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Monoculture Agribusiness: Harvesting the Seeds of Suicide
Monday, 03 February 2014 00:00  |  Written by Marita Prandoni | Commentary

Indian Farmer photo by Ananth BSIn just the single month of April 2009, more than 1,500 farmers in the state of Chattisgarh, India’s rice bowl, committed suicide after being driven into crippling debt due to crop failure resulting from low water levels, drought and switching to green-revolution, genetically modified rice varieties that require heavier irrigation. Read on…

The ‘Porkmole Liberation Front’ Manifesto
Saturday, 04 January 2014 00:00  |  Written by Guest Contributor | Commentary

Pig Line-Dance photo by Bill DimmickWe the proud members of the Porkmole Liberation Front (PMLF) hereby demand the release of the porkmole (rhymes with guacamole) that has hijacked the bodies and minds of people everywhere, seduced by rampant consumer-credit culture and the unending search for mass-marketed meaning, all pre-packaged for convenience in vacuum-sealed containers. Read on...

Green Beer: Drink to the Earth
Sunday, 10 November 2013 00:00  |  Written by Steven Kotler | Commentary

Green Beer Bottle photo by PiervixNormally, I try to squeeze a couple of big ideas together in one column. My goal is usually to take a new bit of information and tie it to some old bits and perhaps—if everything works really well and the stars are aligned—this all adds up to a small shift in perspective for the reader.

What I rarely do is plug a single technology, especially a green technology. There are so many new environmental wonders around that it’s often hard to separate wheat from chaff. But today I’m going to deviate. I’m going to describe an environmental breakthrough so important that everyone should sit down and drink one or two.

What am I talking about? Well, beer, of course. Read on…

One Nation Under Drugs: How Big Pharma Is Sabotaging Your Health and the Environment
Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00  |  Written by Shane Ellison, M.S. | Commentary

Pill and Dollar photo by carbonnycAs a medicinal chemist, I tried to ignore my suspicion that an insidious and deliberate conspiracy to get each and every American hooked on drugs, while at the same time bankrupting them, existed between Big Pharma and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

I enjoyed my work. Drug design paid well and kept me comfortably isolated in a high-tech lab, fully equipped to help me bend and twist matter at will. The last thing I wanted to think of was a plot designed to sabotage health and wealth—while causing untold ecological damage—using my chemistry skills. But over time, experience confirmed my suspicion as fact and revealed something even scarier. Read on…

Living on Disaster Time
Saturday, 28 September 2013 00:00  |  Written by Steven Kotler | Commentary

Five Minutes to Disaster photo by Richard BrandThe Indians of the Great Plains, I recently learned while reading Ian Frazier’s excellent and appropriately titled, Great Plains, didn’t often know their ages.

“They,” writes Frazier, “measured time in days, moons, and winters, but they had no weeks, months or minutes.” Read on…

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