Date Uploaded: 2015-05-29 16:56:10.0Canadian Mining companies have been implicated in numerous human rights abuses and violence against communities in Guatemala. There is very little awareness of these injustices among the Canadian public.
This week's Global Research features an extensive examination of these activities and of the efforts to resist them.
We'll hear first from an Indigenous Land defender named Anna Guadalupe Matzir Miculax and a Kairos representative named Rachel Warden with whom she is allied and will function as her translator.
In the second half hour, the Latin America Program Coordinator for MiningWatch Canada, Jen Moore helps contextualize the Canadian mining sector's abusive practices.
Date Uploaded: 2015-05-29 14:50:45.0The European Union, the United States, Canada, Japan and many other countries require producers to obtain special certification based on government-defined standards to market food as organic within their borders. Although sales of organic food increased greatly over the last decade, organics are still a tiny fraction of the food Americans eat.
Processed organic food usually contains only organic ingredients. If non-organic ingredients are present, at least a certain percentage of the food's total plant and animal ingredients must be organic (95% in the United States, Canada, and Australia). Foods claiming to be organic must be free of artificial food additives, and are often processed with fewer artificial methods, materials and conditions, such as chemical ripening, food irradiation, and genetically modified ingredients. Pesticides are allowed as long as they are not synthetic. However, under U.S. federal organic standards, if pests and weeds are not controllable through management practices, nor via organic pesticides and herbicides, "a substance included on the National List of synthetic substances allowed for use in organic crop production may be applied to prevent, suppress, or control pests, weeds, or diseases."
Are organics worth the extra costs? Or does organic grossly overstating the health benefits?
For the motion that organic food is marketing hype:
Dennis Avery, Director of the Hudson Institute’s Center for Global Food Issues and
Blake Hurst, Freelance Writer for Wall Street Journal, Wilson Quarterly, and the American and
John Krebs, Principal of Jesus College, Oxford.
Against the motion that organic food is marketing hype:
Charles Benbrook, Chief Scientist of The Organic Center and
Urvashi Rangan, Director of Technical Policy for Consumers Union and
Jeffrey Steingarten, Food Critic for Vogue Magazine.
The moderator is John Donvan, author and correspondent for ABC News.
Podcast source: intelligence2: Organic Food Is Marketing Hype
Honeybee Collapse linked to New Insecticides
Honeybees are essential pollinators for fruits and vegetables. No bee species existed in the New World during human times before the introduction of bees by Europeans. In early 2007, abnormally high die-offs (30–70% of hives) of European honey bee colonies occurred in North America and such a decline seems unprecedented in recent history. Harvard School of Public Scientist Alex Lu tells Steve Curwood about new research connects the collapse to the recent introduction of a new type of pesticide, neonicotinoids.
Podcast source: living on earth: Honeybee Collapse linked to New Insecticides
Water Conservation Technologies
Turn on the faucet, and water pours out. Pull out the drain plug, and the dirty water disappears. Most of us give little thought to the hidden systems that bring us water and take it away when we’re done with it. But these underappreciated marvels of engineering face an array of challenges that cannot be solved without a fundamental change to our relationship with water.
Increasing population density and changing climate stress our cities’ water supply. UC Berkeley professor David Sedlak discusses future water infrastructure with Steve Curwood.
Podcast source: living on earth: Water 4.0
Music includes Chumbawamba - Everything You Know is Wrong, Aretha Franklin & Annie Lennox - Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves, Capitol Steps - You Can't Hide This Biden Guy, Ben Harper - Both Sides of the Gun, Democracy Killed, Capitol Steps - Under the Sea, JFK 6-10-1963, Jim Page - When Johnny Comes Marching Home, Neil Young - Lets Impeach The President, Bunny Sigler - Climate Change, Groovy Judy - Peace And Love, Pete Seeger - Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream, Craymo & Brandon Harrett - One Love One World, Mariachi Aguila Real - El Jarabe Tapatio, Aaron Copland - Walk To The Bunkhouse
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Date Uploaded: 2015-05-29 09:59:11.0Anthony Enman & Brian Cleveland count down the Top 20 albums charting this week from earshot-online.com, chat with Metz, take a look at music news with Stephen Carlick of Exclaim!, and much more.
Date Uploaded: 2015-05-29 07:02:45.0Part 2 focuses on sex and women's rights. Many rights and freedoms enjoyed today by U.S. women (and their male friends) were won for them--not by feminists--but by 19th & early-20th century prostitutes & madams. These include the right to own property; to acquire wealth; to dance, smoke, and drink in public; to wear attractive clothing; to give or receive oral sex; to have interracial intimacy; and to use contraceptives.
A rollicking good story, well-told by Thaddeus Russell.
Date Uploaded: 2015-05-29 01:19:38.0We look at a culture obsessed with control, focusing this episode on the level of the individual. Charles Eisenstein briefly contrasts the old story of isolated individuals in competition with the emerging story of ourselves as parts of a larger self. Then we hear Tomi Gomory, co-author of "Mad Science: Psychiatric Coercion, Diagnosis, and Drugs" on the increasing efforts made to control and categorize people by classifying them as "mentally ill". After some thoughts from Ivan Illich on iatrogenesis, we hear Rebecca Tiger, author of "Judging Addicts", on how the public perception of addiction has been managed as part of the "War on Drugs".
Date Uploaded: 2015-05-28 23:41:04.0Report about a radio consultant who recommends playing few female artists on country radio.
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