Global food prices have jumped at their fastest monthly rate in over a decade, according to the United Nations. The UN uses a broad index of global food costs, which have also climbed for 12 months in a row. Suppliers have been affected by disruptions to production, labour and transport during the pandemic. Concerns are growing about broader inflation and how higher grocery bills will impact the world’s economic recovery.
Hunger has been on the rise worldwide for years before COVID-19. The United Nations has found that the pandemic made the situation drastically worse — fast.
Together they open up the agricultural sector of India to active commercial engagement by the big corporates, enabling them to purchase and hoard produce and sell it later at a much higher price than what they pay to the farmers for their crops. It also means these large corporates could be in charge of deciding what crops a farmer must produce.
More than 85% of Indian farmers have small holdings, less than two hectares. This means it would be hard to engage, and compete, with the large corporates. The farm unions see these laws as the Indian government pandering to the corporates, and fear the end of independent farmers.
But the most compelling reason to favor the lab leak hypothesis is firmly based in science. In particular, consider the genetic fingerprint of CoV-2, the novel coronavirus responsible for the disease Covid-19.
So when the news broke that Covid-19 had leaped from bats to people, my first thought was: Was I at risk of causing something like this? Could I have been Patient Zero in a deadly global pandemic? The answer, I now believe, is that it would have been exceedingly unlikely. And the logic behind that conclusion gives us substantial insight into the question of Covid’s origins.
Silicon Valley Philanthropist Shares Review of CDC Data: COVID-19 Vaccine Associated with 100X Deaths Compared to Influenzas
Steve Kirsch, a drug development philanthropist, regular contributor to the TrialSite, and founder of the COVID-19 Early Treatment Fund (CETF), is actively funding research into generic repurposed drugs such as fluvoxamine that evidence efficacy targeting COVID-19.
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Uttar Pradesh COVID-19 Case Decline Continues as Authorities Lift Restrictions in 72 or 75 State Districts: What Was in those Medicine Kits?
Now Uttar Pradesh has lifted COVID-19 lockdown restrictions in 72 of 75 districts in the nation’s most populated state, revealing what can only be described as an incredible turn of events. Even showcased by WHO recently, the worldwide NGO noted that aggressive population-wide health schemes, including home testing and ‘medicine kits,’ made this turnaround possible given the virulent nature of the Indian variant of the coronavirus. Why didn’t the WHO share with the world what was in those medicine kits? What do they have to hide?
A global effort to reduce sulfur and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships has researchers from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and other Department of Energy facilities investigating the potential use of marine biofuels.
The International Marine Organization (IMO) has been ratcheting down the allowed amount of sulfur oxides emissions from ships since 2005. The newest upper limit, which took effect at the start of 2020, reduced the sulfur content of ships’ fuel oil to 0.5% from 3.5%. IMO said the reduction should have major benefits for the environment and the health of people, particularly those living near ports and along coasts. Additionally, IMO has set aggressive targets to decarbonize marine shipping, targeting at least a 50% reduction in GHG emissions from international shipping by 2050, relative to 2008 levels.