Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

Watching Our Weight Could Be Killing Us

The work of the antidiet crowd asks anyone touched by diet culture to entertain the possibility that body weight doesn’t, in itself, cause health issues.

Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

Aquaculture Could Be Conservation’s Secret Weapon

“But we could use aquaculture to replace some of those water filtration benefits, and at the same time grow food.” In places where excess nutrients are a problem, like the Chesapeake Bay, shellfish aquaculture could even help offset the negative environmental impacts of other industries.

Ghana’s challenges: Widening regional inequality and natural resource depreciation

Ghana’s challenges: Widening regional inequality and natural resource depreciation

This may reflect the declining contribution of agriculture, in which the majority of poor households are engaged, the limited job opportunities for higher productivity in the services sector, and a largely capital-intensive industrial development.

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

YouTube Is a Metaphor for the Great American Dumpster Fire

Its problems reflect and contribute to our culture like a big, scandalous, Tide Pod-and-condom-slurping ouroboros.So it’s fitting that YouTube’s most persistent bugaboos this year have been America’s: out-of-control celebrities and our cultural addiction to them, racism and conspiracy theories, and policies that disproportionately impact vulnerable groups like the LGBTQ community.But as much as 2018 was a year beset by scandal and frenzied backpedaling, it was also a year in which YouTube started trying in earnest to reckon with its own problems.

Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse

Used Wisely, the Internet Can Actually Help Public Discourse

In other words, our internet-and-smartphone-driven age does not represent, as we might think, its own huge shift from the Enlightenment tradition, but rather the most recent stages of a shift that started with disembodied voices and faces streaming out of clunky boxes.Two of the most accessible and relevant of this canon are similar in topic, though written nearly a generation apart: Daniel Boorstin’s The Image and Neil Postman’s Amusing Ourselves to Death.

News Article: FAO urges to scale up response to climate change in agricultural sectors

Climate-smart agriculture approach in action At a COP 24 side event of the Global Alliance for Climate-Smart Agriculture earlier this week, FAO  launched a new publication that showcases ten success stories from around the world revealing how the management of farms, crops, livestock and aquaculture can meet food security needs while building adaptation to climate change and contributing to mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

A Designer Seed Company Is Building a Farming Panopticon

A Designer Seed Company Is Building a Farming Panopticon

“I certainly had no idea when we started that one day we’d be acquiring a satellite company to bring it into operations in a much bigger way.”Indigo AgTellus’s chief product is Kernel, a forecasting tool that combines satellite images with weather reports and crop data from the US Department of Agriculture to predict how much food different countries are on track to grow each season.

TikTok Is a Short-Form Monetized Musical Meme Machine

TikTok Is a Short-Form Monetized Musical Meme Machine

TikTok isn’t offering a new service and then scrambling to monetize it, it’s cashing in on a culture other platforms frown upon.Lip syncing and dancing along to popular music is fan behavior with longevity.

News Article: Innovation in agriculture vital to address future food challenges

21 November 2018, Rome - Rapid advances in agricultural innovation that address climate change and support family farmers are crucial if the Sustainable Development Goals are to be achieved, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization's Director-General told the opening session of the first International Symposium on Agricultural Innovation for Family Farmers.

News Article: As climate change reshapes agriculture, international trade will be increasingly important to feeding the world

17 September 2018, Rome - With climate change poised to alter significantly the ability of many world regions to produce food, it is expected that international trade in agricultural products will have an increasingly important contribution to feeding the planet and responding to climate-related hunger flare-ups, says a new report by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

A warming world means it’s high time to rethink the composition of agricultural support

A warming world means it’s high time to rethink the composition of agricultural support

At the World Bank, we see growing demand from low- and middle-income countries for climate-smart solutions in agriculture projects that deliver triple-win benefits by simultaneously increasing yields, improving adaptation and enhancing mitigation.

Europe must halve meat and dairy production by 2050 to save planet, expert says

Europe must halve meat and dairy production by 2050 to save planet, expert says

Europe’s agriculture industry is being urged to reduce meat and dairy production after research suggested it has surpassed safe limits for greenhouse emissions. A report from Rural Investment Support For Europe (RISE) supports Greenpeace’s campaign to drastically reduce global meat and dairy production by 2050 to keep the Paris climate agreement on track.

Enter the Age of Borderless Memes

Enter the Age of Borderless Memes

It isn’t really an outlier, either: Mukbang is just one of Asia’s most successful entrants to a new class of global internet phenomena—simple visual- and video-focused memes that are so basic in their appeal that the boundaries of geography and culture don’t apply.In just over a year, mukbang has shifted from a Youtube niche to a mainstream trope—a high-calorie riff on the haul video.

Climate shocks an 'early warning call' to act on rising hunger, UN says

Climate shocks an 'early warning call' to act on rising hunger, UN says

Climate shocks such as droughts, floods and variable rainfall, are already causing a rise in hunger, a situation UN economists describe as an “early warning call” for action on food insecurity.

Our Green party will be bold and brave in both ideas and actions | Jonathan Bartley and Sîan Berry

Our Green party will be bold and brave in both ideas and actions | Jonathan Bartley and Sîan Berry

Specifically, we think it’s time for politics to shift away from an obsession with economic growth and a culture of work that sees people slaving away at jobs that offer little material or emotional reward.

Eating as a political, social, spiritual act: The World Peace Diet

Eating as a political, social, spiritual act: The World Peace Diet

Food is a tool to nourish life but also for taking political action and for averting the dangers of climate change and preventing unnecessary harm. By reducing animal agriculture, we also could improve health, stabilize grain prices, enhance food security and prevent unnecessary harm and violence.

'No real appetite': former farmers chief lashes ministers over climate link to drought

'No real appetite': former farmers chief lashes ministers over climate link to drought

As Scott Morrison and his special drought envoy, Barnaby Joyce, toured south-west Queensland on Tuesday, Finlay described the former deputy prime minister and agriculture minister as the last in a long line of ministers who had “no real appetite” for national drought policy in a changing climate.

Climate change making drought worse, farmers' federation chief says

Climate change making drought worse, farmers' federation chief says

The president of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, has declared that climate change is making drought worse in Australia and says tiptoeing around the subject does not do regional communities any good.

NIWA seaweed scientist tackling global climate change issue

NIWA seaweed scientist tackling global climate change issue

Dr Wendy Nelson, a principal scientist at NIWA Wellington, co-authored a paper that explores the potential of commercial seaweed farming in mitigating global carbon dioxide levels, a key greenhouse gas responsible for man-made climate change.

News Article: FAO helps countries lay the groundwork for climate-resilient initiatives

11 June 2018, Rome - The UN Food and Agriculture Organization is supporting ten projects in countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Eastern Europe and South America to lay the groundwork for climate-resilient adaptation initiatives, funded by the Green Climate Fund (GCF)'s Readiness Programme.

News Article: Climate change poised to transform marine and freshwater ecosystems

10 July 2018, Rome - New analysis and modelling released today by FAO and more than 100 collaborating scientists projects that by 2050 climate change will have altered the productivity of many of the planet's marine and freshwater fisheries, affecting the livelihoods of millions of the worlds' poorest people.

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Three countries show why culture matters for post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction and recovery

Culture is important for the rebuilding in a post-disaster setting, to help the community recover. What’s the role of culture during post-conflict and post-disaster reconstruction processes? While divided, the two communities are making joint efforts to safeguard and restore cultural heritage that matters to both.

Why cultural heritage matters for urban resilience

Why cultural heritage matters for urban resilience

In this video interview from the 2018 Understanding Risk Forum, Mr. Boccardi shares his thoughts on how disaster risk management practitioners can contribute to protecting cultural heritage and, at the same time, leverage these efforts toward the broader goal of building more resilient communities.

I'm Not Here to Make Friends: The Rise and Fall of the Supercut Video

I'm Not Here to Make Friends: The Rise and Fall of the Supercut Video

“It was all pirated,” Robson says.What made clips like “Let’s Enhance” especially potent in the late 2000s was the fact that web users had time to watch longer, more intricate home-made videos.

When They Said They Wanted to Rethink Agriculture, They Meant It

When They Said They Wanted to Rethink Agriculture, They Meant It

“Presumably, agricultural systems have been motivated by the need to feed more people and to remain profitable,” says Davis, “and this suggests that environmental impacts of food production – like water use for irrigation – only receive secondary consideration in a farmer’s decision of what crop to plant.