Local food suppliers and health and animal welfare campaigners have criticised LOCOG’s recently issued Food Vision. LOCOG claims it will 'showcase the best of British food in 2012'. However, Compassion in World Farming and the RSPCA disagree. Rowen West-Henzell, Compassion in World Farming’s Head of Food Business said: "The resulting food vision is conspicuous - not for being visionary, but for being completely out of touch with the growing food culture in Britain and what, as a nation, we might wish to eat at our Games." The British Heart Foundation complain that about 3 million of the 14 million meals will be served by McDonalds. Ruairi O'Connor, head of policy at the British Heart Foundation, said: "Health does not seem to be high on the agenda."
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Fri, 18/12/2009 - 03:06.
From: Alex Hundert, Narrative Resistance
It was not out of place for us to protest the Olympics today, as one might potentially suggest, on the Global Day of Action against Climate Change. For one thing, the City of Kitchener was holding a pre-torch Olympic celebration yesterday on public property at City Hall. Second, because Olympic sponsor RBC and the country of Canada are using the Olympics as a greenwashing campaign, to cover up their true record on climate change and the environment.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Mon, 14/12/2009 - 01:04.
While traveling to Vancouver, Canada to speak at the Vancouver Public Library at a benefit for community radio stations, Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman and her two colleagues were detained by Canadian authorities. The armed interrogators were particularly interested in whether she would be speaking about the upcoming Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics. Amy was questioned extensively about the speech she intended to give; their car was gone through by armed border guards, and their papers and laptop computers were scoured.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Tue, 01/12/2009 - 00:59.
'There appears to be little evidence of any benefit to tourism of hosting an Olympic Games, and considerable evidence of damage.' Findings of the European Tour Operators Association 2006 Report and Updates from 2008 and 2009.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 30/11/2009 - 01:44.
Olympic Sized Lies and 2012 London Sized Lies:- A leaflet about the 2012 London Olympics
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Mon, 23/11/2009 - 16:21.
Submitted by Charles Batsworth on Sun, 08/11/2009 - 19:48.
Reproduced here is the letter sent to the Hackney Gazette from Hackney Marshes User Group. Please note that the final sentence was edited by the Gazette such that it's meaning was lost when published in the print edition of Thursday 5th November 2009.
Submitted by Steve Dowding on Thu, 05/11/2009 - 21:01.
2010 Olympic Torch Relay Starts Off Disgraced, Delayed, and Disrupted
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Mon, 02/11/2009 - 20:54.
This paper attempts to identify and clarify two important issues: how should we estimate the costs and benefits of major events; and the relevance of the experience of other cities’ Commonwealth and Olympic games experiences.
Submitted by Julian Cheyne on Sat, 31/10/2009 - 16:07.
Submitted by Martin Slavin on Thu, 22/10/2009 - 18:15.