Archive for March, 2013

Monsanto Teams up with Congress to Shred the Constitution

Our founding fathers, white-maleness aside, did get a few things right. One of them was the concept of “separation of powers,” to ensure a system of checks and balances among the three branches of government: executive, legislative, and judicial. But a dangerous provision snuck into the budget bill passed last week in Congress upends that system. Continue reading →

Michele Simon’s Upcoming Speaking Events

Hope to see you at one of these venues. To have me speak in your area, contact me here.

New York City
March 20: CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College
Force Fed: How Food Industry Disinformation Undermines Public Health
For details, see PDF flyer.

March 21-23
Consuming Kids Summit: Reclaiming Childhood from Corporate Marketers
Is This Even Legal? Demystifying the Laws on Marketing to Children (panel)
Slowing Down the Clown: Policy Tools to Protect Children from Fast Food in Your Area (workshop)

Southern California
April 9: Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, Occidental College, Los Angeles
Force Fed: Deconstructing Food Industry Lies
Class begins at 1:30pm; Room: Lower Herrick.

June 18-20: 7th Biennial Childhood Obesity Conference, Long Beach
Marketing healthy foods to children: Do the ends justify the means? (panel discussion)

VegNews Editor Attempts to Rewrite History

It’s fair to say that the vegetarian world gave me my start. In 1996, I began volunteering with various groups to promote plant-based eating. I soon discovered Marion Nestle’s work on the politics of the meat and dairy industries and I was hooked. In the early years of doing this work I made numerous friends in the San Francisco area who I still remain close to today. Something about a shared bond over food choices and values that makes for lasting friendships. So it’s with a heavy heart that I write this unusual post, to expose an injustice being done to one of those dear friends: Colleen Holland.

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