Tag: agriculture

Jul 12

King crops: The dangers of monocrops (part I)

The food market is a difficult one. Production depends on weather and soil, prices are very volatile (they fluctuate a lot) and products are easily perishable. In spite of these difficulties, a few crops have managed to dominate the agricultural market. They have become the “king crops“ (in reference to the great documentary King Corn), …

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Jul 07

Understanding Your Food: Part I

Understanding Your Environmentally Conscious Eating Options A few years ago, I decided to become vegetarian after reading numerous reports on the production of meat and viewing horrific footage of the fishing industry in Japan, which I mentioned last week.  For a year, I dedicated myself to avoiding meat and seafood.  After a while of living …

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Jul 05

Cloned Meat: Dangerous? Or Delicious?

Ever since the successful cloning of a mammal, Dolly the sheep, cloning has been a hot and controversial topic.  In addition to the moral and ethical issues with cloning, most of the recent focus has been on whether it’s safe to use the offspring of cloned animals as a food source.  Animals like pigs and …

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Jun 08

Millenium Villages – Scaling Up

This is a follow up of my last post where I discussed the Millenium Villages. In the last one I discussed the problem of sustainability (is it a good project in the long run?). Here I am going to discuss the problem of scaling up the project. I feel like the project is too ambitious …

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May 31

Colombia’s forced eradication of illicit crops

Leer la versión en Español In an effort to decrease drug trafficking, many countries have resorted to a forced eradication of illicit crops.  There are two main methods in which crop eradication takes place: aerial spraying of toxic chemicals and forced manual eradication. It is assumed that the eradication of the crops will stop and …

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