GREENBIZ: UB PACK’s ZERO WASTE PACKAGING

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In Thailand, takeout food vendors line many sidewalks especially in big cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai. However, most of this food goes into plastic bags and packaging. One company is trying to change that – Universal Biopack (UB Pack) has taken up this all important challenge to provide sustainable packaging. Using technology developed in […]

PART II: GMOs AND THE BURDEN OF PROOF

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DEFINITION: BURDEN OF PROOF: The obligation to prove one’s assertions (OXFORD DICTIONARY) BURDEN OF PROOF: The duty of proving a disputed assertion or charge (MERRIAM-WEBSTER) If there is one debate that is not going anywhere anytime soon it is whether or not Genetically Modified Organism (GMOs) are ‘safe.’ While both sides of the argument continue […]

WHY YOU CANNOT SEPARATE HERDSMEN-FARMER CRISIS & CATTLE RUSTLING FROM CLIMATE CHANGE

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The spate of incidences of herdsmen versus farmer clashes have been on a rapid increase. With various versions, theories and explanations as to why this is so, there is clear evidence that there is a direct link between Climate Change and herdsmen/farmer clashes and cattle rustling.   THE NIGERIAN CASE: In Nigeria, the most of […]

DOES ‘ORGANIC’ MEAN ANYTHING? – Part 3

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A LOOK AT THE MONEY So you have chosen to eat Organic, at least some of the time but you are concerned about costs. Generally, Organic Food is more expensive because it is more labour intensive (remember no pesticides, chemical fertilizers or drugs), Organic certification is expensive, Organic feed is costly, Organic farms are often […]

DOES ‘ORGANIC’ MEAN ANYTHING? – Part 2

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BENEFITS OF ‘ORGANIC’ Now this is not as easy and straight forward as it seems. Although there is widespread public belief that Organic Food is safer, more nutritious and better tasting, it is still difficult to confirm these claims scientifically. However, these beliefs are still promoted by the organic food industry. Consumers purchase and consume […]

DOES ‘ORGANIC’ MEAN ANYTHING? – Part 1

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With a lot of hype to ‘buy,’ ‘grow’ and ‘eat’ Organic, one often wonders if it is worth all the fuss. Is it a mere marketing propaganda to make people pay more for food (in many cases)? Is there really something to this Organic-Craze? Is it a passing trend or is Organic here to stay? […]

TRUMP PRESIDENCY & CLIMATE CHANGE

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‘What does a Trump Presidency mean for Climate Change?’ That is the question on the minds of many. With a track record of skepticism and outright denial, it is still not very clear what exactly US President-elect, Donald J. Trump plans to do in terms of Climate Change. Unfortunately, Climate Change rarely came up during […]

TACKLING POVERTY AND CLIMATE CHANGE BY NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA

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This article by Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, former Coordinating Minister of the Economy and Minister of Finance in Nigeria says it all. In this piece, Dr Okonjo-Iweala makes a strong and compelling case for Climate Action. As long as there is more lip service than pragmatic adaptation measures to deal with the consequences of Climate Change, developing […]

GMOs – FRIEND OR FOE? (PART 1)

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You may have heard about it; eaten it or grown it. The debate on GMOs and its effects rages on. Although it has been used in countries like the USA and Canada for about 20 years, other countries like Australia, Japan and all of the European Union have banned the cultivation of GMOs. India has […]