We recently posted a guest opinion piece in our Eye on Earth series, “U.S. Climate Funds Increase, Future Levels Remain in Doubt.”
The author, Miriam Pemberton of the Institute for Policy Studies, observed that in fiscal year 2008, the U.S. federal government had spent $88 on the military for every dollar spent on … Continue Reading ››
Recycling is a good thing, right? Well, it depends. Recycling helps to reduce waste and pollution, conserves precious resources, and, by recovering scrap materials, allows secondary production of materials that requires far less energy input than producing them from scratch. For aluminum, the energy savings
run as high as 95 percent; for copper 85 … Continue Reading ››
This blog post was co-written by Brian Halweil and Danielle Nierenberg.
Since he took office a short six months ago, President Obama has galvanized the food community-from buzz about the White House garden to the Obama foodscape blog, Obamafoodorama.com
And now he has reinvigorated the global discussion on hunger with a few simple words. During a … Continue Reading ››
Three news stories on global food production caught our eye this past week.
First, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO
) suggested a new source for jobs and foreign exchange in Africa: a vast stretch of the African savannah that is “ripe for commercial farming.” An area of some 400 million hectares is ideal … Continue Reading ››
According to new projections from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO
), there are now more than 1.02 billion people in the world who are hungry, more than ever before. In other words, one sixth of humanity is going hungry every day.
For the last few decades, FAO’s biennial estimate of the number of … Continue Reading ››
What if all of us who write about or work on hunger and food security issues, thought of ourselves as criminal investigators, rather than advocates?
That’s the interesting question that came to mind for me as I was listening this morning to Roger Thurow, a foreign correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, talk about his new … Continue Reading ››
Last night I spent two hours talking to a group of mostly female Mexican environmentalists and animal advocates. They’re all members of Associaciones Protectoras de Animales de Mexico (APASDEM). In one of the member’s apartments-located conveniently above an organic market-we talked about the state of farming and livestock for food production in Mexico.
The picture is … Continue Reading ››
I forgot that things move a little slower in Latin America and best laid plans don’t always work out. It looks like I won’t be visiting Granjas Carroll, the factory farm in Vera Cruz, a state on the Eastern Coast of Mexico, where H1N1 is believed to have originated. I’m bummed, but also to be … Continue Reading ››
I was honored to be asked by Deputy (their preferred term for Representative or Congressperson) Diego Cobo Terrazas, a Green Party (Partido Verde) member, to speak to members of the Congreso de Mexico about how factory farming can help facilitate the spread of disease. Deputy Cobo is young, energetic, and a big fan of Worldwatch-he told … Continue Reading ››
I flew into a hazy, hot Mexico City yesterday afternoon. From my hotel room window I can see how the pollution hangs over this metropolitan area of roughly some 20 million people. My new friend Oscar, an environmental educator who works with the Green Party, told me that it takes him two hours by public transportation … Continue Reading ››