Climate change, changing diets and a growing global population has pushed food security to the top of the international agenda.
Food problems are fundamentally geographic. Understanding local economics, agriculture and development all play a critical role in contextualizing place-based shortages. This interactive media guide highlights where these issues are the most problematic.
When filmmaker Shantha Bloemen was stationed in a remote village in Zambia as a worker with an international aid organization, she had to adjust to living in a different culture. But one thing struck her as oddly familiar: almost everyone in the village wore secondhand clothing from the West. Bloemen began to imagine stories about the people who used to wear the clothing, wondering if the original owners had any idea that the castoffs they had given to charities ended up being sold to Africans half a world away.
Ian Goldin, Director of the Oxford Martin School, warns that a backlash against immigration would wreak havoc on everything from hospitals to the high-tech industry. The interview is part of the Risk Response Network’s “What if?
This is article can be an intriguing introduction to a thought exercise geared towards understanding the economic impact of migration and the social processes that create our world.
Questions to ponder: Which points of the interviewee do you agree with? Are there some that you think his analysis is off-base? What do you think the impacts on a given location would be if there was no migration allowed?
Tags: migration, economic, unit 2 population, immigration, unit 6 industry, labor.
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