Wednesday, April 09, 2008

recent articles of interest

Highly Recommended article in the new Vanity Fair about Monsanto and Milk Production as described in Sign and Sight:
"In a report that is bursting its sides with information, Donald L. Barlett und James B. Steele describe how the chemical giant Monsanto is using genetically altered seeds and ruthless legal action to bring the American grain market under its control. Now the company has moved on to milk. The company is using legal action and campaigns to fight all farmers who label their milk as free of the Monsanto-owned growth hormone rBGH. "On this issue, the tide may be shifting against Monsanto. Organic dairy products, which don't involve rBGH, are soaring in popularity. Supermarket chains such as Kroger, Publix, and Safeway are embracing them. Some other companies have turned away from rBGH products, including Starbucks, which has banned all milk products from cows treated with rBGH." (related: Organic Valley's FAQ)

Also of note:
Stanley Fish's recent blog entry on the soon to be published book about French Theory in America. (the comments alone range from the ridiculous to the sublime)

Elif Batumann writes in the London Review of Books about the Graphic Novel.

A good article in the Boston Globe about Helmut Lachenmann's music.

And last but not least, Beppe Grillo's blog.

until next time

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