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The Globalization of Food: Farming our Way to Famine for 500 Years

There are many ways to think about the globalization of food and some of the more common ones are that it is historically recent, economically viable and great for our wallets and personal menu plans

Nineteen Eighty-Four is Now

George Orwell wrote Nineteen Eighty-Four in 1948 as a chilling indictment of post war/cold war society. Since its publication in 1949, the book has been hailed as one of the 100 most influential in the modern Western literary tradition. The question must be put: Influential how: as a warning against totalitarianism; or, as a handbook for those in power today?

Modern Slavery – What?.. you thought slavery was abolished?

Slave ships crisscrossing the Atlantic with their human cargo of misery and desperation have been consigned to the dustbin of history, but slavery and slave trading continue. Modern slaves often do not leave their own countries once captured or trapped, and if they do, they are more likely to do so on airplanes or buses carrying official work visas.

The Famine Myth

Public education and awareness

If I stopped you on the street and told you that the spectre of famine was once again stalking the African continent, that millions were at risk of starving to death, what would be your reaction? If you’re the average North American or European, you would probably shake your head sadly and wonder when these people were going to get it together in terms of limiting population growth and producing enough food to feed themselves. More charitably, you might blame the weather and continued drought in some regions. These are the three famine myths – not enough food, too many people, bad weather – that permit famine to strike again and again in the developing world with not so much as a peep of outrage from us, the increasingly obese developed world.

Recycling – The Last Resort, Ten Steps to Consuming Less

Public education and awareness

It probably seems strange to begin an article about recycling with an argument for not recycling, but Moore has identified one of the problems with recycling: it cannot stand alone as a planet-saving action. In fact, recycling is really more of a last resort than a solution in and of itself.

Rising Energy Costs – home improvement and energy saving ideas – environmental

renewable energy and sustainability

Many Canadians may not yet have felt the effects of raising energy costs, but due to declining natural gas and oil supplies, the cost of heating and powering our homes is set to skyrocket in the years to come. What if you could dramatically decrease that cost, or, if you’re really serious, eliminate the cost altogether?