OPINIONS

The Food Chain

The world needs a much clearer understanding of just who is growing what – a reliable world map of agricultural production
Certain challenges cannot be addressed by governments alone, particularly when weak governments have to manage relations with big companies
While those in Bonn seem optimistic about the negotiating sessions that form the mid-point towards the Paris climate deal in December, governments must ramp up commitments to long-term finance to inject real energy into the process
If we listen and act on what Mahatma Gandhi had to say on development, the focus is very simple. He said the ultimate solution for fighting poverty was not mass production but production by the masses
We can observe borders not as simple cartographic lines which divide places, but as places in their own right with their own stories and their own salient and unique qualities
Caribbean cuisine, Latin American coffee, American high-tech, Danish furniture, Thai silks, Catalan design, Hollywood films, Broadway theatre, Florentine leather goods, Hunter Valley wines, London insurance...

The chaos factor

There’s a need to take political instability around the world far more seriously when devising strategies for protecting our planet
The media is full of reports of what studies of human genetic variation can tell us about the past. A geographical perspective is vital in understanding and evaluating these claims
We have to move away from our traditional crop species that are so dependent on artificially high levels of nutrients
The mobile phone and broader information and communication technology (ICT) ‘revolution’ in Africa has been over-sold
Large parts of Africa are beset with chronic economic and infrastructure problems together with corruption. Could the success of the used clothing industry be an obvious scapegoat or even a red herring?

The denial dam

Sustainablility. What exactly is it? Is it the key concept of the age, or has it become meaningless?
Donating your used garments might be well intentioned, but the situation on the ground means they may be doing more harm than good
When it comes to conservation, cities get a bad rap. They are monsters – conglomerations of concrete, asphalt, exhaust fumes and brick that exterminate species as they grow
One of the most likely outcomes of the recent results of the 2014 UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) – the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education – is institutional reform and reorganisation
Pound stores have become ubiquitous on our high streets, more so than since the recession hit
You can love them, loathe them or try to ignore them. But it’s almost impossible to avoid having a view on the state of our town centres and high streets

We are where we eat

What is it about food? It seems we all have strong opinions about what we should eat and why we should eat it to make sure we lead long, healthy lives

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