Validated Independent News stories (VINs) report information and perspective that the public has a right and need to know, but to which it has limited access. Before being posted as a VIN, each story undergoes evaluation by student researchers and faculty evaluators to determine that it is important, timely, fact-based, well documented, and under-reported in the corporate media. These VINs are candidates for inclusion among the top 25 stories in Project Censored’s annual book.
In recent years methane levels have reached an all time high. A greenhouse gas that is one leading contributor to global warming, methane is far more destructive than carbon dioxide. In his report for Truthout, Dahr Jamail quotes Paul Beckwith, a professor of climatology and meteorology at the University of Ottawa: “Our climate system is […]
Nearly two years since the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh that killed over 1,100 people, Walmart continues to refuse to sign any international agreements that would ensure worker safety in its sweatshops, Ming Chun Tang reports for Media Roots. As Tang notes in the article, “Walmart’s Predatory Profit Model: Low Prices With […]
In 2013 the United Nations released a report indicating that the world’s food needs could be met through organic, local farms. The United Nations report stated that food security, poverty, gender inequality, and climate change can be addressed with a significant shift towards organic, localized farming. In contrast with industrialized farming, organic and local farms […]
Syracuse University Students End Their 18 Day Sit-in, Connect With Faculty and Other Student Groups Nationally in Opposition to Corporatization of Campuses The controversy began this last May when Kent Syverud, Syracuse University’s new Chancellor, closed the University’s historic Advocacy Center, one of the first of its kind designed to prioritize the needs of victims […]
Monsanto and John Deere, two Agribusiness giants, have started services that allow them to collect minute by minute data from farms as crops are being planted and harvested. Currently available to Midwestern farmers, the companies pledge that the data will benefit the farmers by increasing profits. The technology uses a GPS device that computes what […]