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April 01 2012

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At present, 82 per cent of trading in the European commodities market is "over-the-counter" – private deals made between two parties that are not registered on any exchange. This makes it impossible to see what's driving the price changes.

But introducing changes will not be easy, says De Schutter. "There is huge lobbying going on. These issues are so technical; lawmakers are literally running out of experts. They can only call on experts from the financial world. Very few legislators are well-equipped to deal with these issues, which sometimes may be too technical for them to make relevant comments. It's really a problem of democracy. We are heading for a difficult situation: climate shocks, droughts, floods are increasingly frequent and extreme. The predictability of crop production is more difficult, so speculation is more attractive than ever, frankly. It is all the more important then, given this context of uncertainty, to regulate speculation to prevent things becoming even worse.

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The real hunger games: How banks gamble on food prices – and the poor lose out | The Independent 2012-04-01
Reposted bydarksideofthemooniloyan

October 27 2011

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#economics #politics #anarchism

  • Global Resilience Requires Novelty – A Speech by Buzz Holling link
  • Deric Shannon: What Do We Mean By “Works”? Anarchist Economics and the Occupy X Movement link

#agriculture #food #urbanfarming

  • Worst Food Additive Ever? It's in Half of All Foods We Eat and Its Production Destroys Rainforests and Enslaves Children link
  • Marc Alt on Hacking the Food System: Urban Rural Global Local link

#arduino #diy #openhardware

  • The Making of Arduino link
  • Open-source hardware… coming from Facebook? link

#floss #gimp

  • Subtle patterns available for GIMP link
— links by Julien Guigner via oAnth at Diaspora* | 2011-10-27

October 11 2011

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July 29 2011

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Jean Zieglers nicht-gehaltene Festspielrede 2011: Der Aufstand des Gewissens

yt-video permalinks pt1 & pt2
yt-account: ecowinverlag

Beitext zum Youtube-Video:

// Jean Ziegler, Soziologe, Globalisierungskritiker und Politiker, sollte im Juli 2011 die Salzburger Festspiele eröffnen. Nach seiner Einladung wurde er überraschend wieder ausgeladen. Seine Rede darf er in Salzburg nicht halten, doch was Jean Ziegler dem Festspielpublikum und der interessierten Öffentlichkeit an diesem Tag hätte sagen wollen, soll trotzdem kein Geheimnis bleiben. //

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via http://bembel.posterous.com/jean-zieglers-nicht-gehaltene-festspielrede-s


April 18 2011

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