Humans Waste Enough Food to Feed 3.48 billion People Annually – GMOs Weren’t Developed to ‘Feed the World’

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Courtesy of Ethan A Huff @ Natural News:

It isn’t a lack of food that is the driving force behind world hunger, but rather a lack of effective food distribution. An estimated 1.43 billion tons of food go to waste every single year around the world, according to United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates, which is enough to feed some 3.48 billion people in need.

During a recent UN forum, fixing this out-of-control problem was a primary topic of discussion. Entitled “Feeding the World: Food, Agriculture and Environment,” the gathering, which took place in Naples, Italy, focused on ways to reign in the waste problem and develop new ways of conserving the food that we already have.

“We need a transformative change in our food and agricultural policies to have sustainability,” explained Ren Wang, Assistant Director-General of FAO’s Agriculture and Consumer Protection Department.

More food is being produced now compared to 60 years ago, and the overall percentage of people who are considered undernourished has dropped from 18.7 percent two decades ago to about 11.3 percent today. But the sheer volume of food that ends up in dumpsters and landfills is shockingly high, and more can be done to save it.

Based on the data, about one-third of the food produced globally ends up in the trash can. In monetary terms, this represents losses of about $680 billion annually in developed countries and $310 billion in developing countries, according to the SAVE FOOD initiative.

Meanwhile, some 805 million people across the globe suffer daily from a lack of adequate nourishment. This is despite the fact that everyone on the planet could consume about 2,800 calories every day based on current output levels — that is, if all the food currently produced was distributed evenly. Continue reading

Dude, where’s my North Sea oil money?

I wrote an article back in April of 2013, The Legacy and the Lies. This article backs up what I wrote, that the Thatcher government squandered the UKs sovereign oil wealth fund. A scandal in deed by wasting it on tax breaks, property speculation and allowing people an easy opt out into disability! Courtesy of Aditya Chakrabortty @ The Guardian

Last Wednesday, every single Norwegian became a millionaire – without having to lift a lillefinger. They owe the windfall to their coastline, and a huge dollop of good sense. Since 1990, Norway has been squirreling away its cash from North Sea oil and gas into a rainy-day fund. It’s now big enough to see Noah through all 40 of those drizzly days and nights. Last week, the balance hit a million krone for everyone in Norway. Norwegians can’t take a hammer to the piggy bank, amassed strictly to provide for future generations. And converted into pounds, the 5.11 trillion krone becomes a mere £100,000 for every man, woman and child. Still, the oljefondet (the government pension fund of Norway) owns over 1% of the world’s stocks, a big chunk of Regent Street and some of the most prime property in Paris: a pretty decent whipround for just five million people.

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Wish it could have been you with a hundred-grand bonus? Here’s the really nauseating part: it should have been. Britain had its share of North Sea oil, described by one PM as “God’s gift” to the economy. We pumped hundreds of billions out of the water off the coast of Scotland. Only unlike the Norwegians, we’ve got almost nothing to show for it. Our oil cash was magicked into tax cuts for the well-off, then micturated against the walls of a thousand pricey car dealerships and estate agents.

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Scientists Have Finally Found The First Real Reason We Need To Sleep

Courtesy of Business Insider:

We know we need to sleep. We know our brains and bodies work better after sleep. But what we didn’t know, until now, was why.

Scientists have just reported the first major mechanical reason our brains need to sleep — certain cleaning mechanisms in the brain work better when we shut the brain down. Just like how dump trucks take to the city streets during the pre-dawn hours because there’s less traffic, our brain’s cleaners also work best when there’s less going on.

“This study shows that the brain has different functional states when asleep and when awake,” study researcher Maiken Nedergaard, of the University of Rochester said in a statement. “In fact, the restorative nature of sleep appears to be the result of the active clearance of the by-products of neural activity that accumulate during wakefulness.”

We’ve known that our brains consolidate memories during sleep and perform other important functions. There are also benefits to the body during sleep — resting allows our muscles, bones, and organs to repair themselves. It also keeps our immune system healthy.

We know that sleep has all of these benefits, but until now we didn’t know any of the specific changes that bring about these sleep benefits.

Charles Czeisler, a sleep researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston, told Science Magazine’s Emily Underwood that this is the “first direct experimental evidence at the molecular level” for why we need to sleep.

The paper was published in the journal Science on Oct. 17.

Toxic cells

All of our cells accumulate waste while they are working, and these waste products can be toxic. If they aren’t removed they can build up and kill our cells. Throughout the rest of the body the lymphatic system washes these waste products away, but the brain is cut off from these actions because of the blood-brain barrier.

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Taxpayers Alliance uncovers £120 Billion of Wasteful Spending

From the Taxpayers Alliance showing that austerity is completely unnecessary if wasteful spending is removed from the system. Regretfully we have a parasitic and wasteful culture that encourages inefficiency and a misallocation of resources. We need a change in culture and a move away from short term thinking, it ruins it for the rest of us in the long term.

The article in full:

In advance of the Comprehensive Spending Review, we can reveal how the Government could cut vast swathes of wasteful and unnecessary spending. A new online edition of the Bumper Book of Government Waste, published today, identifies potential savings to the tune of nearly £120 billion, a figure almost exactly equal to the current budget deficit. This equates to a massive £4,500 for each and every household in the UK – enough to give every family in the land a luxury holiday or pay their household energy bills nearly three times over.

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Excellent work has been undertaken by the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group in terms of finding savings, but taxpayers’ cash has still been wasted in a number of ways, with significant sums ripe for being saved in many areas, including:

£53 billion – Additional cost of funding pay and pensions for public sector workers over and above the private sector average, based on analysis of figures from the Office for National Statistics and the Pension Policy Institute
£25 billion – Amount wasted through inefficient public sector procurementand poor use of outsourcing, based on an authoritative report from the Institute of Directors
£20.3 billion – Cost to the economy of public sector fraud, according to the National Fraud Authority
£5 billion – Amount paid in benefits to those with an income in excess of £100,000
£4 billion – Losses to the taxpayer from RBS and the sale of Northern Rock
£2.9 billion – Amount spent needlessly by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Department for Culture, Media & Sport, which should both be scrapped
£1.2 billion – Annual subsidy to foreign farmers through the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy

Our figure is almost certainly an underestimate. A rigorous assessment of the public sector efficiency commissioned by the European Central Bank found that if the UK’s bloated public sector were as efficient as that in the economies of countries like the US, Australia, and Japan, no less than £137 billion could have been saved in the last year.

In addition to the big ticket items, we have identified hundreds of examples of smaller sums being wasted. It is, however, all still taxpayers’ money and there is no excuse for waste, regardless of the amount involved. Among the culprits identified are:

Arts Council: Gave a £95,000 grant to artists in Brighton for “Skip”, a rubbish dumpster outlined with yellow lights

Crawley Council: Spent £5,070 on 12,200 hot drinks from vending machines for council employees, when the equivalent number of tea bags would have cost just £200

Department for International Development: Spent £21.2 million on a road maintenance project in Bangladesh, later pulled due to “fiduciary irregularities” after it emerged that less than 10% had actually been spent on roads

Durham Council: Funded a £12,000 clothing allowance to allow councillors to wear “Geordie Armani”

Hull Council: Spent £40,000 on a concert in honour of the councillor who is Lord Mayor this year

Ministry of Defence: Paid £22 for light bulbs that are normally 65p

Prison Service: Paid £720,000 to professional actors for role playing that is aimed at helping inmates become employed

Scottish Government: Signed a £1.4 million 4-year contract for taxis for civil servants in Edinburgh – despite staff being told to use buses

Stoke-on-Trent Council: Spent £330,000 to pay for redundancy packages and subsequently rehiring 25 members of staff

Matthew Sinclair, Chief Executive of the TaxPayers’ Alliance, said:

“George Osborne must take the golden opportunity offered by the Spending Review to get the nation’s finances under control and ease the burden on taxpayers. The latestBumper Book of Government Waste shows that tens of billions of pounds are still wasted each year and there is an enormous amount of fat left in the public sector.

“If Ministers do something about it, they can give taxpayers a better deal and still provide the frontline services which people depend on the most. More money must be left in the pockets of struggling households who need it to support their own families and their own causes. They will get better value than any politician or bureaucrat.”