Informed Digest: GE Trees, Data-Sucker, US Oligarchy, Fluoride Study & More

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David Suzuki Foundation: Salmon Farms — Has Anything Changed After a Decade of Controversy?

“Salmon-farming shouldn’t be done at the expense of wild salmon. Both wild- and farmed-salmon industries provide fish and create economic activity, but the province’s sports and commercial wild salmon fisheries and marine tourism contribute more to B.C.’s economy and quality of life than salmon farming.” -David Suzuki & Jay Ritchlin

WordsByNowak: Beware Facebook’s Data-Sucking Autoplay Videos

“Many reputable websites long ago learned that people hate pop-up ads and videos that start playing automatically (especially with sound), so Facebook’s decision to monetize in this manner is rather anachronistic, not to mention an overt middle-finger to established user preferences.” -Peter Nowak

LiveScience: Is America Now an Oligarchy Nation?

“The only thing that matters is what the wealthiest Americans and vested business interests think — because that’s what will be debated and enacted. Which is, for those paying attention, the definition of an oligarchy, and not a democracy.” -Jeff Nesbit

Vox Indie: Google’s Plea Against Web Censorship Rings Hollow — True Colors as Lobbying Goliath Revealed

“For those who continue to regard Google as the web’s guardian angel of “free speech,” the story should add a bit of tarnish to its halo, illuminating the company’s extensive back-door maneuverings — the new normal in DC’s world of political puppeteering.” -Ellen Seidler

Canadian Biotechnology Action Network: Genetically Engineering Poplars for Paper and Biofuels Condemned

“Because poplar trees generate so much pollen and seed that can travel so far, poplars genetically engineered for paper or biofuels are likely to inevitably and irreversibly contaminate native forests.” -Anne Petermann (Global Justice Ecology Project)

The Scientific World Journal: Water Fluoridation — A Critical Review of the Physiological Effects of Ingested Fluoride as a Public Health Intervention

“Fluoride has a potential to cause major adverse human health problems, while having only a modest dental caries prevention effect. As part of efforts to reduce hazardous fluoride ingestion, the practice of artificial water fluoridation should be reconsidered globally, while industrial safety measures need to be tightened in order to reduce unethical discharge of fluoride compounds into the environment. Public health approaches for global dental caries reduction that do not involve systemic ingestion of fluoride are urgently needed.” -Stephen Peckham & Niyi Awofeso

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