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Table of Contents
January 2006 to December 2006

Following are the contents of earlier issues of the Ram's Horn. If the articles pique your interest, and you'd like to see more, please subscribe!

#242: December 2006 TOC
To Ottawa, with Skepticism
Canadian Biotechnology Action Network - national group is working on a Ban Terminator campaign and seed regulation changes
Ideology Trumps Business Sense - how else to explain the Harper government's moves to destroy the wheat marketing system?
        - Act One: Neuter the Canadian Grain Commission
        - Act Two, Scene One: Destroy the Canadian Wheat Board
        - Act Two, Scene Two: 'Modernize' (that is, water down) Seed Regulations
        - Act Two, Scene Three: Manipulate Wheat Board Election of Directors
        - Act Two, Scene Four: Fire Respected Executive
        Act Three remains to be written.
Seeds Are Big Business
Coming and Going: a snapshot of Cargill's operations
Numbers: compare deaths from H5N1 bird flu and the invasion of Iraq
Pepsi in India
Fairtrade Nestle

#241: September 2006 TOC
Changes (including address) - why the Kneens are moving to Ottawa
Reflections on Networking - Cathleen on the BC Food Systems Network
Biotech Chickens Come Home to Roost - Sadly, as predicted, biotech is causing a myriad of problems:

  • Rice: don't look, find anyway - GE rice is discovered although it is not supposed to be there
  • Golf Course Grass: assess and then approve - creeping bentgrass is the first perennial GE crop
  • Cassava: projects fail, hype stays strong
  • Gates and Rockefeller to Save Africa - imposing the Green Revolution again
  • Foodstuffs: Milk - growing demand for organic dairy products
  • Spinach - E coli is spread by centralized distribution systems

Organic communion - why didn't we think of that sooner?
Cuba's health care system - same results as the USA at a fraction of the cost
Tactics of Subversion ... and Control - Monsanto uses new tactics in South Africa, buys up more seed companies
Meaningless Choice - hundreds of varieties of wheat, canola
Obscenities - tidbits from the corporate food system
Change of Address effective October 14th

 

#240: August 2006 TOC
Ideological Individualism: "Choice" - Brewster dissects the call for an end to the Canadian Wheat Board
A bleak future for Canadian farmers - new program spends $550 million, doesn't help farmers
Fuel - or Food? - subsidies again
Ethanol is No Answer - biofuels cost more than they give, any way you look at it
Book Review: The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan is worth reading
Pesticides & BT Cotton in China - pesticide use as increased with the biotech crops
Good News: Taro Patents Revoked in Hawai'i, No to GE Sorghum in South Africa
Our Mirror Reveals More than the Present: a statement from traditional Indigenous Doctors to the government of Ecuador
Food Not Bombs activity banned - several US cities get nervous as homeless are fed in public parks
Corporate Press 'Freedom' - AP's copyright statement leaves no room for sharing a newspaper
Back Issues of The Ram's Horn Wanted
by the Wisconsin Historical Society
Bridging Borders Towards Food Security Conference to be held in Vancouver, October 7-11 2006

#239: June 2006 TOC
Moving Forward - recognizing Western science as a cultural artefact
Drive or Eat? - Ethanol from food crops is a bad idea
Ag Policy for Whom? - Canada's new Minister of Agriculture is committed to 'technological innovation'
Allergic to Peanuts - Concern as peanut products infiltrate more of the food system
Gene Flow Confirmed - Pollen from a common turf grass can travel at least 13 miles
Stalled by Liability - Farmers growing GM in Germany are liable for contamination
Hawai'i: Papaya and Taro - Local people oppose GM taro on cultural as well as environmental grounds
Super-sized Cassava - US researchers have developed GM cassava ...
Non-GMO alternative - while Brazilian researchers have done the same without GM
"African Biofortified Sorghum" - is being developed with money from the Gates Foundation
Codex Alimentarius - Again - Although 40 countries have mandatory labelling of GM, the US has succeeded in blocking consensus at Codex fertilizer is hyped as the way to solve Africa's woes

#238: May 2006 TOC
Imported "Solutions" - fertilizer is hyped as the way to solve Africa's woes
Fuel or Food? - ADM and Cargill weigh in on biodiesel
Trains not Cars - Sweden fuels trains with methane
Lies, Perfidy and Whitewash - Monsanto tries to fix its image
No genetic engineering required - US scientists locate allergens in soy
Sour Soy Miracle - Brazilian farmers protest low prices
GE Alfalfa - USDA challenged in court
GE Assesment in the EU - claim that risk assessments are flawed
Registered GE Holsteins?
Traditional Livelihoods - realizing that African pastoralists are efficient
Outsourced Drug Trials - Indians used as guinea pigs
Polish GE seed ban - passed into law
Hot Revolving Door - USDA, seed trade, and Big Pharma
Children of the Sun - book review
Five characteristics of a profitable farmer, or, how to get rid of your neighbours

#237: March/April 2006 TOC
A Genuine Balance Sheet - Brewster looks at the promises and costs of biotech
Food democracy and Food sovereignty - how to tell the difference
Water fountains and bottled water - public access is disappearing
Pouring resources down the drain - the inefficiencies of bottling water
The Power of the People - the moratorium on Terminator Technology is upheld
"Promise" and "Noblesse Oblige" - some direct industry quotes
Suckling Pigs - later weaning is better for everyone
Recolonizing India - the India-US Knowledge Initiative raises fears
"Underwear risks" - Zenical helps lose weight but has nasty side-effects
Argentina /Monsanto - Monsanto tries to get the country to pay for
its RR products
Growth in organic food - organic production is up, major corporations are taking market share
Black market milk - the "right" to export - a US company is planning to sue Canada over supply management
Cargill Profile - a change in advertising for the corporation
US-AID - former Eli Lilly exec is hired
Corporate largesse - Syngenta donates to rural food banks

#236: February 2006 TOC
Corporate Welfare and the Public
Bechtel vs Bolivia - people finally get control of their water
Cargill Profile -
Collective Marketing the Only Way - despite Cargill and cronies' attack on the Wheat Board
Plummeting Farm Income - "not so much falls, as plummets"
Sad little onions - farmers compensated for crop damage by Roundup spray drift
Stalled by liability - GE planting unlikely as farmers are liable
ISAAA - a front group for biotech propaganda
Ethics in Action - Maine seed company refuses to stock Monsanto/Seminis products
Deceit .. and Cynicism - Monsanto's 'reduced prices' and 'charity' in Africa
A Sea Change at Guelph - ecological advocate is appointed as head of Plant Agriculture

#235: January 2006 TOC
Energy and Oil Palms: an analysis of the "Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil"
Destruction of GM crops was justified - French court recognizes "clear and present danger" of GM
Contaminated Charity - Monsanto gives hybrid corn to the poor
Tadpoles beware - Roundup kills tadpoles as well as frogs
The Gospel according to CropLife - an example of the mentality of the agrotoxin industry
The Cargill File - update on Cargill activities (see The Cargill Profile page under Resources)
More than you really wanted to know - About the Farm Crisis, a new publication from the National Farmers Union
More than you really wanted to know - About Oligopoly, a new publication from ETC Group
The Costs of Consolidation - in the retail sector
Looking after your health, sort of - Kellogg will use low-linoleic acid GM soybeans to eliminate trans-fats; Pepsi  and McCain's are growing and selling potatoes in China

 

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