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

"Electrolux vacuum cleaner bags have always been pricey, but they recently jacked them up to $1.25 each. I called my local distributor to ask why the steep rise. They're new improved bags, he pointed out. When I got around to reading the label, I discovered that they're new alright... but are the new, dangerous chemicals really an improvement?"

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Meadows writes: "The famous candidacy of Fred Tuttle for U.S. Senate may have begun as a joke, but it ended as an enlightening contrast to politics as usual."

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: AlterNet

Meadows writes: "In this country not only do we hold people innocent until proven guilty, we do the same for chemicals. Their behavior may be suspect, they may be found regularly at the scenes of crimes, they may fail their lab tests, but still we let them go free -- indeed we multiply, spread and circulate them -- until someone proves beyond all doubt that they are harmful."

Posted on: Apr 25, 2000, Source: deleted

Meadows writes: "On the Sunday after Michael Dorris committed suicide, the news was announced, gently and sadly, in a church here in the valley where he lived. A bit of the story came out that Sunday morning. Our neighbor, teacher, favorite writer was separated from the woman we knew as the love of his life, the even more celebrated author Louise Erdrich. He was facing a charge that could have cost him all contact with their children. He had attempted suicide a few weeks before. Friends had been talking with him ever since, many times a day, trying to help him find his way back into the light. His desperation had finally outwitted their care and concern."

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