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Africa’s agriculture projects are growing inequality, not food

Low yield growth, increasing food insecurity, climate change and massive population growth are the four factors that will determine the shape of Africa over the next century. Even if countries on the continent are successful in negotiating more favourable trade conditions and introduce policy reforms, Africa will still need to produce more food. To do this, improved agricultural practices need …

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The World Bank and the IMF Are Enabling the Next Crisis

The ingredients of a fresh global economic crisis are assembling, and the IMF and the World Bank are failing to acknowledge their role in creating them. Larry Elliott, The Guardian’s economics editor, writes: According to the IMF, global debt has risen to a record level of $152tn (£1223tn) – more than double world GDP – at a time when activity …

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Lisdey Espinoza Pedraza and Markus Heinrich – Water Scarcity: Cooperation or Conflict in the Middle East and North Africa?

More than any other region, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is plagued by instability and conflict. Conflict has traditionally been caused by political, military, ethnic and religious issues, but, in an increasingly complex world, potential causes of insecurity have widened and diversified considerably. Though traditional sources of conflict continue to play a major role, economic, social and environmental …

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Catherine J. Frompovich – There’s A Plan For Human Population Control – Is It Vaccines?

Is there a concentrated plan actively in place to reduce the human population on Planet Earth?  What a question to ask! However, according to a March 2016 paper by Kevin Galalae published in the journal Epidemiology: Open Access titled “Turning Nature against Man: The Role of Pandemics, Vaccines and Genetics in the UN’s Plan to Halt Population Growth” [1], Galalae sets out …

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Gail Tverberg – 2016: Oil Limits And The End Of The Debt Supercycle

What is ahead for 2016? Most people don’t realize how tightly the following are linked: 1. Growth in debt 2. Growth in the economy 3. Growth in cheap-to-extract energy supplies 4. Inflation in the cost of producing commodities 5. Growth in asset prices, such as the price of shares of stock and of farmland 6. Growth in wages of non-elite …

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Look What We’ve Done: Human-Made Epoch of Nightmares Is Here

There’s no question about it. A new epoch—the Anthropocene—has begun. So says an international group of geoscientists, in a paper published Friday in the journal Science. They point to waste disposal, fossil fuel combustion, increased fertilizer use, the testing and dropping of nuclear weapons, deforestation, and more as evidence that human activity has pushed the Earth into the new age …

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John Scales Avery – The Coming Global Food Crisis

Population growth and fossil fuel use, seen on a time-scale of several thousand years. The dots are population estimates in millions from the US Census Bureau. Fossil fuel use appears as a spike-like curve, rising from almost nothing to a high value, and then falling again to almost nothing in the space of a few centuries. When the two curves …

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Prescription Drug Spending Jumps to All Time High in 2014 – Brian Wu

According to a report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics , Americans spent more money on drugs than they ever have before with spending jumping by 13% to $374 billion, driven by innovative but expensive new drugs designed to treat Hepatitis C. The new hepatitis C drugs accounted for more than $11 billion of the spending with the influx …