Caution: Ingredients May Cause Land Grabs

 

There’s a lot behind multinational corporations, that much is certain and a lot of it is ugly and dirty. A company doesn’t make that much money be being socially and environmentally responsible. For a long time big companies started worrying less and less about consumer and society and more about profits and stocks, which means people, especially poor people always get the short end of the stick. And this is wrong.

On this particular case, the sugar supply chains for the soda companies like Coca-cola or Pepsi have apparently been grabbing land from poor communities to plant their sugar, which will hinder their future sustainability and livelihood and this issue will not be addressed until we, the consumer, tell the big brands what we think about their disrespect for our rights and our world.

Make your voice know: www.behindthebrands.org and share this information. (Also more information on the top ten worst brands)

(Source: OXFAM America)

Advertisements

GMO Activism Bringing Down Monsanto’s Stock

The recent wave of activism against Genetically Modified Organic products and, particularly, its most popular face – Monsanto Corporation – is finally taking its toll where it hurts the most to these unscrupulous capitalists, their wallets.

Monsanto executives and insiders are dumping Monsanto stock in record volumes, sending the stock price spiraling downward. CEO Hugh Grant just sold off 40,000 shares at $97.74, and both Janet Holloway and Gerald Steiner — both high-level Monsanto executives — recently ditched more than 10,000 shares each. Tom Hartley also bailed on another 6,000 shares at $100.15.

Although this does not make the wrongs right, it does show that no matter how big a corporation is, it is still liable to consumer opinion and activism and therefore should always strive for Corporate Social Responsibility to guarantee sustainability. Monsanto’s products have several negative side-effects like genetic pollution, growth of tumors due to consumption and were the main cause for a massive number of bee death’s, preventing the important pollination process required for the constant growth of crops.

Now we can only hope that the responsible parties will be brought to justice, although money seems to impeach the power of courts, for some reason.

On the meanwhile, take a word of advice from Mike Adams at Natural News be a responsible investor.

The mutual funds still investing in Monsanto include:

• Fidelity Select
• American Century
• Rydex Basic Materials
• Hartford Growth
• ICON Materials
• Vanguard Materials

If you own any of these mutual funds, sell them now and invest somewhere else. Become an “activist investor” and put your money in companies that create a better world, not companies that destroy their world for their own selfish greed.”

(Source: True Activist)

 

As a final word, it is a shame and an outrage for democracy and decency anywhere in this planet that the US Government would protect an entity as evil as Monsanto (The Monsanto Protection Act, H.R. 933). It only shows how every government, politic and legislation is for sale and how the common person is bludgeoned under the greed for profit of the ones that sit at the top.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxpH9wBt0fM

 

Good News Roundup – May 2013

Here is the monthly roundup of both big and small victories for the good-doers for May 2013.

Any other relevant articles please post on the comment section below.

Regarding the protection of bees and their importance to the global ecosystem:

EU bans pesticides over bee fears (Reuters)
Bee-harming pesticides escape proposed European ban (The Guardian)
EU says it will push through better bee protections after members disagree over pesticides (Washington Post)
Save the bees: Protesters swarm around Parliament in support of pesticides ban (Mirror)
Historic vote to ban neonicotinoid pesticides blamed for huge decline in bees (The Independent)
EU to ban pesticides linked to bee decline (Al Jazeera)
European Union imposes ban on pesticides linked to bee deaths (RFI)
EU to ban bee-killing pesticides (EU Observer)

Animal Protection:

The Protection of sea turtles in Mexico
Tarzan the tar-covered cat is saved by good Samaritan
Goat escapes from slaughterhouse to freedom
New York rescue crew saves ducklings from storm drain (with video)
State of Nevada bans dog breed discrimination
Stories of 2 homeless and their beloved dogs

Corporate:

Investment in alternative clean energies (solar energy) by Verizon
Monsanto surrenders and ends all lobbying in Europe

Technology:

3D printing changing the world for the better

The Most Efficient Vehicle on the Planet?

The ELF, a product of Organic Transit, a North Carolina-based company which develops what they call “the most efficient vehicles on the planet” is a zero carbon-emission vehicle for everyday urban use. The ELF is made of 45 percent recycled aluminum frame, equipped with a weatherproof 80 percent recycled composite shell and it’s assembled together by actual people, not machines, making a strong stand on sustainable production and social corporate responsibility. It also possesses a solar panel on top so that the battery recharges just as you go about your business.

Rob Cotter, CEO of the company states:

“We’re watching the cost of Chinese labor and fossil fuels going up, while unemployment in the West is at critical levels. We’re riding that wave, and aiming to build a radically different business model that will keep our costs and environmental impact down.”

ELF vehicle

The ELF-like vehicles could have been in the market decades ago, but throughout the 90’s until recently people prioritized power, luxury and size, not efficiency. These broadly overrated priorities are clearly part of the problem that is directly and indirectly causing the collapse of your world, whether economical or environmental. Vehicles like ELF are not only the answer to a clean, efficient and waste minimizing society, but they are also said to be a unique and addictive ride.

Read the original article (mnn.com) and the video from company CEO Rob Cotter here.