Issue of April, 28, 2008
Some supermarkets don't make space on their shelves for small farmers' products.
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No Place for Small Farmers at the Supermarkets
By Diego Cevallos*
fforts by small farmers in Mexico to avoid intermediaries and get their products on supermarket shelves have failed due to the chains' strict rules, say farmers groups.
The Caribbean snail, Conus geographus.
Credit: Credit: Kerry Matz
"Doctor" Nature in Danger
By Stephen Leahy*
our health, and the health of your loved ones, is interlinked with that of a much larger family -- one we call "nature", says a new book about medicine and biodiversity.
BRAZIL: Lumber Auction to Finance Illegal Logging
The Environment Secretariat of Pará, the largest state of Brazil's eastern Amazon, announced an unprecedented auction for May 15 of 5,500 cubic meters of illegally extracted timber. The revenues from the sale will be used to fight environmental crimes.
CHILE: Nuts for Biodiesel
Sometime between May 15 and 30, the first plantations of physic nut (Jatropha curcas) will be ready in Chile as part of a project for distilling biodiesel in the northern part of the country.
VENEZUELA: Glaciers Disappear
The glaciers of Venezuela's Sierra Nevada mountains, more than 4,800 meters above sea level, lost 94 of their total 137 hectares in 30 years and will disappear by 2020, says Angel Viloria, of the governmental Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research.
CUBA: Dragnets Threaten Manatees
Experts in the central Cuban province of Villa Clara hope that the discovery of three dead manatees (Trichechus manatus) will speed up the regulation of dragnet fishing in this area, where these large marine mammals are abundant.
HONDURAS: Local Governments Protect Environment
In Honduras, 102 of the country's 298 municipalities have joined an initiative for watershed preservation, reforestation and environmental education, say official sources.
Lessons From a Unique Decade
José Graziano da Silva *
Rio+20 and Beyond: Together for a Sustainable Future
José Graziano da Silva *
Why Inclusive Green Growth Can Sustain Recent Gains in Latin America
The Global Food Crisis and the Latin American Paradox
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Crisis Sows Community Gardens in Spain
CDs Become Weapon in Political Armoury
Private Interests Infiltrate G20 Summit
Pakistanis Blame CIA for Fresh Polio Cases
Setting Goals to Protect Half the Planet
Defining Green Economy May Stymie Rio Summit
"We All Have to Start Being City Changers"
Tension Around Possible Islamic State in Northern Mali
Health Warnings Loud and Clear on Cigarettes in Argentina
Biggest Economies Still Lagging on Renewables
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