domingo, julho 29, 2007

Rules of Thumb

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"He had taken his life, leaving a wife and two children, in a symbolic manner that has become alarmingly popular around here: drinking a litre of agricultural pesticide."

     Doug Saunders, Dream farms turning into nightmares, Source.

"As economist Lester Brown of the Earth Policy Institute told the US Congress last month: 'The stage is now set for direct competition for grain between the 800 million people who own automobiles, and the world's two billion poorest people.' Guess who wins?"

     Gwynne Dyer, The End of Cheap Food, Source.

31/07/04, Devinder Sharma, So-Called "Green Revolution" Driving Thousands of Indian Farmers to Suicide, Source.
02/03/05, Vandana Shiva, Farmers' Suicides, Hunger Deaths and Globalization, Source.

17/07/07, President Bush Presents Congressional Gold Medal to Dr. Norman Borlaug, Source.
Norman Borlaug: The Nobel Peace Prize 1970.

"It is true that the tide of the battle against hunger has changed for the better during the past three years. But tides have a way of flowing and then ebbing again. We may be at high tide now, but ebb tide could soon set in if we become complacent and relax our efforts. For we are dealing with two opposing forces, the scientific power of food production and the biologic power of human reproduction."

     Norman Borlaug, Nobel Acceptance Speech, December 1970.

He did not imagine the interlocked political plexus of global warming & biofuels - can't fault him for that. He might well have imagined that his 'solution' was not really a solution at all - but that would have been a stretch.

A-and, as Arnaldo Jabor said somewhere recently - "A política está tão repulsiva que vou falar de sexo"; so here is a little passion/morality play montage of photographs by José Silva Pinto, aka Tonspi, in Angola:

José Silva Pinto - Tonspi, AngolaJosé Silva Pinto - Tonspi, AngolaJosé Silva Pinto - Tonspi, AngolaJosé Silva Pinto - Tonspi, Angola

More of the excellent work of José Silva Pinto at Pontos de Vista, Olhares, and, Flickr.