Tag: Lifestyle

Out Now: Werewolf 59 – The TPP, Obsolete At Birth

Article – Werewolf Hi and welcome to the 59th edition of Werewolf, in which we revisit the TPP debate, and critically examine the claims that the Trans Pacific Partnership really is the spiffing, up-to-date document that our government and its business cronies claim … Enter The ‘Wolf Hi and welcome to the 59th edition of Werewolf, in which we revisit the TPP debate, and critically examine the claims that the Trans Pacific Partnership really is the spiffing, up-to-date document that our government and its business cronies claim it to be. As this month’s cover story shows, the contentious investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions at the heart of the TPP are something that the European Trade Commission has no faith in, and the US has been formally advised that the Europeans plans to scrap the ISDS mechanisms entirely, and replace them with with a fairer, more transparent and more judicially sound system in all of its major trade deals in future. Which raises the question – why is New Zealand planning to ratify the broken model of adjudication that is contained in the TPP, and thereby perpetuate its shortcomings? Elsewhere in this issue, we report on the social cost to communities and to individuals of the industrial killing of animals for food – a story that’s based on research into the incidence of violence and other anti-social behaviours in...

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Oxford Public Meeting TPPA on Wednesday 15th April

Press Release – Its Our Future Christchurch ‘Its Our Future Christchurch’ is holding a Public Meeting to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Oxford. The TPPA is a trade agreement the government is currently negotiating with the US and 11 other Pacific Rim countries.Oxford Public Meeting TPPA on Wednesday 15th April 2015, 7pm to 9pm. ‘It’s Our Future Christchurch’ is holding a Public Meeting to discuss the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) in Oxford. The TPPA is a trade agreement the government is currently negotiating with the US and 11 other Pacific Rim countries. Gen de Spa, organiser of the Christchurch group, said this is a conversation she feels the government should be organizing in every community in Aotearoa. The ambition of this meeting is to provide a safe forum to discuss questions people have about the TPPA and an opportunity to listen and understand different perspectives. There is growing concern the non-trade chapters of the TPPA could threaten many areas of the New Zealand way of life. However the parts involving trade could be seen as a positive for the country de Spa says. “We need to hear each other’s concerns and values and look at what we know about this deal in order to gauge the cost/benefits for the country as a whole. Now it is time for us to get together and talk about...

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Fat debate, TPPA medical fears and $1.9M fund for engagement

Column – Science Media Centre SMC Science Deadline: Fat debate, TPPA medical fears and $1.9M fund for science engagementSMC Science Deadline: Fat debate, TPPA medical fears and $1.9M fund for science engagement Issue 315, 13 Feb 2015 In this issue: Fat advice TPPA concerns $1M fund __ Quick Links SMC Alerts Calendar Briefings Media Registration About us Contact the SMC New from the SMC In the News: Meteor media coverage explodes across New Zealand Expert reaction: Dietary fat recommendations In the News: Fat review re-ignites debate on NZ diet advice Briefing: Kauri dieback – what happens now? Expert reaction: HIV court case controversy The SMC network UK SMC Expert reaction: sugar, industry and public health Expert reaction: genes, obesity and fat distribution Expert reaction: unemployment linked with deaths by suicide Expert reaction: health effects of alcohol across different age groups Expert reaction: to two new reports on geoengineering Australian SMC Briefing: Past, present and future of bushfires and disasters Tribute to climate scientist Dr Michael Raupach Briefing: Health impacts of wind farms – release of NHMRC statement Media training for scientists Upcoming Christchurchworkshop APPLY NOW Fat advice debate kicks off Decades-old advice on dietary fat intake in the UK and US is completely unfounded, claims a new review, sparking global debate on food recommendations. The authors of the review — published in the journal Open Heart — say that...

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Must seed-saving go underground?

Press Release – Food Matters Aotearoa New Zealand community gardens and home gardeners are likely to be undermined by trade deals such as the TPPA (1)which may allow regulation to criminalise our inherent human instinct to save the best seed for health and climatic conditions.Must seed-saving go underground?? New Zealand community gardens and home gardeners are likely to be undermined by trade deals such as the TPPA (1)which may allow regulation to criminalise our inherent human instinct to save the best seed for health and climatic conditions. Having modified the worst excesses of New Zealand’s Food Bill (2) through people power , those seeking to ensure they consume healthy food by growing it themselves are set to face more problems from bureaucrats if the TPPA is signed. Similar trade deals around the world are paving the way for corporate control of our seeds.(3) “If you think patenting GMO seeds was irresponsible; just look at their next ploy to control the world’s food; it’s regulation on steroids,” said Susie Lees from the Food Matters Aotearoa team. “This is a food fight not only for the right to save our own seeds but to ensure we keep highly nutritious varieties. If you want to save Granny’s fruit tree for posterity you will have to go underground.” Speakers Dr Vandana Shiva and Mark Christensen at the Food Matters Aotearoa Conference (4)will take...

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Pacific Island Nations Against Natural Disasters Program

Press Release – World Bank Group Governments of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, and the Marshall Islands request extension of Successful Regional Catastrophe Risk Insurance PilotNEWS RELEASE Program to Insure Pacific Island Nations Against Natural Disasters Enters Third Season Governments of Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, and the Marshall Islands request extension of Successful Regional Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot SYDNEY, November 3, 2014 – The beginning of the month marked the start of the third season of the Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Pilot. Launched on 17 January 2013, the pilot helps reduce the financial vulnerability of small island nations to natural disasters. This regional sovereign insurance program is made possible through the collective efforts of the Government of Japan, the World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC).The third season will run from November 1, 2014 to October 31, 2015 and is comprised of five members the Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu. The program has already proven its rapid response capability as Tonga received a payout of US$ 1.27 million on January 23, 2014¯two weeks after Cyclone Ian swept across the nation’s Ha’apai Island group displacing thousands, devastating crops and infrastructure. According to reports, up to 75 percent of buildings had been damaged in the affected area. “The cash received from the risk insurance pilot...

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