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Morning Brew: March 11, 2008

Posted by Sisi / March 11, 2008

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Your morning news roundup for Tuesday, March 11th, 2008:

Three Concordia business students plan to raise awareness about the plight of the homeless by sleeping on the streets until Friday. Starting yesterday, Adam Gold, Josh Redler and Brian Chungwing will spend 5 days and 5 nights outside the university's Hall Building on de Maisonneuve. The exercise is part of of an initiative called Concordia's 5 Days for the Homeless: Students Supporting Youth at Risk. It will raise money for Dans La Rue, an organization that helps street kids. Temperatures for this week are projected to go reach lows of -13 at night. The event began at the University of Alberta in 2005. Nine other Canadian universities are participating this year. Participants must continue to attend school and can use school washrooms, but aren't allowed to shower, spend their own money, and eat at home or at the caf. Food will be provided by friends and volunteers, but the three must stay outdoors.

Here's an interesting article from Maclean's: Contrary to popular belief, buying local foods may not be as beneficial as we think. "Local" has come to mean less transport, support for family-run farms, less pollution, and superior taste. But according to the author, most "local" produce is grown according to the industrial model: harmful fertilizers and pesticides, inhumane livestock conditions, genetically modified crops, etc. Some marketers brand province-wide goods as "local" to remain competitive: Canadians currently spend 10 percent or less of their incomes on food, the lowest ratio anywhere. There's also a trade-off when it comes to "organic" foods. For example, although organically-grown apples are devoid of artificial toxins, they usually cost more to the environment through high food miles and extensive irrigation. I don't have enough space here to say any more than that, but read the entire article for more; it's compelling stuff.

Watch out, the Vatican has added genetic manipulation and pollution to their list of sins. These modern no-no's were announced over the weekend by Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, "the number two man in the sometimes murky area of sins and penance." He told the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano that the greatest modern dangers were in the field of bioethics. The Vatican opposes stem cell research and human cloning. Under Pope Benedict and his predecessor Pope John Paul II, the religious city-state has become "progressively 'green.'"

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mikmik / March 12, 2008 at 10:12 am
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