World population is slated to top nine billion by 2050, and seeing as how arable land is being rapidly swallowed by towns and cities, oceans are increasingly overfished, and climate change is disrupting traditional farming, a new United Nations study proposes a twist on Marie Antoinette’s dietary advice: let them eat bugs.
“Common prejudice against eating insects is not justified from a nutritional point of view,” write the authors of a 191-page report (PDF) released by the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) entitled “Edible insects: Future prospects for food and feed security”.
Bugs are not only good eatin’, say the authors, but they’re also highly efficient sources of nutrition. Your average insect, the report claims, requires a mere two kilograms of food to produce one kilogram of what it charmingly refers to as “insect meat”, a far better feed-to-food ratio than, for example, a fatted calf, which requires eight kilograms of feed to produce one kilogram of beef.
Two billion of our current seven billion fellow travelers have already welcomed bugs into their diets, the report contends. Over 1,900 insect species find their way into our alimentary canals, with beetles being the most popular at 31 per cent, followed by caterpillars at 18 per cent; bees, wasps, and ants at 14 percent; and grasshoppers, locusts, and crickets at 13 percent………………..
full article at source.http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/05/13/insects_as_food_and_feed/
More than 200 men, women and children appear to have been killed in this latest atrocity. Everything we have seen of the Syrian regime’s behaviour over the last seventeen months suggests that these reports are credible. They demand a united response from the international community.
We have two urgent priorities – to establish an accurate account of what happened in Tremseh so that those responsible can and will be held to account; and to agree urgent action at the United Nations Security Council.
To that end, the UN mission in Syria must be able to access Tremseh quickly and without hindrance so they can carry out an independent investigation into what has happened and who is responsible.
And we will redouble our efforts to agree a Chapter VII resolution of the UN security council. This would compel the Syrian regime to fulfil the commitments it has made under the Annan plan, to withdraw its military from residential areas, and establish a transitional government as called for by Kofi Annan and endorsed by the P5 and Arab League. It should be a legally binding security council resolution with teeth, that creates a trigger for sanctions if the Assad regime does not comply. British diplomats in New York will continue negotiations on a resolution at the security council today:
see also: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/2012/07/13/gJQAyfUahW_story.html
This butchery must stop and the UN should now just move in and restore order and the criminals who are responsible for these murders must be brought to justice ASAP.
The world stands condemned for standing by and allowing this genocide to continue !
The ESM has the exact same safeguards as the IMF
Question: Are they the same organisation? Immune from prosecution, from any state or government in the world? Who gave them this right? Let’s be clear the IMF and now the ESM both have immunity from all prosecution from any national government of world organization like the UN???
We cannot hand over this power to an organization that has no accountability to anybody ,That is shear madness and a total betrayal of the citizens rights enshrined in the Irish constitution.
We must not allow faceless, unaccountable financial dictators to just take our rights away from us
Vote No to this madness!
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With the constant stream of brutal killings in the various Syrian cities and the absence of any of the world peace bodies capable of stopping this blatant Syrian Government murder I feel compelled once again to call on the forceful removal of this Butcher of his own people and pray to god that this creep will meet the same faith as Gaddaffi, the once proud master of Libya .Monsters like Assad will be brought to justice and the United Nations must now enforce the international rule of law. This is not the middle ages where the world was oblivious to the crimes of so called leaders. The Peoples of the world demand action now and the protection of the innocent.
The last slide is of a little girl holding a placard for help ,she was brutally murdered just one day after this photo.All decent people must take a good look at this little girl face and ask themselves “have I done enough to stop her murder” and many more that might come to some other child what if she was your child??? ?????
(see article below)
This innocent little girl is Martyred by the forces of Bassar al-Asad, some days ago. She was killed just one day after she was holding that board. The board says to help the Syrian children (especially in Homs). The armed forces of Syria are targeting children and killing them.
The Syrian regime says life in Homs is normal, but the pictures and reports tell a much different story. In an emotional interview, a Syrian activist gives voice to a reality of death and destruction.
Innocent men, women, and children are being slaughtered by the Assad government because they are asking for freedom.
Russia and China have this blood on their hands and should now be expelled from the UN. The UN is now a farce .Thousands of people are now dead and are now been killed! Why is this been allowed to continue? Any person who calls themselves human must condemn this genocide. The Syrian army leadership must be told that they will have to face the international court of justice for murder and crimes against humanity. These criminals must be brought to justice a face the hangman for this!
Currently, the US is following a trajectory of past unsuccessful empires that were unable to sustain themselves resulting in an eventual collapse from within. The US is currently running up a budget deficit which is not only threatening to bankrupt its entire economy, but also threatening the hegemony of its sole instrument for advantage and influence on the world stage – the US dollar. Any threat to the supremacy of the dollar is also a threat to the empire.
It is difficult to calculate the outcome of a western attack against Iran -because there are so many variables.
No moral mandate
For centuries, even Rome required a moral mandate as it conquered the known world. As was the case with the Iraqi invasion and occupation in 2003, the West and its Axis powers led by Washington will require a multi-nation coalition backed by some form of moral mandate in order to move forward with their plans.
Previously, a US-UK campaign against Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction was waged through the UN, and was sufficient at the time in achieving a minimal sway in public opinion needed from both the American and British people, justifying their governments’ foreign policy goals enough to get the war off the ground. But the cost in 2012 of pushing forward under false pretences with both Afghanistan and Iraq in 2003, means that the Axis coalition powers have already played their best hand under the current social democratic system.
full article at source:http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article32471.html
As the Libyan conflict seems to be coming into the final stages we are now beginning to
see more and more people braving bullets in Syria .It must be made clear to the leadership
of Syria that they will be brought before the international court of justice for
the murder of their own citizens :Assad must go now!
Background: The Fact-Finding Mission for Syria (“Mission”) was established pursuant toResolution A/HRC/RES/S-16/1 adopted by the Human Rights Council (“Council”)on 29 April 2011.
Again we are faced with a despot dictatorial regime caught
in the act of murdering its own citizens and the United nations are sitting on
their hands .Sending tanks into residential areas of modern cities to murder citizens
demanding their human rights is shocking and only shows that human life and
rights is still the persevere of a select few depending where you live on the
planet. I again say that the leadership of Syria should be branded criminals
and murderers and should be brought before the international court of justice.
Human rights are the same all over the world and it is time for the community
of the world to demand equal enforcement of these rights. Even if this means military
intervention by the UN
The international effort to bring humanitarian relief to 3.7 million Somalis who
need urgent help to beat drought and famine is being hampered by al-Shabaab‘s
refusal to let most agencies into their territory. The al-Qaeda-inspired
insurgents backtracked on an earlier promise to allow access.
The world is again faced with a nation starving and Europe is
busy pumping billions into black holes. The US has squandered trillions as is
about to add hundreds billions more. Yet in Somalia a fraction of this money
could transform the lives of almost 11 million people. Our problems in Ireland fade
into insignificance when one looks at the scale of the disaster in Somalia. I
understand the fatigue people feel yet another famine in Africa! Didn’t we all help
collect money only a few years ago for the famine in the horn of Africa then
and we all remember Live Aid .I even remember “A concert for Bangladesh” in
1971 George Harrison and a few friends did a wonderful job .
So now we’re are back and it looks like we never did achieve anything. I think it’s time now for a Marshal plan for Africa. If NATO
can find billions to fight a war in Afghanistan they can find enough money to
safeguard the delivery of urgent food to the starving millions in Somalia.I understand al-Shabaab are charging taxes on the food convoys and are
threatening aid agencies no t to bring foreign aid woman into the country .We
have no time for this nonsense. Lives are been lost and something drastic must
be done to make safe the situation on the ground .We in Ireland had our own
Famine 1844 -1848 and every Irish heart still
feels this pain. You only have to go to the west and you will still see the deserted
cottages scattered around, it is as if the land seeps out sadness as the spirits
of the earlier inhabitants wander
the land. For now I add my voice to the many who are calling on the good
citizens of the world to give what they can to help relive the starving in Africa