Capitalism on Mars by Lowell Flanders

Capitalism VS the Climate -- Bollards To Everything

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by Lowell Flanders
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 8, 2018

“The idea of a self-adjusting market implies a stark Utopia. Such an institution can not exist for any length of time without annihilating the human and natural substance of society; it will physically destroy man and transform his surroundings into a wilderness.” — Karl Polanyi, The Great Transformation: The Political and Economic Origins of Our Time.

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Abby Martin: Monsanto, America’s Monster

Linoleum Block Print Shows Monsanto No Love

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with Abby Martin

teleSUR English on Jun 10, 2016

Few corporations in the world are as loathed—and as sinister—as Monsanto. But the threat it poses to people and planet could be reaching new heights, as the World Health Organization has recently upgraded Monsanto’s main product as carcinogenic to humans. With protests against the agrochemical giant held in over 40 countries in May, learn why the global movement against Monsanto is of critical importance to our future. In this episode of The Empire Files, Abby Martin issues a scathing expose on the corporate polluter, chronicling it’s rise to power, the collusion of its crimes by the US government, and highlighting the serious danger it puts us in today.

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Chris Hedges: The Company Town

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with Chris Hedges

teleSUR English on Feb 8, 2016

In this episode of Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges sits down with two residents of agribusiness capital Salinas, California: civil rights attorney Anthony Prince and radical councilman José Castañeda. Together, the two have been fighting against the corporatization of Salinas’ political system, and its impact on agricultural workers and other residents. Hedges and his guests discuss the city’s growing homeless population, and the ways in which Prince and Castañeda have been able to make a difference.

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Monsanto and its Promoters vs. Freedom of Information by Ralph Nader

Linoleum Block Print Shows Monsanto No Love

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
October 2, 2015

Next year, the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) will celebrate its 50th anniversary as one of the finest laws our Congress has ever passed. It is a vital investigative tool for exposing government and corporate wrongdoing.

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Agriculture in a Changing World with Noam Chomsky et al.

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with Noam Chomsky

Cherry Tomatoes

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ontheearthproduction on Feb 27, 2014

“Agriculture is the oldest environmental problem,” the Land Institute’s Wes Jackson tells us early in this 27-minute video. Through interviews with 11 scientists, researchers and environmental experts, this short documentary considers that fate of agriculture and the environment in the age of agri-business and climate change. Continue reading

The Paul Hobbs Empire Strikes Back by Shepherd Bliss

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Santa Rosa, California
November 29, 2013

The Watertrough Children’s Alliance (WCA)–mainly mothers with students at schools near where yet another apple orchard is being converted into a chemical vineyard–filed a lawsuit on the afternoon of Nov. 25 against the Paul Hobbs Winery. The next day Hobbs struck back with a press release, promising he “will aggressively fight.”

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Still Reaping a Harvest of Shame by Ralph Nader + Moyers and Company: Fighting for Farmworkers

Now this is a fresh tomato

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by Ralph Nader
The Nader Page
August 1, 2013

The great reporter Edward R. Murrow titled his 1960 CBS documentary Harvest of Shame on the merciless exploitation of the migrant farmworkers by the large growers and their local government allies. Over fifty years later, it is still the harvest of shame for nearly two million migrant farmworkers who follow the seasons and the crops to harvest our fruits and vegetables.

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Dennis van Engelsdorp: Why Are the Bees Dying?

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TheRealNews on Aug 4, 2013

With a third of food production dependent on bees, a new study finds out the reason behind the sharp decline in their population.  Continue reading

The Killing of a Vibrant Apple Orchard by Shepherd Bliss

by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
June 20, 2013

Apple blossom

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Do not be deceived by the thin perimeter of a few live apple trees remaining next to Apple Blossom School and the five nearby schools on Watertrough Road with 700 students in the Sebastopol countryside in Sonoma County, Northern California. A glorious, historic 47-acre orchard that nurtured people, wildlife, and the environment thrived there for many decades. Then chain-sawed trees languished on their sides with dying green apples, which will never ripen to red, cut down on June 14. Witnessing this slaughter was enough to make a grown man weep.

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Noam Chomsky: The Problem for Latin America With Drugs is the US Demand, and Supply of Arms

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with Noam Chomsky

NACLA’s 45th Anniversary Gala: Noam Chomsky

Ambre Auzanneau Jun 3, 2013

Noam Chomsky is the 2012 recipient of NACLA’s Latin America Peace and Justice Award for his ongoing commitment to social justice in the Americas. The son of Eastern European immigrants, Noam Chomsky is a professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a long time friend and supporter of NACLA. His book Turning the Tide: U.S. Intervention in Central America and the struggle for Peace (South End Press, 1985) helped a generation of scholars, activists, and concerned citizens think about the regions different conflicts – in El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala – as interlocking parts of a single crisis that revealed how the United States had a direct and enduring effect on political and economic policies in the hemisphere.

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Mothers and Allies Challenge Wine Industrialist by Shepherd Bliss

Apple blossom

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by Shepherd Bliss
Writer, Dandelion Salad
May 9, 2013

Half a dozen mothers from small town and rural Sebastopol in Northern California quickly rallied hundreds of people to their side to challenge Sonoma County’s Paul Hobbs Winery. He wants to convert a 40-acre apple orchard into a vineyard that would use pesticides; it borders five schools on Watertrough Road, including Apple Blossom and Orchard View. Together they have around 700 children, as well as many teachers, staff, neighbors and wildlife.

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New report: Governments must protect land, food systems as trade liberalization accelerates land grabbing by Sophia Murphy

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Land grabs drama

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by Sophia Murphy
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy
March 1, 2013

IATP has always argued that trade agreements need to respect and promote human rights, not drive a process of globalization that privileges commercial interests and tramples on public interests. In a new paper on land grabs, we reaffirm that position.

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Organic Farmers Beat US Droughts

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Sep 30, 2012 by

The recent drought in the United States has damaged crops and driven up food prices.

However, organic farmers say that they have fared better, thanks to alternative growing methods.

Al Jazeera’s John Hendren reports from Ottawa, Illiois.

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Killing Bees: Are Government and Industry Responsible? + Hope for bees — 48 hours to act!

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