If food prices go on as they are today, the consequences will be horrific.
International Monetary Fund’s Dominique Strauss-Kahn wakes up to the global food crisis but, along with the World Bank, fails to put any money where its mouth is.
A word to the weed
The good news: the feds are looking for someone new to grow their medical weed. Medpot users will tell you the stuff marijuana monopoly Prairie Plant Systems is pushing is bush. The bad news: once again, Health Canada’s looking to hand the lucrative contract to one grower. A better idea: let compassion clubs and medpot users grow their own. Why are they being forced to pay the feds for substandard sativa?
Wear a rubber, save the world
Enviros are going to love the moral feel of these new safes. Brazil’s just cut the ribbon on a condom project that will draw natural latex from protected rubber trees in the Chico Mendes forest reserve, helping poor rubber tappers squeeze out a decent living while offering an incentive to preserve the rainforest. No doubt earth lovers will be pining for these feel-good skins.
Clear and present danger
Shocker of all jaw-dropping shockers, Health Canada has moved to take an independent stand for once, becoming the first country in the world to label estrogen mimicker bisphenol A a dangerous substance. Ballsy move, since just two months ago the FDA in the U.S. chose to ignore hundreds of government and academic studies detailing concerns about leachates from clear polycarbonate baby bottles, water canteens, tin can linings and more. Banning bisphenol A may finally shatter the shatter-proof plastics’ grip on the market. Is it a coincidence that Nalgene just came out with stainless steel water containers this week?
Big box paradox
NDP leader Jack Layton points out the craziest contradiction in Leslieville’s big box planning boondoggle. “It took 17 years, millions of dollars and a lot of hard work to take down the Gardiner out here,” he says. “Now we could see it replaced by a golden mile of big box stores and parking lots standing between the community and the waterfront.”