Happy Thanksgiving to all my American friends! I hope you are enjoying your holidays and spending time with friends, family and loved ones. Now, one question – how do you feel about Black Friday and/or Cyber Monday coming up? Artists like Chris Piascik regularly criticize the “I’m SO thankful for everything I have. I am truly … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving! Going Shopping Tomorrow?
Today and tomorrow, the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition is holding their International Forum on Food and Nutrition, an event that according to their website “proposes to promote debate on global topics linked to food, encourage awareness and generate sound proposals for the future of our planet.” Today is dedicated to showcasing youth projects on food and sustainability, … Continue reading Barilla International Forum on Food And Nutrition – Happening Now! (Live Stream!)
Well, the Warsaw summit on climate change has turned out to be a major disappointment, with many prominent NGOs walking out prematurely to signal their protest at governmental inaction and last-ditch agreements remaining vague and postponing real commitments to future meetings. Commentators especially deplored the lack of urgency that seemed to reign among the negotiators, … Continue reading What Does Warsaw Mean for Agriculture?
Happy weekend! Sooo this post has been in the works for a little while because it’s a bit special – it’s number 200 on this baby blog of mine! Now of course that is nothing compared to the thousands of posts that full-time bloggers crank out, but still I wanted to celebrate the round number … Continue reading The 200th Post! And A Bit of Navel-Gazing 😉
A couple of years ago, the world thought it had found a solution toward more sustainable transportation patterns – instead of pumping fuel out of the ground, why not grow it? The subsequent ethanol craze is one of the best examples of how policy decisions can have very real – one could even say, dramatic … Continue reading The Ethanol Saga – A Tale of Politics, Interest Groups, and Scientific Head-Butting
The other day, I was contacted by USC Canada to explore their new knowledge tool called Seedmap.org (developed in collaboration with the ETC Group), and I have to say – I am really impressed. If you want to know more about biodiversity, the importance of seeds, and sustainable agriculture in general, look no further – you … Continue reading Seed Map – An Unfathomable Collection of Knowledge
Have you heard of Joseph Stiglitz? The former World Bank economist that turned into one of the major critics of big international organizations such as the IMF and WB, penning books such as “Globalization and Its Discontents“? He was one of the first people I started reading when I got into international economics, and he … Continue reading Stiglitz Does It Again – Great Piece on the Insanity of US Food Policy