Opinion

Here’s why industrial food is deceivingly cheap

by Danielle Nierenberg and Emily Nink Christian Science Monitor September 8, 2015

Conventional agriculture isn’t cheap. From the use of artificial fertilizer and pesticides to the obesity epidemic, our current food system has a number of hidden costs to the natural environment and human health, far outweighing the benefits of cheap food. ...

Destruction of US credibility at WTO: It is hypocritical of the US to give price support to its farmers while denying it to the world’s poorest farmers

by Timothy A. Wise and Biraj Patnaik Live Mint September 8, 2015

The tenth ministerial conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO), to be held in Nairobi on 15-18 December, is already mired in discord, with negotiators unable to agree on a mandated post-Bali work programme. ...

Julian Bond had the long view of this journey toward justice

by Marcia Davis Washington Post August 20, 2015

Combing through the many tributes that have appeared since Julian Bond’s death, I was struck by one photograph in particular. ...

The end of polio in Africa?

by Washington Post August 20, 2015

AFRICA HAS reported some genuinely good news in the battle to eradicate polio. Late last month , Nigeria passed a full year without a case of wild poliovirus. As of Aug. 11, it has been a year since the last case was detected anywhere on the continent (it was in Somalia). These anniversaries are unofficial milestones, but they point toward continued progress against polio, a scourge that once clai ...

The GM labeling law to end all labeling laws

by Timothy Wise Food Tank August 17, 2015

As the vitriol intensifies in what passes for debate over the safety of genetically modified foods, scientific inquiry, thankfully, continues. A Tufts researcher, Sheldon Krimsky, recently published his assessment of the last seven years of peer-reviewed evidence, finding 26 studies that "reported adverse effects or uncertainties of GMOs fed to animals." ...

The U.S. has 35,000 museums. Why is only one about slavery?

by John J. Cummings III Washington Post August 16, 2015

The United States is home to more than 35,000 museums that explore our nation’s culture and history. Restored plantations that commemorate the Old South are popular among them, celebrated as “bastions of a genteel culture” ( in the words of an official New Orleans Web site) and monuments to the rural beauty of a bygone era. Many have been romanticized as tourist attractions and wedding venue ...

The mystery of ISIS

by Anonymous New York Review of Books August 15, 2015

Ahmad Fadhil was eighteen when his father died in 1984. Photographs suggest that he was relatively short, chubby, and wore large glasses. He wasn’t a particularly poor student—he received a B grade in junior high—but he decided to leave school. There was work in the garment and leather factories in his home city of Zarqa, Jordan, but he chose instead to work in a video store, and earned enou ...

Fit for whose purpose? Private funding and corporate influence in the United Nations

by Barbara Adams and Gretchen Luchsinger Global Policy Watch July 27, 2015

A critical issue repeatedly arising in the post-2015 negotiations relates to responsibility. There is shared responsibility, the preference of rich countries who would like to shift traditional official development assistance (ODA) and other “burdens” given the “rise” of some developing countries. There is common but differentiated responsibility, stressed by developing countries to link c ...

Don’t let food be the problem: Producing too much food is what starves the planet

by Oliver de Schutter Foreign Policy July 20, 2015

In May, the United Nations announced that while globally there are 200 million fewer hungry people than there were 25 years ago, twice as many African countries are now suffering food crises. Moreover, Pacific islanders’ access to sanitation facilities is declining, and just over half of that population has potable water. ...

Did the U.N. financing for development conference deliver?

by Katy Migiro Reuters July 17, 2015

ADDIS ABABA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A major United Nations summit to finance ambitious global development goals, from giving free education to all to dealing with climate change, fell short of developing countries' expectations with few aid pledges. ...

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