Stories by Donella H. Meadows

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Posted on: Sep 4, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Reality TV is a joke to Linda Harrar, an independent filmmaker who documents the plight of the poor in less developed countries. "On Indonesian islands near where 'Survivor' was filmed, people eat rats regularly -- because they have to," she said.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The results of the 1976 NIH experiment that gave the green light to gene-splicing were fudged. Next time you hear a scientist asserting that gene-splicing is safe, remind yourself that there is no scientific proof.

Posted on: Aug 7, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Under its large, steady trends, world agriculture is changing. Depending on what you look at, you can perceive pending good news or impending disaster.

Posted on: Jul 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

The mad cow disease that is whipping the USDA into a sheep-slaughtering frenzy is poorly understood. Are sheep the scapegoat for politically connected cattle farmers who continue to feed their livestock dangerous animal products?

Posted on: Jul 24, 2000, Source: AlterNet

As of this week 52 anti-environmental riders, unrelated clauses added to funding bills to ease the clauses passage, are attached to various bills. Where is the media when you need them?

Posted on: Jul 17, 2000, Source: AlterNet

When French farmer Jose Bove tore down a MacDonalds, he was protesting more than a chain restaurant in his backyard. He was protesting the whole idea that has come to be called globalization.

Posted on: Jul 5, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Outburts of unbelievable vitriol have been flaming the airwaves and pages of media outlets in Vermont, where same-sex civil unions have been legal for a week now. How might the thinking person respond to such uncivil behavior?

Posted on: Jul 2, 2000, Source: AlterNet

We humans have more than doubled our numbers since 1950, but most industrialized nations have stopped growing or are slowly shrinking. Donella Meadows reports slight to moderate slowdown in population growth, fossil fuel consumption, water use, fertlizer application and nuclear waste buildup.

Posted on: Jun 26, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Why do environmental groups send out mass mailings for the preservation of forests -- mailings printed on postconsumer recycled paper, which is, nevertheless, made from ground-up trees, cut from a forest?

Posted on: Jun 19, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"Wow! Did I ever infuriate my liberal friends when I said I would vote for Ralph Nader!"

Posted on: Jun 12, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Three stories have hit the news concerning three corporations that have done -- or may have done -- serious environmental harm.

Posted on: May 31, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"Am I the only one who's both amused at and a little scared by the endless succession of 'how-to' books for executives? I mean, these people run organizations that are bigger and richer than most governments. Heck, they own, directly or indirectly, most governments."

Posted on: May 29, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Is a vote for Ralph Nader really a vote for George Bush? Maybe not, if people voted for what they want, instead of what they think can win.

Posted on: May 22, 2000, Source: AlterNet

I've had a Honda gas-electric hybrid car for less than a month, and it has taught me a whole new way of driving.

Posted on: May 14, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Adbusters founder Kalle Lasn discovered it doesn't take much artful ridicule to undo billions of dollars worth of careful product positioning. Which, of course, is exactly his intent.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2000, Source: AlterNet

In the midst of confusing rhetoric about unfair taxes, flat taxes, tax surpluses, tax cuts, I turn to CTJ for tax facts.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

"Why do we pay so little to the farmers who feed us? How can they survive with their demeaning wages? And why do they put up with it and keep feeding us?"

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Meadows writes: "There's a small upside to the big downside of the global financial implosion. We get to be amused by theories about why it is happening."

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Meadows writes: "I was in Bangkok in 1994, stuck in a bus in one of that city's classic traffic jams with 20 environmentalists from 12 Asian countries. We could see around us at least 50 huge construction cranes hovering over high-rises on their way up. 'Who is going to occupy all those offices and condos?' we asked our Thai colleagues, who shrugged helplessly. Now Bangkok has $20 billion worth of unsold office towers and residential complexes."

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: deleted

Though we humans grandly call ourselves Homo sapiens, "man the wise," we also carry on a constant debate about how smart we really are. The argument goes on, because the answer isn't obvious. There's plenty of evidence of our brilliance and of our enduring foolishness. The ultimate intelligence test is coming from the environment. Are we smart enough to stop destroying our own support systems?

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