Edward O. Wilson and his diagnosis of humanity in a tweet
This article was published in El País on January 20, 2022. On 26 December, Edward O. Wilson, the biologist, writer and naturalist who was called the Darwin of the 21st century, died. His work was key to understanding how evolution explains animal behaviour. He began by studying the social systems o
Biofuels contributed to the last food crisis, but may solve the next one.￼
Between 2008 and 2012, the production of biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel) increased so much and so fast that it took over a large part of the cereal and oil crops, especially corn in the US, and was thus one of the most important factors in triggering the crisis. The reasons are well known. Food sho
A few months ago I commented in this post that a Finnish company was promoting lab-grown coffee under the pretext of sustainability. Now, a US company, California Cultured Inc, takes technological cynicism to new levels. It is worth watching the video on their website to see how they justify the pro
According to the United Nations Environment Programme, if food waste were a country, it would rank third in carbon emissions. How much do we have to worry about food waste? Bibliography
SHOULD ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES BE PAID FOR?
Why is it justified to pay people in poor countries to plant trees – although it is better to talk about regenerating natural vegetation – and preserve the environment? Why, and this is more controversial, is it justified for rich countries – or rich consumers – to pay poor c
The white elephant in the room at COP26
In the room where it is being clarified whether or not there will be 100 billion a year for adaptation for poor countries, there is an elephant impassively observing the meetings. In the English-speaking world, this metaphor means that there is an issue that is obvious to everyone, but it is avoided
Why is this announcement in Finland so serious?
In the inaugural post on www.estatera.org I talked about some of the changes that are going to happen in the global food system in the next decade. A glaring example has been made public in recent weeks in Finland: the team at VTT, a public research company, has just developed what they say is the [
Why this website?
In recent decades there have been impressive advances in rural development, the fight against hunger and malnutrition. We were not doing badly. However, in recent years there have been setbacks, partly due to COVID19 and increased conflict, but also because part of hunger eradication has proved unyi