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VIDEO via NGS: Food by the Numbers: Feeding Our Hungry Planet

October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

By 2050, the world’s population will likely increase 35 percent. But is growing more food the only option—or even the best? National Geographic investigates the challenges and solutions to feeding everyone on our planet, based on an eight-month series in National Geographic magazine. Visit natgeofood.com for ongoing coverage of food [...]

VIDEO via Frontline: India-The Missing Girls

March 21, 2014 // 0 Comments

Frontline Roughtcut Website In 2006, when my wife and I traveled to India to live and work, the one issue that kept grabbing our attention was northern India’s deep cultural preference for sons over daughters. The desire for sons can be so great, that some families, after having a girl or two, will abort female fetuses until they bear a son. The practice is called female feticide or sex selection. In some ways this is a very old tale. Long before medical abortion became available, unwanted girls were killed after birth or not given enough food and medicine to survive. But modern technology has changed that. Ultrasound machines, which make it possible to determine the gender of a fetus, have spread from big city hospitals to small country clinics. Portable machines are taken to remote villages by motorcycle. As a consequence, infanticide has given way to feticide. Despite a law banning sex selective abortion in force for a decade, as many as half a million female fetuses are [...]

NEWS via NPR: Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists

March 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

Who Had Richer Parents, Doctors Or Artists A few weeks ago, we were sitting around the office arguing over this simple question: Who had richer parents, journalists or people working in finance? Doctors or artists? More generally: What’s the link between household income during childhood and job choice during adulthood? After some poking around, we figured out how to settle the argument. A government survey has tracked more than 12,000 people for decades. It allowed us to look at the same group of people in 1979 and 2010 — from a time when most were teenagers to the time when they were middle-aged and, for the most part, gainfully employed. We crunched the data a few ways. First, here’s a table that answers our basic question. It links peoples’ jobs as adults in 2010 to their parents’ income when they were kids in 1979. Job As Adult Household Income During Childhood Farming, Fishing, And Forestry less than $35,000 Child Care Workers, Home Care Workers, etc. [...]

NEWS via PRI: Desert Lunch: Coaxing Climate-Friendly Food from the World’s Driest Places

June 20, 2013 // 0 Comments

Human Geography Topics: Thomas Malthus Ester Boserup Agriculture Commercial Gardening Horticulture Sustainable Agriculture —————————————————————— THOMAS MALTHUS would be shocked, ESTHER BOSERUP gleaning, “I told you so.” If you ever wondered what you could do with your degree in physics, agriculture, architecture, engineering, or environmental sciences, how about solving a food crisis in an area of the World that does not easily grow food.  For countries with growing populations and an environment that is not AGRICULTURE friendly, importing food is costly. So some scientists took on the challenge to build a test facility in Qatar. Why Qatar? One scientist says, “We started with a thought, and that was, let’s take what we have enough of, like seawater, like sunlight, like sand, like CO2, to produce what we need more of—food, water, [...]
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