Birth control pill turns male fish into females and led to near extinction of fish in lake

Reported by Aly Thomson in The Regina Leader-Post, the study, being published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, found that introducing small amounts of estrogen into a lake led to the near extinction of the fathead minnow because it interfered with the fish’s ability to reproduce.   Lead researcher Karen Kidd of the University of...

Fairer Trade: Rubber Giant to Hear Villagers’ Complaints

More than 15 months after a Global Witness report revealed that Vietnam’s state-owned rubber giant, the Vietnam Rubber Group (VRG) had illegally cleared land and displaced communities in Cambodia, The Cambodia Daily recently reported that the company has announced that it will accept and respond to complaints from those whose lives it has...

Making Shit Up

We live in confusing times. Desperate to believe that what we think we know to be true, is in fact, the truth. The alternative is much too scary – but essential. Life is a journey, what is true today may no longer be true tomorrow. We will never know the “whole” truth.   Nathaniel Philbrick, the author of “Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A...

Are we still the greatest?

Maureen Dowd, one of the best Op-Ed writers to ever grace the pages of the New York Times, often strikes at the heart of the American dilemma capturing our current confusion with the precision of a surgeon. On this Fourth of July, in her column, “Who Do We Think We Are?” Dowd tapped into the dilemma of our psyche. “From Katrina to Fallujah, we’re...

Rating America: 16 Things That Need Work

The World Economic Forum recently released, “The Global Competitiveness Report 2012-2013,” that ranks 144 countries, on everything from “Organized Crime,” to the “Quality of Overall Infrastructure,” and the “Protection of Minority Shareholders. “ No. 1 represents the best nation and No. 144 represents the worst nation. America did very...

The Charitable-Industrial Complex

Several months ago I posted about “The Poverty-Creation Industry, so I was fascinated to see Peter Buffett’s (son of Warren Buffett) New York Times Op-Ed on the “The Charitable-Industrial Complex.” Peter starts by discussing the unintended consequences of well intentioned people trying to solve complex problems with out an understanding of the complex...

The Secret to a Successful Business: Radical Transparency

I talk a lot about the concept of “radical transparency”  – in fact, it was one of the guiding principles in creating Seventh Generation – so I’d like to delve a little deeper into what exactly it means and how it can be a powerful tool to transform ordinary businesses into more responsible, conscious and profitable entities. I’ve written...

The Poverty Creation Industry

Recently Joe Brewer, Alnoor Ladha and Martin Kirk had the audacity to describe what they call the “Poverty Creation Industry.”  http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/15726-its-time-to-shine-a-light-on-the-poverty-creation-industry They write that, “Poverty is human-made. It is created – knowingly and with scientific efficiency – by a vastly...

Making Way for Worker Co-ops

Guest post by Taliesin Nyala, a co-owner of the Toolbox for Education and Social Action (TESA), a worker-owned cooperative based in Massachusetts created to democratize education and the economy while furthering the cooperative movement. TESA designs curriculum and resources for learning, such as Co-opoly: The Game of Cooperatives. Wall Street is booming while...

Business profits are an illusion, based on a slight of hand.

If business stopped externalizing its costs it would stop making money! I’m somewhat obsessed with the concept of “externalities” and its companion concept developed to capture them, “full cost accounting.” “Externalities” are the costs and negative impacts imposed by businesses onto society and the environment that are not paid for by those...