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This book provides case studies from China, South Korea, India and Indonesia disclosing the ugly face of CSR. Says that for many large MNCs, the CSR is primarily a strategy to divert attention away from the negative social and environmental impacts of their activities.

Obesity is a significant public health issue. Marion Nestle spoke with Ben Jones about calories and why anti-obesity measures must prevail.

In an article that forms part of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food, Kelly Brownell offers a perspective on engaging with the food industry, and argues that governments and the public health community should be working for regulation, not collaboration.

In an article that forms part of the PLoS Medicine series on Big Food, Carlos Monteiro and Geoffrey Cannon provide a perspective from Brazil on the rise of multinational food companies and the displacement of traditional food systems, and offer suggestions for the public health response.

Global food systems are not meeting the world's dietary needs. About one billion people are hungry, while two billion people are overweight. India, for example, is experiencing rises in both: since 1995 an additional 65 million people are malnourished, and one in five adults is now overweight. This coexistence of food insecurity and obesity may seem like a paradox, but over- and undernutrition reflect two facets of malnutrition. Underlying both is a common factor: food systems are not driven to deliver optimal human diets but to maximize profits.

Citizen’s protest ICAR offer of India’s gene banks to MNCs - press release. This is the Citizen's letter to Dr Swapan Kumar Datta, DDG-Crop Science, Indian Council For Agricultural Research, New Delhi.

The Killer Jeans Campaign, launched in November 2010, called on major brands and retailers to stop sandblasting, a method of giving jeans a worn-out look. The process can seriously damage worker's health if performed without suitable protective equipment. Over 40 major brands and retailers have issued a ban on sandblasting but, as Dominique Muller explains, garment workers are still being asked to risk their lives for fashion.

Deforestation, evictions and high emissions - palm oil from Indonesia and Malaysia have a dubious reputation. Only a few suppliers meet EU sustainability criteria.

Microsoft India has partnered with government in delivering many successful e-governance initiatives. It has played a key role in the areas of education through the Siksha initiative by enhancing IT skills of the teachers. Ranbir Singh, group director, public sector, Microsoft India, in an interview with Samir Sachdeva mentions the areas where Microsoft has partnered with various government agencies for the betterment of society.

The compulsory licence for Nexavar is only the beginning of a new battle over drug prices. (Editorial)

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