Genetic Engineering

Worse than NAFTA now off the Pacifric coast

Submitted: Sep 15, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board
All the corporations learned from NAFTA was how to make the next "regional" agreement worse. --BLJ
 
8-14-12
Food & Water Watch
If you thought NAFTA was bad, you ain't seen nothing yet
Mitch Jones

http://www.foodandwaterwatch.org/blogs/if-you-thought-nafta-was-bad-you-aint-seen-nothing-yet/#more-20955

 
 

Although no one in the media seems to be talking about it, a meeting is taking place in Virginia that could cement the same economic interests that lead us to the 2007 crisis. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) being negotiated by 13 countries would lead to increased gas exports and increased imported foods, while undermining our domestic laws and increasing the financialization of nature.

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Hooray for Oregon

Submitted: Aug 21, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

 

Victory for GMO-free movement: Plantings halted in Oregon
August 18, 2012
By Nicholas Tomasi


http://www.deathrattlesports.com/archives/8388/victory-for-gmo-free-movement-plantings-halted-in-oregon/

The ongoing food fight between massive biotech companies and grassroots activists has continued on the west coast, with a monumental vote on the mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods looming in California this November.

 

The GMO-free movement took home an important victory on August 16 against canola in the latest round between the two sides, as GMO canola plantings were halted due to a successful lawsuit in Oregon.

 

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A short note on God, Nature and man in Spinoza's Ethics

Submitted: Jul 05, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Immediately on finishing, in fact while still reading this appendix to the first part of Baruch Spinoza’s Ethics, we couldn’t help thinking of the many fine religious people, especially political leaders and decision-makers, who ‘paved paradise and put up a parking lot,’ often  in the name of the same god who had so guided man’s wisdom that he had created the greatest tool in history: an eternally rising real estate market.

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On the fruit flies dying locally for pure research

Submitted: Jun 23, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The posting of this 1933 essay by Peter Wessel Zapffe is dedicated to the idiot at UC Merced performing serial neurosurgery on cadaveres Drosophilarum as lovingly extolled in the McClatchy Chain local outlet, the Sun-Star: "Do flies hold clues to alcoholism; US Merced researchers are seeking answers" http://www.mercedsunstar.com/2012/06/23/2394844/uc-merced-researchers-seek-answers.html

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When laws leave reason too far behind

Submitted: Jun 13, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

The most reasonable, fundamental principle of ecological awareness is called the "Precautionary Principle," borrwed from medicine: Do no harm. It is one thing to depart from this principle out of ignorance or scofflaw greed; it is another thing to elevate the negation of the Precautionary Principle to the level of federal law.

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Wikipedia
Precautionary principle
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precautionary_principle
The Precautionary Principle illustrated as a decision matrix[neutrality is disputed]The precautionary principle or precautionary approach states that if an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific consensus that the action or policy is harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking the action.

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The "greatest public higher education research institution in the world" is a corporate shill?

Submitted: Jun 09, 2012
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Badlands Journal editorial board

Not quite. It's worse than that. Yes, the department at UC Berekeley from which the propaganda issues is a willing shill for any corporate grant, but emphasis should be placed on the "willing." This crap is coming out of the department of ag economics, A.P. Giannini Hall, the kitchen in which all the finest dishes of agribusiness ideology and propaganda are prepared and have been since the founder of Bank of America endowed the building, back in the day when BofA depended on agribusiness and vice versa. But these hacks don't even do the science, the gene-splitting, anymore than they do the science of economics. "Growth through more UC-sponsored science and technology" is the alpha and omega of their belief system. And it pays. It has paid UC so well that it has rotted the core of academic and intellectual respectability, even in Berkeley of all places.

But it is the unreflective BELIEF in any and all technology that the redoubtable Thomas nails, pointing out in passing something familiar to anyone who has ever trod the halls of Giannini -- that the professors that hang their bicycles on their walls in that building have at last become -- due to the steady erosion of the quality of the environment in which agribusiness does its business and the erosion of food quality -- a direct threat to public health. 

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