Corporate Control Over Chinese Soy

Henry Kissinger said, “Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people.” I was reading the other day that China is importing a large amount of soybeans from the U.S. and Brazil, to use… Read More

Maathai’s Meatrix

New Year, fast review. As 2010 gets going, I thought it was worth looking back — well, just a couple of weeks — to the Copenhagen climate talks and what Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai said about meat… Read More

Vegetarianism: Personal Choice, Interpersonal Consequences

As always, I skipped the turkey and gravy this Christmas. However I was able to partake in every other part of the meal’the roast potatoes, the stuffing, the brussel sprouts, the homemade oat bread. Because I won’t eat… Read More

Big Fish, Big Trouble: Silver Carp in the Great Lakes

Although the Great Lakes boast a $7 billion/year fishing industry, there is one fish that’s not welcome here: the Asian carp. The invasive silver Asian carp can weigh up to 100 pounds and eat 20 percent of their… Read More

Small Farmers…and Farm Futures

The small farmers’ movement has been well-represented at the Klimaforum (if not on the many government delegations, where it appears agribusiness got the slots), making important points about the need to distinguish between “Big Ag” and small, more… Read More

Copenhagen Screening: SRO

There is some good news, too, from Copenhagen: Brighter Green’s screening of “What’s For Dinner?” Wednesday night at the Klimaforum was filled to overflowing with a multi-national audience, including lots of young people. The room could hold 80… Read More

Climate Corrections

Brighter Green colleague Brazilian Simone Lima, told me about an interesting misstatement, made yesterday at the Bella Center that might contain a grain of truth. Speaking to delegates, Dilma Roussef, Brazil’s minister for development and possibly the country’s… Read More


Negotiations here in Copenhagen are at a critical stage. Time is running out for a climate deal’a strong, binding agreement. Some say it won’t happen. Others say the U.S. is leading a “race to the bottom” and that… Read More

In Copenhagen, Delete Meat?

Much of the debate among government delegations in Copenhagen is about language and specifically, brackets around words. Sometime it’s many words’whole paragraphs’and sometimes it’s just a few. “Brackets” are a kind of holding place. Deleting the brackets means… Read More

Copenhagen: Gray and Green

It’s still dark in Copenhagen at 8 a.m. and doesn’t really get light, and only then after a fashion, until around 9. At the other end of the day, the wispy clouds of the impending sunset appear on… Read More