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TRADE & HUNGER: SALVING HUNGER VIA TRADE POLICY

Erle Frayne Argonza



Let me continue on the issue of hunger, which many politicians are raising howls this early in time for the 2010 polls. The tendency right now, with politicians’ short-sightedness and poverty of wisdom, is that hunger will be perpetuated and sustained even long after the same politicians are all dead.



In the study on fair trade & food security I did for the national center for fair trade and food security (KAISAMPALAD), I already raised the howl… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 15, 2008 at 7:14am — No Comments

MANILA’S HUNGER PANGS

Erle Frayne Argonza



In a previous article about obesity, I already touched on the hunger issue. It is particularly interesting to study nutrition issues in Manila today, nutrition patterns render the Philippines among the ‘transitional populations’ that characterize emerging markets.



Needless to say, in a transitional population as defined in demographic theory, both problems of hunger and overweight co-exist, with obesity rising at faster paces than hunger. Depending on… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 14, 2008 at 6:55am — No Comments

MANILA’S EMERGING OBESITY: IGNORE OR ADDRESS IT?

Erle Frayne Argonza



Nutrition-related issues and problems in the Philippines constitute a long list. Among all the related issues and problems, hunger stands out as the most highlighted today. While there is no question about highlighting hunger and addressing it with determination, over-focusing on this single issue tends to mask the other issues involved.



Among the emerging issues and problems in nutrition, I would handily pinpoint obesity as the most focal. Needless to… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 13, 2008 at 4:31am — No Comments

US WATCH: TRANSPORT U.S. BACK TO PROSPERITY

Erle Frayne Argonza



The final feature of the US ‘real economy’ worth featuring is transportation & communications. This is among the most productive sectors that produce real wealth, contrasted to the ‘casino economy’ of predatory finance that produces wealth from out of wealth itself, producing really nothing worth our value. Broad as it is, let me focus on the transport sector.



Time was when the railway industry took off, inducing growth as soon as the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 12, 2008 at 4:16am — No Comments

US WATCH: S & T CUTTING EDGE EROSION

Erle Frayne Argonza



As I’ve been stressing in previous articles, “it’s the economy” that count much as top agenda to be addressed by policy makers, bureaucrats and growth stakeholders in the USA. And this should be the primary concern of the political bigwigs when election comes by the end of the year.



A policy shift that will veer away America from the destructive flames of the ‘virtual economy’ founded on predatory finance, back to the ‘real economy’ based on… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 11, 2008 at 4:54am — No Comments

US WATCH: INFRASTRUCTURE DECAY, NEEDS MASSIVE REDEVELOPMENT

Erle Frayne Argonza



A bridge has fallen, the Mississipi river flooded Orleans like some pathetic third world city, airports are too cramped up as they are incapable of containing the surge in passenger & cargo levels, the East Coast experienced the emergency shut down due to grid overload (causing massive blackout), railway tracks are thinning out and overall capacity is on downward trend, and more.



They seem to be unrelated, but for economists and sociologists the… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 9, 2008 at 7:21pm — No Comments

Ethical trade – the next decade

(ETI Press Release) The Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) has announced the date and venue of its next conference – a must-attend event for the increasing numbers of retailers, suppliers, agents, trade unions, NGOs and auditors involved in improving workers’ lives throughout the supply chain.



‘Ethical trade: the next decade’ will be held on Thursday 23 October 2008 in West London and marks the Ethical Trading Initiative’s tenth anniversary.



Says ETI Director Dan Rees, “The… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on August 8, 2008 at 11:14am — No Comments

US WATCH: AGRICULTURE DECAYS, BIOFUEL MATTERS MOST!

Erle Frayne Argonza



Agriculture remains to be among the most protected sectors of the US economy. Enough to cause ceaseless chagrin on the members of the WTO, who have been demanding that the EU-USA-Japan trilateral belt better play by the rules and remove the trade barriers in agriculture.



But the overall alarming trend in America’s agriculture is the rapid shrinking of arable lands altogether. Lucky enough that America is blessed with millions of acres of arable land,… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 8, 2008 at 7:29am — No Comments

Sustainability in Arizona?

Would it surprise you to know that Arizona State University (ASU) in Phoenix Arizona is actively shaping the world of social responsibility and sustainability today? A university in the desert, ASU is faced, everyday, with sustainable challenges that, despite their daunting nature, do not prevent the capital city of Phoenix from being the fastest growing city in the US. Associated with this rapid development, ASU students and faculty helped design and implement, Tempe Town Lake. This two mile… Continue

Added by Daniel Suchenski on August 8, 2008 at 2:07am — No Comments

Is clothing made from bamboo the answer?

For centuries bamboo has been used for its strength and durability in architecture and art across East Asia. Only recently finding an audience in the western world, bamboo is being transformed into, among the most unlikely of eco-products, clothing. Why is bamboo clothing so remarkable? Bamboo cloth has been called a seamless cotton-and-silk blend. The fibers made from bamboo are softer than cotton, has a natural sheen to the surface and still manages to feel similar to a silk or cashmere… Continue

Added by Daniel Suchenski on August 8, 2008 at 2:05am — No Comments

Socially-Strategic Capitalism

Bill gates recently gave a speech in which he redefined capitalism as "creative." The problem with this is that it doesn’t harness the strategic horsepower of capitalism’s strength to create a better world. It comes across more like capitalism for sissies. It seems that if corporate leaders aren’t rewarded with “credit” for restraining their greed, they whine.



The core problem with this version of capitalism is it vastly underestimates the economic reward for reinventing every… Continue

Added by Will Marre on August 7, 2008 at 12:30pm — 3 Comments

US WATCH: DE-INDUSTRIALIZATION

Erle Frayne Argonza

The public (in America) is of the broad position that the NAFTA was responsible for the folding up of many factories and the transfer of jobs to Mexico/South. This NAFTA-bashing has some validity to it, but the semi-economic integration alone with Mexico and Canada isn’t a sufficient reason for the bigger problem of de-industrialization.



Once robust and colossal, the industrial sector of the USA contributed over 50% of the Gross Domestic Product or… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 7, 2008 at 5:51am — No Comments

Bridging the Digital Gap, by Lynda Blancato

Living in the United States we are constantly wired—communicating with our friends via instant messenger, using the wealth of information that Wikipedia provides to research some unknown person, event, or place, or even reading articles from newspapers and magazines across the globe—all tools readily available with basic internet. Technology plays such an important role in our lives now that most of…

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Added by Mary on August 6, 2008 at 3:56pm — 1 Comment

Did you know?

Did you know that our average lifespan has increased by 19 years from 46 to 65 in the second half of the 20th century? Did you know that worldwide, 40% of people live on less that $2 a day, and over 3 billion lack any type of formal social security protection? Did you know that per passenger, a flight from Stuttgart to Munich results in more that 115kg of CO2 emissions, while taking the train emits around 12kg?



Learn more about these facts and many others in "Edition Three" of the… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on August 6, 2008 at 7:39am — 4 Comments

EU to Give Haiti $4.6 million for Food and Health Care

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — The European Union says it will give Haiti $4.6 million to help pay for food in the world's poorest country.



High food prices led to deadly protests in April and forced the resignation of the Caribbean nation's prime minister.



The EU said Tuesday that the money would help to stabilize the country by providing food, health care, clean water and proper hygiene to some 1.5 million people. It will focus efforts on women and children in rural areas and… Continue

Added by Development Crossing on August 5, 2008 at 12:36pm — 1 Comment

EBRD 2007 Sustainability Report

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) recently its 2007 Sustainability Report, which looks at the Bank’s 2007 investments in sustainable development across the 29 countries where it operates from central Europe to central Asia.

To download the report and/or view individual cases from it...click here.

Added by Development Crossing on August 5, 2008 at 11:30am — No Comments

Global Nomad Retreat in Tuscany: 7 - 13 September

Hi there,



I wanted to invite the Development Crossing members to the first annual global nomad retreat. Click here for the program details: http://www.janera.com/global-nomads-in-il-pero-villa.html.



This will take place in Tuscany in the beautiful Il Pero Villa (http://www.ilperovaldorcia.com/) with yoga by New York's Narween Otto (http://narweenotto.com/).



We will be defining what it means to be a global nomad and lay the foundations for the book "I am a Global… Continue

Added by Janera Soerel on August 4, 2008 at 5:21pm — 1 Comment

Ya'Gotta - July 2008 - Most Popular Western Canadian Adventure Travel Destinations

During the month of July 2008, YaGotta.ca had 10,879 pages read. We also added a new western Canada adventure travel destination: West Kootenays - Mountains, Ghost Towns, Hot Springs and Lake Ferry Crossings. During July, the following were the most popular western Canadian adventure travel route, park and destination articles, prepared by…

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Added by Bob Kenyon on August 4, 2008 at 4:02pm — 1 Comment

US WATCH: ECONOMY’S REAL VALUE

Erle Frayne Argonza



Great and mighty is America’s economy! America can buy the whole earth and feed all the world’s people! Americans are the world’s wealthiest, they can buy any and all guys outside the borders!



What delusional arrogance from some demonic Pied Pipers! The USA’s GDP ended up at $12.5 Trillion last year, though some indicator massage could yield a higher figure of $13.5 Trillion (using Purchasing Power Parity or PPP). Measure this against the Gross… Continue

Added by Erle Frayne Argonza on August 4, 2008 at 7:16am — No Comments

Save The Sacred Headwaters

In a remote corner of northern British Columbia lies the Sacred Headwaters, a vast alpine basin that is the shared birthplace of the Skeena, Nass and Stikine Rivers. Here, wild salmon, grizzly bears, mountain sheep, wolves and caribou take part in one of North America's largest remaining intact predator-prey systems. The Tahltan First Nations people have hunted and trapped in the Sacred Headwaters for millennia.



Royal Dutch Shell plans to turn the Sacred Headwaters into a coal bed… Continue

Added by Bob Kenyon on August 3, 2008 at 6:00pm — No Comments

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