Monday, February 7, 2011

Short takes on corporate personhood and water

Some Buffalo NY Common Council members are looking into a ban on dumping or treating fracking waste inside the city. Good comment on this short piece relating environmental protection to corporate v. community rights.

Ronnie Cummins follows up an earlier piece with a look at "Monsanto's Minions," pointing out how Citizens United allows corporations with big profits at stake and little public credibility to shovel cash into the campaign of anyone running against a pro-GMO labeling legislator. It's good to see that he's adding "abolishing corporate personhood" to the to-do list of what must be done to protect the integrity of food and the future of real organic agriculture.

New Haven, CT, is considering giving up bottled water to save $32,000 a year.

Meanwhile Corporate Accountability International will present a petition to House Speaker John Boehner tomorrow calling for the House to stop buying bottled water, a habit which cost taxpayers an amazing $190,000 just for the first quarter of 2010 (from the photo, it appears that an appearance before a Congressional hearing comes with a small complementary bottle of Deer Park, which if it's not labeled "spring water" could be filtered tap water. No idea where they source the ice cubes.)

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