Although gas prices are temporarily low at the pump, long-term energy costs are on the rise. According to Nathan John Hagens, contributing author to State of the World 2015, nations are papering over those costs with debt. Higher energy costs are leading to continued recessions, excess claims on future natural resources, and more severe social inequality and poverty.
On the Brazilian leg of Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s Latin America tour that also included visits to Colombia, Chile and Peru, Brazil’s environment ministry announced that a three-year ban on beef exports to China would be imminently lifted. Nine industrial beef producers have now been approved to supply the Chinese market after the formal cancellation of the ban, in place since 2012 because of a single reported case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (or BSE, commonly known as mad cow disease). The approval of more Brazilian beef plants is expected to follow.
Providing food for a growing population sustainably and creativelyThe world’s current food system is flawed. With so many mouths to feed, western society has resorted to intensive agriculture that relies heavily on petroleum-based technology, like tractors, plows, and seed drills. With increasing population and advances in technology, farms are now competing on a global … Continue Reading ››