Tag Archives: globalization

Forget rice, think meat and yogurt: ‘Chinese food’ looking more and more like Western diet

It’s Monday, which for many is now a meatless day, so it’s appropriate I think to highlight Howard Schneider’s Washington Post article on the long-anticipated Chinese meat-eating explosion: For China, the world’s most populous country and now its second-largest economy, changes in food consumption … Continue reading

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Causes- Globalization animation

Joe Brumms animation showing the impact of globalisation.  

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The Story of Citizens United v. FEC (2011)

http://storyofcitizensunited.org —- Season Two launches on March 1st with The Story of Citizens United v. FEC, an exploration of the inordinate power that corporations exercise in our democracy.

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Bitter fruit: The truth about supermarket pineapple

These days, sweet pineapple come with a sour aftertaste, with production marred by allegations of environmental damage, union-busting, chemical poisoning and poverty wages http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/oct/02/truth-about-pineapple-production?intcmp=239

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How Peru’s wells are being sucked dry by British love of asparagus

Asparagus grown in Peru and sold in the UK is commonly held up as a symbol of unacceptable food miles, but a report has raised an even more urgent problem: its water footprint. The study, by the development charity Progressio, has found that … Continue reading

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McDonald’s targeted in US health ad

It is an image to sap the flabbiest of appetites. An overweight, middle-aged man lies dead on a mortuary trolley, with a woman weeping over his body. The corpse’s cold hand still clutches a half-eaten McDonald’s hamburger. A hard-hitting US television … Continue reading

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Mozambique price riots continue

Violent protests over high food prices are continuing in Mozambique, with at least seven people killed since demonstrations began on Wednesday. Shops were looted, cars set on fire and roads barricaded on Thursday, while troops attempted to clean up streets and … Continue reading

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Snapshot of global internet speeds revealed

A report based on analysis of huge amounts of net traffic has revealed the state of the internet around the globe. The data, from network giant Akamai reveals the average global net speed is only 1.7Mbps (megabits per second) although some countries … Continue reading

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Bangladesh, With Low Pay, Moves In on China

The eight-lane highway leading from the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, narrows repeatedly as it approaches this town about 30 miles north, eventually depositing cars onto a muddy, potholed lane bordered by mangroves and small shops. But this is no mere rural … Continue reading

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North Korea’s giant leap backwards

Last year’s disastrous currency reform wiped out savings and caused healthcare to collapse. Now many fear another famine For North Koreans, the definition of success is when you can eat an occasional egg, preferably with a bowl of rice, instead … Continue reading

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