food

A Case for the Ethical Vegetarian

Teaser: A lot of people have likely been vegetarian for some period in their life. Often it first starts in the idealism of early adulthood when along with questioning other forms of social structures, the food that we put into our bodies becomes another area to question.
A lot of people have likely been vegetarian for some period in their life. Often it first starts in the idealism of early adulthood when along with questioning other forms of social structures, the food that we put into our bodies becomes another area...

Monsanto The Gates Foundation and the Future of Food

Teaser: he following article comes from Pambazuka news (Pan African Voices for Freedom and Justice) and all credit goes to this organization for their work, including that of looking at the pressure of the GMO industry in African and elsewhere.   This article was written nearly 10 years ago and yet remains relevant and important to the situation today in Africa, especially as the consequences of the Covid19 lockdown in African countries is having such a significant economic impact. It is also relevant given the influence of the Gates Foundation in the development not only of vaccines but also in the broader biotechnology world. This article shares some of these concerns. Nidhi Tandon | 15 November 2011 | technologies, seeds & biodiversity | United States
Thanks to the US’s 2009 Global Food Security Act, food aid policy for the first time mandates the use of genetic modification technologies. Nidhi Tandon looks at how this legislation helps biotechnology companies monopolise the seed industry at the...

Genetically Modified Food: Insanity or the Future of Food:

Teaser: As with most things to do with food, the subject is full of controversy and conflicting evidence. Advocates of GMO’s think it will be the next agricultural revolution, bringing increased yields and a more sustainable agriculture to the world and its ever-growing population, while critics claim the health risks, environmental damage and financial exploitation of poor farmers threatens the future of food.
Can we really trust the agricultural industry and companies like Monsanto, or governments that seem under their influence, when they attempt to assuage people’s concerns? Or, are the concerns of many people simply naïve doubts about scientific progress...

Poverty, The “Gray Zone” of Life in Africa Part One

Teaser: In the book Behind the Beautiful Flowers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity, author Katherine Boo describes the quality of life in one of India’s largest slums. Next door to this ravaged slum sits a five star hotel, evidence of the booming real estate in Mumbai.
Part One:  Katherine Boo managed to spend considerable time in the undercity, Annawadi, where she wrote this book, in spite of opposition from local police, and initial suspicion from local inhabitants. In a review of the book by Pankaj Mishra,...

The Gray Zone Part Two Malawi

Teaser: Malawi is but one example of an African country struggling to feed itself and to develop its economic and political structures. It is one of the poorer countries in Africa.
Part Two: Malawi: One Example in Africa. 2012 Malawi is but one example of an African country struggling to feed itself and to develop its economic and political structures. It is one of the poorer countries in Africa. It is situated on Lake Malawi,...

Oxford University/AstraZeneca Vaccine Trials expanding into Kenya

Teaser: Kenya is now participating in  one of the world's front runner vaccine trials.
 It has already been performing studies in South Africa, Brazil, the USA and the UK but recently had to halt its studies due to 2 cases of transverse myelitis (a neurological condition) in vaccine participants. However, the trial has since re-started...

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