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Twitter didn't cause the Egyptian revolution—bread did

dylan c. robertson

Media determinists of all stripes have hailed the role of Twitter, Facebook and other social media in prompting the recent pan-Arab revolts. Though it could be argued that these revolts were bound to happen eventually, the catalyst isn’t likely social media — it’s food. One of the main causes of the French Revolution was a combination […] More »

How privatization will make food less affordable in the North

dylan c. robertson

Changes to the government’s food subsidy program are making some in Northern Canada fear higher prices and fewer small, local stores. The Food Mail Program was axed last October, to be replaced by a redesigned initiative in April 2011. The program, jointly run by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Canada Post, and Health Canada, provided food […] More »

Body Politic #15: Canadian teenagers—now with more Bisphenol-A!

lyndsie bourgon

Canadians – a bunch of walking, talking BPA vessels? Apparently so. Statistics Canada recently released results from their first nationwide look into bisphenol A, and the results aren’t pretty. According to a Globe and Mail report on the stats, 91 per cent of Canadians tested show some sort of BPA exposure, and teenagers carry most of […] More »

In Haiti earthquake aftermath, Monsanto's "gift" of seeds has strings attached

natalie samson

Monsanto has donated 475 tonnes, that’s $4 million worth, of hybrid vegetable seeds to Haiti, proving that a devastated nation is land ripe for corporate sowing. But at least one of Haiti’s major peasant-driven activist groups is looking a gift horse in the mouth. In an article for The Huffington Post, Beverly Bell explains “A […] More »