Corrupted World – Corrupted Europe

It is everywhere on protester’s banners: down with corruption. How bad is it really?

Transparency International writes: “Corruption – a Pan-European Problem”. So besides rescue plans and rising debts, Europe does have another problem to tackle. The report clearly finds: “Corruption is a reality in Europe and affects the daily lives of ordinary citizens.” Let’s have a look at their findings: Continue reading

Transparency in the Supermarket

Today we are talking about the empowerment of buyers, the abuse of purchasing power and ecological standards. Ready?

The German food retailing is known to be the toughest market in the world. Prices have to be literally beaten down if one wants to stay in business. Slogans like “Keiner ist billiger” (Nobody is cheaper) and “Geiz ist geil” (Stinginess is cool) are all over the place. On the other side of the picture are the producers, the workers and the suppliers; they are the ones who pay the price. Continue reading

Fighting Fake Food

What the hell is fake food? Well, how about food with more sugar than a bottle of coke but which has written “healthy” all over it?

Thilo Bode is attacking the lies which come to the table and into our stomachs in his book Die Essensfälscher (the food fakers, so far only available in German). He says that nowadays the food industry has to be creative in order to increase sales. So they start telling us all kinds of stories about their products.

Be it “Improving Your Skin in Only 4 Weeks” or “One Cent of Every Bottle Goes to Saving the Rain Forest”, it is no longer possible to simply buy a product. It always has some other use to it.

The author has founded the non-profit and independent organisation “foodwatch“, Continue reading