Cowichan Conversations: E&N Spraying Roundup-(Glyphoshate) On Railway Tracks Throughout The Cowichan Valley

It appears that lack of notice and flimsy irregular signing is the manner in which the BC Government allows the use of pesticides in our communities today. BC’s Ministry of Environment used to refer these Read more…

Cowichan Conversations: Dr. Shiv Chopra, a Health Canada whistleblower, will highlight the TPP’s threat to public health and food safety.

Politics and its Discontents: Apparently, The Proof Is Not In The Tasting

Dr. Patrick Moore, a shill lobbyist for Monsanto, refused to put his mouth where his money is when offered the opportunity to prove his claim that glyphosate, the active ingredient in Roundup herbicide, has nothing to do with increasing cancer rates in Argentina: “You can drink a whole quart of it and it won’t hurt ...

Cowichan Conversations: Duncan Council Is To Be Congratulated For Their Stand On GMO’s

Don Maroc-Political Blogger The Citizen reported that Duncan City Councillor Martin Barker said “I’m disappointed in the City of Duncan for choosing to promote the banning of GE foods.” He’s talking about genetically engineered foods and the fact that the council and mayor Phil Kent out voted Councillor Barker, 6 to 1, on the bylaw ...

Politics and its Discontents: Some Good Environmental News For A Change

Let’s hope this is the beginning of a trend. Recommend this Post

Left Over: Nothing is Free, Including Gluten-Free

Gluten free is ‘nonsense’ says Wheat Belly author William Davis speaks at the Vancouver Convention Centre tonight CBC News Posted: Oct 24, 2013 8:14 AM PT Last Updated: Oct 24, 2013 8:14 AM PT While there may be lots of ‘junk’ offerings in the gluten free arena these days, the fact is that by avoiding wheat my ...

Cowichan Conversations: Monsanto is Winning this year’s “Nobel Prize of Agriculture”

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger   This message was sent to me along with a petition. (Thanks Tom) Please take a few minutes to read and then forward this along to your friends and mailing lists. If The Nobel Prize folks expect credibility respect then they will yank this bought and paid for award immediately. Push back is ...

Cowichan Conversations: Umm, What about Monsanto?

Cowichan Conversations: Seeds of Death-Unveiling the Lies of GMO’s

Richard Hughes-Political Blogger   This is worthwhile ‘RealNews24.com’ video that runs for 1 hour and 19 minutes in length. I will put it up under the Video Tab so that it will be there and available when and if you wish to watch it in its’ entirety. The world’s leading Scientists, Physicians, Attorneys, Politicians and ...

Politics and its Discontents: Rachel Parent Takes on Kevin O’Leary Over GMO Foods

While I often lament people’s lack of engagement on matters of crucial importance, this very well-informed and articulate 14-year-old, about whom I wrote an earlier brief post, gives me some hope for the future. It is especially rich to hear a corporate shill like O’Leary talk about the importance of examining both sides of an ...

Cowichan Conversations: Sometimes the Internet Delivers Encouraging Content

Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger There is a seemingly non stop supply of non corporate controlled news, opinion and information available on the  internet. I have listed many of them under the Alternate Media Tab at the top of the page. This morning I added another informative and interesting addition ‘Whiteout Press’ and I have linked ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Betrayal Of The World’s Food Supplies

Monsanto has just received The World Food Prize, which is supposed to be awarded in recognition of the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world. To many, it is the most prestigious prize in food and agriculture. Their mandate is to emphasize ...

RedBedHead: Frankenfoods, Toothpaste, & Justin Bieber: Capitalism & Technology II

In a previous post I argued that too often Marxists fail to recognize the ways in which capitalism remains dynamic and continues to advance technologically and socially. This one-sidedness distorts analyses and perspectives and threatens to give Marxism the feel of a millennial doomsday sect. Instead Marxism ought to be perceived as a powerful critical ...

RedBedHead: Frankenfoods, Toothpaste, & Justin Bieber: Capitalism & Technology II

In a previous post I argued that too often Marxists fail to recognize the ways in which capitalism remains dynamic and continues to advance technologically and socially. This one-sidedness distorts analyses and perspectives and threatens to give Marxism the feel of a millennial doomsday sect. Instead Marxism ought to be perceived as a powerful critical ...

The Canadian Progressive: Appeals Court Binds Monsanto To Promise Not To Sue Organic Farmers



By: Food Democracy Now | Press Release WASHINGTON, June 10, 2013 – A three-judge panel at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled today that a group of organic and otherwise non-GMO farmer and seed company plaintiffs are not entitled to bring a lawsuit to protect themselves from Monsanto’s transgenic seed patents “because Monsanto has ...

Politics, Re-Spun: Corporate Hypocrites Gone Wild: Syncrude Edition

Let’s say that you’re one of the world’s largest producers of synthetic crude and also Canada’s largest single-source producer of crude derived from oil sands. Imagine that you are also  the biggest greenhouse gas emitter in Alberta!  (“Psst, we’re working on being the biggest in all of the nation, baby. Don’t count us out yet!”) Your tailing ...

Politics and its Discontents: A Young Person Responds To Kevin O’Leary

It is young people like Rachel Parent who give me some reason to hope for the future: Recommend this Post

Writings of J. Todd Ring: Toxic weedkiller found in EVERY human urine sample tested – at levels 5 to 20 times legal safe limit for drinking water

A recent German study found glyphosate – the active chemical in Monsanto’s widely used Roundup weed killer – in all human urine samples tested – and at levels 5 to 20 times the legal safe limit for drinking water. Think about that. Glyphosate has been shown to harm the digestive tract, impair nutrient absorption, cause ...

Art Threat: We will stop Monsanto: Docs on an agribully

Today in over 250 countries worldwide, thousands of people marched against agricorpo giant Monsanto. The St Louis based chemical company is known for genetically modifying crops and trapping farmers into cycles of chemical use that profit Monsanto and harm everyone and everything else. They’re also known for many other terrible things, the complete list of ...

Politics and its Discontents: Dennis Kucinich: US An ‘Orwellian State’

Some refreshing honesty from an American politician – well-worth watching: H/t Disinformation Recommend this Post

Things Are Good: Peru bans GMO foods

Due to the unknown effects that genetically modified plants can have and the intellectual property issues around them (basically Monsanto sues everyone), Peru has joined other counties in banning GMO foods. This good to see since there are so many unknowns around growing and consuming GMO products. Peru has said “no” to genetically modified foods ...

Eclectic Lip: Whatever foresight is, it’s not 20/20…

(originally written Jan 3, 2012.  Part of my Great Upload of 2013.) Come December’s end, the nervy among us like to review what they got right in the past year. The nervier like to predict what’ll happen in the New Year. Ever the blithe contrarian, I figured I’d visit the Ghost of Predictions Past and ...

350 or bust: Seeds of Life, Not Genetically Modified Organisms

It’s TED talk Tuesday on 350orbust. Here’s Winona LaDuke, whom I had the good fortune to meet recently, speaking about our broken food system from a First Nations perspective: * Winona is an internationally renowned activist working on issues of sustainable development, renewable energy and food systems. She lives and works on the White Earth ...

350 or bust: Our Broken Food System And Our Poor Health

Everyone on the planet requires regular meals every single day of our lives. Despite the incredible importance of food, our North American food system, like much of the rest of the world’s, is dominated by a handful of agricorps that have a very cozy relationship with the U.S. and Canadian governments. This means that decisions ...

Politics and its Discontents: Monsanto Sued By Migrant Workers Over Labor, Housing Conditions

It seems the bigger they are, the more intent corporations are on squeezing everything they can out of workers, doesn’t it? H/t GMWatch and Sandra Harris Recommend this Post