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September 21 2013

September 02 2013

Unspoken : Private Thoughts After Fukushima - By Neil Witkin

Unspoken : Private Thoughts After #Fukushima - By Neil Witkin

How dangerous is the radiation from #Fukushima for people living here in Fukuoka?

It’s slightly dangerous in the air, but the food that comes from Honshu contains radiation.

Radiation is all over Honshu, especially in the Kanto district. So I’ve been hesitant to visit Tokyo. Children and babies will be exposed to radiation.

How dangerous is the radiation for children?

I’m worrying about not only kids but their kids, as well. It will last for a long time.

Farmers and food manufacturers in Fukushima and the Tohoku region are able to sell their food and make money, but this means that food contaminated with radiation may be entering the national food supply. Is this a good system? Is it necessary?

I think they should throw their food away. But considering their economic situation or love for their hometown, it’s hard to say.

Is eating food grown in Fukushima and Tohoku a good way to help the people there?

It will help the people there, because their economy depends on the crops.

#témoignages #photographie #nucléaire via Bastamag

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August 28 2013

In search of food deserts

In search of food deserts

Très esthétique et assez efficace...

Last time I looked at where major grocery stores are across the United States. Where you shop for groceries changes depending on what region you live in, but hunger and nutrition carries less variance. It’s important that everyone has access to healthy food options, so I looked at the data, this time from Google and from a different angle. Instead of where stores are, I looked at how far away the nearest grocery store is.

The map above shows a sample of locations across the country, and line length represents distance to the nearest store. For example, in areas with a lot of lines headed to one spot is an area with fewer grocery stores. In contrast, mostly small line segments mean more grocery stores, and therefore less distance to travel to buy groceries.

#cartographie #infographie #visualisation #base_de_données #statistiques

August 09 2013

The Effects of The Economic Sanctions Against Iran

The Effects of The Economic Sanctions Against Iran

A thirty-one year-old male who works as a salesman at a bookstore in Tehran describes the current conditions (to which the economic sanctions have contributed) as follows:

_The conditions of these days for me are as follows: medicines are rare, food costs an arm and a leg, unemployment is widespread, the cutting of the subsidies will continue till doomsday, smugglers are sheltered, mediators and dealers are getting fatter and fatter, boss-men and chief-executives are busy with looting, and profiteers from the sanctions are getting richer and richer every day while the rest of us suffer _

The US-European sanctions against Iran have assisted the Iranian state in positing itself as an anti-imperialist entity, resisting the unjust global relations, while simultaneously being part of the same global relations in regulating anti-working class economic policies, receiving praises from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, and deepening class divisions in Iran.

The notion of foreign intervention, i.e. the economic sanctions and the threats of war against Iran, has assisted the government to articulate a discourse of national reconciliation without enacting any meaningful recognition of alternative political voices and demands.

The threats of war and deteriorating living conditions, due to economic sanctions, have marginalized the voices that demand structural econo-political changes and reform of laws. It is impossible to lead a good life under the economic sanctions, hence the state does not need to negotiate with political dissidents or recognize their citizen rights and a political space for political dissidence. Rather, it needs only to refer to the imposed economic sanctions and threats of war to solidify its discourse of national reconciliation and the necessity for the political activists to postpone their criticism of domestic affairs.

#Iran #sanctions

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August 02 2013

Alternatives to Food Import Dependency

Alternatives to Food Import Dependency

The number of proposals, strategies and initiatives how to improve food security and agricultural production have become vast and hard to follow up. Suspiciously, one aspect is missing in these debates, or if it comes up, it is rejected outright by most proponents: Could import restrictions help to stimulate agricultural production and benefit small-scale farming families? What are the preconditions for a rational and „smart“ implementation of import regulation to achieve these objectives?

While it is obvious that the availability of cheap food for several decades and the liberalized trade regime did a lot of harm to agriculture and trade in the importing countries, especially in the poorest countries, thinking about at least a partial and targeted reversal of this approach and the trade liberalisation dogma is a taboo in official trade and development circles.

But a number of countries have already begun to put some kind of import regulation back into practice after several experiences where this had positive impacts on local production and supply, incomes and poverty reduction. Therefore there are many good reasons to have a closer look at this trade instrument, its advantages and risks, especially when looking for alternative solutions to support local peasant agriculture and food security.

#alimentation #commerce #mondialisation #agriculture et #agrobusiness

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