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GMO Myths & Truths

GMO Myths & Truths

Dec 1, 2013

by Michael Antoniou, Claire Robinson and John Fagan • There is a movement growing. The National Farmer Union represents independent food producers who do not want multi-national chemical agribusinesses bullying them into buying genetically patented seeds, pesticides and herbicide. NFU’s recent Ottawa conference focused on “Growing the...

Pharma’s feedbag

Pharma’s feedbag

Dec 1, 2013

Who’s really paying for that ‘free lunch’ for doctors? DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs As they say, “There’s no free lunch.” Unless you’re a doctor or work in a doctor’s office, that is. Welcome to the world of pharmaceutical marketing, which smells a lot like curry dishes and baked...

A few words on Human Rights

A few words on Human Rights

Dec 1, 2013

by Bruce Mason Photos: Juan Pablo Gutíerrez/Amnesty International Canada • “A picture’s worth a thousand words,” Confucius observed. But sometimes there’s more than meets the eye and big pictures require text, as well. For example: “This is What We Want to Tell You,” the powerful Amnesty International Canada/National Indigenous Organization of...

GMO Bites

GMO Bites

Dec 1, 2013

GM apple update The US government has taken one more step towards approving the GM “non-browning” apple. On November 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture invited the US public to comment on a draft environmental assessment of the GM apple. CBAN and the Society for a GE Free BC issued a press release that pointed out the GM apple is also being reviewed by...

Canada – purveyor of Frankensalmon

WILD SALMON WARRIOR NEWS Adam S. Sealey • With genetically engineered Atlantic salmon expected to be approved for sale in the US any day now, and possibly soon here in Canada, Environment Canada has now approved the commercial production of genetically modified (GM) Atlantic salmon eggs by AquaBounty in their PEI facility. This is an alarming decision...

GMO focus must now shift to outright ban, not just labeling

by Paul H. LeMay • With the “defeat” of citizens’ initiative 522 in Washington state in the first week of November, it’s important to keep in mind that Washington’s final mail-in ballot tally rang in at 48.92% in favour of GMO labelling on food products and 51.08% opposed. That result came about largely because big biotech companies and big junk...

A shot of Tao

A shot of Tao

Dec 1, 2013

The unheralded virtues of absence by Geoff Olson • It was a warm summer night on Salt Spring Island. The wine flowed freely as wasps flew reconnaissance missions over dessert dishes. Our host held up her glass and offered us a shot of Tao – a concept, not a drink. “The hollowness of the vessel is as important as the glass itself,” she said, explaining...

Get uke-in’

Get uke-in’

Dec 1, 2013

The ukulele’s back MUSIC RISING by Bruce Mason • I first encountered it as a tricky word in a childhood spelling bee and was recently embarrassed when told I wasn’t saying it properly. It’s “u-k-u-l-e-l-e,” pronounced “oo-koo-le-lee,” but just plain “uke” may be music to your ears. No matter how you say it or spell it, this happy, humble,...

GMOs offer no benefits

GMOs offer no benefits

Dec 1, 2013

UPDATES by Bruce Mason • “There is no scientific consensus on the safety of genetically modified foods and crops,” the European Network of Scientists for Social and Environmental Responsibility has declared uncategorically. Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsäcker, head of the International Resource Panel (UNEP) and Club of Rome, adds, “The future of food and...

Getting dirty may be healthy

Getting dirty may be healthy

Dec 1, 2013

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • For much of human history, we lived close to the natural world. As civilization evolved, we became increasingly urbanized and most of us now live in cities. As we’ve moved away from nature, we’ve seen a decline in other forms of life. Biodiversity is disappearing. The current rate of loss is perhaps as high as 10,000...

Dreams of fame and glory

Dreams of fame and glory

Dec 1, 2013

FILMS WORTH WATCHING by Robert Alstead • Few sporting heroes have had as precipitous a fall from grace as Lance Armstrong. He’d beaten cancer and gone on to win seven Tour de Francetitles and the Livestrong charity he founded had generated hundreds of millions of dollars for cancer survivors. But after years of aggressively fending off doping accusations,...

Parenting the inner child

Parenting the inner child

Dec 1, 2013

UNIVERSE WITHIN by Gwen Randall-Young • The child is in me still and sometimes not so still. – Fred Rogers The young child acts completely out of ego. It is all about what the child wants or does not want. The point of view of others matters little, if at all. If it is not going well, the child reacts. The inner child also experiences fear, vulnerability...

The meaning of success

The meaning of success

Dec 1, 2013

A NEW EARTH by Eckhart Tolle • To read Eckhart Tolle’s latest column, please see the current print edition of Common Ground. For copyright reasons, we are authorized to publish this column in our print version only. More than 1/4 million people read Common Ground every month! Pick up your copy today. This article appeared in the DECEMBER 2013 print...