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People Are Not Disposable

Vandana Shiva’s article How Economic Growth Has Become Anti-Life is so “right on” that I’ve posted it in its entirety.  In it she expresses how our obsession with growth has eclipsed our concern for sustainability, justice and human dignity.

An Indian trader inspects sunflower seeds as he participates in a seed auction sale at the grain market in the village of Jandiala, near Amritsar, India, 29 May 2013.

Limitless growth is the fantasy of economists, businesses and politicians. It is seen as a measure of progress. As a result, gross domestic product (GDP), which is supposed to measure the wealth of nations, has emerged as both the most powerful number and dominant concept in our times. However, economic growth hides the poverty it creates through the destruction of nature, which in turn leads to communities lacking the capacity to provide for themselves. Continue reading


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Cooperatives Responsible for 3% of GDP in New Zealand

Scoop Business Independent News reports on the contributions cooperatives make to New Zealand’s economy:

Showing a combined annual revenue of $41,129,034,964 for the year 2011-12, the Top 40 cooperatives in New Zealand ranged from Fonterra Cooperative Group and Foodstuffs at the top through Southern Cross Healthcare Society and Mitre10 to Ashburton Trading Society, the Dairy Goat Cooperative and World Travellers, with the NZ Honey Producers Cooperative coming in at #40.
“I think it is important that New Zealanders sit up and take notice of cooperatives; they help drive the economy, respond to social change and create jobs in a variety of sectors. While they may often be low profile, they are significant economic actors,” said Minister Foss. Continue reading