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Coca-Cola Scandal: Emails Prove Deception

Coke exec steps down after emails show the company was intentionally skewing the science about the health effects of its products. Last week, the Associated Press published emails showing close coordination between high-ranking Coca-Cola executives and leaders of the Global Energy Balance Network (GEBN), a nonprofit that claims to fund research into causes of obesity, but instead promotes the idea that lack …

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Expat Files – 10.11.15

-So many gonnabees and wannabees want desperately to become Expats you’d think there would be a big gringo stampede south of the border. But there isn’t. Because its such a big leap it usually takes some kind of first-world trauma or a “straw that broke the camel’s back” moment to set the plan in motion.
Today we have such a story and more… a wannabee/gonnabee describing the particular traumatic moment that sent him over the edge.

-For those of you wondering how to transport your gold and silver down to Latin America: did you know there are certain secure ATM machines in Colombia and Peru that actually dispense gold and silver ingots?

-You may have heard of the recent landslide in Guatemala that buried 500 or so people, and their homes. They were squatters: the poorest of the poor. Tragedy and disaster for them, yes. But as for us, not to worry. That kind of stuff just doesn’t happen to Expat gringos. Here’s the rest of the story…

-Just when you think nothing much will surprise you, something happens that makes you stop and wish for a camera. Even long term expats in Latin America get fun and weird surprises most every day.

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Nick Meyer – American Academy Of Pediatrics Gives Monsanto The Boot After Meeting With Concerned Mothers

In today’s social media dominated world, one well-placed infographic can practically start a revolution. With Facebook pages and Instagram accounts feeding highly precise and sometimes juicy tidbits of previously hidden information to the masses at a rate of millions per week, it’s easy to see how we can create change faster than ever before. In the case of one particular …

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Nadia Prupis – Meet the Nation’s First School District to Serve 100% Organic Meals

The Conscious Kitchen prepares a lunch at Bayside MLK Jr. Academy. (Photo: Turning Green) When schools in California’s Sausalito Marin City District return to session this August, they will be the first in the nation to serve their students 100 percent organic meals, sustainably sourced and free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). More than 500 students at Bayside MLK Jr. …

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Dr. Gary G. Kohls – Corporate Crime and the Plunder of Planet Earth

“Slavery is the legal fiction that a person is property. Corporate personhood is the legal fiction that property is a person.” — Anonymous In 2010 the pro-corporate Roberts’ 5/4 Supreme Court decided, in the Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission ruling that favored right-wing multimillionaire businessmen and amoral multinational corporations by making it easier for them to steal US elections …

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Reynard Loki – ‘Beyond Unacceptable’: Judge OKs Uranium Mine at Grand Canyon

In June, the Grand Canyon was named one of the “Most Endangered Places [3]” in America by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. But the designation came just two months too late to possibly influence U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell. In April, he denied a request by the Havasupai tribe and a coalition of conservation groups to halt new …

Whoa: Huge Number of Nutritional Experts May Be Bought off by the Big Junk Food Companies By Ari LeVaux

According to a new report, many scientific studies about nutrition, as well as the trusted experts who disseminate this information to the public, are being funded by the very entities that should be scrutinized. The report[3], “Nutrition Scientists on the Take from Big Food,” details the ways that the world’s largest food corporations—aka Big Food—exert their influence on nutrition research and the …

People Should Control the Food System, Not Corporations – Kirtana Chandrasekaran, Stanka Becheva

For those among us interested in how we can feed the world, we would recommend a visit to the alternative People’s EXPO instead of the official Milan (Italy) EXPO 2015, a massive exhibition supposedly aimed at bringing the global community together to ‘make progress on issues of international importance.’ Twenty million visitors are expected at the EXPO 2015 in Milan, a €1.3 billion …

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The Complete History of Monsanto, “The World’s Most Evil Corporation” – E Hanzai

Of all the mega-corps running amok, Monsanto has consistently outperformed its rivals, earning the crown as “most evil corporation on Earth!” Not content to simply rest upon its throne of destruction, it remains focused on newer, more scientifically innovative ways to harm the planet and its people. 1901: The company is founded by John Francis Queeny, a member of the Knights of Malta, a thirty …