This is the new colonialism. Western corporations are forcing their junk food down the collective throats of the developing world.
The story is as much about economics as it is nutrition. As multinational companies push deeper into the developing world, they are transforming local agriculture, spurring farmers to abandon subsistence crops in favor of cash commodities like sugar cane, corn and soybeans — the building blocks for many industrial food products. It is this economic ecosystem that pulls in mom-and-pop stores, big box retailers, food manufacturers and distributors, and small vendors
The new reality is captured by a single, stark fact: Across the world, more people are now obese than underweight. At the same time, scientists say, the growing availability of high-calorie, nutrient-poor foods is generating a new type of malnutrition, one in which a growing number of people are both overweight and undernourished.
How Big Business Got Brazil Hooked on Junk Food https://nyti.ms/2jyJTww
As is so common this article about land and agriculture problems in Africa spends little time on the only meaningful solution: population control. The continent wouldn’t have the problems it does these days if contraception, family planning and family size were treated as legitimate solutions and pushed by governments and foreign aid providers.
The same solutions need to be pushed to the forefront worldwide. Environmental problems and resource scarcity won’t improve until we limit our growth.
Loss of Fertile Land Fuels ‘Looming Crisis’ Across Africa https://nyti.ms/2u72OP6
Besides the climate peril the President has put us in, pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord is a big step toward ceding global leadership to the Chinese.
Trump and his friends are just so stupid and greedy it never ceases to boggle the mind. They just don’t get that we lead by positive example not by military and capitalist might.
Sad. The harm Trump and the GOP are doing will be felt for a long time.
Sadder. Trump’s Russian influence peddling distracts from the greater threat he has exposed us to.
Trump Hands the Chinese a Gift: The Chance for Global Leadership https://nyti.ms/2rwIWHo
A study shows the advantages of a circular Economy in a country where infrastructure is not as advanced and car ownership is not as widespread as in mature economies.
By designing the economy to share, reuse, recycle as opposed to the linear “take-make-dispose” model they would experience faster and greater growth while creating a more sustainable and environmentally sound economy.
India Could Leapfrog Advanced Countries By Adopting A Circular Economy
Large American and European banks are financing the destruction of rainforest, despite “sustainability pledges which specifically mention deforestation.”
The money is aiding a process that scientists say destroys ecosystems, displaces indigenous communities and covers the region each year in a thick, suffocating smog that stretches from Jakarta to Hong Kong.
How Big Banks Are Putting Rain Forests in Peril http://nyti.ms/2gY48gO
Another story of our demand for food threatening our environment. There is a way for us to live in harmony with our world, but we haven’t figured it out yet.
There must be somewhere we could grow avocados sustainably which wouldn’t have such a impact, but greed gets in our way of finding it.
Avocados Imperil Monarch Butterflies’ Winter Home in Mexico http://nyti.ms/2f4itH3
There are models the U.S. can look to for positive long term growth.
Australia has had 25 years without a recession. Its attributed in part to an open immigration policy (open to skilled immigrants at least).
Powering Australia’s Economic Surge http://nyti.ms/2dYDMyo