The time has come for edible cutlery, and one Indian company is making it happen deliciously.
Because of climate change and over-irrigation, India may soon be facing a food crisis.
Katrell Christie owns Dr. Bombay’s Underwater Tea Party, a tea shop in Atlanta, Georgia. The decor is eclectic, the tea and coffee are delicious, and thanks to her project The Learning Tea, you get so much more than just a hot drink with every cup that you buy there!
Monsanto and India don’t have a very cozy relationship. Monsanto came in on the promise of cheaper crops, alleviating hunger, and so on and so on. India found out before long that they got totally ripped off and screwed by the agribusiness multinational giant. Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of Indian farmers have actually committed suicide in response to Monsanto’s screw-you (with a smile), give-money-to-us genetically modified (GM) crops.
The latest in this long, sad saga is that the National Biodiversity Authority of India (NBA) is suing Monsanto, Mahyco, and other collaborators who were involved in “accessing and using local brinjal varieties in developing Bt Brinjal without prior approval of the competent authorities” (aka biopiracy).
A couple of interesting pieces about Monsanto have popped up in the last few weeks, so I thought I’d share them with you together.
These days, living in a global village of sorts, we can easily take for granted the wide variety of foods we have access to and relatively low food prices. However, as the United States Agricultural & Food Law and Policy Blog (USAFLPB) notes, global food supply may be approaching its limit, we are currently seeing considerable price increases, and we could see much more in the future.
For most women living in rural and remote parts of India, the day begins as early as 3:00am. The flour for the day’s meals needs grinding, livestock need to be fed, breakfast needs to be cooked, and water needs to be carried from wells, rivers, and streams. And that’s all before the children—usually just the boys— head off to school for the day.
As part of the Minnesota University’s Institute on the Environment, Acara has developed a classroom curriculum for universities in the U.S. and in India that challenges students to think creatively about how to use private businesses to solve pressing global issues such as hunger and poverty. But instead of the semester culminating in an exam or a paper, Acara provides students the necessary tools to turn their best class work into reality.
Back in April, the EU controversially approved a genetically modified potato, and now it looks like scientists are working on yet another GM spud.
Vandana Shiva took the World Bank to task for discouraging sustainable agriculture, calling them one of the causes of the third world food crisis.
Indian food is my favorite, so I may be a little biased on this one. Nonetheless, the following is a delicious meal that I think most people can enjoy. I [ … ]