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GMO Bites

by Lucy Sharratt, Canadian Biotechnology Action Network • GM apple doomed McDonald’s and Gerber have said they have no plans to buy the GM “non-browning” apple that could be approved this year in Canada and the US. Now, the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network and the Society for a GE Free BC are asking Canadians to write to the head office of their...

Canadian cities need repair

Canadian cities need repair

Apr 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • Canada’s federal government recently announced $14 billion in new funding to help municipalities repair and replace aging infrastructure, such as roads, bridges, sewer lines, energy production/distribution systems, subways and other public transit. About $1 billion is dedicated to smaller communities, but most of the...

Earth, our home

Earth, our home

Apr 1, 2014

ON THE GARDEN PATH by Carolyn Herriot • At the time of writing it’s Earthweek, a great time to be reminded of the Earth Charter created as a follow-up to the 1992 Earth Summit. The document was developed over a decade of extensive international consultation and in this column I’d like to share an extract from their website. I also encourage you to read...

We can feed the world!

We can feed the world!

Mar 1, 2014

by Joel Salatin • Joel Salatin is an American farmer, lecturer and author whose books include Folks, This Ain’t Normal, You Can Farm and Salad Bar Beef. Salatin raises livestock using holistic management methods of animal husbandry, free of potentially harmful chemicals, on his Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia. Salatin is also featured in the documentary...

Dr. Warren Bell on the cannabis conundrum

Dr. Warren Bell on the cannabis conundrum

Mar 1, 2014

DRUG BUST by Alan Cassels • The people’s briefing note on prescription drugs Dr. Warren Bell is a physician in Salmon Arm, BC and one of the co-founders of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment. He has never seen a pharmaceutical sales rep in nearly 40 years of practising medicine and has a depth of knowledge of complementary and...

Substantial equivalence

Substantial equivalence

Mar 1, 2014

GMO Bites by Emily Atkinson • Applying the concept of “substantial equivalence” to GMOs is problematic. Not only does it fail to capture the complexities that genetic modification introduces into a living organism, but it also deflects criticisms of GMOs and promotes the interests of biotech companies. The idea of equivalence comes from...

Conjuring a critter apocalypse

Conjuring a critter apocalypse

Mar 1, 2014

Rats and squirrels and jellyfish, oh my! by Geoff Olson • My partner, who works from home, found it hard to focus on her job once she began to hear scratching sounds from the roof. “Listen,” she said, putting a finger to her lips and pulling me into her office. “Sounds like rats to me,” I said after a moment’s silence. Too big to be mice.” I...

Peter Seeger the activist

Peter Seeger the activist

Mar 1, 2014

SCIENCE MATTERS by David Suzuki • A man with a banjo can be a powerful force for good. Pete Seeger, who died January 27 at the age of 94, inspired generations of political and environmental activists with songs ranging from Where Have All the Flowers Gone? to Sailing Down My Golden River. From the late 1930s until his death, Seeger brought his music to union...

BC Hydro grasping at straws

BC Hydro’s latest “electricity sale” announcement has become the last straw. Hydro has come full circle. It has arrived at the place it began, and apparently doesn’t quite recognize it : California. On January 23, 2014, Hydro officials told the Joint Panel Review for Site C here in Fort St John that it needs to sell its electricity to their brothers in...

Newsbites

A rapidly deteriorating situation The Harper government of Canada gave the Norwegian salmon feedlot industry the green light to expand in BC. Days later on January 28, 2014, the biggest Norwegian company using British Columbia to grow “salmon” was listed on the New York Stock Exchange. They are talking big expansion, looking for US investors. Each fish farm...