Friday, February 24, 2012

A life on hold

Omar is a 17 year old Somali living in a refugee camp in Tunisia.

A short film by Nick Francis and Marc Silver.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Raj Patel: abolish the food industry

An excellent, provocative piece by Raj Patel in February's The Atlantic makes a clarion call: abolish the food industry.

Abolish the Food Industry - The Atlantic

27 February 2012 is a global day of action: occupy our food supply. Catch more at:

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

eight ways Monsanto fails at sustainable agriculture

From the Union of Concerned Scientists in the United States, an excellent introduction to the failures of industrial agriculture by way of Monsanto.

Eight Ways Monsanto Fails at Sustainable Agriculture | Union of Concerned Scientists

CPI (M) in crisis

An excellent assessment of the Draft Political Resolution of the Communist Party of India (Marxist), which highlights the extent to which it will tie itself into knots in order to become electable.

CPI(M) in Crisis

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

the epistle of Gates and the gospel of agricultural innovation

This is an interesting analysis by Justin Sandefur of the Center for Global Development in Washington. I don't agree with all of it, but the challenge that he lays down to the Gates Foundation and their emphasis on agricultural innovation is on the mark.

The Epistle of Gates and the Gospel of Agricultural Innovation

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