The terrorism of stealth petrochemicals

By Evaggelos Vallianatos, 27 January 2013 Western civilization suffers from the delusion of replacing peasants and traditional culture with industrialized farmers. This goes hand-to-hand with another hazardous practice: privatizing and ruthlessly exploiting the natural world. This hubris has been infecting more than private corporate executives and governments, which, after all, have the models of nineteenth-century [...]

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Urgent need for long-term toxicity and cancer studies on GM foods press release: New website shows public lied to about GM maize study 7 January 2013. Contact: Claire Robinson A new website set up by scientists and citizens challenges criticisms of a landmark study [1] that found genetically modified (GM) maize damaged the health of rats. The group concludes there is an urgent need [...]

Scrambling food, threatening life

By Evaggelos Vallianatos 14 October 2012 The engineers who inserted the DNA bacterial gene, Bt, into corn assumed corn would produce nothing but a poison for the insects feeding on it. However, moving the Bt gene into the alien environment of corn, in addition to the insect-killing protein, the Bt gene could give birth to [...]

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Too few farms and these too large

By Evaggelos Vallianatos, 12 July 2012 Walter Goldschmidt, 1913-2010, was an anthropologist who worked for the US Department of Agriculture. In the early 1940s, he brought to light the undoing of rural America by large farmers and warned USDA officials that large farmers were destabilizing rural communities in the Central Valley of California.1 […]