- Cotton is the biggest non-food agricultural crop in the world.
- It uses 11% of the entire world’s pesticides.
- In developing nations specifically, 50% of pesticides go towards cotton. 715 more words
The bad news is, in a sense, nothing new. Farmers have always worried about droughts, floods, hail, unseasonable frosts, harvest-decreasing heat waves, and the insect and disease outbreaks that might be associated with unusual weather. 477 more words
The first section of Pollan’s book was a read that I just couldn’t put down. His tenacity in his approach to his mission and commitment to relaying accurate and scientifically founded information just isn’t something that you come across as often as you would hope. 1,685 more words
In 1998, Amartya Sen was awarded a Nobel prize in economics for his work showing that famine deaths in India had been primarily due not to lack of available food but to hungry people not having enough money to afford to buy what food was available. 741 more words
This presentation by anti-GMO and anti-globalization activist Vendana Shiva focuses on colonialism and its fundamental role in capitalism. She quotes from 17th century philosophers Bacon and Locke, who laid the groundwork for a capitalist philosophy that is clearly at odds with most human needs. 118 more words