An Albanian War on Drugs

Albania is uprooting cannabis at an unprecedented rate, but endemic corruption and a failure to target the kingpins behind a multi-billion-euro industry give the lie to the NATO member’s ‘war on drugs’ Elvis Nabolli BIRN Shkoder, Tirana, Bari As dusk falls, the path through the mountains becomes increasingly treacherous. Gjergji leads the way, 10 minutes … Continue reading An Albanian War on Drugs


The Future of Agriculture – URBAN SKY-FARM

Source: APRILLI Seoul, Korea Vertical Farm, Agricultural Center Winner, Concept Category @ Green Dot Design Award 2013 Second Prize, Urban Concept Category @ Rethinking the Future 2014 Special Mention @ WT Smart City Award 2014 Finalist, Place by Design @ SXSW Eco Awards 2014   The Urban Skyfarm is a vertical farm design proposal for a site located in … Continue reading The Future of Agriculture – URBAN SKY-FARM

“Science” and Junk Food – United against Health

  By Dr. Mercola   The junk food industry has a number of tricks up its sleeve to paint their disease-causing products in a better light. When your profits depend on people buying soda, candy, potato chips and other unhealthy snacks, good taste only goes so far. Eventually, people begin to wonder just how bad … Continue reading “Science” and Junk Food – United against Health

The Rebranding of Monsanto. “Evil Personified”, Will the Public be Fooled?

The FT reports that Bayer, which has made a bid to take over Monsanto, has a relatively squeaky-clean brand, with ‘lots of positive connotations’. This, despite the company being rocked by scandal in 2001 when its cholesterol drug Lipobay was found to have serious side-effects and its production of a neonicotinoid insecticide which may have contributed to the decline in the bee population.

by Chemical Concern, Global Research: 


“Its oldest brand is aspirin, after all,” says Torben Bo Hansen, head of Philipp und Keuntje, a German advertising agency, adding “But for large parts of the population Monsanto is evil personified.”

In another FT article, Dirk Zimmermann explains:

“Bayer is by no means an exemplary company. After all, their business model is the same as Monsanto’s — they also sell genetically modified seeds that are resistant to the herbicides they produce. None of this is compatible with the idea of…

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Thousands march against GMO giant Monsanto as Bayer takeover looms (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

More than 400 simultaneous demonstrations around the world are voicing fury at US biotech leviathan Monsanto, which is facing a hostile takeover from German pharmaceuticals company Bayer. – “The whole world hates Monsanto!” read the banners among a throng in Paris, marching to the sound of a drum band.

from RT: 

The crowd held up posters condemning the sale of the herbicide RoundUp, which has been accused of causing cancer in humans, and the development of genetically-modified crops.

Environmentalist and leftist politicians, such as former presidential candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon, marched at the front of the column, but the impetus for the rallies was provided by another group.

The grassroots Nuit Debout has mobilized hundreds of thousands for labor reform protests in recent months, and many of the same demonstrators turned out to barrack the St. Louis-based giant in Lyon, Bordeaux and Lille.

Genetically-modified crops are banned in France, despite the…

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