Consumptive Consumerism: News on what you eat, drink, breathe, waste – and shouldn’t
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May 28, 2008, 12:54 pm
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Man arrested for singing ‘Price Goug’n’ from the rooftops – with video, Chicago Tribune 5/11/08
The Real Good Life: An entire village turns against supermarkets and grows its’ own food – Daily Mail UK 4/14/08
US wastes 27% of food available for consumption – NYTimes via BoingBoing 5/18/08
I think that’s grossly underestimated. Plus, food not available for consumption, and not fed to animals or cars, is burned rather than given away. What a country!
“About 72 per cent of [Indian] fruit and vegetable production of country goes waste because of lack of proper retailing and adequate storage capacity” – Times of India 5/12/08
EXCERPT: “Today, interest in local and organic vegetables and meats has burgeoned into a sophisticated revolution, with organic sales growing by 20 percent each year and farmers’ markets sprouting up in cities everywhere. This revolution draws on many motivations and historical tendencies, yet central to them all has been the desire of shoppers, cooks, and eaters to better know the provenance of their foods .By knowing more, these hopeful consumers aspire to both avoid and subvert the harmful aspects of the dominant food system, and — in the process — to find better-tasting, healthier fare. This movement of eaters remains small relative to America’s mammoth food economy, but already it has become a promising force toward reforming some of the most egregious excesses of modern industrial agriculture. In the final chapters, I will discuss this emerging trend of consumers striving to bring knowledge and stories of foods back into their kitchens and lives in new ways.”
“Ultimately, if our market-driven society is to build a healthier food system, we as consumers will need to recognize how our everyday choices affect the larger environment and, then, to forge a new and influential role for ourselves. In an age when farms and factories of food production seem impossibly remote from our dinner plates, history can sharpen our outlook with its perspective and its ironies, and remind us of the opportunity for change.”
Floridians suffer drought while state sells unlimited water rights to Nestle for – $230. – BoingBoing 4/10/08
Corporate Ownership of Organic Labels – Treehugger 4/16/08
Make your own eco-friendly cosmetics – via Treehugger 4/28/08
Some scary water stats from an expert – CNet 4/22/08
“It takes 2,000 liters to make a cotton T-shirt, 2,400 liters to make a hamburger, and 1,200 liters to produce a gallon of ethanol”
Are hybrids an EMF health risk? – NYTimes via Treehugger 4/29/08, with extra EMF links
Artificial food and corporate crops: can we escape the Frankenstate? – Alternet 5/2/08
Scientists Scared as Nanotechnology and Nanoparticles Become Common in Consumer Products – Global Research 4/11/08
The Art of Waste: Chris Jordan’s stunning photography depicting conspicuous consumerism
Consumers’ Right to Sue Weakening – Washington Independent 4/4/08
EXCERPT: “For more than a century, the regulation of U.S. food and drugs has seen its share of challenges — from the filthy slaughterhouses of Upton Sinclair’s Chicago to the tainted Chinese-made blood thinner that recently killed at least 19 people. The regulatory shortcomings on display in 1937, when ethylene glycol killed 105 antibiotic consumers, were still glaring six decades later, when Vioxx users started having heart attacks.”
“But throughout the history of the Food and Drug Administration, and its precursor agencies, U.S. consumers could always bring the manufacturer of a faulty product to court. Now, with the FDA woefully underfunded in its key role of assuring the safety and effectiveness of foods and drugs, and with political ideologues in the agency pushing industry prerogatives, the White House and the courts may be on the verge of stripping Americans of the right to sue. This would take away the last option for those seeking protection from –or recourse for — faulty products.”
Experimenting with makeup: what puts the ‘ick’ in lipstick? – NYTimes 3/27/08
The Human Cost of Chocolate – CNN 2/15/08
Is Our Worship of Consumerism and Technology Making Us Depressed? – Alternet 11/26/07
EXCERPT: “It would be a lot easier to address the increasing rate of depression among Americans if we weren’t so afraid to admit that our consumer society makes us unhappy.” This article is an excerpt from Surviving America’s Depression Epidemic: How to Find Morale, Energy, and Community in a World Gone Crazy – Chelsea Green, 2007 by Bruce E. Levine, and is reprinted here with permission from the publisher. In this book, Levine delves into the roots of depression and links our increasingly consumer-based culture and standard-practice psychiatric treatments to worsening depression, instead of solving it.
Chelsea Green publishes some incredible books.
What’s Your Consumption Factor? – NYTimes 1/2/08
The Post-Bush Regime: A Prognosis – Global Research 12/27/07
An interesting read… The ‘new boss’ will be the same as the ‘old boss’, certainly. And the rise of ‘green consumerism’ and this ‘green agenda’ being supported by the ‘establishment’ is very suspect. However, the article ends where it should begin. Millions already realize the sociopathic and genocidal patterns of ‘civilization’, the truly important question is how to shift/change these patterns of behavior.
Between a Rock and a Countertop – St Petersberg Times, FL 1/13/08
“Yet, I don’t need new countertops. My Formica ones are quite serviceable and reasonably aesthetic. Moreover, they haven’t been quarried out of the earth in a damaging way. My rational mind knows all of that. So why do I still covet stone on my counters?”
Born To Shop: How Marketers Brainwash Babies – Alternet 12/13/07
Processed Meats Too Dangerous For Human Consumption – Total Health Breakthroughs 12/7/07
EXCERPT: “The World Cancer Research Fund – WCRF has just completed a detailed review of more than 7,000 clinical studies covering links between diet and cancer. Its conclusion is rocking the health world with startling bluntness: Processed meats are too dangerous for human consumption. Consumers should stop buying and eating all processed meat products for the rest of their lives. A 2005 University of Hawaii study found that processed meats increase the risk of pancreatic cancer by 67 percent. Another study revealed that every 50 grams of processed meat consumed daily increases the risk of colorectal cancer by 50 percent. These are alarming numbers. Note that these cancer risks do not come from eating fresh, non-processed meats. They only appear in people who regularly consume processed meat products containing sodium nitrite. You can protect yourself and your family from the dangers of processed meats by following a few simple rules: 1 Always read ingredient labels. 2 Don’t buy anything made with sodium nitrite or monosodium glutamate. 3 Don’t eat red meats served by restaurants, schools, hospitals, hotels or other institutions. 4 And finally, eat more fresh produce with every meal. There is evidence that natural vitamin C found in citrus fruits and exotic berries – like camu camu helps prevent the formation of cancer-causing nitrosamines, protecting you from the devastating health effects of sodium nitrite in processed meats. The best defense, of course, is to avoid eating processed meats altogether.
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