Earth Policy Institute: Can the World Feed China?

Can the World Feed China?  Lester R. Brown www.earth-policy.org/plan_b_updates/2014/update121 Earth Policy Release Plan B Update February 25, 2014 Overnight, china had a grain surplus and was exporting 10 million tons. What caused this dramatic shift? It wasn’t until 20 years ago, after I wrote an article entitled “Who Will Feed …

Earth Policy Release – Full Planet, Empty Plates Chapter One

We also draw attention to the role of speculative long positions in commodity futures by institutional investors as tracked by the New England  Complex Systems Institute www.necsi.edu – Hazel Henderson ,Editor in Chief Chapter 1. Food: The Weak Link  Lester R. Brown www.earth-policy.org/books/fpep/fpepch1 Earth Policy Release Full Planet, Empty Plates April 9, 2013 …

Earth Policy Release – Falling Gasoline Use Means United States Can Just Say No to New Pipelines and Food-to-Fuel

  Falling Gasoline Use Means United States Can Just Say No to New Pipelines and Food-to-Fuel  Janet Larsen www.earth-policy.org/data_highlights/2013/highlights38 Earth Policy Release Data Highlight March 28, 2013 Freeing America from its dependence on oil from unstable parts of the world is an admirable goal, but many of the proposed solutions—including …

Betting on Hunger: Is Financial Speculation to Blame for High Food Prices?

We at Ethical Markets agreed with this  analysis by Prof Bar-Yam and his team at NECSI and we are fortunate that Dr. Bar-Yam is a member of our Advisory Board, Hazel Henderson, Editor Remember the food crisis of 2007 and 2008, when rapid and extreme increases in global food prices …

The Economics of Curbing Speculation In Food, Water and Vital Resources

By Hazel Henderson Recent spikes in prices of rice, soy, wheat and corn have driven many poor people in developing countries into hunger and malnutrition. In 2011, then World Bank president Robert Zoellick estimated that 44 million people fell into poverty in 2010 due to rising food prices, adding, “Food …

Earth Policy Release – Full Planet, Empty Plates: Quick Facts

We at Ethical Markets also highlight the role of speculation in commodity futures, even by pension funds, as causing the rising food prices, now verified by the models  of the New England Complexity Science Institute (NECSI ),  Hazel Henderson, Editor www.earth-policy.org/press_room/C68/fpep_quickfacts Earth Policy Release November 7, 2012 With falling water …

UN Experts Call for Global Financial Tax to Offset Costs of Economic Crisis

New York, May 14 2012 11:05AM A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the European Union (EU) to take the lead in promoting the adoption of a global financial transaction tax that would offset the costs of the current economic crisis and protect basic human rights. “Where …

New report: European banks fuelling food price volatility and hunger

PRESS RELEASE Brussels, 12 January 2012 From: Friends of the Earth Europe NEW REPORT: EUROPEAN BANKS FUELLING FOOD PRICE VOLATILITY AND HUNGER European banks, pension funds and insurance companies are increasing global hunger and poverty by speculating on food prices and financing land grabs in poorer countries, according to a …

UN Official Calls for Inclusive Economic Growth Strategies to Tackle Global Jobs Crisis

New York, Oct 27 2011  7:05PM The international community must urgently consolidate efforts to tackle the global jobs crisis, a top United Nations official said today, calling for countries to adopt a more inclusive growth strategy that can enhance nations’ productivity and capacity to generate income sources. Lazarous Kapambwe, President …