01/01/2013 · 12:12 pm
Things that will happen in 2013:
Filed under Elections, Politics, Sustainable Politics
Tagged as abortion, Comet Ison, David Cameron, demographic winter, equal marriage, food prices, George Osborne, Iain Duncan Smith, India, Ireland, Julian Assange, Maldives, rape, UKIP, workfare
16/10/2012 · 8:15 am
925 million people are hungry.
Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes.
That’s one child every five seconds.
There were 1.4 billion people in extreme poverty in 2005.
The World Bank estimates that the spike in global food prices in 2008, followed by the global economic recession in 2009 and 2010 has pushed between 100-150 million people into poverty.
This year has been one of the wettest on record. In Edinburgh, we had the wettest April, May, June, and July since records began at the Royal Botanic Gardens in the 19th century. Across the UK:
Potato harvests are down by half in some areas. The NFU’s Scottish cereal survey indicated wheat yield was down by 18% from 2011, winter barley yield down 7%, spring barley yield down 18% and winter oilseed rape yield down 26%.
I’ve discussed this before (Scotland’s Food Programme) and also, for World Porridge Day, how stock brokers gambling on food prices rising is itself creating a bubble of high food prices to profit investors and make people hungry.
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Filed under About Food, Economics, FairTrade, Poverty, Sustainable Politics
Tagged as climate change, DWP, EU, Fife Diet, food banks, food prices, George Osborne, Mike and Karen Small, Oxfam, Sainsburys, Trussell Trust, World Development Movement, World Food Day
05/09/2012 · 12:23 pm
The Maldives: beautiful, unspoiled islands surrounded by clear blue water, perfect for diving holidays.
They are 2000 coral islands in the Indian Ocean, only 200 of which are inhabited, 87 of which are tourist resorts. 394,451 people live on 113 islands: 28% of GDP, more than 60% of foreign exchange receipts, and 90% of the government’s revenue comes from import duties and tourism-related taxes. It’s a tiny country which, in effect, sells beauty and a dream tropical island paradise to people who are rich enough to pay for it.
The visitor may take the opportunity to stroll through the lanes of the village, observing children playing contentedly beside the wooden huts and village women weaving and creating traditional handicrafts utilizing natural materials such as palm leaves, coconuts and reeds. Visitors can also visit schools and mosques in the idyllic villages. Tourist advert
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Filed under Biosphere, Poverty, Sustainable Politics, Travel
Tagged as Amnesty International, Aylie Baker, Barack Obama, climate change, food prices, IMF, Maldives, Mohamed Nasheed, Owen Paterson, Oxfam, The Island President, Tim Gore, UNICEF