Archive for May 8th, 2017

08/05/2017

Food Insecurity Accelerates Global Migration

Human Wrongs Watch

5 May 2017 (WFP)* – At a time when a record-high number of people have been forced to flee their homes across the world, a new study by the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) clearly establishes that high levels of food insecurity lead to higher levels of migration across borders.

WFP provides support to nearly seven million refugees in more than thirty countries. Copyright: WFP/ Dina Elkassaby

The report determined that each one percentage increase in food insecurity in a population compels 1.9 percent more people to migrate per 1000 population.

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08/05/2017

Can You Imagine a World Without Bees?

Human Wrongs Watch

By Luís Ferreirim*

GreenpeaceI can’t imagine a world without bees. These fantastic little insects are not only a vital part of natural ecosystems, they also play a crucial role in food production.

Close up of bumblebee on Phacelia flowers, bee friendly plant and used as green manure. 22 Jul, 2013 © Axel Kirchhof / Greenpeace

Worldwide, three out of four of our food crops depend on pollinators like bees, butterflies and other small creatures. In Europe, 84% of all cultivated plants are pollinated by insects – primarily bees.

Bees and other pollinators have a huge part to play in our food supply and the global economy. Pollination affects both the quantity and quality of crops.

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