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UC Hunger Strike Against Weapons Labs Passes 1-Week Mark- 44 students from University of California campuses have spent over a week on a hunger strike against their universities’ involvement with nuclear weapons research.
Study documents new interactive junk food marketing techniques aimed at kids- we all know that corporations that manufacture foods low in nutrition and high in fat and sugar spend jillions of dollars to encourage kids to eat them. This new and totally unsurprising report finds that these same corporations are advertising to kids more directly, and more hidden from parents, utilitzing the internet and cellphones.
Starving the Poor- I recently wrote about the international damage caused by US farm policies, and these next few articles tie concrete current events into the mix. The price of tortillas in Mexico has abruptly risen by 50%. Tortillas are a staple of the Mexican diet, so this is a huge deal. I’m not sure to what part of the American diet to compare it to show the significance. Bread? Soda? Ketchup? Anyhow, according to smart guy Noam Chomsky, this price jump is due to the new demand for corn-based ethanol, which means that there is less corn available for corn-based tortillas. The article also points out that it’s not just a demand for corn-based ethanol, but for US-produced ethanol; Chomsky points out that Brazil makes cheap, efficient sugar-based ethanol, but that US tariffs on Brazilian ethanol will remain high in the near future. Guatemala to Face Corn Shortage- corn will also be scarce in Guatemala because of the US-ethanol scam.
In other words, America’s desire to become environmentally-sustainable without making any sacrifice to its automobile habits, the rise in oil prices due circumstances surrounding the Iraq war, and the greed of corporate agriculture are inadvertently starving/bankrupting the poor in Latin America.
Lawmakers Find $21 a Week Doesn’t Buy a Lot of Groceries- a handful of US Congressmen are attempting to live on food stamps for one week, which works out to about 21 $1 meals. They’re not doing so good. Sure, it’s a publicity stunt, but it’s a stunt that could potentially add 12% to the yearly food stamp budget. If you want to read about their experiences, you can read their blogs here and here. Of course, there are 26 million other Americans trying to get by on food stamps who won’t get to celebrate the end of the week with a return to their usual diet of Starbucks and steak.
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