For the first time since the economic recovery began six years ago, white-collar professionals with specialized skills in fields like technology, finance, engineering and software find themselves in the catbird seat.
But despite the steady addition of more than 200,000 jobs a month and a decline in the official jobless rate to a postrecession low of 5.3 percent, most American workers, including many college graduates, still face lukewarm wage growth at best and very limited bargaining power with bosses.
After all, through the 20th century, successive American governments were worried about what hungry and fecund third world citizens would do if their governments didn’t keep their bellies full. The Rockefeller Foundation crystallized these fears in 1951, observing in an internal report that was to provide the basis for funding a massive agricultural program that “whether additional millions . . . will become Communists will depend partly on whether the Communist world or the free world fulfills its promises. Hungry people are lured by promises, but they may be won by deeds. Communism makes attractive promises to underfed peoples. Democracy must not only promise as much, but must deliver more.” The solution involved making food cheap for cities, and reducing fertility rates, heading off Malthus at the pass.
Americans Are Finally Eating Less (jdargis)
The encouraging data does not mean an end to the obesity epidemic: More than a third of American adults are still considered obese, putting them at increased risk of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Americans are still eating far too few fruits and vegetables and far too much junk food, even if they are eating somewhat less of it, experts say.
Maryland, Delaware, Connecticut, New Jersey, and Virginia all have serious IOUs—these states top the list of ecological debtors whose residents suck up far more resources than their natural surroundings can provide. On the other end of the spectrum, Alaska, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska have plenty to spare. How does your state stack up? Head over to National Geographic for a deeper dive into the data.
Don’t Laugh at Solar-Powered Airplanes (jdargis)
Innovations in transportation almost always strike contemporary observers as useless, dangerous, rickety contraptions that don’t stand a chance of being anything more than curiosities. The loud, belching steamboat Robert Fulton launched on the Hudson River in 1807 was dubbed “Fulton’s Folly” by observers. The Wright Brothers’ first plane (which is now recapturing some of our imaginations thanks to a new biography by David McCullough), didn’t look particularly airworthy as its insubstantial frame wobbled along the North Carolina coastline. Henry Ford’s first cars were clanking, clattering, high-end menaces. When they first appeared, each of these transport modes was a one-off—an expensive home kit produced by hobbyists. And yet each developed over the course of a few decades into a dominant, economically efficient, safe standard.
These are extraordinarily difficult questions. There are many millions of species, many elusive and rare, and inhabiting remote and dangerous places. There are too few skilled biologists in the field to keep track of them all. Demonstrating beyond reasonable doubt that any single species is extinct is arduous and painstaking (think how long it took to show – to most people, at least – that Loch Ness probably does not harbour a large monster).
Using the data collected by the sensors installed in farmers’ cricket cages—a few dozen variables collected for each, he says, such as temperature—McDonald wants to help farmers optimize their operations by determining the conditions that will enable crickets to thrive.
“Globally, the agriscience that goes into optimizing large-scale insect farming is still in its early stages compared the agriscience for soybeans,” he says.
Dried oregano in 'latest food fraud' says Which? (westcoastjan)
"It particularly happens with things that come from far away places and with many different people interacting in the supply chains, they do tend to be very, very vulnerable," he told BBC Radio 5 live's Breakfast programme.
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