Karen De Coster

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The Connection Between Big Food / Big Pharma and Nutrition Policy

Dees Illustration Karen De Coster, Contributor Activist Post I've explored and written on food politics for years, using articles and direct links back to my sources to show evidence that the Big Agra-Big-Food-Big Pharma-Big Government complex is a pernicious corporatocracy with various satellites in place to conduct its dirty work of politicking, plundering, deceptive marketing,…

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Productive Property vs. the Lawn Police

image source Karen De Coster, Contributor Activist Post It’s amazing to see the number of individuals who are being persecuted for using their own property for productive purposes. This house and garden in Florida violated an “appearance code.” Appearance is always subjective, that is, until the government perverts definitions to enforce its arbitrary laws. Individuals who…

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Ag-Gag Bills, Property Rights, and Common Sense

Karen De Coster, Contributor Activist Post This ABC story from early in 2012 discusses the Ag-gag bills flying 'round the various state legislatures (MN, IL, NY, MS, etc.). Ag-gag bills are said to make whistle-blowing on factory farms almost impossible while criminalizing photography of the factory property and ways of conducting business. An article from…

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Dietary Supplement Scaremongering by the FDA

Karen De Coster, Contributor Activist Post An article in the Chicago Tribune, titled “Dietary supplements: Manufacturing troubles widespread, FDA inspections show” is quite a scare piece designed to plant the seed that supplements which come from outside of the medical-pharmaceutical establishment are untested, lack rigorous federal oversight, and thus are dangerous. (You may have to…

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The FDA Doesn’t Regulate the Word “Natural”

Image Source Karen De Coster, Contributor Activist Post I've always chuckled at how Kashi was placed upon the throne of "natural" cereals. People trusted the brand name and swore they were "eating healthy" if they were eating Kashi. A "natural" cereal, however, is a bit of a stretch - it is sort of like saying…

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The Latest Food Crisis: “Food Insecurity”

Dees Illustration Karen De Coster, Contributor Activist Post Here is a paragraph from a story in the Columbus Dispatch: A little more than 17 percent of Franklin County residents met the government’s definition of “food insecure” in 2010, which means they didn’t always know whether they could put a decent meal on the table. …The U.S.…

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Will Big Pharma Start Hacking Humans?

Karen De Coster, Contributor Activist Post The Pill Establishment has run out of patience with people who are given prescription drugs and don't do a good enough job of taking their pills as they are told. Last year, USA Today reported that: Americans may waste as much as $258 billion a year by not taking…

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Flu Paranoia Season is Here

Vaccine propaganda for Swine Flu Wiki image Karen De Coster, Contributing Writer Activist Post The flu paranoia season is upon us, and, as usual, the government-medical complex is ramping up its fear mongering over … the flu. Coughing, sneezing, sore throat, diarrhea, fever, and other simple stuff has been elevated to life-and-death status. When I…

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FDA’s Budget Hike to Keep You Safe

Dees Illustration Karen De Coster, Contributing Writer Activist Post Here’s a small note about the FDA that hasn’t received too much attention in the news: Senate Appropriators Pass $50M FDA Budget Increase, Mainly For Food Law. The Senate appropriations panel cleared the fiscal 2012 FDA budget bill late Wednesday (Sept. 7) to boost FDA funding…

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Raw Milk Unfreedom and FDA Propaganda

Karen De Coster, Contributing Writer Activist Post On the raw milk front, Dairyherd.com has some interesting survey results on comparative raw milk regulations on a state-by-state basis. To summarize, thirty states allow consumers to transact with raw milk producers while twenty states prohibit that act of freedom. And don't forget that federal laws prevent the…

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