This Month in the Utne Reader

The great thing about the UTNE reader is that it, like TreeHugger, is a filter, looking and republishing articles from some very obscure but interesting sources, mixed with some original content. The June/July issue includes:

-an interview with chemist Paul Anastas, known as "the father of green chemistry", a field he defines as "the design of chemicals and chemical processes that reduce harm to humans and the environment."on making the world less toxic and more convenient:

"chemistry introduces new things into the world , and because of that we have the responsibility for the consequences. Science and technology won't be able to achieve sustainability alone. But I don't know a pathway to sustainability that isn't going to require science and technology"

There is also a series of articles on soy, indicating that we are probably eating too much of it, and that we should be following the Asian average of nine grams per day, primarily fermented, where in America a single soy shake can contain 20 grams. ::Terrain

"Once, many companies owned silos in Paraquay," says Angelica Ramirez. "Now they are all Cargill."

We have expressed concern about the spread of monocultures on monster farms; in Paraguay the small farmer has been evicted for the vast soybean plantation to feed the biofuel and animal feed


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