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» What Comes After the Millennium Development Goals? – Charles Kenny » Global Prosperity Wonkcast

» What Comes After the Millennium Development Goals? – Charles Kenny » Global Prosperity Wonkcast | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The UN is gearing up for discussions about what international development goals should come after the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which expire in 2015.
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Does Yellowstone Hold The Secret To Simple Biofuel Production?

Does Yellowstone Hold The Secret To Simple Biofuel Production? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Does Yellowstone Hold The Secret To Simple Biofuel Production?
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The nutrition puzzle

The nutrition puzzle | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
IN ELDORADO, one of São Paulo’s poorest and most misleadingly named favelas, some eight-year-old boys are playing football on a patch of ground once better known for drug gangs and hunger.
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Xin Rong's curator insight, January 31, 2013 6:31 AM

Food as the main source of nutrition for all humans is very important. From this article i can see that many around the world are suffering from malnutrition. The reason for this is that many who are in poverty are unable to afford food for themselves. Many children only get food when they go school if they do no go to school they do not get any food to eat and starve. On the contrary, those who are rich are able to afford expensive food and also nourishments for themselves. These who are poor many eat scraps of food from leftovers, not knowing whether the food is edible or not. As more and more people are going in to poverty and those in poverty are going deeper, the purchasing power that these people hold decreases and hence prices of food rises resulting in these poorer people being unable to buy food. These are the reasons why i think poverty is linked to food. Also, a good thing to know is that there are those out there who are offering help to these people, helping them to cut hunger.

 

Lastly, I have been wondering :

1) Is there anything we as students can do to help?

2) Why is the diet of the family set by the mother-in-laws rather than the children's mother?

3) Why couldn't neighboring richer countries try to help poorer countries such as this?

Tammy Sim's curator insight, February 1, 2013 5:45 AM

Food, defined as any nutritious substance that any people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain plant and growth, plays a significant role in our lives. Through this article, I now know that many people in this world suffer from malnutrition.This is mainly due to the fact that these people are unable to afford food for themselves. Most of the time, children live on empty stomachs. Only during some ocassions do they receive food from their teachers when they go to school. Adversely, the rich are able to afford expensive and nutritonal food for themselves. As the number of people entering the poverty state increases, the number of people who can afford food decreases. This results in people being unable to obtain food for their consumption. Hence, no matter how i perceive this situation, I still feel that poverty to a large extent, linked to food. Nonetheless, it is heartening to see people from other countries, reaching out to these people by helping them to face this situation of poverty.

 

I wonder:

 

1. How can i contribute to help these poor people?

 

2. What right do mother-in-laws have to decide the children's diet?

 

3. Shouldn't mothers be the ones who make this decision since they know their children the best?

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Ingenious Infographic: U.S. Highways, Mapped Like A Subway System

Ingenious Infographic: U.S. Highways, Mapped Like A Subway System | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The graphic language of the London Underground map is so iconic that "[insert any network or process here] visualized as a London Underground map" has become a design cliché. So why are we writing about the latest iteration, a Tube-style map of U.S.
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Marubeni to Build New Floating Wind Farm Off the Coast of Fukushima, Japan

Marubeni to Build New Floating Wind Farm Off the Coast of Fukushima, Japan | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Japan looks set to see a new floating windfarm built off the Fukushima coast, according to a number of news reports.
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The Patina of Prefab on the Blanco River

The Patina of Prefab on the Blanco River | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
This is the Blanco River House by Austin-based Ma Modular.  The home, located in Wimberley, Texas, has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, 1,400 square feet, and tons of outdoor deck space.  Ma Modular delivered the prefab home with 2x6 exterior wall...
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Honey makes the world go ’round

Honey makes the world go ’round | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

For more than 10 years, Coté and his nonprofit, Bees Without Borders, have traveled the developing world, finding ways for beekeepers from Nigeria to Moldova to Fiji to increase their profits by making simple changes. For instance, Ahmed and his fellow beekeepers had too many colonies crowded in one area without adequate sources of nectar or water to support them all, leading to weak hives and poor crops. Or, said Coté, “Most beekeepers discard valuable byproducts such as wax and propolis from their hives. These represent a great cache of value-added products,” and can be a key supplement to income from honey and pollination services, especially for families living close to the edge.

 

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GOOD Citizenship Task 19: Use the Freedom of Information Act #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD

GOOD Citizenship Task 19: Use the Freedom of Information Act #30DaysofGOOD - News - GOOD | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
It’s our job to keep the government honest.
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The Wooden Åsta Stool is a Simple Seat Inspired by Carpentry Clamps

The Wooden Åsta Stool is a Simple Seat Inspired by Carpentry Clamps | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Designer Karin Ekwall created the clever Åsta stool, a portable seat that mixes the traditional Scandinavian furniture and history of joinery into a nostalgic and aesthetic piece of carpentry.
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Green Car Congress: UN scientific panel ranks overhaul of global environmental governance to meet 21st century challenges as top emerging issue; GEO-5 summary issued

A complete overhaul of global environmental governance is urgently needed if the challenges of global sustainability are to be met for seven billion people, according to a wide-ranging Foresight Process conducted by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The process involved a Foresight Panel and more than 400 scientists and experts from around the world.
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5 life lessons you learned at the library

5 life lessons you learned at the library | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With tightening government budgets and growing expenses, libraries are at risk. How will we teach our kids these 5 important life lessons?
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The Quest for 'Hydricity'

Hydrogen fuel cell technology, like other clean energy alternatives, is gaining fans but still faces technical obstacles.
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Better Ways To Give It Away: Philanthropy 2.0 | Fast Company

Better Ways To Give It Away: Philanthropy 2.0 | Fast Company | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Our distrust is very expensive.--Ralph Waldo Emerson...
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Help for the uninsured: Doctors accept local currencies

Help for the uninsured: Doctors accept local currencies | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
With a record number of Americans going without health insurance, local currencies are one of the few ways the uninsured can afford medical care.
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Charm Offensive Is U.N.AIDS Chief’s Strategy

Charm Offensive Is U.N.AIDS Chief’s Strategy | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Michel Sidibé, head of the United Nations AIDS program, won’t take no for an answer, colleagues say, as he presses governments in Africa and Asia to step up prevention efforts.
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Cheaper Solar Power for Africans and South Asians | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com

Cheaper Solar Power for Africans and South Asians | CleanTechies Blog - CleanTechies.com | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Low-income Africans and South Asians will have access to solar power thanks to an initiative called Business Call to Action (Bcta), supported by the UN...
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Why a Big Mac Costs Less Than a Salad

Why a Big Mac Costs Less Than a Salad | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Thanks to lobbying, Congress chooses to subsidize foods that we're supposed to eat least of.
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Warmer Planet Could Be Dominated by Mosquitoes, Tics, Rodents and Jellyfish: Scientific American

Warmer Planet Could Be Dominated by Mosquitoes, Tics, Rodents and Jellyfish: Scientific American | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
The distribution of wildlife on Earth is changing with the climate, making conditions more favorable to odd species such as trumpeter swans, beetles, marmots, albatross, killer whales and white-tailed deer...
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World map of language distribution by country - official or first language

World map of language distribution by country - official or first language | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
10 languages with 100+ estimated 1st/2nd language speakers...
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The Ooooby Local Economic Model

The Ooooby Local Economic Model | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it

Ooooby began in December 2008 on Waiheke Island, Auckland, as an online social network of food gardeners. An evolving project, it now also facilitates the distribution of locally grown food. Ooooby has (in May 2011) 3,600 members, 10,000 monthly visitors, 50 local suppliers and 150 weekly customers. Each month an Oooobyversity evening is hosted in Grey Lynn, Auckland, to share knowledge about food-growing and ways to enhance local production.

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Better Food for School Nutrition Programs - Institute Notes: A Dialogue on Overcoming Hunger and Poverty

Doug Davis believes it’s his role as an educator to expose kids to healthy foods they might not see at home. First Lady Michelle Obama’s...
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A2′s Stackable ‘Street’ Shelving Units Lets Your Build a Community for Your Plants and Books

A2′s Stackable ‘Street’ Shelving Units Lets Your Build a Community for Your Plants and Books | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
A2's Street is a collection of stackable units for storage and display of magazines, books and plants in public and private spaces.
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Scientists Create Plastic From Plants…Goodbye Oil Economy?

Scientists Create Plastic From Plants…Goodbye Oil Economy? | Sustainable Futures | Scoop.it
Scientists Create Plastic From Plants...Goodbye Oil Economy?
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