As Indonesians head to the polls on April 9 for our legislative elections, we must not forget the importance of choosing leaders who will work tirelessly for all citizens - not just those in our major urban areas.
When President Obama and Pope Francis discuss how to help those who have thus far not benefited from global economic expansion, I hope they will first look at where those people are. The gap between rich and poor is primarily a gap between urban and rural.
Here's a shameful statistic: Up to a third of the world's food is wasted. In the developing world, that's 400 to 500 calories per person per day. But in the developed world, it's as much as 1,500 calories per person.
Changing environments exacerbate the social and economic conditions that provoke violence and provide fertile ground for militant recruitment. Appreciation of this nexus can help forestall a potential wave of climate-fueled terror.
We all know that life does not always turn out like you think it will. The concept of reducing the risk of an investment by making an offsetting investment is well understood. But what if your whole way of life was intensely vulnerable?
Every human need for the future -- fresh water, food, energy, medicine, security, and psychological renewal -- is dependent on a healthy, sustainable world ocean. The ocean is our cure. Why would we destroy it?
Food security is an eco-socio-economic issue that strikes at the fundamental human processes we have devised for our own longevity. These examples demonstrate alternative methods of addressing the global issue, locally.
Some of the stories that most need telling are not the big-ticket tales of human spaceflight and new exoplanet discoveries. For most people, it's the less flashy things that can mean the most in the lives of people right down here on Earth.
Like millions of parents and activists who oppose genetically modified food, I feel that the stakes are very high in this battle the safety of our world's food supply. If we are to win it, we are going to have to fight tougher. And smarter.
My bordering-on-obsessive hatred of "foodie" is really about the culture it's perpetuating. That said, the word itself is infantile, idiotic, and meaningless, and makes me want to poke my eyes out with a larding needle. Can't people just say they love food?
Food equality is a lever we can employ to forever change the face of poverty in the U.S. Imagine the opportunity for every American family to put fresh, nutritious food on the table. Watch as families create deep bonds over good food. Watch children flourish, and become productive citizens.
A new paradigm of sustainable agroecosystems is required, to meet community food security needs, and to satisfy the growing consumer demand for locally-grown, wholesome, toxic-free, and nutritious fruits and vegetables.