Another bumper crop of recommended reading for left-greens and green lefts …
Koch brothers are the largest land owners of Canada’s tar sands
Koch Industries has been involved with almost every aspect of the tar sands industry, from mining bitumen to transportation, exportation, distribution and, of course, refining the petrochemicals — a large part of their empire. A subsidiary holds leases on 1.1 million acres in northern Alberta.
The dating game: How confusing food date labels lead to food waste in America
U.S. consumers and businesses needlessly trash billions of pounds of food every year as a result of food expiration date labeling practices. Almost none of those dates indicate the safety of food.
National Resources Defense Council, Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic
Liquid Pipeline: Extreme energy’s threat to the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence Seaway (pdf)
Plans are in the works to transport bitumen, fracked oil, fracking wastewater and nuclear waste on barges and tankers across the Great Lakes to refineries in the south or down the St. Lawrence River to refineries there, for export. This poses the greatest threat yet to these waters.
Council of Canadians
Radical U.N. report promotes democratic control of food and an end to corporate domination
A new report by the UN special rapporteur on the right to food challenges the entire basis on which food is produced and distributed on a global scale, calling for undermining of large agribusinesses and an infusion of democratic control.
Environment vs. Equity: A fake choice
It’s often claimed that we need to choose between accepting vast inequities in the name of curtailing consumption, or expanding the take-make-waste system so that we can all trash the planet equitably. This a false choice: solutions to the ecological and inequality problems are inseparable.
One quarter of US greenhouse gases come from just 43 companies
25.18% of U.S. greenhouse gases are being emitted by only 43 firms, according to figures tabulated by the Political Economy Research Institute
Buzzflash at Truthout