Friday, January 20, 2017

Hunger -- the continuing menace

In my 1976 book, "Fear in the Countryside," I examined the political origins of hunger in Latin America (primarily Colombia) and the US. In 2015, at a conference at Pomona College, Claremont, California, I recounted the reasons why hunger still is plaguing so many millions across the world, rich and poor countries alike. I connected hunger with high-tech agriculture, pesticides and government and corporate malfeasance. Seeing foreign imported workers harvesting the crops of factory farmers illustrates why hunger is not about to disappear.



Asking questions during my talk included distinguished scholars like John Ikerd, Vandana Shiva, and Heather Williams:

https://soundcloud.com/pando-populus/evagellos-vallianatos-introduction-to-the-world-system-of-food-and-hunger

    

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Are we Going Backwards?

The coming of Donald Trump to power is likely to have adverse effects on the natural world and society. His appointment of Scott Pruitt, Attorney General of Oklahoma, to be the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, promises trouble for the already deeply wounded agency. The EPA has been a victim of corruption for decades. The near disappearance of honeybees illustrates our environmental predicament. The industry does not think much of the harm its neurotoxins afflict on so useful and ancient an insect.

Read the article:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/why-has-the-environmental-protection-agency-been-approving_us_587ff848e4b09d73ca33733f