Lobbyists Pose Conflicts of Interest At European Food Agency | CorpWatch

Should lobbyists for biotech and food companies be allowed to make the rules on scientifically questionable products sold in the supermarket and – by default – your kitchen? The companies like the idea because they stand to make a huge profit. Yet the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) appears to have failed to properly regulate such conflicts of interest. Continue reading…

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Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists | Al Jazeera English

Gulf of Mexico fishermen, scientists and seafood processors have told Al Jazeera they are finding disturbing numbers of mutated shrimp, crab and fish that they believe are deformed by chemicals released during BP’s 2010 oil disaster.

Along with collapsing fisheries, signs of malignant impact on the regional ecosystem are ominous: horribly mutated shrimp, fish with oozing sores, underdeveloped blue crabs lacking claws, eyeless crabs and shrimp – and interviewees’ fingers point towards BP’s oil pollution disaster as being the cause. Continue reading…

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Gulf fisheries in decline after oil disaster | Al Jazeera English

New Orleans, LA – Hundreds of thousands of people living along the US Gulf Coast have hung their economic lives on lawsuits against BP.

Fishermen, in particular, are seeing their way of life threatened with extinction – both from lack of an adequate legal settlement and collapsing fisheries. Continue reading…

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Big Food Must Go: Why We Need to Radically Change the Way We Eat | Occupy Monsanto

It is no longer news that a few powerful corporations have literally occupied the vast majority of human sustenance. The situation is perilous: nearly all of human food production, seeds, food processing and sales, is run by a handful of for-profit firms which, like any capitalist enterprise, function to maximize profit and gain ever-greater market share and control. The question has become: What do we do about this disastrous alignment of pure profit in something so basic and fundamental to human survival? Continue reading…

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Crisis to Suicide: How Many Have to Die Before We Kill the False Religion of Austerity? | AlterNet

If suicide is a measure of a society’s health, the Eurozone is getting sicker by the minute. The rate of people taking their own lives is soaring in Europe at such a clip that the trend has given birth to a new media term: “Suicide by economic crisis.” How has it come to pass that people would rather die than be subjected to the pain imposed by global elites? Continue reading…

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Italy revolts over sneak return of ‘blog killer’ law | European technology news

Italian bloggers are up in arms after ministers secretly resurrected their attempts to introduce a new law dubbed the “blog killer” by critics.

The proposed legislation would force online publications, whether large or small, to amend information on their sites within 48 hours of a complaint — or face fines of €12,000 ($15,700). Continue reading…

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After the health bill: The end of the NHS as we know it | Red Pepper

With the health bill passed, the UK government is now setting about forcing the market into the NHS. Colin Leys looks at what is likely to happen next. Continue reading…

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