Board members of the U.N’s Green Climate Fund (GCF) must rise above politics when they meet for the first time later this week to help channel $100 billion a year towards the world’s poorest nations to fight the catastrophic effects of rising temperatures, and to act as a springboard to a global climate deal in 2015.

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The Political Economy of Water Project

“While the percent of population with access to improved facilities increased since 1990 in all regions, the number of people living without access has increased due to slow progress and population growth. In 2008, 2.6 billion people had still no access to improved sanitation facilities.” World Bank

Development banks play a large role in improving access to and optimal utilization of water. Through funding a number of projects and initiatives they are enabling people to escape the poverty trap created by lack of clean drinking water and energy. They come under a lot of criticism and receive a lot praise but their goal of lending money to states seeking to develop is a noble one. This series will detail what role banks play in improving water utilization.

The World Bank is the largest of these institutions and devotes a lot of funds towards its goals in water. It works…

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What an idiotic way to put it. No one is “sneaking” food into food at all, just not unnecessarily distinguishing between breeding methods that make no difference to the end product. Consider improved livestock flocks/herds, are they some new variety of critter because their ancestor was the product of artificial insemination or is say, beef still beef? Do you need an additional warning label to tell you that the beast’s grand dam and sire never actually met? Do you actually care that some of the beast’s DNA was once frozen in a plastic straw?

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For many years it has been understood that three different factors contribute to malnutrition in poor populations – a lack of nutritious foods, diseases, such as diarrhoeal disease in infants, and a lack of care.  While we associate agriculture most closely with the first, agricultural practices may also contribute to disease, as livestock and humans share many similar pathogens, while the role which women play in providing agricultural labour may compete with the care of infants.  However, most efforts by agricultural researchers to address malnutrition have focused on improving food production, and specifically the supply of calories to populations, by improving yields of high energy crops like cereals.  Meanwhile, in the health sector, nutritionists have been focusing on identifying and delivering the right set of nutrients to malnourished populations, through food supplementation and fortification of staple energy foods with key micronutrients like vitamin A, zinc and iron.

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The  controversy  stupidity over genetically engineered food has moved up the chain, all the way to the ballot box.

If they do something so asinine they should also have labels on organic food reading something along the lines of “Grown in shit without the chemicals that protect your safety” – it’s only providing information to help consumers make informed choices…

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