Everything is Dangerous

The French philosopher Michel Foucault is often quoted as saying “My point is not that everything is bad, but that everything is dangerous, which is not exactly the same as bad.” His critics accused him of ethical paralysis, where nothing could be done, for fear of danger. Foucault’s response was this: “everything is not equally dangerous.”

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Biowatch 1, South African Govt 0

Some good news from South Africa, the pesticide industry’s beachhead on the continent. In 2000, Biowatch a South African public interest NGO applied for information about the government’s regulation of biotechnology. The government dragged its feet. So Biowatch sued the government. Monsanto piled in on the government’s side to prevent access to the information. In court, the government lost. But Biowatch was told to pay costs.

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Breadline USA

Breadline USA cover

One of my oldest friends, Sasha Abramsky, has turned his incredible journalistic eye away from the prison-industrial-complex (on which he has written many fine books), to looking at the food system. The fruits of his labours will soon be available, and Breadline USA is well worth the read. It’s a harrowing and keenly observed expose of America’s ongoing hunger. And, if you’re in Northern California, you can meet Sasha in person at his book launch in Sacramento on June 16th. Details in the attachment. And if you can’t make it, here’s a podcast in which Sasha tells all.