“Someone could have been sampling viruses from different caves for a decade and just playing mix-and-match in the lab, and those viruses could be so different from one another that none of our vaccines will work on them. We need to find where this came from, and close it down.” — Alina Chan, molecular biologist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, in a September 9, 2020 interview with Boston Magazine
As we’ve argued from the early days of the COVID-19 outbreak, it’s important to know how to protect yourself against the virus.
But it’s equally important to know how to protect against future, potentially worse, outbreaks. That means understanding where the virus came from, and what made it so dangerous for some, especially vulnerable, people.
Getting to the bottom of COVID-19’s origins hasn’t been easy, thanks to a whole lot of “global gaslighting of the media—and, by proxy, the public,” according to the reporter for Boston Magazine, who wrote:
“There’s long been a sense that if the public and politicians really knew about the dangerous pathogen research being conducted in many laboratories, they’d be outraged. Denying the possibility of a catastrophic incident like this, then, could be seen as a form of career preservation [for scientists]. ‘For the substantial subset of virologists who perform gain-of-function research,’ Richard Ebright, a Rutgers microbiologist and another founding member of the Cambridge Working Group, told me, ‘avoiding restrictions on research funding, avoiding implementation of appropriate biosafety standards, and avoiding implementation of appropriate research oversight are powerful motivators. Antonio Regalado, biomedicine editor of MIT Technology Review, put it more bluntly. If it turned out COVID-19 came from a lab, he tweeted, ‘it would shatter the scientific edifice top to bottom.’”
Fortunately, some scientists aren’t afraid to speak truth to power. One of those is Alina Chan, a molecular biologist at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT.
Chan, whose work is featured in the Boston magazine piece, couldn’t continue her own research while quarantined at home.
So Chan, along with a colleague from her days at the University of British Columbia, started digging into the possible origins of COVID-19.
What they discovered, and what they published, is not what Big Media, Big Pharma, Big Biotech—or the scientists (and their funders) in our Gain-of-Function Hall of Shame—want you to believe.
Read ‘Could COVID-19 Have Escaped from a Lab?’
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“Everybody is losing in this system—except for the massive corporations that have taken over the American food system.” — Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), in an interview with the Guardian
Finally, a U.S. Senator who “gets it.”
Finally, a champion in the U.S. Senate who’s willing to publicly acknowledge that the health of our food system affects every aspect of our society.
Finally, a Senator who isn’t afraid to go up against “Big Meat,” and one who echoes our call for radical reform. In a recent interview with the Guardian, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said the U.S. food system is not only broken, it’s “savagely broken.” Late last year, Booker, who serves on the Congressional Advisory Committee for the national coalition of U.S. Farmers & Ranchers for a Green New Deal, introduced the Farm System Reform Act. He hopes that as more people realize how unhealthy, and unjust, the U.S. food system is, the more support he’ll be able to build for this, and other legislation targeting the corrupt and monopolistic practices of the industrial food system.
Read ‘'A Savagely Broken Food System': Cory Booker Wants Radical Reform . . . Now'
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OCA and the organic movement mourn the passing of Grover Stock, a lifetime farm, permaculture and analog forestry activist based in California and Central America.
Grover was an advisor and consultant for OCA for many years, working on joint projects in Chiapas (with Zapatista communities), San Miguel de Allende and other locations.
Grover was also a founding member of OCA’s sister organization, Regeneration International.
We will miss Grover, but his legacy will live on.
Venceremos. We shall overcome.
Watch this video featuring Grover Stock
If we had to single out one common thread running through the multiple crises we face today, it would be corporate greed.
Greedy Big Food and Big Ag corporations have exploited “essential” workers, poisoned our water, destroyed the nutrients in our soil along with the soil’s capacity to store carbon, made us obese, yet undernourished—and left us highly vulnerable to illness, including COVID-19.
Greedy Big Oil (along with Big Ag) have fueled a dire climate emergency.
Greedy Big Pharma can’t wait to push the next pill—or vaccine—on people whose health has been compromised by the processed junk food industry.
Greedy Big Advertising and Big Media collude with Big Business to promote false narratives over facts.
Meanwhile, greedy politicians line up to grab their corporate donations in exchange for selling out the public’s best interests.
Where does that leave you? Where does it leave us . . . and the generations to come?
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“It’s a challenge to be in a world where our government can’t be depended on to protect us from an industrial food system that is actually making us sick.” — from “The Need to Grow,” Rosario Dawson’s award-winning documentary
An eight-year-old girl challenges the ethics of the Girl Scouts of America. A renegade farmer struggles to keep his land. An accomplished visionary inventor faces catastrophe in the midst of developing a game-changing technology.
There’s no shortage of challenges for those intent on feeding the world without destroying the planet.
But there are also solutions—and that’s what the makers of the documentary, “The Need to Grow,” focus on.
According to the film’s website:
“‘The Need To GROW’ delivers an epic story of solutions and the struggle to implement them. It will make you laugh, make you cry, give you chills, and inspire you to participate in the restoration of the Earth.”
According to the Society of Voice Arts and Sciences: “No human being on the planet should miss this film.”
Watch the trailer
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That’s what the authors of a new book, “Corona, False Alarm?” want readers to do, after reading through the facts they present, and the questions they pose, around COVID-19 and the world’s response to it.
In the book’s introduction, authors Dr. Karina Reiss and Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi write:
“The intent of this book is to provide readers with facts and background information, so that they will be able to arrive at their own conclusions. Statements in the book should be regarded as the authors’ opinions that we submit for your scrutiny. Criticism and dissent are welcome. In scientific discussions, postulation of any thesis should also invite antitheses, so that finally the synthesis may resolve potential disagreement and enable us to advance in the interest of mankind. We do not expect all readers to share our points of view. But we do hope to ignite an open and much needed discussion, to the benefit of all citizens of this deeply troubled world.”
The list of questions the authors raise include:
• How does COVID-19 compare? with previous coronaviruses and the flu virus?• What do the infection numbers and the death rate really tell us?• Were the protective measures justified?• Does science support mandatory mask-wearing?• Does the race for vaccine development make sense?
Read the introduction to “Corona, False Alarm?”
Buy the book
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