April 17th, 2012 | Food Facts, Food Security, Our Food, biological desert, Borneo, Burger King, deforestation, edible oil, environmental, Gillette, Indonesia, landgrab, McCain, monoculture, oil, palm, palm oil, peatlands, plantation, rainforest, war
Borneo is the third largest island in the world, and forty years ago it was covered with dense rainforest. As you read this, loggers in the Borneo rainforest are chopping down the trees, acre by acre. They will burn the wood, which will release huge quantities of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Then they will plant a palm oil plantation, use the fruit and kernels to make oil, and sell it to massive corporations who will use it in every commercial product imaginable, from washing powder, to chocolate, to soap. It sounds like a straightforward commercial enterprise. So what’s so ‘dirty’ about palm oil?
November 19th, 2010
I recently found this in a cookbook compilation from my mother-in-law. I like to collect old community cookbooks from around the turn of the century and my mother-in-law loves to hang out in thrift shops looking for forgotten goodies, so she often finds me great stuff. I usually find really nour ...
August 27th, 2010
Please take some time and read the full article here, it is really long and actually has two parts! I have extracted my favorite sections and it is still very long. I have left out some of the very interesting examples of traditional societies foods, as well as the history and description of how veg ...
August 25th, 2010
Given the rising plethora of food outbreaks courtesy of our industrial food system, this article will give us some history and a clear example of how large-scale agriculture is destroying every corner of our world.
The following events are taken from Vandana Shiva's book Stolen Harvest: The Hijac ...