Category Archives: Economy

300 Years of FOSSIL FUELS in 300 Seconds

Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we’re reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we’re in for an exciting ride. While there’s a real risk that we’ll fall off a … Continue reading

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US universities in Africa ‘land grab’

Harvard and other major American universities are working through Britishhedge funds and European financial speculators to buy or lease vast areas of African farmland in deals, some of which may force many thousands of people off their land, according to a … Continue reading

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Watch Your (Fo)odometer!

Watch Your (Fo)odometer! Interested in eating less oil? In this VideoNation/Hidden Driver report, animator Molly Schwartz keeps track of how many miles your food travels from field to fork.  

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A report card for China’s environment

The Chinese government issued its annual “State of the Environment” report on Friday. Here are the highlights along with my interpretation and year-end grade for each subject based on the following standard: A – World class B – Good C … Continue reading

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Global food crisis – interactive

Climate change, changing diets, rising food prices and a growing global population have pushed food security to the top of the international agenda. But why is food getting more expensive? Who really controls the global food trade? And can we … Continue reading

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Global food crisis: Palm rush proves costly for Guatemala’s small farmers

The pursuit of palm oil profits by agribusinesses in Guatemala is fuelling a food crisis for the poor The area of Guatemala given over to palm plantations to produce agrofuel increased by 146% between 2005 and 2010, according to estimates by the … Continue reading

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Global food crisis: Counting the real cost of biofuels

A perfect storm of factors has driven the breathtaking rates of inflation and volatility in food markets over recent years, but biofuels have been the game changer This year, 40% of America’s corn crop will go into car engines rather … Continue reading

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Broken food system and environmental crises spell hunger for millions. Oxfam launches global GROW campaign

A broken food system and environmental crises are now reversing decades of progress against hunger according to new Oxfam analysis. Spiralling food prices and endless cycles of regional food crises will create millions more hungry people unless we transform the … Continue reading

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Jeffery Sachs on Sustainability, Development and the Global Food Crisis

Video from UN General Assembly on environmental sustainability and roadmap to @UN_Rioplus20

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Factory farms the only way to ‘feed the world’? Not so, argues Science paper

To “feed the world” by 2050, we’ll need a massive, global ramp-up of industrial-scale, corporate-led agriculture. At least that’s the conventional wisdom. Even progressive journalists trumpet the idea (see here, here, and here, plus my riposteshere and here). The public-radio show Marketplace reported it as fact last … Continue reading

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