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  • Using Community Mapping to Combat Deforestation / Utilizando mapeamento participativo para combatir o desmatamento

    Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

    Temas Observation: I have long stressed the importance of good data-gathering and diagnosis as the basis for sound action, and advocated getting individuals, civic groups and communities involved in such work.  Hence I applaud this effort led by Greenpeace.  As their press releases point out, combating deforestation in the Amazon is difficult in part because […]

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    Farm Animal Production and Climate Change

    Monday, June 23rd, 2008

    The May issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, the peer-reviewed monthly research journal of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), featured an article* on the contribution of farm animal production to climate change. Although the article does not focus just on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), given the importance of farm […]

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    PAHO to Food Industry: Embrace “Trans-Fat Free Americas”

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    Nutrition Experts Call on Food Industry to Support “Trans Fat Free Americas”
    Experts on nutrition and public health are calling on leaders in the food industry to speed up the elimination of industrially produced trans fatty acids from the foods they produce and distribute, and to become partners in promoting […]

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    The Odd Couple: Greenpeace and McDonald’s

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

    Interesting article in yesterday’s Washington Post. It describes how Greenpeace started out attacking McDonald’s for “complicity” in deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon, but ended out teaming with McD’s to pressure Cargill and Brazilian soy traders into adopting a moratorium on soy from newly deforested lands. Just the accompanying picture of Greenpeace activists and […]

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    LAC Use of Biotech Crops Grew in 2006

    Saturday, January 20th, 2007

    The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) just released its annual “brief” on growth of genetically engineered crops (“biotech crops”) worldwide, covering 2006. While the full report must be purchased, the executive summary is quite detailed and is available for download in several languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese.
    Among other things, […]

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    Is the Argentine Biofuels Law Already Having an Impact?

    Thursday, September 21st, 2006

    Photo: D&N, in La Capital 19.09.06

    This past April Argentina finally passed a law to support development and greater use of biofuels. It appears that the new law (and anticipation thereof) may already be having an impact. Yesterday Argentina’s Planning Minister, Julio de Vido, announced that billionaire George Soros is interested in investing US$250-300 […]

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