|Trademarking Coffee: Starbucks cuts Ethiopia deal|
by Anton Foek, Special to CorpWatch
May 8th, 2007
Starbucks, the world's largest coffee shop chain, and the Ethiopian government are on the verge of unveiling a deal that the company hopes will end attacks on the company's carefully constructed ethical image.
|Green Fuel's Dirty Secret|
by Sasha Lilley, Special to CorpWatch
June 1st, 2006
Ethanol made from corn has been touted as the "green fuel" of the future. Archer Daniels Midland, the largest U.S. producer of ethanol, stands to make a fortune from environmentally conscious car drivers. But is ethanol really as environmentally clean as it is hyped to be?
Listen to an interview with Sasha Lilley on CorpWatch Radio.
|Australia Reaps Iraqi Harvest|
by Marc Moncrief, Special to CorpWatch
April 4th, 2006
United Nations sanctions against Saddam Hussein may have failed to end his regime but they succeeded in enriching both the Iraqi dictator and corporations able to manipulate the scandal-ridden world body's Oil-for-Food program. Among the profiteers was the Australian Wheat Board, a former state-owned monopoly, which funneled over $200 million into Saddam's coffers even as the “Coalition of the Willing” was preparing for invasion.
|Some Strings Attached: Cotton, Farm subsidies tie up global trade talks|
by Pratap Chatterjee, Special to CorpWatch
December 13th, 2005
West African cotton farmers are among those hardest hit by government subsidized corporate agriculture. This week in Hong Kong, trade ministers from the 148 members of the World Trade Organization meet to discusss this and other global free trade issues.
| The Cows Have Come Home|
by Diane Farsetta, Special to CorpWatch
September 1st, 2005
After fighting mad cow safeguards, the US beef industry complains about the consequences - a multi-billion dollar decline in exports - and a shortage of imported beef because of inadequate domestic testing and labeling.
|Playing Chicken: Ghana vs. the IMF|
by Linus Atarah, Special to CorpWatch
June 14th, 2005
Thanks to the IMF and the World Bank, chicken and other local agriculture staples in Ghana are being replaced by subsidized foreign imports.
|Food Giants on the Run|
by Michele Simon, Special to CorpWatch
March 21st, 2005
The food industry is working with politicians across the United States to rewrite laws in order to shield themselves from lawsuits based on obesity and related health problems.
|Dynamite in the Center of Town|
by Joshua Karliner, Special to CorpWatch
December 2nd, 2004
In 1984 the world's largest industrial disaster killed 8,000 people over night in Bhopal, India. Two decades later, some sort of closure might seem called for. But today survivors groups continue to struggle for justice, while the chemical industry promotes volunteer initiatives.
|Clouds on the Organic Horizon|
by Carmelo Ruiz-Marrero, Special to CorpWatch
November 25th, 2004
Until a decade ago, organic foods were available only through tiny farmers markets, health and natural food stores, but today their growing popularity means that more organic food is now sold by chain stores like Whole Foods. Often, the food itself is grown on corporate-owned farms, no longer synonymous with small farms, rural communities, social justice and humane treatment of animals.