Selling the Amazon on Amazon

Land for sold! Now you can buy the beauty of Africa and the resourceful Amazon river – it’s a good investment!

This article in the Guardian shocked me the other day: “Pension fund managers and hedge funds gather in London on Tuesday for a summit to discuss the next big investment opportunity: buying up swaths of African farmland.” Continue reading

Charity Or Fairness

The idea is good. Helping those in need and stopping hunger. The solution can be debated, though.

Bill Gates is investing in the fight against hunger which keeps on rising thanks to global warming. He offers GM foods and geo-engineering as a solution. That is when things become more complicated. Continue reading

Food for You, Me and the Environment

So yesterday we had a little reminder of all the people out there who are starving. We also named some of the responsible for it.

Today, it’s time to look at a possible solution. One which can even solve many more problems we are facing in the world today. Continue reading

What Did you Have for Dinner?

2011 was another good year for hunger, which means a pretty bad one for the people in poverty.

Last week I told you how the Barclays Bank is nominated for the Public Eye Award this year. They get this honour because thanks to them people are starving to death in many places in the world. How is that, you might ask. Continue reading

Is it for Ethical Reasons?

Have you ever felt that you needed to explain exactly why you have decided not to eat meat? For most people there is a lot more behind it than just the ethical story – with which I am by no means saying that the ethical story is not important.

Vegsource.com has an amazing list of “How to win an argument with a meat-eater”. They list for example the Hunger Argument (You know how many hungry people could be fed with the corn and soy given to cows and other animals for meat production? I will just quote vegsource: Number of people who could be adequately fed Continue reading

Refuged or Not?

The largest refugee camp in the world, Dadaab in Kenya, has attracted the international attention only this year. The catastrophical living conditions in the camp have been existing for years though.

The refugee camp close to the border to Somalia has been built in the 1990ies and been growing in numbers ever since. The idea of “full” does not apply to a refugee camp. Continue reading

Rotten Carrots

“Don’t throw that away, there are People in Africa who are Hungry”, have you heard that before? Well, fact is, it is true and worth to write a post on this story. About that and about carrots.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has published a report on Global food losses and food waste. A wonderful insight into the other side of hunger. I’ll give you a short overview: Continue reading

More Than Nothing

Today I would like to introduce you to Raj Patel, who calls himself writer, activist and academic (in that order). Others even call him the Antichrist, which sounds even more appealing, doesn’t it?

So who is Ray Patel? He says about himself that he “has worked for the World Bank and WTO, and protested against them around the world.” Which to me already makes him an interesting figure. He has studied in England and the United States and has written several books. His books talk about the poor and the world food system which starves people on one hand and makes them obese somewhere else. Continue reading

Urban Hunters & Gatherers

People already throw away a LOT of food. But what about supermarkets? And why don’t we care more about this?

Check out the documentary Dive!, which will take you into the world of dumpster diving. It is all about re-using things that other people throw away.

We trash things others cannot even afford buying. You will be amazed by how much that actually is. Bin-diving wants to point out this waste of things; it has its own philosophy and is constantly in conflict with the law. (but how can re-using trash be against the law, Continue reading