Archive for October 16th, 2020

16/10/2020

Eating Better – For Us and the Planet

Human Wrongs Watch

15 October 2020 (UN Environment)* — Industrialized farming has been a reliable way to produce lots of food, at a relatively low cost. But it’s not the bargain it was once believed to be. Unsustainable agriculture can pollute water, air and soil; is a source of greenhouse gas; and destroys wildlife – an environmental cost equivalent to about US$3 trillion every year.

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The use of chemicals and antimicrobials can have adverse health effects and lead to resistant infections. And to top it all off, our production and consumption habits have been linked to the emergence of zoonotic diseases, such as COVID-19.

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16/10/2020

The Agro-ecological Grassroots Movement Revolutionising Indian Farms

16 October 2020 (FAO)* — In India, a grassroots movement focused on agroecological farming is spreading fast. Beginning in the southern state of Karnataka, the natural farming methods were adopted first by tens, then hundreds and now hundreds of thousands of farmers across India. So, what’s so special about it?

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16/10/2020

Why We Need Trees to End to Poverty – Landmark Report

Human Wrongs Watch

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Amid the Covid-19 pandemic and a projected rise in extreme poverty, a team of scientists says the world can no longer afford to overlook the role of forests and trees in poverty eradication.

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NEW YORK, United States, Oct 15 2020 (IPS)* – With extreme poverty (living on $1.90 a day) projected to rise for the first time in over 20 years, a new study has concluded that global poverty eradication efforts could be futile in the absence of forests and trees.

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16/10/2020

‘More than Half of the People Living in Asia and the Pacific Lack any Social Protection’

Human Wrongs Watch

Social protection coverage in Asia and the Pacific ‘riddled with gaps’

UN News\Vibhu Mishra A man, carrying a load on his back, in what is generally a busy business district in Kathmandu, Nepal. COVID-19 and the associated lockdown has hit people hard, with many daily-wage earners losing their only source of income.
 
15 October 2020 (UN News)*More than half of the people living in Asia and the Pacific lack any social protection coverage, leaving populations vulnerable to ill-health, poverty, inequality and social exclusion, a new UN report has found. 
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