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Issue 9

Frankenfood: GM food in South Africa

Genetically modified (GM) crops currently account for 29% of crop production worldwide. South Africa is currently the only country in Africa to grow GM crops commercially.

Chevron — not the best neighbour

US oil giant Chevron now fully owns the Caltex refinery in Milnerton, having recently bought out Texaco. But like marooned penguins in an oil slick, Chevron refinery’s reputation of indifference for human health is sticking despite the name change.

MSG: Nicotine for food

For the last fifty years, the medical community has been baffled by the rise in cases of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and autism. These two diseases, unheard of before 1950, have been striking an increasing number of children. Physicians have been unable to explain to parents why their children are suffering these maladies despite there not being any family history of the disorder.

Avian Epidemics

On 27 February the US National Bird Flu Summit opened with the usual cast of characters in attendance, the UN, WHO, the CDC, and a parade of MD/PhD researchers. All of them trying to get us to fear for our lives even though no human-to-human spread of any diseases has occurred.

Fall of the American Empire?

The proposed Iranian Oil Bourse could lead to the end of the US dollar hegemony

Dollar hegemony

Dollar hegemony is the term coined by Henry C.K. Liu in a widely circulated and quoted article Dollar Hegemony has to go in the Asia Times of April 11, 2002 that describes the special relationship that the US dollar has to the global economy.


Petrodollars are dollars earned by a country through the sale of oil. The term was coined by Ibrahim Oweiss, a professor of economics at Georgetown University, in 1973.

What you’re NOT supposed to know about nuclear power

On 25 June 2003, the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism gave Eskom the About the PBMR

About the PBMR

The Pebble Bed Modular Reactor is a nuclear power plant that derives its name from the type of fuel that it consumes and the incremental, modular fashion in which it can be built.

Zero Waste: An Introduction

Zero Waste is a goal, a process, a way of thinking that profoundly changes our approach to resources and production. Not only is Zero Waste about recycling and diversion from landfill, it restructures production and distribution systems to prevent waste from being produced in the first place.

So, you want to go vegetarian?

I’ve recently heard lots of people telling me how they’d like to try being a vegetarian but either they don’t know where to start or they jumped straight in with admirable enthusiasm but then quickly gave up. I’ve since decided to put together a few tips I’ve learnt along my own journey to becoming a vegetarian.


When my fuel gauge starts heading for the red, it’s not a petrol station I start looking for, but a fast food restaurant!

Building a brighter future

In order to give meaningful suggestions for building a brighter future,
we first need to speak candidly about what’s happening in the world at present.

What do children wonder about?

As a teacher I was trained to provide children with correct and appropriate answers. And ironically it was not the children who were asking the questions in the first place. I was.


Cover of Issue 28

Issue 29 of Biophile is going electronic and will be available soon. It will also be available to our international readers. Stay tuned or contact us for more details! find out more


I was just checking the website of the SEXPO which has just visited SA, this is what the Cape Town site says. . . . “The world’s largest Health, Sexuality and Lifestyle expo is coming back to Slaapstad and it’s bigger and sexier than ever! continue reading


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