Friday, May 13, 2011

The FDA Exposed: An Interview With Vioxx Whistleblower David Graham

This is an important story about the institutional bias of the FDA, and its pro-pharma policies, as revealed in an interview with the current Associate Director for Science and Medicine in FDA's Office of Drug Safety.

Leading the Fight against “Corn Sugar”

An inspiring story of an ordinary citizen becoming outraged at the deleterious health impact of high fructose corn syrup and it's connection to diabetes in America, who decided to fight and get information out to the public. He launched a FB page about HFCS and managed to get a lot of people interested and active in opposing this common additive that has zero nutritional value. I think this is a great example of the kind of citizen-led activism that we need to change things for the better in this country.

Here's a petition site to register disapproval of the plan to relabel HFCS as "corn sugar," which is an attempt to mask its presence in so many industrial food products.

Texas Fracking Bill Would Be First To Require Public Disclosure Of Gas Drilling Chemicals

Passage of this Texas bill, in a state with a Republican super-majority in the legislature, would be a tremendous victory for the public's right to know what chemicals are being put into their water. The law would require gas companies to identify all of the 900 chemicals used in the fracking process and would send a very strong signal to industry and politicians that the hydraulic fracture process needs to be regulated responsibly to protect health and drinking water supplies.

Farming and Fracking Don’t Mix: A Farmer Speaks Out

Hay Now — It’s Boycott Time: Land O’Lakes, This Means You!

If you're against genetically modified foods and animal feed then this consumer action is calling your name. Land O Lakes has partnered with Monsanto through its' wholly owned subsidiary Forage Genetics International, to produce Roundup Ready Alfalfa seeds. Activists are calling for a boycott of Land O Lakes because of its role in promoting and profiting from the new GM Alfalfa crops that could ultimately threaten the viability of the organic food industry.

Fired For Your Personal Life? A New Law Could Make It Possible

A new law introduced in Florida could make it possible for employers to deny unemployment benefits to workers who are fired based on no work-related wrongdoing. If passed it would constitute a serious erosion of civil rights and could ultimately restrict free speech on political issues that are not aligned with employers.