What we’ve been reading this week

This week’s summary on the news stories and blogs that have grabbed our attention. We welcome your thoughts and comments on these articles.

India farmers think big but grow micro to enrich their soil, The Guardian

The radical nature of development in the near future is already assured, The Guardian Poverty Matters Blog

Africa must get real about Chinese ties, Financial Times

Harsh deal climate in sub-Saharan Africa, Financial Times

Goldilocks Had It Right: How to Build Resilient Societies in the 21st Century, New Security Beat

The G8 and land grabs in Africa, GRAIN

The solution to Africa’s woes lies with Africans, not the west, The Guardian

East Africa: East African Farmers to Gain From Disease Resistant Banana, AllAfrica

Climate Conversations – “Part app, part map” tracks Amazon forest loss, AlertNet

Climate Conversations – Threshing mills make life less of a grind for West African women, AlertNet

World poverty: Can the G8 deliver on the promise it made at Gleneagles?, The Guardian

Mark Lynas: truth, treachery and GM food, The Guardian

Technology drives Africa transformation, Financial Times

Amplified Greenhouse Effect Shifts North’s Growing Seasons, NASA

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Comments

  1. Kathryn C. says:

    Have you been following the issues with the Argentine farmers and villagers that live near the soya fields? It is not an issue that should be left to continue. The documented levels of toxicity in the people, crops and soils will take years to correct – if it can be. Since this is a DNA tampering issue and the glyphosate formulations are much more toxic then the public was led to believe. (Cordoba, Argentina) The massive fields of soya have also destroyed local flora/fauna diverisity by replacing it! Rather than smaller fields that would allow indigenous species to remain and permit corridors for animals to move thru. We cannot continue the trend of poisoning the soil, our foods and the people as well as native species as we are. Already Africa is reporting decreasing fertility among the women. US animal farmers are having issues with fertility among their critters, no doubt this is happening in other places that are using GE contaminated feeds. Long term studies were NOT done….this should have been a big red flag on any chemical in use today! As you know there are much better, safer and effective ways to produce food as is being proven by less technically minded countries today. Their people and environment are much healthier too!

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