Archive for May 18th, 2021


Put People Before Profits for Progress

Human Wrongs Watch

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, May 18 2021 (IPS)* – Millions of people are expected to die due to delayed and unaffordable access to COVID-19 tests, treatment, personal protective equipment and vaccines. Urgent cooperation is desperately needed to save lives and livelihoods for all.


Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Vaccine apartheid
Thus far, rich countries have bought up most available vaccine supplies.

By mid-April, rich countries had received more than 87 percent of the more than 700 million vaccine doses dispensed worldwide, while poor countries had received only 0.2 percent.

A quarter of the former’s population had been vaccinated compared to one in 500 of the latter’s!

By mid-May, less than a twelfth of the world’s population had been vaccinated, with ten rich countries getting four-fifths of all vaccines.

The Pfizer vaccine is mainly reaching the world’s rich.

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Bee Engaged – Build Back Better for Bees

18 May 2021 (FAO)* — For centuries bees, among the hardest working creatures on the planet, have benefited people, plants and the environment. By carrying pollen from one flower to another, bees and other pollinators enable not only the production of an abundance of fruits, nuts and seeds, but also more variety and better quality, contributing to food security and nutrition.

Pollinators such as bees, birds and bats, affect 35 percent of the world’s crop production, increasing outputs of 87 of the leading food crops worldwide, plus many plant-derived medicines.

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We All Depend on the Survival of Bees

A bee drinks nectar of a flower

Three out of four crops across the globe producing fruits, or seeds for use as human food depend, at least in part, on bees and other pollinators. Photo FAO/Greg Beals

18 May 2021 (United Nations)* — Bees and other pollinators, such as butterflies, bats and hummingbirds, are increasingly under threat from human activities.

Pollination is, however, a fundamental process for the survival of our ecosystems.

Nearly 90% of the world’s wild flowering plant species depend, entirely, or at least in part, on animal pollination, along with more than 75% of the world’s food crops and 35% of global agricultural land.

Not only do pollinators contribute directly to food security, but they are key to conserving biodiversity.

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