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Call for Entries 1999

mWORLD HABITAT AWARDS

v Projects are sought in both developed Vyi and developing countries, which offer

'pf sustainable futures to residents and

iAl l innovative housing solutions welcome, large or small, urban or rural.

which provide practical and imaginative solutions to current housing problems.

Prizes of £10,000 plus individually designed and crafted silver trophies are given to the two winners.

Preliminary submissions should reach the address

below before 1st July 1999.

Further details are available from: Mrs Diane Diacon - Deputy Director Building and Social Housing Foundation Memorial Square COALVILLE Leicestershire LE67 3TU UNITED KINGDOM Tel: +44 (0) 1530 510444 Fax: +44 (0) 1530 510332 Email: BSHF@compuserve.com Web: http://WWW.bshf.org/

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A toui^de-force

reconceiving the interrelationship between science, industry, culture,

and politics by

one of our boldest and most

promising thinkers. The Way An Ecological World-View

Edward Goldsmith Revised and enlarged edition

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"One of those books, like Darwin's Origin of Species or Karl Marx's Das Kapital, that is going to change the world we live in."

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A Major International Conference

Agricultur e

What we think, what we know and what we believe all help shape our world. At CHE, we passionately believe there are better, more intelligent ways of doing things, paying more attention to the connections between our actions and their impacts than we do now. We believe there are ways of thinking and acting that enhance quality of life for people and the whole living system we inhabit. Our mission is to maintain a community of learning where each of us is enabled to develop professional skills and leadership to help make

this vision reality. New for 1999, core courses cover ecological, scientific

and qualitative thinking; relations with the land, with ourselves and our community; and examine the concept of sustainable development. Courses

are flexible, designed to be accessible to those with other commitments, combining residential and distance learning over one year full-time or longer part-time. Applications are now being accepted. Details from CHE.

Master of Science degree/DipIoma/Certificate in Human Ecology

(Offered subject to Institutional Accreditation and Course Validation)

Options in: • Conservation of Biodiversity • New Economics • Ecobusiness • Ecological Building

• Ecopsychology • Social Auditing • Art and Nature • credit for prior learning • credit transfer

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Email: che@clan.com Web: www.clan.com/environment/che Scotland's groc>r\ think- tank

Human Ecology

the Envirdnmen t Challenges and Conflicts for th e New Millennium

Conference Date: 14-16 April 1999 Conference Venue: Warwick University, Coventry, UK.

The Conference will include: • Keynote papers reviewing EC issues and policies to minimise the

impact of agriculture on the environment

• Papers from key policy makers, commercial and government research

scientists, official bodies and field workers

• Special interest sessions on key topics, encompassing new technology

and traditional practices and how these contribute in to policies, addressing agri-environmental conflicts.

• Opportunities to visit research stations and areas of the United Kingdom

where agricultural and environmental interests are working together to find the right balance.

For rurther information, the programme & booking form please contact Sandra Smith, ADAS Headquarters, Oxford Spires Business Park, Kidlington, Oxford, OXS 1NZ, UK. Tel +44(0) 1865 845038 Fax +44(0) 1865 845030 Visit the ADAS web site for conference details: http://www.adas.co.uk / A / J A ^ ® The Ecologist

V olum e 2 9 No 1 J anuary/ F ebruar y 199 9

Contents

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Editorials The Monsanto Test Zac Goldsmith India Cheers While Monsanto Burns Paul Kingsnorth A Very Happy Birthday for NAFTA Paul Kingsnorth

12 Our Urban Future?

David W. Orr 15 And Some Good News...

Zac Goldsmith

Features 16 Entertainment Foods

by Claire Hope Cummings

28 Asian Financial Crisis: The Movie

by Walden Bello Walden Bello, author of the seminal Dragons in Distress, which correctly identified all the weaknesses of the so-called Dragon economies more than ten years ago, explains in this article what really caused their current economic woes.

33 Respecting Nature: The Maori Way

by John Patterson At the heart of Maori philosophy is the concept of Mauri, a life force which unites all creatures and enables them to flourish. Respect for Mauri necessarily leads to a respect for nature and our place in it. An accompanying understanding that man is neither detached from nor sovereign over the natural world, but rather that there is no dichotomy between the two, has enabled traditional Maoris to achieve and maintain balance in their relationship with the natural world.

39 Water Fluoridation: the truth they

don't want you to know by Robin Whitlock The government is preparing to pressurise water companies to fluoridate the public water supply, supposedly to improve public health. In reality such legislation is merely a convenient excuse to dispose of a chemical which is highly toxic both to the environment and to human health.

A revolution has taken place in our eating habits and its implications for agriculture, health and the environment are enormous. The interests of agribusiness and fast-food corporations are now merging with those of the media and entertainment industries, and the result is an unprecedented corporate takeover of our food supply which is transforming not only how we eat, but also how we think. Food has lost its significance, has been wholly de-ritualized, and has become little more than pre-packaged family entertainment.

2 0 Nasty, Brutish and Short?

By Sally Fallon In order to believe that our society has 'progressed', we must believe first that the lives of our ancestors were indeed nasty, brutish and short. But, as study after study has confirmed, the health of traditional peoples was vastly superior, in almost every way, to that of modern industrial man.

42 Where Development Will Lead To

Mass Suicide by Monica del Pilar Uribe Marin In Colombia, the U'wa have a culture that is one of the most deeply rooted in tradition: today that culture is on the verge of extinction, and the U'wa people, unprepared to compromise their ways to accommodate oil exploration on their lands, and a fundamentally destructive 'development' pattern, are threatening to commit collective tribal suicide.

47 Reviews

Shamans and Elders by Caroline Humphrey with Urgunge

Onon reviewed by Natalie Tolbert The Grip of Death by Michael Rowbotham reviewed by

Frances Hutchinson Against the Grain by Marc Lappe and Britt Bailey reviewed

by Miyoko Sakashita In Brief See centre pages.

The Ecologist, Vol. 29, No 1, January/February 1999

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