"This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness." Dalai Lama

Issue 5

Shelf Abuse

Supermarkets wield immense power over the way we grow, buy and eat our food. They are shaping our environment, our health and the way we interact socially. By the Biophile Team.

Coca-Cola: mood-altering, addictive, totally legal

Its logo is in every shop and street, it sponsors TV programs, appears almost everywhere, and is readily valued and accepted by the unthinking masses. It’s popular with kids who drink truckloads of the stuff and have it for breakfast. It has thousands of devoted fans, and millions of addicted consumers.

Boycott Coca-Cola

8 June 2006
A former equity trader who made his fortune on Wall Street has created a hedge fund to attack The Coca-Cola Company.

The London bombings — were they staged?

A consultancy agency with government and police connections was running an exercise for an unnamed company that revolved around the London Underground being bombed at the exact same times and locations as happened in real life on the morning of July 7th.

Nuclear power, dirty play

An audacious recent appointment by South Africa’s Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has inadvertently drawn closer public scrutiny to the South African nuclear industry—infamous for its “secrecy, lies and cover-ups” much of which has been quietly brewing below the radar.

Nuclear energy costs the Earth

Earthlife Africa, Cosatu, the Catholic Bishops Conference, the Environmental Justice Network Forum, the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa and a range of other organisations oppose the use of nuclear power in South Africa.

The deadly diabetes deception

Greed and dishonest science has promoted a lucrative worldwide epidemic of diabetes which honesty and good science can quickly reverse by naturally restoring the body’s blood-sugar control mechanism.

Is something really better than nothing?

Sodden, in a week of drought-breaking rain, they stood in wretched queues waiting for transport of some kind during the Metrorail strike. Sympathy went to them, along no doubt with anger towards the strikers.

GE forest trees — the ultimate threat?

Genetically modified (GM) forest trees do not attract the same immediate health concerns as GE food crops. But in reality, they pose an even greater threat than GE crops because they impact directly on natural forests that are essential for the survival of our planet.

Big Tobacco and Big Pharma

Have you ever thought about the similarities between pharmaceutical and tobacco companies? They’re striking. Both sell products that kill people when used as directed.

Deadly immunity

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. investigates the US government cover-up of a mercury/autism scandal; a scandal involving vaccines which are used worldwide, including right here in South Africa.

Exploitation pays, conservation costs

It is okay if the dominant world system fails. It has failed more people on this planet than it has assisted. It has exploited them and their world and offers them no hope beside vague promises of trickle down wealth, crumbs from the half percent of the worlds population that own nearly half of the world’s resources.

Feng Shui in the classroom

As with many things in life, it started rather innocently. I stumbled across an item in the German news magazine Der Spiegel about Feng Shui in the Classroom.

This Magic Moment

It was like many Maui mornings, the sun rising over Haleakala as we greeted our divers for the day’s charter. As my captain and I explained the dive procedures, I noticed the wind line moving into Molokini, a small, crescent-shaped island that harbors a large reef. I slid through the briefing, then prompted my divers to gear up, careful to do everything right so the divers would feel confident with me, the dive leader.

The healing power of raw food

Our lives turned upside down one morning in 1987 when our 12-year-old daughter, Emily, displayed flu symptoms. But this was a flu that didn’t go away. After a month a doctor decided she probably had ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and should rest as much as possible.

Driving for change

You don’t have to start riding a tofu-powered lawn mower to help save the environment. There are plenty of simple things you can do that will help clean up the air—and save you a few bucks.


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