Posts tagged with ecology
24 December 2010 - US sought to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified seeds (Wikileaks)
“U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks reveal the Bush administration drew up ways to retaliate against Europe for refusing to use genetically modified seeds. In 2007, then-U.S. ambassador to France Craig Stapleton was concerned about France’s decision to ban cultivation of genetically modified corn produced by biotech giant Monsanto.”
“… unfortunately, the Obama administration has not been better than the Bush administration, possibly worse.”
“Not only were the scientists at the US Food and Drug Administration aware that GMOs were different, they had warned repeatedly that they might create allergies, toxins, new diseases and nutritional problems. But they were ignored, and their warnings were even denied, and the policy went forth allowing the deployment GMOs into the food supply with virtually no safety studies.”
14 November 2010 - Top 10 eye-opening ecological documentaries – and how to watch them easily
Images often speak better than words. Part of this blog’s aim is to contribute in raising readers’ awareness to certain issues and offer some ideas to deal constructively with them. True to this aim, we present to you today a selection of ecological documentaries that we consider as must-see. Indeed, if they are daunting, they are also eye-opening, inspirational and serve as helpful triggers for change. We assume that you’ve already watched the awards-winning An Inconvenient Truth, so we haven’t included it here. Do watch it (here) if you haven’t yet though…
To encourage you watching these 10 documentaries, we’ve also added links or given hints on how to access them easily. So that you can’t say you didn’t know! 🙂
So, here are our top 10 ecological documentaries:
1) Food, Inc. It’s a must-see. It provides a rather objective – if scary – assessment of … Read the rest
8 September 2010 - ‘Ecology’ or ‘Environment’?
Why does this blog mention ‘ecology’ rather than ‘environment’? Well, it’s fairly simple actually. While ‘environment’ tends to put humans at the centre of it all – as if we had some sort of right or supremacy over nature -, ‘ecology’ provides a more comprehensive outlook, whereby humans are only one part of nature. A distinctive part in many ways, but nonetheless just a part.
I understand that the main use of ‘ecology’ refers to the scientific study of the distributions, abundance and relations of organisms and their interactions with the environment. But I mainly use it to emphasize the interdependency between human and nature interaction.
I’d be curious to know whether you share our views on that one?… Read the rest