Archive for December 6th, 2020

06/12/2020

How to Reap the Benefits of Food as Medicine

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BULAWAYO, Dec 2 2020 (IPS)* – COVID-19 has magnified global food insecurity and is driving unhealthy eating and worsening malnutrition, food experts say. They have called for deliberate global investment in food as medicine on the back of growing diet-related illnesses.

Sorghum-is_Sorghum is has nutritional and health benefits. Small scale farmer, Catherine Sibanda examines her sorghum crop in field, in Jambezi District, Zimbabwe, March 2015. Credit: Busani Bafana / IPS

Famed Greek physician, Hippocrates, foretold the future of food. He is attributed to have said: ‘Let food be thy medicine and let medicine be thy food’. COVID-19 has pushed the conversation about food as medicine onto the world agenda as more people are paying attention to their health and increasingly what they eat.

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06/12/2020

Human Society and the Biosphere

Human Wrongs Watch

By John Scales Avery – TRANSCEND Media Service*

Mass Extinctions Due to Human Activities

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John Scales Avery

According to a recent United Nations report, more than a million species of plants and animals are currently threatened with extinction because of human activities. Rates of extinction today are as much as 1,000 times greater than the normal background rate.

As the greenhouse gas emissions of human society push the earth towards catastrophic climate change, rates of extinction in the biosphere will certainly become higher.

Are Humans Threatened with Extinction?

What about our own species? Are we too threatened with extinction?

There are certainly several threatened catastrophes that might greatly reduce the global population of humans. In a thermonuclear war, followed by nuclear winter, a large part of the world’s population might perish.

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06/12/2020

Countries Plan to Increase Their Fossil Fuel Production over Next Decade, Even as Research Shows That the World Needs to Decrease Production by 6% per year to Limit Catastrophic Warming

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Nairobi/Seattle (UNEP)*A special issue of the Production Gap Report – from leading research organizations and the UN – finds that the COVID-19 recovery marks a potential turning point, where countries must change course to avoid locking in levels of coal, oil, and gas production far higher than consistent with a 1.5°C limit.

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