Time to hold Big Pharma accountable Big Pharma is out of control. Prices are skyrocketing and the biggest companies are raking in billions while sick people can barely afford the medicine they need.1 Hedge fund “Pharma Bros” are buying up desperately needed drugs and jacking up the price.2 And just a few weeks ago, Pfizer and Allergen merged in one of the biggest tax-dodging corporate restructures in history.3 The pharmaceutical industry is running roughshod over patients and our democracy itself in its wild pursuit of profit.
TTIP: le paradis des lobbies industriels Skip to main content DanskNLENFIFRDEELITNOPLPTROSLESSV TTIP: le paradis des lobbies industriels WWF wins Survival’s “Greenwashing of the Year” award Widespread logging has been an acute problem for rainforest tribes for many years. © Margaret Wilson/Survival The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has won Survival International’s “Greenwashing of the Year” award for partnering with seven companies logging nearly 4 million hectares of forests belonging to the Baka and Bayaka “Pygmies” in central Africa. The award is given to companies or organizations who dress up the destruction of tribal peoples’ forests as conservation.
is-meat-making-us-obese When we think of obesity, we typically think of poor diet, excessive sugar and insufficient exercise. We probably don’t think of meat consumption as playing a role. But, new research assessing meat consumption and obesity rates in 170 countries worldwide found that excessive meat consumption may be contributing to obesity as much as excessive sugar consumption. Researchers from the University of Adelaide, Australia, found that excessive meat consumption is contributing to the prevalence of global obesity as much as excessive sugar consumption. They also found that the availability of sugar contributed to the same incidence of obesity as the availability of meat in a particular country.
Apple says you can “feel really good” about buying its products. Don’t believe them. Lisa Jackson, Apple’s VP of environment, policy, and social initiatives, took to the stage at a press event Monday to discuss the company’s new environmental commitments. And from what Jackson, an ex-Environmental Protection Agency administrator, said, Apple’s doing pretty damn well. The details: 93 percent of Apple operations worldwide are powered by renewable energyIn 23 countries, including the United States and China, operations run on 100 percent renewables99 percent of Apple packaging is recycled or sourced from sustainably managed forestsApple is funding the preservation of a million acres of forest in China and 35,000 acres in the eastern U.S.
Syngenta plays dirty to shape public opinion on herbicide As a journalist, it takes a lot to really piss me off: I’ve found that most scandals aren’t really scandals if you dig past the screaming headlines and into the wonky details. And, though I grew up a corporation-hating liberal, in nearly every story I’ve reported I’ve found that for the most part, businesspeople act honestly and honorably. The companies actually trying to make the world better often make easy targets, because when you are grappling with genuine complexity — which is what corporations do — you are bound to make mistakes. And then, every once in a while, I come across a true scandal, and it tips me back toward cynicism. That said, now I’m pissed off: Monday morning we learned that the ag-tech corporation Syngenta paid millions of dollars in a covert effort to protect its herbicide atrazine and discredit critics.
It’s Election Day, and the Koch brothers have more votes than you do When you fantasize about what you would do if you inherited a vast fortune, what do you think of? Vacation homes? Private jets? How about influencing electoral outcomes in towns of 20,000 that you will never set foot in? Well, if you find that last one odd, clearly you aren’t a Koch brother. David and Charles Koch have turned their attention to obscure local races, The New York Times reports.
Costa Rica's Vulnerable Cocobolo Threatened by Illegal Logging Costa Rica is usually praised for its commitment to environmental protection and conservation. For instance, the Central American country is running on 99 percent renewable energy and it’s one of the top 20 countries worldwide with the most biodiversity (Costa Rica covers only 0.03 percent of the planet’s surface, but it’s home to 4 to 5 percent of the total species estimated worldwide, particularly insects). So how can Costa Rica allow illegal logging to threaten the rare cocobolo tree, also known as tropical or black rosewood, and other rare trees in its national parks? The Price of Luxury
Stop importing Paraguayan beef: Russian restaurants warned The destruction of the Ayoreo’s forest for beef production threatens to wipe out the uncontacted Ayoreo-Totobiegosode. © Survival International Russia’s top restaurants have been urged to stop using beef from Paraguay, to prevent the rapid destruction of the forest home of an uncontacted tribe by cattle ranchers. Russia is the principal importer of beef from Paraguay. Brazilian ranching company Yaguarete Pora S.A. which exports to Russia, has repeatedly been captured on satellite imagery illegally bulldozing vast tracts of Paraguay’s Chaco forest. The Chaco is home to the uncontacted Ayoreo-Totobiegosode tribe, one of the most vulnerable societies on the planet.
Walmart’s new green product label is the most misleading yet A giant, 150-foot roll of bubble wrap may not be your idea of an environmentally friendly product, but over at Walmart.com this one-pound ball of plastic now boasts a special “Sustainability Leaders” badge. It’s one of more than 3,000 products tagged with this new green label, which Walmart executives unveiled last week, together with a web portal where shoppers can find these items. Dozens of news accounts hailed the giant retailer’s move as a significant step toward clearing up the confusion and misleading information that often greet consumers trying to make ecologically responsible choices. “The world’s largest retailer took a major and important step toward helping all of us shop more smartly,” declared corporate sustainability consultant Andrew Winston in Harvard Business Review. Triple Pundit concurred: “It’s about to get a lot easier for Walmart.com shoppers to make the responsible choice.”