Daily Archives: June 25, 2020

Soil — from dirt to lifeline: Fred Kirschenmann at TEDxManhattan

•Feb 4, 2014


Fred Kirschenmann has been involved in sustainable agriculture and food issues for most of his life. He currently serves as both a Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and as President of the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Pocantico Hills, New York. He also still provides management over site of his family’s 2,600 acre organic farm in south central North Dakota. He was recently named as one of the first ten James Beard Foundation Leadership Awards which recognizes visionaries in creating more healthful, more sustainable, and safer food systems. He is the author of a book of essays which track the development of his thought over the past 30 years; Cultivating an Ecological Conscience: Essays by a Farmer Philosopher, published by the University of Kentucky Press

Florida Gov reveals amazing shift in COVID-19 pandemic

RT America

Published on Jun 25, 2020

Confirmed COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Florida. The state already has more than 114,000 confirmed cases. Most new cases are occurring in people between the ages of 24 and 35. RT America’s John Huddy joins Rick Sanchez from Miami with the details

Let Us Reduce Our Bloated Military Budget And Invest In Communities That Need It Most

Senator Bernie Sanders

Published on Jun 25, 2020

Why are we spending more on our military than the next 11 nations combined?

I have a better idea: Reduce the Pentagon budget by 10% and invest it in the fight to finally end homelessness, hunger and poverty in the richest country on Earth.

Thanks To COVID-19, ‘Americans Are Too Dangerous To Be Let Out Of Our Own Country’ | All In | MSNBC


Published on Jun 23, 2020

Chris Hayes: “As the President was in Arizona checking out that wall, we got news of a possible new travel ban…This one not by the President—the guy who loves travel bans to keep people out. No, by the European Union to keep us out.” Aired on 06/23/2020

The Water Cycle and Water Pollution | Essentials of Environmental Science

Hot Mess

Published on Jun 19, 2020

Welcome to our new special series about the essentials of environmental science. I imagine you’re familiar with the concept of water. Maybe you’ve gotten caught unprepared in a rainstorm, watched ducks hang out in a pond, had a snowball fight, or swam in the ocean. If so, you were witnessing part of the water cycle. But the water cycle, or the hydrologic cycle, if you want to get multi-syllabic about it, is more than just what we can see. The hydrologic cycle links together the atmosphere, the soil, and all the living and nonliving parts of this planet.

Welcome to our Learning series about the essentials of environmental science. We’ll have more from this series in the following videos, so stay tuned!

The Importance of Soil | Essentials of Environmental Science

Hot Mess

Published on Jun 25, 2020

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Let me make something super clear. If you take nothing else away, remember this: Soil is NOT dirt. Soil is productive, it’s useful. It’s fundamental to life as we know. It is an essential natural resource, a major component of most ecosystems, and has been celebrated in art and song for millenia. Dirt is just soil in the wrong place.

Soil is the thin layer of inorganic and organic material wrapping the earth like a cozy blanket. It is where the abiotic lithosphere (that is, the upper mantle and crust of the Earth, the airless, unmoving underground stuff) meets all the living things in the biosphere.

Welcome to our Learning series about the essentials of environmental science. We’ll have more from this series in the following videos, so stay tuned!


Invest in a Green & Equitable Recovery with ELM

Environmental League of Massachusetts

Published on Jun 25, 2020

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Responding to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on food value chains through efficient logistics | Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum)

The COVID-19 pandemic has developed into the greatest global health, social and financial challenge of the 21st century. It is impacting not only people’s lives, livelihoods and nutrition but also food trade, food supply chains and markets.

The pandemic falls into a period that was already seeing an increase in the number of hungry people in the world, coupled with a global economic slowdown[1]. The recession, which is being forecast as one of the immediate results of the pandemic, will exacerbate these problems and calls for swift multi-disciplinary responses to avoid that the health crisis will trigger a subsequent food crisis.

With the pandemic reaching its peak at different points in time across the world and hitting some places with more severity than others, some countries are already slowly reducing their containment measures. These recovery phases come with their own challenges but could at the same time provide invaluable insights for countries that are still facing the full brunt of the disease.

To support countries in assessing their local situation and to help decision makers design coherent and effective policies to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on food production, trade and consumption (access), FAO has prepared a collection of policy briefs, which present policy recommendations grounded on qualitative and quantitative assessment of the pandemic’s impacts on these areas.

All policy briefs can be accessed here: www.fao.org/2019-ncov/resources/policy-briefs/en.

Forming part of this series is the Policy Brief Responding to the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on food value chains through efficient logistics prepared by the Agricultural Development Economic Division and the Nutrition and Food Systems Division of FAO.

This brief highlights that the measures implemented around the world to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have entailed a severe reduction not only in goods and services that rely on transport, but also in the migration of labour both domestically and internationally. To avoid that these measures have a negative impact on food systems and might result in food shortages, this brief summarizes some practices that could be useful for governments and the private sector to maintain critical logistical elements in food value chains, while prioritizing the health of consumers and workers.

With this online consultation we invite you to share examples, best practices and case studies of how the impact of the COVID-19 containment measures on food security and agriculture are being managed in your countries from a logistical point of view.

Please let us know if and how the measures to maintain a functioning food supply chain from “farm to fork” are being applied locally and nationally, and if any unexpected challenges have been encountered along the way.

Your input will be used to further refine FAO’s policy tools and to learn about examples of good practices that could be used to guide the response in other parts of the world.

To help us with the subsequent analysis of the consultation’s outcomes, we kindly ask you to address these guiding questions:

  1. Can you share examples on how the bottlenecks listed in the policy brief have been addressed and with which result?
  2. What has been the impact of measures to face the COVID-19 pandemic on the exports of food and cash crops?
  3. What has been the impact of measures to face the COVID-19 pandemic on the imports of food ingredients, inputs, packaging and other goods related to the food value chain?
  4. How have logistics from the national to the local level been impacted by the pandemic and response measures?
  5. What have been the implications on informal cross-border trade?
  6. What challenges related to the food value chain have emerged during the relaxing of COVID-19 containment measures?
  7. Are there any additional areas not yet included in the brief that warrant particular attention with regard to logistics affecting the food supply chain?

We thank you very much for your valuable comments and look forward to learning from your experiences.

Marco V. Sánchez
Deputy-Director and Officer-in-Charge (day-to-day matters)|
Agricultural Development Economics of FAO

[1] The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2019


FRONTLINE “News War” (Part III) at pbs.org/frontline


Published on Feb 22, 2007

Watch the full series at http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontli…

Markos Moulitsas of Daily KOS talks with FRONTLINE about the future of news. Part 3 of “News War: What’s Happening to the News” puts viewers on the front lines of the epic battle, examining the forces which are remaking the economics of the business and challenging the very definition of news.

Watch it on air and online at http://www.pbs.org/frontline/ beginning February 27.

In “News War: What’s Happening to the News,” coming Feb. 27, 2007, at 9 pm on PBS (check local listings). America’s major network news divisions and daily newspapers are under siege, facing mounting pressure for profits from corporate owners, and growing challenges from cable television and the Internet. FRONTLINE talks to network executives, journalists, Wall Street analysts, bloggers, and key players at Google and Yahoo! who are all battling for survival and market dominance in a rapidly changing world of news. FRONTLINE also goes inside the embattled newsroom of “The Los Angeles Times,” one of the last remaining papers in the country still covering major national stories. Under severe pressure from Wall Street to cut costs and to compete for “eyeballs” in a new media world, editors at the paper are urgently trying to figure out what this means for their future news coverage and their public service mission

How Trump’s Trade War Went From Method to Madness

Bloomberg QuickTake Originals

Published on Dec 5, 2019

Over the course of the US-China Trade War, the Trump administration’s aggressive policies and unpredictable behavior have lead to the negotiating table. But can this same strategy produce meaningful reform in China?