen is the region's poorest country.

Half the population is food insecure in normal times. Yemenis lack other essentials to life.

Political stability is impossible without addressing humanitarian issues responsibly.

Before Saudi aggression began, UN humanitarian coordinator for Yemen Ould Cheikh Ahmed said over 10 million Yemenis need food aid.

Half of them face acute food shortages. Millions of children face malnutrition. Tens of thousands may die.

Over a third of a million Yemenis were displaced before Saudi-led terror-bombing began.

Earlier humanitarian aid was woefully short of what's needed. Malnutrition alone was "extremely grave," said Ahmed.

Weeks before US planned and orchestrated/Saudi-led terror-bombing began, Oxfam's Grant Pritchard called Yemen's humanitarian situation a "forgotten crisis."

Over 60% of Yemenis need aid, he said - including food, clean water and medical care. 

Now many more. In January, Oxfam warned of a growing "humanitarian crisis of extreme proportions."

Country director Grace Ommer said "(d)espite the challenges, we continue to deliver desperately needed aid to Yemenis…"

"But if the international community continues to stand by and watch while Yemen risks going from a fragile to a failed state, we will find it even harder to maintain this lifesaving support."

Doctors Without Borders (MSF) head of mission Marie-Elisabeth Ingress said before embassy closures were announced:

"There is a difficulty for many people to access healthcare, particularly when there are clashes, but also because many people live in extremely remote areas where there is no health provision for many miles." 

"Not only does conflict cause more casualties, it also hinders access to care for patients not directly affected by the fighting."

Pre-Saudi-led aggression, OCHA said 16 million Yemenis needed aid - 8% more than in 2014.

UN partners sought three-fourths of a billion dollars to help. Hundreds of millions more aid is needed now - besides billions of dollars required to rebuild once conflict ends.

According to OCHA, "(t)he majority of targeted (Yemenis) live in areas where chronic underdevelopment and endemic poverty have potentially life-threatening consequences, leaving people in need of emergency assistance and protection support."

Children and the elderly are most affected. Current conditions are worse than ever.

Saudi terror-bombed hospitals, other medical facilities, civilian neighbors, refugee camps, power plants, food storage facilities and other nonmilitary sites made already dire conditions far worse.

An Aden resident spoke for others saying "power is out. People have no water. They have nothing."

Oxfam said blockade prevents imports of food, medical supplies and fuel from arriving.

"Yemen relies on imports to meet more than 80 per cent of national food consumption, with 90 per cent of staple food items, such as wheat, and all rice imported," it said.

Country director Grace Ommer condemned Saudi terror-bombing its Saada province food storage facilities, saying:

"This is an absolute outrage particularly when one considers that we have shared detailed information with the coalition on the locations of our offices and storage facilities." 

"The contents of the warehouse had no military value. It only contained humanitarian supplies associated with our previous work in Saada, bringing clean water to thousands of households."

In March, UNICEF's Julien Harneis warned of a "major humanitarian crisis" without immediate efforts to provide substantial aid.

Saudi-led terror-bombing created catastrophic conditions for millions of Yemenis so far unaddressed.

Western leaders support US-orchestrated/Saudi-led naked aggression. They've done virtually nothing to help beleaguered Yemenis.

Saudi-led terror war continues. King Salman ordered elite National Guard forces to participate in the next phase of conflict.

Houthis claim they captured Saudi and Israeli spies. Saying they "intended to carry out military operations in Yemen after taking control of several airports and military bases."

Saudi's interior ministry said security was increased at oil facilities and shopping centers based on claimed possible terror threats. 

Maybe Riyadh plans a false flag attack as pretext to resume terror-bombing. 

Thousands more Yemenis may die before conflict ends. An entire nation is being raped. 

It's being systematically ravaged and destroyed on orders from Washington.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanIII.html

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Empire And Colonialism: Rich Men In London Still Deciding Africa’s Future

RINF, 4th Media, Countercurrents, Global Research, Counterpunch, Information Clearing House, Regeneracion (Mexico), The News International (Pakistan newspaper 27/3/2015)

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Some £600 million in UK aid money courtesy of the taxpayer is helping big business increase its profits in Africa via the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. In return for receiving aid money and corporate investment, African countries have to change their laws, making it easier for corporations to acquire farmland, control seed supplies and export produce.

Last year, Director of the Global Justice Now Nick Dearden said:

“It’s scandalous that UK aid money is being used to carve up Africa in the interests of big business. This is the exact opposite of what is needed, which is support to small-scale farmers and fairer distribution of land and resources to give African countries more control over their food systems. Africa can produce enough food to feed its people. The problem is that our food system is geared to the luxury tastes of the richest, not the needs of ordinary people. Here the British government is using aid money to make the problem even worse.”

Ethiopia, Ghana, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique, Nigeria, Benin, Malawi and Senegal are all involved in the New Alliance.

In a January 2015 piece in The Guardian, Dearden continued by saying that development was once regarded as a process of breaking with colonial exploitation and transferring power over resources from the ‘first’ to the ‘third world’, involving a revolutionary struggle over the world's resources. However, the current paradigm is based on the assumption that developing countries need to adopt neo-liberal policies and that public money in the guise of aid should facilitate this. The notion of ‘development’ has become hijacked by rich corporations and the concept of poverty depoliticised and separated from structurally embedded power relations. 

To see this in action, we need look no further to a conference held on Monday 23 March in London, organised by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This secretive, invitation-only meeting with aid donors and big seed companies discussed a strategy to make it easier for these companies to sell patented seeds in Africa and thus increase corporate control of seeds.

Farmers have for generations been saving and exchanging seeds among themselves. This has allowed them a certain degree of independence and has enabled them to innovate, maintain biodiversity, adapt seeds to climatic conditions and fend off plant disease. Big seed companies with help from the Gates Foundation, the US government and other aid donors are now discussing ways to increase their market penetration of commercial seeds by displacing farmers own seed systems.

Corporate sold hybrid seeds often produce higher yields when first planted, but the second generation seeds produce low yields and unpredictable crop traits, making them unsuitable for saving and storing. As Heidi Chow from Global Justice Now rightly says, instead of saving seeds from their own crops, farmers who use hybrid seeds become completely dependent on the seed, fertiliser and pesticide companies, which can (and has) in turn result in an agrarian crisis centred on debt, environmental damage and health problems.

The London conference aimed to share findings of a report by Monitor Deloitte on developing the commercial seed sector in sub-Saharan Africa. The report recommends that in countries where farmers are using their own seed saving networks NGOs and aid donors should encourage governments to introduce intellectual property rights for seed breeders and help to persuade farmers to buy commercial, patented seeds rather than relying on their own traditional varieties. The report also suggests that governments should remove regulations so that the seed sector is opened up to the global market.

The guest list comprised corporations, development agencies and aid donors, including Syngenta, the World Bank and the Gates Foundation. It speaks volumes that not one farmer organisation was invited. Farmers have been imbued with the spirit of entrepreneurship for thousands of years. They have been "scientists, innovators, natural resource stewards, seed savers and hybridisation experts" who have increasingly been reduced to becoming recipients of technical fixes and consumers of poisonous products of a growing agricultural inputs industry. So who better than to discuss issues concerning agriculture?

But the whole point of such a conference is that the West regards African agriculture as a ‘business opportunity’, albeit wrapped up in warm-sounding notions of 'feeding Africa' or 'lifting millions out of poverty'. The West’s legacy in Africa (and elsewhere) has been to plunge millions into poverty. Enforcing structural reforms to benefit big agribusiness and its unsustainable toxic GMO/petrochemical inputs represents a continuation of the neo-colonialist plundering of Africa. The US has for many decades been using agriculture as a key part of foreign policy to secure global hegemony.

Phil Bereano, food sovereignty campaigner with AGRA Watch and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Washington says:

“This is an extension of what the Gates Foundation has been doing for several years – working with the US government and agribusiness giants like Monsanto to corporatize Africa’s genetic riches for the benefit of outsiders. Don’t Bill and Melinda realize that such colonialism is no longer in fashion? It’s time to support African farmers’ self-determination.” 

Bereano also shows how Western corporations only intend to cherry-pick the most profitable aspects of the food production chain, while leaving the public sector in Africa to pick up the tab for the non-profitable aspects that allow profitability further along the chain.

Giant agritech corporations with their patented seeds and associated chemical inputs are ensuring a shift away from diversified agriculture that guarantees balanced local food production, the protection of people’s livelihoods and agricultural sustainability. African agriculture is being placed in the hands of big agritech for private profit under the pretext of helping the poor. The Gates Foundation has substantial shares in Monsanto. With Monsanto’s active backing from the US State Department and the Gates Foundation’s links with USAID, African farmers face a formidable force.

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Stop Twisting Truth: Scientific Bodies Should Put The Record Straight On GMOs

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The Royal Society acts as a scientific advisor to the British government. The Society is Britain's Academy of Sciences, which funds research fellowships and scientific start-up companies. A self-governing fellowship of many of the world’s most distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine, its purpose is according to its website to "recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity."

The Society facilitates interaction and communication among scientists and disseminates scientific advances through its journals. It also engages beyond the research community, through independent policy work, the promotion of science information and communication with the public.

The Royal Society is a prestigious institution that feeds into policy formulation processes at national level.

US public interest attorney Steven Druker has written an open letter to The Royal Society calling on it to acknowledge and correct the misleading and exaggerated statements that is has used to actively promote GMOs and in effect convey false impressions. He cites specific instances where members of The Society have made false statements and where The Society’s actions were not objective or based on scientific reasoning but seemingly were little more than biased and stridently pro-GMO.

In his new book, ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truths’, Druker has exposed the fraudulent practices and deceptions that led to the commercialisation of GM food and crops in the US as well as claims made by bodies like The Royal Society that have misrepresented the case for GMOs and which have effectively engaged in a campaign of disinformation (see here) . 

To coincide with the release of the book, he urges The Royal Society to confront the facts about GM foods and take time to take steps to set the record straight.

Druker states his book ‘Altered Genes, Twisted Truth’ has been praised for its soundness by several well credentialed reviewers, including five biologists (four of whom are molecular biologists). He asserts that, at minimum, this makes a prima facie case that it is a book of which The Society must take account. He states therefore that The Society cannot justifiably dismiss the book unless it can demonstrate that it is to a substantial degree factually or logically unsound.

If The Royal Society has not addressed pertinent issues by 20 April 2015, Druker claims that the world will have a right to assume that the book is as sound as the experts who reviewed it have affirmed – and that GM foods are therefore unacceptably risky and must be banned.

The text of the letter is provided below, courtesy of the Beyond GM website where the letter including references (which are not included below) can be found (a link to the pdf of the letter can be accessed here).

AN OPEN LETTER – AND A CHALLENGE TO THE ROYAL SOCIETY

From Steven M. Druker, JD Executive Director Alliance for Bio-Integrity

It’s Time to Confront the Facts about GM Foods, Acknowledge the Misleading Statements You Have Made in Your Effort to Promote Them, and Take Steps to Set the Record Straight -

Because clarifying the facts about GM foods is crucial for developing an intelligent, science-based policy on the future of agriculture, and because the Royal Society has significantly contributed to the confusion that currently surrounds this issue, it is imperative that remedial action be promptly initiated. This is especially so considering that:
  • The European Commission is about to approve substantial regulatory changes in regard to GM crops.
  •  The UK is seriously considering allowing them to be commercially planted.
  •  The Society and other proponents of GM foods have inculcated the widespread illusion that there is an overwhelming scientific consensus that the safety of these products has been established through rigorous testing.The following paragraphs (a) describe some of the ways in which the Society has been complicit in generating this and other false notions and (b) set forth specific steps it must take in order to start repairing the damage it has done.
1. Although for most of its august history, the Royal Society refrained from taking sides on issues or from even expressing an official opinion on a topic,  by the mid-1990’s, it had become a partisan defender of genetically modified (GM) foods and embraced a proactive policy on their behalf. This proactive stance was acknowledged in the President's Address in The Royal Society Annual Review 1998-99, which declared that “We have contributed early and proactively to public debate about genetically modified plants.” One of these contributions was a 1998 report that called for the rapid introduction of GM foods.

2. However, in pursuing this proactive policy, several individuals holding prominent positions within the Society – and even the Society itself – have issued misleading statements in regard to GM foods that have created significant confusion and illegitimately downplayed their risks.

3. Such regrettable incidents have been noted by journalists and other commentators, and many are also documented in the new book I have written, Altered Genes, Twisted Truth.

4. For instance, during a BBC interview in 2000, the Royal Society’s President, Sir Robert May (who for five years had served as the government’s chief scientist), declared that genetic engineering is “vastly safer” and “vast, vastly more controlled” than conventional breeding.  But although those bold claims were imbued with an aura of scientific respectability, they were not backed by solid scientific evidence.

5. Further, while these claims may have reflected an opinion shared by many other scientists, they clearly did not represent a consensus within the scientific community. By then, numerous well-credentialed scientists had expressed opposite viewpoints, including the majority of the experts on the US Food and Drug Administration’s Biotechnology Task Force. And early the following year, an expert panel of the Royal Society of Canada released an extensive report declaring that (a) it is “scientifically unjustifiable” to presume that GM foods are safe and (b) the “default presumption” for every GM food should be that the genetic alteration has induced unintended and potentially harmful side effects.

6. Accordingly, Dr. May’s unequivocal – and hyperbolic – claims imparted false impressions in the public mind, and it was irresponsible for someone in his position of authority to have issued them.

7. Not only did the Society’s President make assertions that were roundly refuted by the 2001 report of its Canadian counterpart, in 2002 the Society released its own report that failed to address the arguments of that preceding one – and essentially avoided even acknowledging them.

8. Moreover, that 2002 report illegitimately inflated the risks of conventional breeding. For instance, it alleged that such breeding methods could give rise to “unknown toxins, anti-nutrients or allergens.”   But because there’s no evidence this has ever happened, it had to prop its claim with a few inapt examples in which toxins that were already present became elevated, but in which not a single “unknown” toxin was produced. Further, not only did the authors employ these invalid examples to bolster their false assertion, they also used them to suggest that the risks of conventional foods are on a par with those produced through recombinant DNA technology, stating that this purported evidence “raises the question” of whether both sets of foods should be required to meet the same safety assessment criteria.

9. But the Society’s most deplorable actions in defense of GM foods were directed at the research on GM potatoes conducted at the Rowett Institute under the direction of Dr. Arpad Pusztai. That research study is still one of the most rigorous yet performed on a GM food, and it continues to be highly relevant because it controlled for the effects of the new foreign protein – which entails that the adverse results it registered were attributable to a broader feature of the genetic engineering process itself. A summary of some of the Society’s offenses against that research follows:

a. In 1999, The Guardian reported it had been informed that “an influential group within the Royal Society has set up what appears to be a ‘rebuttal unit’ to push a pro-biotech line and counter opposing scientists.”  Dr. Pusztai was one of the key scientists the group attempted to counter.

b. In February 1999, nineteen Royal Society fellows “attacked” Dr. Pusztai's work in an open letter.  But the research had not yet been published and the authors of the letter had not even seen all of the data.

c. The next month, the Society broke with its tradition of abstaining from acting as a peer-reviewing body and performed its first-ever review – on Pusztai’s research, even though it was still unpublished and the reviewers, like the authors of the open letter, had not seen the complete data package either. Nonetheless, they saw fit to strongly criticize the research in their report.

d. This highly irregular action prompted the editor of the respected journal The Lancet to publish an editorial rebuking the Society for its “gesture of breathtaking impertinence to the Rowett Institute scientists who should be judged only on the full and final publication of their work.”  He subsequently branded their action a “reckless decision” that abandoned “the principle of due process.”

e. The impertinence was aggravated by the fact that, according to Pusztai, none of the members of the review panel had expertise in nutritional studies, and therefore none was properly qualified to assess some important aspects of the research.  Consequently, several made comments about the quality of the research design that were erroneous. And one apparently failed to read even the abbreviated report in the panel’s possession, because every fact he or she recited about the study was wrong.

f. Having unfairly attacked the research, the Society then strove to prevent it from being published, an endeavor that was unsuccessful.

g. Moreover, after the research was published (in The Lancet in October 1999), the Society continued to unjustly malign it. For instance, in 2002 the Society’s Biological Secretary asserted in its journal, Science and Public Affairs, that the Lancet published Pusztai’s research “in the face of objections by its statistically-competent referees.”   But in reality, five out of the six referees voted for publication; so the assertion imparted the false impression that more than one objected – while also implying that no one with statistical competence voted for publication (which is almost surely false as well.)

THEREFORE, in light of the above facts, it is high time that the Society makes an earnest attempt to set the record straight and, to whatever extent possible, clear up the confusion it has caused. Consequently, I call on you to issue a formal statement acknowledging:

A. That there is not now nor never has been a consensus within the scientific community that GM foods are safe, that many well-credentialed experts do not regard their safety as having been established, and that a substantial number think that the research as a whole casts the safety of many of them in doubt.

B. That neither you nor any other scientific body has directly confronted and refuted the cautionary reasoning in the 2001 report issued by the Royal Society of Canada (which it has never retracted or revised) – and that this report stands as one of the compelling testaments that there is not a scientific consensus that GM foods are safe.

C. That the process of creating new varieties of food crops via genetic engineering is not more precise and predictable than conventional breeding in regard to food safety and instead entails a greater likelihood of unintended effects that could directly impact consumer health.

D. That although there are known instances in which genetic engineering has induced the production of a novel toxin or allergen, there are none in which conventional breeding has done so.

E. That Dr. Pusztai’s research was properly peer-reviewed and gained publication in The Lancet based on its merits, with five out of six referees voting in favor – and that, contrary to claims that the Society and other proponents of GM foods have advanced, the research has never been refuted or in any way discredited by subsequent studies – which entails that it is still relevant today.

F. Your statement should also contain a formal apology to Dr. Pusztai and his colleagues for the irresponsible manner in which the Society and several of its members have besmirched their reputations and derided the integrity of their research.

Unless you promptly take these steps, it will demonstrate that your commitment to promoting GM foods is stronger than your commitment to honoring the truth and upholding the integrity of science.

FURTHER, whether or not you own up to your irresponsible actions and take the steps specified above, I challenge you to read my book and specifically list any inaccurate statements of fact that you find in it, accompanied by an explanation of why the statement is erroneous and a reference to the evidence that corroborates your assertion.

To clarify, I am referring to simple assertions about concrete facts that can be conclusively verified or falsified, such as the erroneous statement in your journal indicating that more than one referee objected to the publication of Pusztai’s research. Further, although I do not expect you to agree with every conclusion I draw from the facts, especially those that make ethical judgments about the behavior of biotech promoters, you should note any instances of faulty logic, with an explanation of the flaw.

Altered Genes, Twisted Truth has been praised for its soundness by several well-credentialed reviewers, including five biologists (four of whom are molecular biologists). At minimum, this makes a prima facie case that it is a book of which you must take account; and you cannot justifiably dismiss it unless you can demonstrate that it is to a substantial degree factually or logically unsound.

If you have not done so by 20 April 2015, the world will have a right to assume that it is as sound as the experts who reviewed it have affirmed – and that GM foods are therefore unacceptably risky and must be banned.

Please note that I will readily acknowledge and correct any genuine errors you point out, and I assume that you will do the same regarding those of yours that I have specified.

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Western agribusiness, food processing companies and retail concerns are gaining wider entry into India and through various strategic trade deals are looking to gain a more significant footprint within the country. The Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (KIA) and the ongoing India-EU free trade agreement talks have raised serious concerns about the stranglehold that transnational corporations could have on the agriculture and food sectors, including the subsequent impact on the livelihoods of hundreds of millions. For example, see this on the dismantling of Indian agriculture, this on the KIA and the US neoliberal invasion of India and this on the US-Indo free trade deal.

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He remembers a time when his family would grow and eat a diversity of crops, such as mung beans, green grams, pigeon peas and a variety of fruits now considered ‘wild’. Following the Structural Adjustment Programmes of the 1980s and 1990s and a green revolution meant to boost agricultural efficiency, the foods of his childhood have been replaced with maize, maize, and more maize.

Maingi says here:

“In the morning, you make porridge from maize and send the kids to school. For lunch, boiled maize and a few green beans. In the evening, ugali, [a staple dough-like maize dish, served with meat]… [today] it’s a monoculture diet, being driven by the food system – it’s an injustice.”

In India, farmers are being displaced and policy makers have been facilitating a reliance on corporate seeds and corporate access to the food processing and retail sectors, both of which have traditionally tended to be small scale and key to supporting local (rural) economies and livelihoods. There are of course major implications for food security/sovereignty and the restructuring of society (see this), but what this could mean for the nation’s diet and health is already clear to see.

Although almost half the nation’s under-5s are underweight (the prevalence of underweight children in India is among the highest in the world, see this), rates of obesity in the country have tripled in the last two decades and the nation is fast becoming the diabetes and heart disease capital of the world (see this).  

Western style fast food outlets have been soaring in number throughout the country. Pizza Hut now operates in 46 Indian cities with 181 restaurants and 132 home delivery locations, a 67 percent increase in the last five years). KFC is now in 73 cities with 296 restaurants, a 770 percent increase. McDonalds is in 61 Indian cities with 242 restaurants as compared to 126 restaurants five years back, a 92 percent increase). According to a recent study published in the Indian Journal of Applied Research, the Indian fast food market is growing at the rate of 30-35 percent per annum (see this).

Of course, the dominant paradigm implies such a trend is positive. The commodification of (corporate) seeds, the manufacturing and selling of more and more chemicals to spray on crops or soil, the opening up fast food outlets and the selling of pharmaceuticals or the expansion of private hospitals to address the health impacts of the modern junk food system is ‘good for the economy’. It’s all 'good for business’ as more cash exchanges hands and certain businesses cartels thrive. And what is good for business is good for GDP growth. And what is good GDP growth is good for everyone, or so we are told.

Transnational food companies now see their main growth markets in Asia, Africa and South America, where traditionally (as in India) people have tended to eat food from their own farms or markets that sell locally-produced foods. Taking Mexico as an example, GRAIN describes how agribusiness concerns are infiltrating farming and transnational food retail and processing companies are taking over food distribution channels and replacing local foods with cheap, processed foods, often with the direct support of the government. Free trade and investment agreements have been critical to this process and an alarming picture is set out of the consequences for ordinary people, not least in terms of their diet and health (see GRAIN’s report here). 

In 2012, Mexico’s National Institute for Public Health released the results of a national survey of food security and nutrition. Between 1988 and 2012, the proportion of overweight women between the ages of 20 and 49 increased from 25 to 35 percent and the number of obese women in this age group increased from 9 to 37 percent. Some 29 percent of Mexican children between the ages of 5 and 11 were found to be overweight, as were 35 percent of the youngsters between 11 and 19, while one in ten school age children suffered from anaemia.

The Mexican Diabetes Federation says that more than 7 percent of the Mexican population has diabetes. Diabetes is now the third most common cause of death in Mexico, directly or indirectly. 

The various free trade agreements that Mexico has signed over the past two decades have had a profound impact on the country’s food system. GRAIN explains that after his mission to Mexico in 2012 the then Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier De Schutter, concluded that the trade policies currently in place favour greater reliance on heavily processed and refined foods with a long shelf life rather than on the consumption of fresh and more perishable foods, particularly fruit and vegetables. He added that the overweight and obesity emergency that Mexico is facing could have been avoided, or largely mitigated, if the health concerns linked to shifting diets had been integrated into the design of those policies.

The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has led to the direct investment in food processing and a change in the retail structure (notably the advent of supermarkets and convenience stores) as well as the emergence of global agribusiness and transnational food companies in Mexico.

NAFTA required Mexico to provide equal treatment to domestic and foreign investors, with the elimination of rules preventing foreign investors from owning more than 49 percent of a company. It also prohibited the application of certain “performance requirements” such as minimum amounts of domestic content in production and increased rights for foreign investors to retain profits and returns from initial investments.

The Agreement triggered an immediate upsurge of direct investment from the US into the Mexican food processing industry. In 1999, US companies invested $5.3 billion in Mexico’s food processing industry, a 25-fold increase from $210 million in 1987.

Another effect of NAFTA on the Mexican food system was an explosive growth of chain supermarkets, discounters and convenience stores. GRAIN highlights how the food corporations began by colonising the existing, dominant food distribution networks of small-scale vendors, known as tiendas (the corner stores). Tiendas have proved critical to the spread of nutritionally poor food as they are the means by which transnationals and domestic food companies sell and promote their foods to poorer populations in small towns and communities.

According to GRAIN, the tiendas are, however, quickly being replaced by corporate retailers that offer the processed food companies even greater opportunities for sales and profits. By 2012, retail chains had displaced tiendas as Mexico’s main source of food sales. For example, Oxxo (owned by Coca-cola subsidiary Femsa) tripled its stores to 3,500 between 1999 and 2004.26 In July 2012, Oxxo was opening its ten thousandth facility, and is aiming to open its 14 thousandth store sometime during 2015.

For De Schutter, a programme that deals effectively with hunger and malnutrition has to focus on Mexico’s small farmers and peasants. They constitute a substantial percentage of the country’s poor and are the ones that can best supply both rural and urban populations with nutritious foods. His view is in line with numerous official reports that emphasise the key role that such farmers have in providing food security and which also stress the importance of agroecological farming (for instance, see this and this). Likewise, GRAIN argues that Mexico could recover its self-sufficiency in food if there were to be official support for peasant agriculture backed with amounts comparable to the support granted to the big corporations. 

In Mexico, the loss of food sovereignty has induced catastrophic changes in the nation's diet. The writing is on the wall for other countries such as India because this scenario is being played out across the world. (Diet aside, there are other severe deleterious health impacts that result from the indiscriminate use of pesticides that have accompanied the 'green revolution', not least in the Indian state of Punjab which has become known as a 'cancer epicentre': see this.) 

The situation is encapsulated by Vandana Shiva who outlines the consequences of opting for a food system that is based on a corporate-controlled, chemical-intensive system based on diminishing variety, fast food and fast profits:

“If we grow millets and pulses, we will have more nutrition per capita. If we grow food by using chemicals, we are growing monocultures — this means that we will have less nutrition per acre, per capita… The agrarian crisis, the food crisis and the nutrition and health crisis are intimately connected. They need to be addressed together. The objective of agriculture policy cannot be based on promoting industrial processing of food. The chemicalisation of agriculture and food are recipes for “denutrification”… The Green Revolution displaced pulses, an important source of proteins, as well as oilseeds, thus reducing nutrition per acre. Monocultures do not produce more food and nutrition. They take up more chemicals and fossil fuels, and hence are profitable for agrochemical companies and oil companies. They produce higher yields of individual commodities but a lower output of food and nutrition.” (See here, ‘The Real Hunger Games’)




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According to Mathew Holehouse in the UK’s Telegraph newspaper (here), former UK Environment Minister Owen Paterson will this week accuse the European Union and Greenpeace of condemning people in the developing world to death by refusing to accept genetically modified crops. Speaking in Pretoria, South Africa, on Tuesday, Paterson will warn that a food revolution that could save Africa from hunger is being held back and that the world is on the cusp of a green revolution, of the kind that fed a billion people in the 1960s and 1970s as the world’s population soared.

After talking about a growing global population and the pivotal role of GMOs in feeding it, Paterson will assert:

"This is also a time, however, of great mischief, in which many individuals and even governments are turning their backs on progress. Not since the original Luddites smashed cotton mill machinery in early 19th century England, have we seen such an organised, fanatical antagonism to progress and science. These enemies of the Green Revolution call themselves ‘progressive’, but their agenda could hardly be more backward-looking and regressive… their policies would condemn billions to hunger, poverty and underdevelopment. And their insistence on mandating primitive, inefficient farming techniques would decimate the earth’s remaining wild spaces, devastate species and biodiversity, and leave our natural ecology poorer as a result.”

Instead of parroting the corporate spin of the pro-GMO lobby, Paterson would do better to consider more viable options that he likes to denigrate as 'backward-looking and regressive' by listening to what Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated in April of last year: 

“We don’t have a goal of developing GM products here or to import them.  We can feed ourselves with normal, common, not genetically modified products.  If the Americans like to eat such products, let them eat them.  We don’t need to do that; we have enough space and opportunities to produce organic food.” (see here)

Or maybe Paterson would benefit from heeding a Statement signed by 24 delegates from 18 African countries to the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization in 1998:

“We strongly object that the image of the poor and hungry from our countries is being used by giant multinational corporations to push a technology that is neither safe, environmentally friendly nor economically beneficial to us. We do not believe that such companies or gene technologies will help our farmers to produce the food that is needed in the 21st century. On the contrary, we think it will destroy the diversity, the local knowledge and the sustainable agricultural systems that our farmers have developed for millennia, and that it will thus undermine our capacity to feed ourselves.”

Perhaps he should also listen to Viva Kermani (here - supported by data) when talking about the situation in India:

“… the statements that they [supporters of GMOs] use such as “thousands die of hunger daily in India” are irresponsible and baseless scare-mongering with a view to projecting GM as the only answer. When our people go hungry, or suffer from malnutrition, it is not for lack of food, it is because their right to safe and nutritious food that is culturally connected has been blocked. That is why it is not a technological fix problem and GM has no place in it.”

Paterson has a history of engaging in the type of emotional blackmail and smearing of critics that comes second nature to the pro-GMO lobby. Anyone (usually portrayed as affluent Westerners – which is not true, given many of the critics are not ‘Western’, affluent or reside in ‘developed’ countries) who opposes GM crops or food is painted as an enemy of the poor because they take food from their bellies (see this). Paterson is using a rhetorical device deliberately designed to mislead and stir up emotion. His tactics are based on spurious claims about the efficacy of GMO technology and are intended to divert attention away from the true nature and causes of hunger and food poverty.

Proponents of GM crops constantly claim that we need such technology to address hunger and to feed a growing global population. We are told by the GMO biotech lobby that GM crops are essential, are better for the environment and will provide the tools that farmers need in a time of climate chaos. They claim that GM crops provide higher yields and higher incomes for farmers around the world. All such claims have been shown to be bogus.

For example, let us take one report from the many that could be cited to show the fallacious nature of these claims. The Canadian Biotechnology Action Network (CBAN) last year released a report that concluded hunger is caused by poverty and inequality and that we already produce enough food to feed the world’s population and did so even at the peak of the world food crisis in 2008. The report went on to say that current global food production provides enough to feed ten billion people and the recent food price crises of 2008 and 2011 both took place in years of record global harvests, clearly showing that these crises were not the result of scarcity.

CBAN also noted that the GM crops that are on the market today are not designed to address hunger. Four GM crops account for almost 100 percent of worldwide GM crop acreage, and all four have been developed for large-scale industrial farming systems and are used as cash crops for export, to produce fuel or for processed food and animal feed.

The report also stated that GM crops have not increased yields and do not increase farmers’ incomes. GM crops lead to an increase in pesticide use and cause further harm to the environment. Pesticide reduction was the primary selling point for Bt cotton adoption in India, but overall pesticide use has not decreased in any state that grows Bt cotton, with the exception of Andhra Pradesh. Read the full report that contains over 100 references in in support of these claims.

Hunger, food security and ‘feeding the world’ is a political, social and economic problem and no amount of gene splicing is capable of surmounting obstacles like poor roads, inadequate rural credit systems and insufficient irrigation.

Paterson's talk about backward, regressive, primitive farming practices that would condemn millions to hunger and decimate the ecology is again playing on fear and emotion. What he says has no basis in reality.

Numerous official reports have argued that to feed the hungry in poorer regions we need to support diverse, sustainable agro-ecological methods of farming and strengthen local food economies: for example, see this UN report, this official report, this report by the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food and this report by 400 experts which was twice peer reviewed. 

See also see this report that indicates GMOs are not necessary to feed the world.

So from where and from who is Paterson getting his information from? I think we know the answer.

It is after all small farms and peasant farmers (more often than not serving local communities) that are more productive than giant industrial (export-oriented) farms and which produce most of the world’s food (see this report from GRAIN). The experience with GM crops shows that the application of GM technology is more likely to actually undermine food security and entrench the social, economic and environmental problems created by industrial agriculture and corporate control (see this other report from GRAIN and this article by Helena Paul documenting ecocide and genocide in South America due to the imposition of GM crops there).

“The problem is that the poor have no money to buy food and increasingly, no access to land on which to grow it… GM is a dangerous distraction from real solutions and claims that GM can help feed the world can be viewed as exploitation of the suffering of the hungry. GM crops do not increase yield. Nor are there any GM crops that are better than non-GM crops at tolerating poor soils or challenging climate conditions. Thus it is difficult to see how GM can contribute to solving world hunger… The two major GM crops, soy and maize, mostly go into animal feed for intensive livestock operations, biofuels to power cars, and processed human food – products for wealthy nations that have nothing to do with meeting the basic food needs of the poor and hungry.”

This above quote is from the Open Earth Source report GMOs Myths and Truths. The report provides specific details about GM crops that have been specifically promoted as helping small-scale and poor farmers in Africa. However, the results were the opposite of what was promised and all these projects failed.

Owen Paterson is a staunch supporter of GM technology, so staunch in fact that fellow Conservative Party MP Zac Goldsmith stated Paterson was little more than an industry puppet (see this in the UK’s Independent newspaper that quotes Goldsmith).

Paterson is ignorant of or at least content to side line the devastating, deleterious health, environmental, social and economic impacts of GMOs, which are outined in the 'GMO Myths and Truths' report. He acts as a mouthpieces for the GMO biotech sector and has made numerous false claims about the benefits and safety of GMOs that fly in the face of research findings.

In the recent past, he was keen to reassure the British public that safety concerns over GMOs are based on "humbug" and that GM food is completely safe to eat. See this article, which outlines Paterson’s stance and critiques his claims. 

When Paterson talks about 'enemies' of the 'green revolution' as being fanatical Luddites, he may also like to consider that the ‘green revolution’ was not the resounding success he likes to portray it as. Raj Patel provides some revealing insight into how the ‘green revolution’ took credit for many gains in Indian agricultural that were due to other influences (see this). And, of course, the ‘green revolution’ was based on, among other things, massive external inputs, violence, severe environmental and human health degradation and debt (see this – the entire text of Vandana Shiva’s book ‘The Violence of the Green Revolution’ - and this and this, which both highlight the current agrarian crisis in Punjab, the original ‘poster boy’ of the ‘green revolution’).   

It comes as no surprise that Paterson would state the things he does. As Environment Minister, his support for GMOs was being carried out in partnership with a number of pro-GMO institutions, including the Agricultural Biotechnology Council (ABC), which is backed by GM companies such as Monsanto, Syngenta and Bayer CropScience. Last year, despite government attempts to throw a veil of secrecy over meetings and conversations it had with the industry, GeneWatch UK uncovered evidence that GMO companies are driving UK government policy in this area (see here). 

So if you were still wondering from where and whom Paterson is getting his information from, it should by now be clear. 

His attacks on Greenpeace and others who advocate a shift away from petrochemical/GM agriculture towards sustainable farming are part of the wider media campaign to demonize scientists and prominent anti-GMO campaigners. A number of hatchet pieces have in recent months branded Vandana Shiva a liar and a charlatan and the GMO lobby has assembled all the ingredients (not least a massive amount of money) of a classic yet predictable propaganda campaign (see this and this). From the UK, to Ghana (see this) and India (see this), there is a concerted campaign by the GMO lobby and its political handmaidens to demonize critics of GMOs. 

Paterson plays his role well.

Such tactics are used because the pro-GMO lobby has a big problem. It cannot provide a convincing case for GMOs. It therefore resorts to populism, intimidation, character assassination, emotional blackmail, falsehoods, panic mongering and unfounded claims (see this to see how its rhetoric about ‘sound science’ and dispassionate reason informing the debate on GMOs contradicts how it acts in reality). In fact, it goes above and beyond such things by tightening its grip on countries on the back of coups, war and conflict (see this to understand how big agritech concerns benefit from and fuel the situation in Ukraine).

Yes, it is a time of great mischief as Paterson says – but not because of what his critics say or do – but because of what he and his backers do by turning their backs on the type of sound science and progress in the way that he falsely he accuses GMO critics of doing. 

Paterson belongs to the pro-big business Conservative Party which champions the type of privatisation, public expenditure reduction, deregulation, tax avoiding and ‘free’ trade policies that have ceded policy decision making to powerful corporate players. This has in turn led to a concentration of wealth (see this) and imposed ‘austerity’ and drives hunger, poverty, land grabs and the disappearance of family/peasant farms (see this analysis of food commodity speculationthis description of the global food system and this report by the Oakland Institute on land grabs) – the very bedrock of global food production (see this).

What Paterson and the agritech cartel offer is more of the same by tearing up traditional agriculture for the benefit of corporate entities. Paterson talks of critics of GMO as being Luddites, fanatics and condemning billions (yes, he does say billions!) to poverty and underdevelopment with regressive policies. He should look closer to home.

He should realise that elite interests in the West have condemned tens of millions to hunger and poverty in Africa by enslaving them and their nations to debt and that agriculture has for many decades been an important means by which US foreign policy creates dependence and subservience (see here). But such things are not to be debates by Paterson. Like all good (or should that be bad?) politicians, he twists the truth and turns deception and hypocrisy into an art.  

The current global system of chemical-industrial agriculture and World Trade Organisation rules that agritech companies helped draw up for their benefit to force their products into countries (see  here) are a major cause of structural hunger, poverty, illness and environmental destruction. By its very design, the system is meant to suck the life from people, nations and the planet for profit and control (see  here). Blaming critics of this system for the problems of the system is highly convenient. And forwarding some bogus technical quick-fix will not put things right. It represents more of the same.

So you want to ‘help’ Africa Mr Paterson?

Daniel Maingi works with small farmers in Kenya and belongs to the organization Growth Partners for Africa. Maingi was born on a farm in eastern Kenya and studied agriculture from a young age. He remembers a time when his family would grow and eat a diversity of crops, such as mung beans, green grams, pigeon peas, and a variety of fruits now considered ‘wild’. Following the Structural Adjustment Programmes of the 1980s and 1990s and a green revolution meant to boost agricultural efficiency, the foods of his childhood have been replaced with maize, maize, and more maize. He says:

 "In the morning, you make porridge from maize and send the kids to school. For lunch, boiled maize and a few green beans. In the evening, ugali, [a staple dough-like maize dish, served with meat]… [today] it’s a monoculture diet, being driven by the food system – it’s an injustice.” (see here  and here for the sources that quote Maingi and other commentators mentioned below).

As much of Africa is so dry, it’s not suited for thirsty crops, and heavy use of fertilizer kills worms and microbes important for soil health. Maingi therefore argues that the model of farming in the West is not appropriate for farming in most of Africa and that the West should invest in indigenous knowledge and agro-ecology.

Growth Partners Africa works with farmers to enrich the soil with manure and other organic material, to use less water and to grow a variety of crops, including some that would be considered weeds on an industrial farm. For Maingi, food sovereignty in Africa means reverting to a way of farming and eating that pre-dates major investment from the West.

Mariam Mayet of the African Centre for Biosafety in South Africa says that many countries are subsidizing farmers to buy fertilizer as part of the chemical-industrial model of  agriculture, but that takes money away from public crop-breeding programmes that provide improved seeds to farmers at low cost:

“It’s a system designed to benefit agribusinesses and not small-scale farmers.”

She adds because so many institutions, from African governments to the World Bank, have ‘embraced’ the ‘green revolution’ so much that alternative farming methods are getting short shrift.

Elizabeth Mpofu, of La Via Campesina, grows a variety of crops in Zimbabwe. During a recent drought, neighbours who relied on chemical fertilizer lost most of their crops. She reaped a bounty of sorghum, corn, and millet using what are called agro-ecological methods: natural pest control, organic fertilizer, and locally adapted crops.

There is also concern about the increased reliance on expensive inputs and the dramatic drop in price of crops. This has resulted in poverty for the small farmer.

Daniel Maingi:

“What the World Bank has done, the International Monetary fund, what AGRA and Bill Gates are doing, it’s actually pretty wrong. The farmer himself should not be starving”.

He added that what the Gates Foundation/big agritech backed Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) (see this) is doing is “out of sync with the natural process” by bringing in imported seeds, which are not adapted to the land and require excessive fertilizer and pesticides. 

In effect, giant agritech corporations with their patented GMO seeds and associated chemical inputs are working to ensure a shift away from diversified agriculture that guarantees balanced local food production, the protection of people’s livelihoods and environmental sustainability. The evidence provided by GRAIN and the Oakland Institute shows that small farmers are being displaced and are struggling to preserve their indigenous seeds and traditional knowledge of farming systems. 

Globally, agritech corporations are being allowed to shape government policy by being granted a strategic role in trade negotiations (see this). They are increasingly setting the policy/knowledge framework by being allowed to fund and determine the nature of research carried out in public universities and institutes (see this). They continue to propagate the myth that they have the answer to global hunger and poverty.

… take capitalism and business out of farming in Africa. The West should invest in indigenous knowledge and agro-ecology, education and infrastructure and stand in solidarity with the food sovereignty movement.” Daniel Maingi, Growth Partners for Africa.

Paterson and his corporate associates believe that the poor must be ‘helped’ by the West and its powerful corporations and billionaire 'philanthropists'. It harks back to colonialism. The West has already done enough damage in Africa as Michel Chossudovsky has described:

“The “economic therapy” imposed under IMF-World Bank jurisdiction is in large part responsible for triggering famine and social devastation in Ethiopia and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa, wreaking the peasant economy and impoverishing millions of people. With the complicity of branches of the US government, it has also opened the door for the appropriation of traditional seeds and landraces by US biotech corporations, which behind the scenes have been peddling the adoption of their own genetically modified seeds under the disguise of emergency aid and famine relief. Moreover, under WTO rules, the agri-biotech conglomerates can manipulate market forces to their advantage as well as exact royalties from farmers. The WTO provides legitimacy to the food giants to dismantle State programmes including emergency grain stocks, seed banks, extension services and agricultural credit, etc.), plunder peasant economies and trigger the outbreak of periodic famines.” See the full article (‘Sowing the Seeds of Famine in Ethiopia’) from which this extract is taken here


When Owen Paterson accuses critics of GMOs of being elitist and regressive, he is merely attempting to shift the focus from his own own elitist, regressive ideology. 

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Earlier trips were in March 2010, December 2010 and May 2012.

Obama addressed US troops. He did so at Bagram Air Base. It houses one of America's notorious torture prisons. 

Dozens of others operate globally. Guantanamo is the tip of the iceberg.

Bagram is called the Parwan Detention Facility (aka Bagram Theater Internment Facility). 

It's next to Bagram's air field. It was formerly called the Bagram Collection Point.

In mid-2011, it held 1,100 political prisoners. Maximum during Bush years was 600. None have POW status. All are political prisoners. They illegally held.

Abuse continues. It's notorious. It's not reported. It's out of sight and mind. Former detainees describe horrendous treatment. Not far from where Obama spoke. It includes:

  • painful extended period shackling;

  • exposure to extreme heat and cold;

  • abusive treatment while naked, hooded or blindfolded;

  • waterboarding numerous times;

  • isolation in tiny cells;

  • other times in overcrowded ones forcing detainees to sleep in shifts;

  • permanent trauma-creating torture and ill-treatment;

  • severe beatings;

  • continuous blaring noises or music;

  • 24-hour bright light or total darkness;

  • extended sleep deprivation periods;

  • painful stress positions for long periods;

  • being sodomized;

  • denied food, too little, or inedible kinds;

  • painful force-feeding for hunger strikers;

  • prisoners experiencing it call it torture;

  • denied medical care;

  • forced confessions for crimes not committed;

  • hung from steel bars in cells or metal hooks in interrogation rooms for extended periods;

  • kept in tubs of ice water creating hypothermia;

  • threatened with or attacked by dogs;

  • electro-shocking; and

  • other physical and psychological cruel, abusive and degrading treatment.

Investigative Journal Andy Worthington does extensive research on US torture prisons. He co-directed a documentary titled "Outside the Law: Stories from Guantanamo."

One of his many articles is titled "Dark Revelations in the Bagram Prisoner List." He discussed foreign prisoners held.

He explained secret Bagram CIA operations. A subsequent "UN Secret Detention Report Ask(ed) 'Where Are The CIA Ghost Prisoners?' "

Obama could end prisoner abuse by executive order. He could free every prisoner illegally held the same way. 

He could order torture prison closures. He could do it straightaway. He ignored Bagram international law violations during his stay.

He addressed about 3,000 US troops. He lied saying "Americans stand in awe of you."

"For many of you, this will be your last tour in Afghanistan. America's war in Afghanistan will come to a responsible end."

"That progress is because of you, and the more than half a million Americans - military and civilian - who've served here in Afghanistan."

(Y)ou are completing our mission…(Y)ou've helped prevent attacks and save American lives back home."

"Al Qaeda is on its heels in this part of the world, and that's because of you."

"We said that we were going to reverse the Taliban's momentum. And so you went on the offensive, driving the Taliban out of its strongholds."

"(J)ust look at the progress that you've made possible. Afghans reclaiming their communities, and more girls returning to school, dramatic improvements in public health and life expectancy and literacy. That's your legacy."

Fact: "Prevent(ing) attacks and sav(ing) American lives back home" is rubbish.

Fact: Afghanistan didn't attack or threaten America.

Fact: Washington's Afghan war had nothing to do with fighting terrorism.

Fact: Waging it was lawless.

Fact: No Security Council authorization was gotten.

Fact: No congressional one.

Fact: War was never formally declared.

Fact: No state of war exists.

Fact: It's raged since October 2001.

Fact: It shows no signs of ending.

Fact: It could continue for another decade or longer.

Fact: All post-WW II US wars were lawless.

Fact: America hasn't won a war since WW II.

Fact: Afghanistan is a lost cause.

Fact: Pentagon commanders know it.

Fact: Lt. Col. Daniel Davis' unclassified report and more detailed classified one explained ongoing disastrous conditions.

Fact: America can't win, he said.

Fact: Official statements conceal hard truths.

Fact: Davis visited Afghanistan.

Fact: He witnessed "the absence of success on virtually every level," he said.

Fact: Every area he observed firsthand "all over Afghanistan (showed) the tactical situation was bad to abysmal."

Fact: Taliban forces prevailed for over a decade.

Fact: They do now.

Fact: They're a force to be reckoned with.

Fact: They show no signs of quitting.

Fact: They want US forces and coalition partners out of Afghanistan.

Fact: They want their country back.

Fact: Washington's legacy is criminal.

Fact: 12 and a half years of war left millions dead.

Fact: Violence, displacement, deprivation, starvation and diseases killed them. 

Fact: Millions of Afghans suffer horrifically.

Fact: More than half of Afghan children suffer severe malnutrition.

Fact: An entire generation is affected.

Fact: Hunger is a national disease.

Fact: Unemployment affects millions.

Fact: Millions live in squalor.

Fact: In deplorable conditions.

Fact: With inadequate shelter, water, health care, and education.

Fact: Millions remain internally or externally displaced.

Fact: Thousands of women and girls continue to be beaten, raped and/or murdered. 

Fact: Humanitarian aid is woefully inadequate.

Fact: One in five children die before age five.

Fact: War claims some.

Fact: Most perish from preventable diseases, malnutrition or both.

Fact: Millions of Afghans are on their own.

Fact: It's hard imagining a more long-suffering people anywhere.

Fact: America abandoned them.

Fact: Obama lied claiming otherwise.

Fact: If hell on earth exists, it's in Afghanistan.

Fact: Coverup and denial don't wash.

Obama called horrific Afghanistan conditions "progress."

"Tomorrow (Monday) is Memorial Day," he said. "(W)e'll pay tribute to all those who’ve laid down their lives for our freedom." 

"And that includes nearly 2,200 American patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice…We will honor every single one of them - not just (Monday), but forever."

Memorial Day is commemorated on the last Monday in May. It honors America's war dead. They fought and died in vain.

To benefit America's privileged. To advance its imperium. To make it safe for bankers, war profiteers and other corporate favorites.

Crimes of war, against humanity and genocides are small prices to pay. So is ravaging and destroying one country after another.

Conquering, colonizing, and plundering them. Exploiting their people. 

Claiming humanitarian intervention. Responsibility to protect. Democracy building rubbish.

One Big Lie follows others. Memorial Day warrants special condemnation. It reflects Washington's permanent war policy.

It discards peace as a viable option. It's an American tradition. Notably since WW II. Lincoln's words long ago went unheeded, saying:

"(W)e here resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain, that this nation under God shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

Imagine inventing enemies. Imagine sending one generation after another of US youths to war for false reasons. 

Imagine destroying them physically and emotionally. Imagine pledging peace while waging war. 

Imagine duplicitous leaders like Obama saying one thing and doing another. He's back home in Washington.

On Wednesday, he'll address West Point cadets. He'll lay out what deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes calls his broad vision "interventionist and internationalist" agenda.

Expect typical Obama demagogic boilerplate. Duplicitous doublespeak. Beginning-to-end rubbish.

A follow-up article will discuss it. US policy won't change. Imperial lawlessness reflects it. 

Expect more of the same. Expect propaganda, political, financial and hot wars to continue. It's the American way.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

His new book as editor and contributor is titled "Flashpoint in Ukraine: US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III."


Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com. 

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It airs three times weekly: live on Sundays at 1PM Central time plus two prerecorded archived programs. 


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With calls from some of Modi’s advisors for a Thatcherite-style, pro-privatisation revolution in India (1), it is worth recalling how successive Thatcher-led governments in Britain brought immense damage to the social and economic fabric of the country to profit her rich backers on the back of similar ‘landslide’ victories based on similar shares of the vote (2).


There was never a ringing endorsement in Britain for the policies of Thatcher. The opposition was weak and split and many bought into to her platitudes about privatisation, the feckless poor, the virtues of the free market and rolling back the state as a proxy for Britain’s woes at the time. Similarly, notwithstanding a fragmentation of the vote which has helped the BJP into power, disillusionment with the Congress Party in India has led many voters to buy into the rhetoric of the charismatic Modi who is regarded by many as someone that can get things done. Like Thatcher, he is seen as a strong leader who will act when others have fudged and procrastinated. 


The type of ‘development’ being pushed through in India is underpinned by unconstitutional land takeovers, cronyism, corruption, violence and the trampling of democratic rights (3,4,5). And for all the talk of the wonders of opening up markets and economic neo-liberalism, the poverty alleviation rate in India remains around the same as it was back in 1991 (0.8 percent), while the ratio between the top and bottom ten percents of the population has doubled during this period (6).


In Gujarat, which has fully embraced the neo-liberal model of ‘development’ under the leadership of Chief Minister Modi, hundreds of thousands of farmers, fishermen, pastoralists and agricultural workers have been displaced from their land. Since 2001, some 16,000 farmers and workers have committed suicide due to economic distress (7). Gujarat has the highest prevalence of hunger and lowest human development indices among states with comparable per capita income. The high level of malnutrition is a consequence of extremely low wage rates, malfunctioning nutrition schemes and lack of potable water supplies and sanitation. Over two thirds of households defecate in the open, resulting in high levels of jaundice, diarrhoea, malaria and various other diseases (8). Unregulated pollution has destroyed farmers and fishermen’s livelihoods and has subjected local populations to diseases and death (9). Moreover, GDP ‘growth’ in Gujarat is underpinned by debt. The state's debt increased from approximately 7,716 million US dollars in 2002 to 23,672 million US dollars in 2013 (10).


Hand in hand with privatisation, Gujarat has also witnessed massive corruption (this is not unique to Gujarat, it is a symptom of neo-liberalism: since 1991, whenIndia began to embrace neo-liberalism, the outflow of illicit money from the Indian economy has accelerated, 11). Writer Rohini Hensmen provides details about the levels of “stupendous” corruption and argues that those who have campaigned against it have “not fared well” (12). He goes on to state that Gujarat's growth has been achieved at the cost of handing over complete control over the economy to private interests. Economist Shipra Nigram agrees: 
“Key sectors – traditionally held to be the preserve of the state – such as ports, roads, rail and power have been handed over to corporate capital. This has meant, inevitably, that the government has abdicated all decision making powers, as well as functional and financial control over such projects. Nowhere else in the country has this abdication of responsibility been so total, nowhere else has the state given over the economy so entirely to the corporates and private investors.” (13)

Fast-tracking plunder


With a new national BJP administration headed by Narendra Modi coming to power and the backing of India’s ruling corporate elite, is this the type of ‘development’ we can expect to see being fast tracked? Can we also expect to witness an accelerated ‘restructuring’ of agriculture in favour of Western agribusiness and more farmers to be forced from their land? Can we expect ever increasing population displacement on behalf of commercial interests and rich resource-extraction companies?


Environmentalist Vandana Shiva has argued that what has been happening constitutes the biggest forced removal of people from their lands in history. According to a 2009 report commissioned by the rural development ministry and chaired by the then minister Raghuvansh Prasad Singh, it involves the biggest illegal land grab since Columbus.


It is no secret that officialdom wants to depopulate rural areas. In 2008, the then Finance Minister P.Chidambaram envisaged 85% of the population living in cities (14). That would entail at least 600 million being displaced from rural India. And it is no secret who is driving this and who would benefit. US corporate agriculture interests have been granted license to influence key aspects of agriculture and food policy in India via not only controlling seeds and chemical inputs, but by also funding, controlling and thus distorting the scientific biotech research agenda in Indian universities and institutions (15) as a result of it having secured a pivotal role in negotiations between India and the US, not least the Knowledge Initiative on Agriculture (16).


Can we also expect to see the current corporate-driven, undemocratic free trade agreement being hammered out behind closed doors between the EU and India gain added impetus? As it stands, that agreement would see powerful trans-national corporations by-passing national legislation that was implemented to safeguard the public’s rights. We could see the Indian government being sued by multinational companies for billions of dollars in private arbitration panels outside of Indian courts if national laws, policies, court decisions or other actions are perceived to interfere with their investments. This is already a reality in many parts of the world whereby legislation is shelved due to even the threat of legal action by corporations. Such agreements cement corporations’ ability to raid taxpayers’ coffers via unaccountable legal tribunals, or to dictate national policies and legislation (17). Even the threat of legal action can compel governments to shelve legislation.


Is this now to be India’s future? One that mirrors what we have seen in the US, Britain and elsewhere - an unmitigated corporate heist and increased state surveillance via the all pervasive Central Monitoring System to help dampen dissent from those at the sharp end of the full-frontal assault of fast-tracked neo-liberalism and cronyism – because history shows that whenever a state spies on its own people, this is usually the reason why (18).


Can we expect ever more industrial developments built with public money and strategic assets, such as energy sources, ports, airports and infrastructure support for agriculture to be sold off?  


Hostage to neo-liberalism 


Do people really believe India’s future lies in tying itself to a corrupt, moribund system that has so patently failed in the West and can now only sustain itself by plundering other countries via war or lop-sided ‘free trade’ agreements, which have little if anything to do with free trade?


Neo-liberalism (the paradigm for modern day ‘globalisation’) is by its very nature designed to fail the majority and benefit the relative few. And its outcome is and will continue to be endless conflicts for fewer and fewer resources. Globally, expect more Syrias, more Iraqs, more Libyas, more Congos and more threats, bullying, sanctions and military encirclements of states like we see happening to Iran, Russia or China, courtesy of the US.


Its outcome is also environmental destruction and an elitist agenda by rich eugenicists who voice concerns over there being ‘simply too many mouths’ to feed (19). Those mouths would only take food from their rich bellies – bellies that long ago became bloated from the fat of the land, lucrative wars and the misery brought about by economic exploitation under guise of free market ideology.


We must look behind the rhetoric of those who espouse the virtues of the free market or neo-liberalism. The US achieved its level of affluence by way of thuggery not free market economics. Major General Smedley Butler, the US’s most decorated marine, said as much and listed various corporations on whose behalf he fought for during his various military campaigns. Little has changed since Smedley wrote about his experiences in 1935, if we turn our attention to US-backed conflicts in Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Ukraine and the banking, oil, gas and agri-tech firms that fuel and/or are intended to benefit from them.


Corporate-backed politicians in India have also seen little wrong in using the machinery and violence of the state to work hand in glove with rich interests to secure access to the nation’s resources, while attempting to justify its brand of plunder, human rights abuses, killings and cronyism by hiding behind platitudes about ‘opening up’ this or that sector of the economy, ‘progress’ and baseless claims about the wonders of the ‘free’ market.


Is this the type of 'development' that Indian people want to see fast tracked? Ultimately, this is what the minority who handed the BJP its landslide victory voted for. This is the type of 'development' they could well get. 
“Since the cross-ownership of businesses is not restricted by the ‘gush-up gospel’ rules, the more you have, the more you can have... corporations buy politicians, judges, bureaucrats and media houses, hollowing out democracy, retaining only its rituals. Huge reserves of bauxite, iron ore, oil and natural gas worth trillions of dollars were sold to corporations for a pittance, defying even the twisted logic of the free market... leading to the siphoning off of billions of dollars of public money. Then there’s the land grab – the forced displacement of communities, of millions of people whose lands are being appropriated by the state and handed to private enterprise.” Arundhati Roy (20).


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by Stephen Lendman

India is like America. Democracy is fantasy. Two major parties dominate. 

In India most often. Others compete. At most, some become junior coalition partners.

Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governance control things. They take turns. They're largely two sides of the same coin.

Indian elections ran in nine phases. From April 7 to May 12. The longest election in Indian history. Over 800 million were eligible to vote.

Over 8,000 candidates competed. They did so for India's Lok Sabha. It's House of the People. Its lower house. Parliamentarians represent 543 constituencies.

Turnout exceeded 66%. Highest ever for general elections. On May  16, results were announced. 

Ruling Congress party candidates were trounced. They won 44 of 554 seats. BJP aspirants won a majority 282 seats. The BJP National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 336 seats.

Money power triumphs no matter who wins. Like in America. In Europe. In Israel. Most elsewhere . Democracy is fantasy.

Narendra Modi is India's new prime minister. He's no democrat. Or agent of change. 

He's pro-business writ large. He's notoriously anti-populist. He's neoliberally one-sided. He represents strongman rule. His Gujarat tenure was ruthless. 

He was responsible for its 2002 massacre. Up to 2,000 Muslims were slaughtered. Thousands more were injured. Hundreds went missing.

Children were burned alive. Rape and other atrocities were committed. Widespread looting occurred. Property destruction was vast.

Modi initiated what happened. He condoned it. He remains unaccountable. In 2012, a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigation Team cleared him of involvement.

Muslims justifiably were enraged. Cold-blooded mass murder was whitewashed. State terrorism triumphed. Perhaps more of the same ahead with Modi in charge.

Not according to New York Times editors. They headlined "With Narendra Modi, a Change in India."

They praised what demands denunciation. They lied claiming Modi's victory "reflects a changing country more willing to extend governance to those outside the established elite."

Obama congratulated him. He invited him to Washington. Modi promised "economic revival."

"He set a good tone…(He) promised to work for the good of all Indians," said Times editors. He omitted explaining which ones he means.

Wall Street Journal editors headlined "India's Modi Moment," saying:

"(H)e has a rare mandate to enact (greater) market-opening reforms" than already. "Indian equities soared…"

"Mr. Modi's record offers reason for optimism." He's an "archetypal energetic executive…(He) welcomes foreign investment."

"He has a gut sense of the economic aspirations of ordinary Indians."

"Picking (men) of ideas to balance his own strength as a man of action would be a winning combination."

Washington Post editors called Modi "a compelling alternative as a leader with a record of overseeing a decade-long boom in the state of Gujarat, primed by aggressively tackling infrastructure and energy bottlenecks, paring excessive regulation and attracting private investment." 

"He has promised to do the same for the country at large, sketching ambitious plans for new cities linked by bullet trains."

Arundhati Roy calls India's model one "designed to uphold the consensus of the elite for market growth" at the expense of fairness. 

It "metastasized into something dangerous." High-level corruption reflects it. So does hardline rule.

Roy compared Hindu persecution of Muslims to Hitler's treatment of Jews. "What kind of India do they want," she asked earlier?

She described a "limbless, headless, soulless torso left bleeding under the butcher's clever with a flag driven deep into her mutilated heart?"

She commented on India's election, saying:

"…"(W)e're always told there's going to be a trickle-down revolution."

"You know, that kind of opening up of the economy that happened in the early '90s was going to lead to an inflow of foreign capital, and eventually the poor would benefit."

"Well, trickle down hasn't worked, but gush up has. After the opening up of the economy, we are in a situation where…100 of India's wealthiest people own 25 percent of the GDP."

"Whereas more than 80 percent of its population lives on less than half a dollar a day."

Roy noted horrendous malnutrition, hunger and human misery.
India's growing middle class comes at the expense of a "much larger (permanent) underclass."

Small farmers among others suffer. Around 250,000 committed suicide. "If you try to talk about (it) on Indian television channels, you actually get insulted…"

Roy's new book is titled "Capitalism: A Ghost Story." It explains well. It makes a strong case. It shows globalized capitalism created unprecedented inequality, violence, racism and ecocide.

Vijay Prashad is an Indian historian/journalist/sharp critic of New Delhi policy.

He called BJP candidates winning decisively a clear mandate. He's not encouraged. He expects worse of what voted rejected ahead.

He commented on Hinduism's strong pro-Israeli sentiment. "Hindutva and Zionism shared a muscular nationalism that developed - because of their context - a programmatic apathy to Islam and Muslims," he said.

In 1884, BJP candidates won two seats. This year "the tide turned," said Prashad.

It did so despite Modi's genocidal legacy. Anti-Congress sentiment mattered more.

India has "a powerful Hindu Right government with a very weak opposition," Prashad added. "It is the worst of all worlds."

Congress prioritized neoliberal policies. They combined "liberalization, privatization and globalization."

Prashad calls it "an explosive mix that brought India in line with the planet's rising inequality."

It's grown steadily for years. Especially so in the new millennium. Extreme depravation affects around "680 million Indians."

Congress policies exacerbated things. Inequality escalated during its tenure. Voters reacted.

Its candidates were rejected. BJP ones replaced them and then some. Both parties represent monied elites. Corruption is deep-seated.

BJP and Congress largely govern the same way. Prashad said Modi's Gujarat "malnutrition rate is so high that it is worse than the average…in sub-Saharan Africa."

Its development model is exclusively pro-business. Modi family-controlled companies profit handsomely.

He "ran as a development candidate with a carefully calibrated argument," said Prashad.

He turned truth on its head. He claimed neoliberalism didn't create inequality. He blamed corruption. He "tied it to the mast of Congress."

He rode an anti-ruling party wave. He did so successfully. He reflects hard right Hindu nationalist extremism.

He'll form his government going forward. He'll have to decide whether it's "the ideology he concealed in plain sight or from the campaign rhetoric…he delivered," said Prashad.

Election results showed India's left considerably weakened. Its alternative is rebuilding "strength outside parliament through popular political struggles," Prashad stressed.

Did ordinary Indians get what they wanted, he asked? Was it "good governance or Hindu nationalism?"

On the one hand, they get what they voted for, good or bad.

On the other, they're stuck with the worst of both worlds they deplore. Hardline pro-business Hindu nationalists are empowered for the next five years.

For hundreds of millions of deeply impoverished Indians, it'll feel like a lifetime.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago. He can be reached at [email protected] 

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Monsanto’s Darkest Secret: Roundup’s Effect On The Fetus

Multiple studies clearly show glyphosate causes birth defects, and that the pesticide industry has known about for a surprisingly long period of time.

Wonderfully Deceptive Superfood Marketing

Pom Wonderful made such outlandish claims that the Federal Trade Commission stepped in and told them to cut it out. Jill Richardson The new comedy show Last...

Urban Gardening: Grow Anywhere!

Just because you live in an apartment, does not mean you have to live without the joys of fresh, homegrown garden vegetables. There are just a few simple steps that can help you achieve your homegrown produce dream.

What the Media is Not Telling Us About Yemen

Ramzy Baroud “In Yemen today, the US embassy is closed to the public. Officials telling CNN there is credible information of a threat against Western...

Antidepressants Use Up 400%: 5 Ways to Boost Happiness Naturally

Christina Sarich RINF Alternative News A few years back, Harvard conducted a study to reiterate what many in the psych professionals already know — Americans are addicted to...

How to Break Up with Your Supermarket

Back in the beginning of your relationship, it seemed like the supermarket had so much to offer. Then one day, you woke up and the honeymoon was over.

The Happiness Project

My daily choices are my personal anti-depressants.

Sorry, But I Don’t Give Out Personal Information

Welcome to the wonderful world of surveillance shopping, where the most innocent purchase is documented.

The Folly of Playing High-Stakes Poker with Vladimir Putin: More to Lose than Gain...

Johanna C. Granville RINF Alternative News In the weeks following the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula, both the United States and European Union have issued...

Barack Obama and the Monsanto betrayal

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Barack Obama and the Monsanto betrayal

Barack Obama and the Monsanto betrayal by Jon Rappoport May 7, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com Under the selective radar of mainstream media, Barack Obama has been carving out a whole new level of support for Monsanto and other destructive biotech giants. From Scott Creighton, “Obama Pitches India Model of GM Genocide to Africa”: “At the G8 Summit […]

Coca-Cola to Remove Controversial Drinks Ingredient

The world's largest beverage-maker, Coca-Cola, plans to remove a controversial ingredient from some of its US drinks brands by the end of this year,...

6 Essential Food Types To Grow Your Own Food Pantry

Commercial food sources have become contaminated with genetically-modified foods, hormones/antibiotics, pesticides and neurotoxins. This is no way to keep your family healthy. Your food pantry should be stocked with healthy foods, and growing them yourself may be the only option left.

Michigan Takes Away the “Right to Farm” from Folks in the Suburbs

The War on Self-Sufficiency continues, and this week's victims are small backyard farmers in Michigan.

Bloomberg at Harvard

Bloomberg at Harvardby Stephen LendmanHe's a multi-billionaire. He made money the old-fashioned way. On March 24, 2014, Forbes ranked him 16th on its World Billionaire List. It estimates his net worth at $33 billion.He's founder and 88% owner of Bloomb...

5 Stunning Facts About America’s Prison System You May Not Know

We’ve done several exposés on the prison system in America, including The Prison System Runs Amok, Expands at Frightening Pace (Sept 6, 2012) and Selling the American Dream...

Regime Change in America: This Land Isn’t Your Land, This Land Is Their Land

An Empire in Decline (City by City, Town by Town) Peter Van Buren  RINF Alternative News As America's new economy starts to look more like the old...

The Good, the Bad, and the Deadly: EWG Releases 2014 Dirty Dozen and Clean...

Figuring out what to eat when you're broke can be fraught with nutritional landmines. It's expensive to eat strictly organic. Add this excellent tool to your bag of tricks in seeking out the healthiest, most nourishing food available within your budget.

Are Our Children The Next Generation Of Zombies?

Tess Pennington RINF Alternative News The zombie apocalypse is a prevalent theme throughout the preparedness community. Many believe zombies will be those unprepared to live through...

An Apartheid of Dollars: Life in the New American Minimum-Wage Economy

Peter Van Buren There are many sides to whistleblowing. The one that most people don't know about is the very personal cost, prison aside, including the...

The Risks Are Massive: “Will Likely Lead to Famine and Civil Unrest”

Mac Slavo RINF Alternative News With China’s debt now bursting at the seams and the economic outlook in the United States signaling a major recession the governments and central banks...

Food Chain CEOs Want Subsidies for Their Salaries, But Are Against Raising Workers’ Wages

Sarah Anderson RINF Alternative News You might say the chieftains of America’s largest restaurant corporations want it every which way and then some. Having read the polls...

The Meritocracy Myth: How the Super-Rich Really Make Their Money

Paul Buchheit RINF Alternative News Warren Buffett once claimed that the "genius of the American economy, our emphasis on a meritocracy and a market system and a...

Strike Back: Support Your Local Community Agriculture & Defund Big Agra

Eat better by buying community-shares of your local farmer's fresh organic fruits, vegetables, dairy, eggs, meat and more

Today’s GMO Propaganda Message Brought to You by Your Friendly Neighborhood Wegmans

We can all breathe a sigh of relief about that whole GMO thing. Wegmans, vendor of aisle after aisle of artificial food-like substances, has debunked the terrifying myth we were so worried about.

Computer Tech Shows the DHS Just How Easy It Is to Breach the Security...

When the mainstream news warns of an event that is high on every prepper's list of concerns, it might be time to double up on your efforts to be ready for it.

Effective Immediately: France Bans All GMO Cultivation

The French National Assembly has made a sweeping declaration with a new bill, effective immediately. No more genetically modified crops.

Monsanto and Big Food Losing the GMO and “Natural” Food Fight

Ronnie Cummins After 20 years of battling Monsanto and corporate agribusiness, food and farm activists in Vermont, backed by a growing Movement across the country,...

Organic Pantry Cooking For Less Than $5 a Meal

Let's face it, we're all trying to cut corners here and there to make our monthly budgets work for us, without having to sacrifice nutrition or flavor. Purchasing all organic foods can come with a hefty price tag, if you don't know how to do it.

How to Build a Better Easter Basket

Avoiding the toxins doesn't mean that your kiddo must be deprived of all things sweet and yummy on Easter. While the items listed here can't be classified as necessarily nutritious, at least they aren't poisonous.

Do You Want to Know What is Actually in Your Child’s Easter Basket?

Sorry - I've just ruined candy for you!

Gluten Intolerance Isn’t Just a Trendy Fad – It Can Wreck Your Whole Life

Just playing off gluten intolerance as some random trendy diet fad or a make believe food hysteria is not just misleading...it is dangerous. It could kill someone.

Roche Hid Drug Trial Results: Pandemic Flu Drug Works No Better Than Acetaminophen

“This review is the result of many years of struggles to access and use trial data, which was previously unpublished and even hidden from view. It highlights with certainty that future decisions to purchase and use drugs, particularly when on a mass scale, must be based on a complete picture of the evidence, both published and unpublished."

The Major Problem with GMO Seeds Engineered to Solve 3rd World Vitamin Deficiencies

A recent Scientific American blog post blamed environmentalists for costing poor, malnourished people an estimated 1,424,000 life years in India alone. Why? Because they presumably kept...

The Economic Destruction of Gaza

Ali Abunimah The following excerpt focuses on how the Gaza Strip, decimated by attacks and a collective punishment imposed boycott by Israel, is becoming increasingly...

The Great American Grocery Hoax

There is a big secret out there in the grocery store aisles that no one wants you to know. There is a hoax of monumental proportions that is being perpetrated on the American public.

Michelle Obama’s School Lunches In Pictures: “Is That Photo Taken From Death Row?”

Do you want to see what Michelle Obama considers eating right? Check out these pictures and comments - sourced directly from government run cafeterias around the country.

Good News Next Week — #NewWorldNextWeek

Welcome to http://NewWorldNextWeek.com — the video series from Corbett Report and Media Monarchy that covers some of the most important developments in open source intelligence news. This week: Monsanto’s ‘Healthier Environment’ Ads Ban...

Austerity and the “Economic Destabilization Agenda”. Impoverishing America’s Middle Class

Joachim Hagopian RINF Alternative News The destabilization agenda currently driving U