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Thursday, June 13,2013

Monsanto Frankenwheat crops up in Oregon

By Jim Hightower
Bob Dylan once sent a two-word lyric to Ben Harper, a talented songwriter he admired. “Well well,” was the lyric, and Dylan challenged Harper to make a song of it.
Thursday, June 6,2013

Biotech runs amuck. Again

By Jim Hightower
When asked what the world needs, people tend to go all gushy and offer up such fuzzy stuff as “world peace” and “more kindness.”
Thursday, May 30,2013

A new home for poverty in America

By Jim Hightower
It’s been nearly 50 years since poverty in America was a front-burner issue on our nation’s political agenda — and it’s time to move it up again.
Thursday, May 23,2013

Let’s join the Army!

By Jim Hightower
Imagine “net zero.” That’s the wonky phrase attached to an elegant idea — namely, converting communities to total renewable energy, complete recycling, and a culture of conservation to bring humankind’s carbon footprint into a sustainable balance with a healthy earth.
Thursday, May 16,2013

Turning people who report corporate crime into criminals

By Jim Hightower
Still, it seems strange that legislators in so many states — from California to Vermont — have simultaneously been pushing “ag-gag” bills that are not merely outrageous, but downright un- American.
Thursday, May 9,2013

Ag biz gags on its own gag law

By Jim Hightower
Welcome to the Brave New World of “ag-gag” laws being pushed by agribusiness corporations to stop reporters, workers, animal rights advocates and even curious 25-year-old truth-seekers like Ms. Meyer from recording abuses that are routinely taking place on farm-animal confinement factories.
Thursday, May 2,2013

Corporate Johns and turning legislative tricks

By Jim Hightower
First, some background. A decade earlier, WCS parlayed political donations to Gov. Rick Perry into a special deal to build a low-level nuclear waste dump in a West Texas county, right up against the New Mexico border.
Thursday, April 25,2013

Gagging on ag-gag laws

By Jim Hightower
Factory farms are not farms at all. They are corporate-run concentration camps for pigs, cows, chickens, turkeys and other food animals.
Thursday, April 18,2013

Saving our ravaged planet — and ourselves

By Jim Hightower
Earth Day cometh — the 43rd year of this national focus on our globe. Should we weep? Or cheer? Both.
Thursday, April 11,2013

Corporate chiefs say America is unattractive

By Jim Hightower
I like the word “lift.” It implies upward progress and a can-do communal spirit: Yes, letīs all put our backs into it, and lift this load. Itīs so American!