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Flipper on Nine-Grain?
Kroger tuna; Kroger Co. supermarkets

After the largest stink in boycott history in the late ’80s and early ’90s, major U.S. supermarket chains and tuna brands agreed to a strict standard, written by Earth Island Institute, for “dolphin-safe” tuna. But not The Kroger Co. of Cincinnati, Ohio — Kroger not only refuses to adopt the EII standard, it buys tuna from a Mexican cannery that also refuses the standard. Both Kroger and its supplier insist that the cannery only processes tuna that’s 100% dolphin-safe under federal law, caught by bait boats, not nets. But federal law is weaker than the EII standard — especially since President Clinton last week repealed the 1990 U.S. embargo of tuna caught in the eastern tropical Pacific, where most of the dolphin deaths occur. For that reason, EII is calling for a boycott of Kroger tuna to press the company to adopt the higher standard. “What do they have to fear by doing it?” asked EII’s Mark Berman. “There’s a lot of room for them to cheat, as far as we’re concerned. With this new law, they could start bringing in dolphin-unsafe tuna tomorrow.”

My Bologna Has a First Name, It’s Philip Morris Tobacco
Oscar Mayer, Kraft, Post, Maxwell House, Nabisco, Kool-Aid, Jell-O, LifeSavers, Planters, and General Foods; Philip Morris and RJR Nabisco

They seem wholesome as apple pie, but these food brands are all subsidiaries of tobacco giants Philip Morris and RJR Nabisco. In 1993 the corporate watchdog INFACT launched a boycott of all PM and RJR food brands to fight the two companies’ notorious youth-oriented tobacco marketing. “It’s not just smoker versus nonsmoker,” says Kathy Mulvey, executive director of INFACT. “All kinds of consumers can participate.” RJR shareholders have felt the boycott’s sting; last year a restless 38% voted to spin off the food division from the tobacco division, and stock analysts say the split would more than double the stock value of the food division. Also, the United Methodist Church urges that all Methodist agencies and institutions factor the tobacco marketing practices of Philip Morris and RJR Nabisco into their food purchasing decisions.

Bottled Anxiety
Nalgene or Tupperware? That’s right, campers: After you’ve burped for freshness, you may want to check where your water bottle’s been.

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Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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