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- Why Bitcoin is so bad for the planet February 26, 2021
- House Ag Democrats February 25, 2021
- To Review Implementation of Farm Bill Conservation Programs February 25, 2021
- Climate Change and the U.S. Agriculture and Forestry Sectors February 25, 2021
- Book review: Bad science and bad arguments abound in ‘Apocalypse Never’ by M ichael Shellenberger » Yale Climate Connections February 25, 2021
- Who were the Neanderthals? | DW Documentary February 25, 2021
- When We Met Other Human Species February 25, 2021
- Wind and solar actually outperformed the forecast” According to Beto O’Rourke February 25, 2021
- Commonwealth Science Conference highlights Day 3 February 25, 2021
- This Week’s Space News February 25, 2021
- Witnessed by Satellites: Water nourishes arid land February 25, 2021
- Is the Steady State Progressive? – Center for the Advancement of the Steady State E conomy February 25, 2021
- Starving on a Full Stomach: Hunger and the Triumph of Cultural Racism in Modern South Africa (Reconsiderations in Southern African History): Diana Wylie February 25, 2021
- Mexico to ban glyphosate, GM corn: Presidential decree comes despite intense pressure from industry, US authorities | IATP February 25, 2021
- What is Sustainable Agriculture? Episode 1: A Whole-Farm Approach to Sustainability February 25, 2021
- Kristi Noem takes on Bill Gates’ latest environmental demands February 25, 2021
- Boston restores monument to Black Civil War troops February 25, 2021
- Vice President Harris Swears In Tom Vilsack as Secretary of Agriculture Virtually February 25, 2021
- Looking for Life on Mars | NOVA | PBS February 24, 2021
- Minimum Wage Maximum Rage (w/Bernie Sanders) February 24, 2021
- They Screwed Texas & People Died (w/ Greg Palast) February 24, 2021
- How this young prince seized power in Saudi Arabia February 24, 2021
- Dissident documentary sheds light on Saudi Arabia’s dark tactics February 24, 2021
- Dismantling Anti-Black Racism in the Food Movement February 24, 2021
- Restoring History – PBS NewsHour full episode, Feb. 24, 2021 February 24, 2021
- Vaccine Distribution Worldwide – PBS, Newshour, 24 February 2021 February 24, 2021
- Galaxy Song February 24, 2021
- Asylum Welcome – Oxford, U.K. February 24, 2021
- STAR Oxford – Student Action for Refugees | Facebook February 24, 2021
- How to Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need: Bill Gates February 24, 2021
- Decolonising SOAS February 24, 2021
- Decolonising the Curriculum Conference 2020 February 24, 2021
- What If the Sahara Desert Was Covered With Solar Panels? February 23, 2021
- earthrise – The Great Green Wall February 23, 2021
- What If We Terraformed the Sahara Desert? February 23, 2021
- Senegal’s massive reforestation project February 23, 2021
- Why this retired farmer plants trees | Regenerative Agriculture in Spain February 23, 2021
- How 50 million trees have changed the world February 23, 2021
- Tree Aid and the Great Green Wall February 23, 2021
- The Great Green Wall program : 10 years later, where are we ?” February 23, 2021
- Baobab & The Great Green Wall of Africa – Aduna February 23, 2021
- The Great Green Wall of Africa: Will it help fight climate change? BBC Newsnight February 23, 2021
- Why is Africa building a Great Green Wall? BBC News February 23, 2021
- David Attenborough Urges World Leaders To Confront Climate Catastrophe | NBC News NOW February 23, 2021
- ‘Climate change biggest security threat,’ David Attenborough tells UN February 23, 2021
- Sir David Attenborough | UN Security Council | 23 FEB 2021 | Extinction Rebellion UK February 23, 2021
- Attenborough gives stark warning on climate change to UN – BBC News February 23, 2021
- Dr. Cornel West vs. Harvard University February 23, 2021
- Fukushima nuclear reactors leaking coolant after earthquake February 23, 2021
- This week’s Roundup from across XR | Extinction Rebellion UK February 23, 2021
Daily Archives: November 15, 2018
Faust Joins Goldman Sachs Board of Directors Days After Exiting Presidency | News | The Harvard Crimson
Former University President Drew G. Faust, pictured her in Feb. 2018, will likely see significant financial perks in her new job. Photo: Amy Y. Li
By Kristine E. Guillaume, Crimson Staff Writer July 5, 2018
Former University President Drew G. Faust has joined the board of directors of Goldman Sachs, the company announced in a press release Thursday.
The move comes less than a week after Faust ended her 11-year tenure at the helm of the nation’s oldest university. Her appointment to Goldman Sachs’s board as an independent director will expand the group from 11 to 12 members.
Goldman Sachs Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein ’75 praised Faust for leading Harvard through “a decade of growth and transformation” during her presidency in an emailed statement Thursday.
“Her perspective and experience running one of the most complex and preeminent institutions in the world will benefit our board, our firm and our shareholders,” Blankfein wrote.
Key Experience and Qualifications
- Institutional and risk management: Former President of Harvard University who, among other things, broadened the university’s international reach, promoted collaboration across disciplines and administrative units and helped to oversee the risks related to the university as well as the management of its endowment, all of which provides perspective on operational oversight and risk management of the firm
- Leadership and Governance: Current and prior service on the boards of directors of public and not-for-profit entities provides additional perspective on governance
- Human Capital and Diversity: Well-positioned to provide insight on the firm’s strategies relating to diversity, recruiting and retention
- Harvard University
- Lincoln Professor of History (Jan. 2001 – Present)
- President (Jul. 2007 – June 2018)
- Founding Dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (Jan. 2001 – Jul. 2007)
- University of Pennsylvania (1975 – 2000); various faculty positions including as the Annenberg Professor of History and the Director of the Women’s Studies Program
Other Professional Experience and Community Involvement
- Member, Educational Advisory Board, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
- Member, American Academy of Arts & Sciences
- Former Member, Board of Directors, The Broad Institute Inc.
- Former Member, Board of Directors, Harvard Management Company Inc.
- Graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the University of Pennsylvania
Biofuels, Land Grabs, and the Right to Food: The Legacy of Colonialism and the Evolution of the Global Food System
The development of biofuels on a global basis has been a direct assault on the food supply of the most vulnerable populations of the world. But the biofuel scandal is part of a larger pattern of problems. In reality, the many projects for the development of biofuels in the “Global South” are only the most recent chapters in a long history of manipulation and abuse of the agricultural systems of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. The historical development of the international trade in foodstuffs during the Atlantic slave-trade and the subsequent re-organization of tropical agricultural production to favor “cash crops” during the periods of “legitimate commerce” and subsequent colonial domination has led to the current stark division of agricultural labor on a global scale. Briefly put, grains are shipped in bulk to the “Global South” in exchange for tropical “cash crops” shipped to the “Global North” through what was for a long time justified in terms of “the economics of comparative advantage.”
The most recent phase of this global reorganization of agriculture on the Earth’s surface occurred in a remarkably short period of time — effectively less than the life-time of an average adult in the Western World in the post-World War II era. Because of the innovations introduced by Norman Borlaug and promoted by the Ford Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and agricultural organizations that they funded — including the IFPRI and the CGIAR — the world food system was transformed in essence from a “solar sustainable” system into one that has become entirely “petro-dependent.” The so called “Green Revolution” has, in this respect, been assessed in radically different ways in the light of the evolution of human agriculture. On the one hand it represented an historical “breakthrough” and truly phenomenal success story in terms of the gross production of foodstuffs in a remarkably short period of time. On the other hand, it has been signaled as a breath-taking misunderstanding of the larger ecological context of agriculture and a monumental “wrong turn” in the historical development of human civilization.
The reason for the starkly contrasting assessments of the “Green Revolution” becomes apparent when the “energetics” of agriculture are analyzed in depth. In the post-World War II era, it seemed to many agricultural “experts” that the costs of the “inputs” to agriculture had been changed — in many cases, by the war itself. Land was available, but many of the pre-war rural populations had moved into cities or became displaced by warfare. From these displaced or urbanized populations there was an increased demand for food, but the relative decline in the rural agricultural labor force made it seem attractive to mechanize and motorize agriculture wherever possible to maintain or expand production with both a relatively tight labor force and in many cases a constrained land area.
Beyond land and labor, it seemed that water needed to be “managed” as well, and the expansion of irrigation systems seemed promising as a means of overcoming water shortage constraints. In these circumstances it seemed at the time that the increased use of petroleum technologies for the motorization of labor-saving processes in agriculture, the development of irrigation systems and the systematic use of petro-generated fertilizers offered an ideal solution to the perceived constraints on agriculture in the post-World War II era. The so called “Green Revolution” succeeded precisely because it offered the combination of these immediate solutions to what was perceived to be essentially a problem of increased production of food for the world as a whole.
In the final decades of the 20th century, however, it has become apparent that the classic inputs to agricultural production were squandered in the rush to expand immediate production levels as agriculture became a petro-intensive “industry.” The expansion of human food supplies was truly phenomenal, resulting in a tripling of Earth’s human population between 1945 and 2018. But while production increased dramatically, the energy productivity (the ratio of inputs to outputs) actually declined as the entire system came to depend upon 1) non-renewable inputs (fossil fuels, ammonia-based fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, etc.) and 2) the “mining” of renewable inputs that were exploited beyond the point of their capacity to be renewed (fossil water from aquifers, natural topsoil fertility, biogenetic diversity, etc. )
In reality, hidden from view in assessing the “costs” and “benefits” of this transformation was the total miscalculation in the equations of the subsidies provided to the emerging global system from fossil fuels and natural ecosystemic cycling systems that were destroyed in the frantic rush to promote petro-intensive agriculture. Now that the large-scale and long-term ecological “costs” of this petroleum subsidized agriculture are becoming apparent, judgments about the value of the “green revolution” are shifting. in terms of its impact on global plant genetic diversity, the destruction of natural soil fertility and its massive greenhouse gas emissions, the current forms of industrialized agriculture fostered by the “green revolution” are now seen as threatening global ecological sustainability.
- The Globalization of Food Production: The Atlantic Plantation System and the Origins of Africa’s Food Crisis
- Richard Manning on catastrophic agriculture, population overshoot, industrial civilization and (other selected publications)
- Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
- The Mythology of the Green Revolution – Vandana Shiva and further works by:
- Vandana Shiva – other publications, interviews, talks, etc.
as well as:
- Soils, Agriculture, Carbon Sequestration and Human Survival and
- Real Problems – False Solutions: Climate Change, Food Security and Bio-technology
- Fueling Future Food Production: Steps Toward a Solar Sustainable Agriculture
- Key Elements of Transition Studies: Rethinking Food, Water and Energy for Survival
- VOX – Voices from Oxford: Tim Weiskel – Advice to Young People: Environmental Sustainability and
- Dark Chocolate: The Bitter Truth Behind the Sweets We All Enjoy
While all the achievements of the Green Revolution were impressive in fueling the fastest growth spurt of the human population in the history of the world, it now seems that this was accomplished by sacrificing the future sustainability of agriculture on the Earth’s surface. Civilizations that transform their solar sustainable systems to a permanent dependence upon non-renewable resources cannot — and will not –themselves be renewed. They will collapse in the future as surely as they have collapsed in the past.
For further background material see:
Property and Dispossession: Natives, Empires and Land in Early Modern North America (Studies in North American Indian History): Allan Greer
Allan Greer examines the processes by which forms of land tenure emerged and natives were dispossessed from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries in New France (Canada), New Spain (Mexico), and New England. By focusing on land, territory, and property, he deploys the concept of ‘property formation’ to consider the ways in which Europeans and their Euro-American descendants remade New World space as they laid claim to the continent’s resources, extended the reach of empire, and established states and jurisdictions for themselves.
Challenging long-held, binary assumptions of property as a single entity, which various groups did or did not possess, Greer highlights the diversity of indigenous and Euro-American property systems in the early modern period. The book’s geographic scope, comparative dimension, and placement of indigenous people on an equal plane with Europeans makes it unlike any previous study of early colonization and contact in the Americas.