Daily Archives: October 10, 2014

Privatizing sugar industry key to success – Jamaica Agri Minister

Privatizing sugar industry key to success – Jamaica Agri Minister

Friday, 10 October 2014 22:02 -by   – Demerara Waves

Jamaica’s Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier .Photo: Jamaica’s Agriculture Minister, Derrick Kellier .

Kellier, who was in Suriname for the 13th Caribbean Week of Agriculture (CWA) and the Agriculture Ministerial meeting of the Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) Council for Trade and Economic Development, told reporters that the only option was selling out the industry.
“Privatization is the way to go if you want to move it quickly because the capital is necessary to be injected into it,” he said.  Continue reading

Ebola and Moral Panic – commentary

Ebola and Moral Panic

A possible Ebola outbreak is causing strong emotional reactions. However, should we let these reactions rule our behavior?

brain101014America’s frenzied, xenophobic response to its first confirmed Ebola case calls back the moral panic of the AIDS epidemic.

In the wake of a Dallas hospital’s decision to release a Liberian patient with Ebola into the community—who later died of the disease after returning to the hospital—a fierce debate has erupted over how to deal with the potential for an outbreak in the United States.  Continue reading

Small-Scale Traditional Farming Is the Only Way to Avoid Food Crisis, UN Researcher Says

Small-Scale Traditional Farming Is the Only Way to Avoid Food Crisis, UN Researcher Says

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United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Hilal Elver, advocates for agroecology (traditional farming). Is this a new initiative?

New scientific research increasingly shows how “agroecology” offers environmentally sustainable methods that can meet the rapidly growing demand for food.  

Modern industrial agricultural methods can no longer feed the world, due to the impacts of overlapping environmental and ecological crises linked to land, water, and resource availability.  Continue reading

Brazil could elect first black president – so why isn’t anyone talking about it? (+video)

Brazil could elect first black president – so why isn’t anyone talking about it? (+video)

By Taylor Barnes, Correspondent October 4, 2014 – CSM

Brazilian singer Gilberto Gil sings a song he composed for presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB) during a meeting with artists and intellectuals at a campaign rally in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The official jingle for Marina Silva’s presidential campaign discreetly refers to the candidate’s skin color: “She’s going to come with her tan skin and popular appeal…. She’s going to be so different, and for that reason, so similar to all of us.”

The brief line – among diverse references to how she appeals to all Brazilians of all creeds – is symbolic. After her years in the public eye as a politician and activist, Brazilians know well the personal story of Ms. Silva: She hails from an impoverished family of 11 children in a remote corner of the Amazon, worked as a housemaid, and was illiterate until the age of 16. She’s a devout Pentecostal Christian and an outspoken environmentalistContinue reading

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