To induce consumers to buy their products and farmers to test and grow them, biotechnology marketers often look to economically distressed, vulnerable populations, like India’s and Zimbabwe’s — or even Kentucky’s.
Call this the civil disobedience issue: Near Prescott Park in West Oakland, residents are pressing to shut down the carcinogen-producing Red Star Yeast factory with “all the tools at our disposal.”
George W. Bush, fresh off a brush-clearing operation at his Crawford ranch, vowed to fight forest fires by taking a chainsaw to the nation’s forests and the environmental laws that protect them.
For decades, researchers have braved the simmering geothermal springs of Yellowstone National Park looking for heat-resistant microbes.
A proposed liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility on Mare Island in San Pablo Bay would pose major health and safety threats while increasing California’s vulnerability to the natural gas market, say energy consultants.