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What the pesticides in our urine tell us about organic food

A study helps answer a question many of us ask when deciding whether to buy organic food: does it really make a difference? A study shows that eating organic can dramatically decrease the pesticides you’re exposed to. Photograph: Dave Martin/AP Originally Published on The Guardian, February 25, 2019. When Andreina Febres, a mother of two living in Oakland, California, signed up for a study evaluating whether an organic diet could make a difference in the amount of pesticides found in her body, she didn’t know what researchers would find. But her family, and the three others across the country that participated, would discover that they all had detectable levels of the pesticides being tracke

The People’s Publisher Who Changed My Life Forever

Publisher Betty Ballantine--she believed in the power of ideas, and was willing to take risks to bring new ones to light. (Credit: Richard Ballantine/Kathy Ballantine 1980, via Associated Press) Originally published on Common Dreams, February 2, 2019 It’s 1970. In my VW bug, I pull up in front of the Durant Hotel on the edge of the UC Berkeley campus and sit. I’m waiting for Betty Ballantine, and all I know is that she’s a big-time New York publisher. So, of course, I imagine her appearing in sleek suit, high heels, and full-on makeup. But soon, approaching my car with a smile is a slightly graying gal in sneakers and flowered cotton pants. Her warmth immediately puts me at ease. Little did

NY Book Launch: Eating Tomorrow

On February 6, 2019 some 200 students, faculty, activists, and community members crowded into Tishman Auditorium at The New School in New York City to hear Vandana Shiva, Mark Bittman, and author Timothy A. Wise discuss the battle for the future of food. Wise, director of the Land and Food Rights Program at Small Planet Institute, was in New York for the release of his new book, Eating Tomorrow: Agribusiness, Family Farmers, and the Battle for the Future of Food. In Eating Tomorrow, Wise explores humanity’s continuous challenge to ensure that everyone can eat today, as well as the complications posed by climate change, which only make more daunting the challenge of eating tomorrow. The book,

Antidotes to Brutal Capitalism? Some Hidden in Plain Sight

Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA) honored by NYC Dominican Parade Association and CHCA workers march in the parade (8/14/16) In our capitalist economy, business enterprise is controlled by capitalists, of course, and structured to bring highest return to shareholders. We’re all supposed to love this set-up because competition among companies gives us ever cooler products and always better deals. Right? But, wait a minute…where the competition? Over just the last 15 years, mergers have proliferated so quickly that in twelve major industries just two companies now control more than half the market. Economists warn us this level of concentration kills competition — not to mention bringing

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