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by / on October 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm / in Most Recent Column, Opinion, World

Left High and Dry

by This past week, I attended the annual Nairobi International Trade Fair, which is sponsored by the Agricultural Society of Kenya. Similar to a 4-H County Fair in the United States, which features children’s activities alongside agricultural displays, the fair’s marketed purpose is to educate the public on programs, companies, and organizations that work with Kenya’s agricultural and environmental sectors. Despite these good intention…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:48 pm / in Uncategorized

Need For Seed

…Brazil, then maybe India, and then maybe countries in sub-Saharan Africa: One country after another until global agricultural safety is undermined, and those 1.4 billion subsistence farmers languish in total penury. That Brazil’s violation of the GURT moratorium would result in the collapse of the world’s agricultural security is extreme, but the precedent set by it would still present frightening implications. Yes, the precedent might motivate o…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:07 am / in Africa, Asia, Issue, Main Menu, World

Bye Bye Beijing

…n between African and Chinese governments could bring systematic, coordinated dissemination of technological and agricultural knowledge that would help production sectors across African states. Particularly, Chinese agricultural practices, revealed through studies conducted by the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa, have the potential to revolutionize African smallholder farming by introducing superior plant breeding techniques, specified…

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by / on March 4, 2011 at 3:25 am / in Interview, Issue

A New Currency for Climate Change

by Bill McKibben, one of the most prominent environmental activists and journalists today, has been at the forefront of the climate change movement since its inception. He wrote the first book on climate change, The End of Nature, in 1989. In 2007, he founded 350.org, an international organization committed to reducing global CO2 atmospheric concentration levels to 350 parts per million—the level scientists agree is environmentally saf…

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by / on October 31, 2010 at 8:23 pm / in Asia, Cover Story, Issue, World

Environmental Migrants

by Endless crowds of the desperately poor have long been a common sight in the sweltering South Asian metropolis of Dhaka, Bangladesh. But the forces pushing migrants into the city are not what they once were. Today, the shantytowns of Dhaka overflow with rural farmers fleeing a countryside devastated alternating Biblical floods and fierce droughts. The city is seen by these desperate migrants as a gem of opportunity. They find instead…

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by / on November 2, 2014 at 2:29 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 11/03 – 11/09

by Monday, November 3rd AgCenter Seminar 2:00pm – 3:00pm Low Memorial Library Burden Room, #206 The Earth Institute’s Agriculture and Food Security Center (AgCenter) presents “Elucidating Sustainable Agroecosystems Across Scales and Disciplines,” with Johan Six, Full Professor, Sustainable Agroecosystems, Department of Environmental System Science, ETH, Zurich. Dr. Six received his PhD in Soil Science in…

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by / on September 29, 2014 at 2:22 pm / in Domestic, Environmental, Mounir Ennenbach, Web Columnists

The City and the Changing Climate

…ter and fertilizers—farms produce huge quantities of chemical and biological waste. The large surface area which agricultural regions occupy limits the effectiveness and efficiency of waste collection. Improved agricultural practices, therefore, are widely touted as the most effective means to reduce these pollutants. Despite these limitations, city policies continue to cut down emissions for significant portions of the population, especially in…

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by / on September 15, 2014 at 7:14 pm / in Campus, Events

*Updated* Events: 9/16 – 9/21

…:15pm-6:00pm International Affairs Building, Room 918 The talk includes a discussion on recent reforms in Japans agricultural organizations in the context of Abenomics and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (a proposed free trade agreement between the US, Japan, and several other countries). Today, Japan Agriculture (JA), a nationwide agricultural cooperative which has long supported the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, faces numerous challenges, incl…

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by / on December 2, 2007 at 4:44 am / in Content, Domestic, Environmental, Issue

The Corn Conundrum

by If you are what you eat, then America is corn. It’s in just about everything we eat: soda, ketchup, English muffins, breakfast cereal, cookies, crackers, ice cream, BBQ sauce… hell, even cough syrup. It feeds the cattle that go into your hamburger. And now it’s going into our gas tanks as ethanol. It’s one of the nation’s most subsidized agricultural products; subsidies to corn farmers totaled about $5 billion in 2006. Recent increa…

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by / on January 6, 2014 at 4:23 pm / in Asia, Fall 2013, World

The Raucous Caucasus

by Deep within the mountainous South Caucasus, there is a regional powder keg. For the last 20 years, Armenia and Azerbaijan have been trapped in a struggle over the province of Nagorno-Karabakh (NK), an originally Azerbaijani-controlled, but ethnically Armenian region that, following the dissolution of the Soviet Union, declared independence. Sandwiched between oil pipelines and competing interests from Russia, Iran, Turkey, and the…

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