Links I Liked

The campaign for the 7 May UK election is heating up folks: The areas in red have only ever had white male MPs [h/t Federicawhite male MPs Cocco]

Global Justice Now’s #FreeTheSeeds campaign: Are outsiders imposing disastrous noble-savageism, or defending Africa’s food security?

favourite British jobs

Can religious groups help to prevent violent conflict? Nice examples from Nigeria, DRC,
Most desired jobs in Britain: Author 60% Academic 51% Investment Banker 26% [/h/t Conrad Hackett]

Time to move on from income inequality and the Gini index. We need new ways to measure different kinds of inequality


And now for some Videos I’d Vote for 

Winner of WaterAid/ WorldView’s SH2Orts competition. Walking to the moon (16 times) to fetch water. A film by Sven Harding

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An Indian superman carries a motorbike on his head. Up a ladder. And no-one even comments. [h/t Richard Cunliffe]

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Total gotcha TV: Pesticide lobbyist Patrick Moore says glyphosate weedkiller is so safe people can drink it, but then is offered some to drink on camera. ‘I’d be happy to. Not really. I’m not stupid’.

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2 Responses to “Links I Liked”
  1. Nicholas Colloff

    On the agricultural controversy, it is a classic example of people talking past one another, brandishing they own over-simplified arguments. If you want a ‘green revolution’ in Africa modeled on the Asian version, you will get results, in the short term, but stall (and have many unforeseen but foreseeable unintended consequences) but imagining that existing agricultural practices are sound is equally a non-starter. Yet there are many solutions available that are both sustainable and intensive on which the literature piles up favorably, many of which are knowledge based rather than technology based, whence comes a problem for Gates and co because they are not simply commercial solutions – agriculture rather than agribusiness. This is, I think, the fault line, rather than one between ‘old’ and ‘new’ but what kind of progress…

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