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Crops, Cancer And Climate Change: The Corporate Hijack Of Science

By Colin Todhunter http://www.countercurrents.org/todhunter200812.htm 20 August, 2012 Countercurrents.org When rich companies with well-positioned, politically-connected lobbyists fund their own research and distort outcomes for their own ends, like some giant pharmaceutical company tinkering with our food or using poisonous pesticide, we are in serious trouble. Due to the corporate takeover of science, our rights and freedoms are currently in the process of being destroyed. In a genuine ‘age of reason,’ science would provide clear answers to issues and the public would be able to engage in open, honest debate over the rights and wrongs of policies. Instead, corporate interests have used their junk science and PR machines to muddy the waters […]

Science as a new religion

November 13, 2011 by Sara http://neocolonialthoughts.wordpress.com/2011/11/13/science-as-a-new-religion/ I just got back from a trip to Berlin, and one of the most interesting discussions I had with friends there was about how science has become a new religious authority. While many people may not be aware of this, science is not a neutral or objective way of understanding the world. It, like all other discourses, is built on assumptions and presuppositions that were created by men at some point in time to suit the context they were in. Thus it is a politicized discourse, like all others, including religion. But this is not the story we get about science. What we hear is that […]

GM and the PM

http://www.asianage.com/columnists/gm-and-pm-648 Vandana Shiva To impose a failed technology with high social and ecological costs in the name of ‘science’ is anti-science and anti-democracy In an interview to the journal Science (Feb. 24 edition), Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chose to focus on two hazardous technologies — genetically engineered seeds and crops in agriculture and nuclear power — as vital to the progress of science in India and the “salvation for finding meaningful new pathways of developing our economy”. He also talked about foreign-funded NGOs that were blocking this development. What Dr Singh said in the interview saddened me because he seems out of touch with science as well as the people […]

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