This video says about itself:
2 May 2016
This video from South Korea says about itself:
Arirang Special (Ep.319) Fukushima and Its Aftermath
16 March 2016
After the Fukushima nuclear accident that busted Japan’s ‘safety myth’ in March 2011, continuous restoration and salt manufacturing work have been going on until now. Despite this, there are still traces of the horrific situation of that time remaining in various places, and the concern for radioactivity has grown to a point where our food and health are being threatened.
This video says about itself:
Why Are McDonald’s Workers On Strike? Russell Brand The Trews (E167)
14 October 2014
Russell Brand The Trews (E167) with special guest Dave DeGraw.
By Conrad Landin in Britain:
Labour bans anti-union McDonalds from conference
Tuesday 19th April 2016
Fast-food chain won’t get stand at conference
In a dig at vegetarian party leader Mr Corbyn, he said McDonald’s was not “the trendy falafel bar that some people in politics like to hang out at.”
But embarrassingly, he had previously tweeted about a “yummy” supper of “falafel, tebouleh and houmus (sic).”
Dudley MP Ian Austin, an arch critic of Mr Corbyn, joined in, asking: “Why has Labour turned down £30k from McDonald’s?”
But Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) president Ian Hodson said McDonald’s was “the pioneer of zero-hours.” On Twitter, BFAWU’s Hungry for Justice campaign said: “Labour is right in its decision.”
McDonald’s is not the only company to have been denied an exhibition stand at Labour’s conference.
In 2013 building giant Carillion was chucked out over its co-operation with the Consulting Association’s blacklist of union activists.
Former London mayor Ken Livingstone said: “If turning down a stand at Labour conference focuses attention on trade union non-recognition at McDonald’s, it’s worth it.
“It must end its refusal to recognise trade unions.”
GMB national officer Martin Smith, who has led efforts to unionise McDonald’s workers alongside BFAWU said the row was a distraction from the real issues.
“It seems a strange thing to level at the leader’s office,” he said.
“We gave it an Asbo from the GMB because of the anti-social nature of its working hours and wages.
“We’re organising in McDonald’s and the main issue for our members is security of working hours. And it needs to give us access to organise, so we can negotiate a working-hours agreement.”
Mr Streeting said Mr Corbyn’s office was responsible for the decision, but a source close to the leader told the Star they had no involvement.
This music video from the USA says about itself:
“Good-Bye Little Bird, Good-Bye!” BP/Halliburton Oil Spill Dirge
30 July 2011
The harmonica solo is as sweet as his question to BP/Halliburton/Transocean, is bitter: “Listen, Oil Man! / Tell me why / this bird only lands here to die? / I better hang my head and cry / and say good-bye / to a little bird / to a little bird….” New Orleans song-writer Mark (“Mickey”) McLaughlin wrote this shortly before he passed away.
This song is his gentle reminder to British Petroleum & Halliburton-types that the meek shall inherit the Earth. It’s about a little bird that landed in front of ol Slewfoot (what locals like myself named him long ago) on his way home one day during the BP oil spill disaster. The bird “was all covered in oil, and it broke my heart,” he recalls. “I couldn’t talk about it, but I did make a song to remember that little bird….a little bird that British Petroleum didn’t care about, obviously.”
It was the first day of Spring 2011 when Mickey sang this only-recording of “‘Good-Bye!’ to a Little Bird” at his favorite “spot” or perch of 31 years along the muddy Mississippi River‘s batture (“The Moonwalk”) that fronts St. Louis Cathedral. I didn’t edit-out the strong Gulf breeze blowing, paddle-boat steam whistles, seabirds, etc., because that’s exactly why New Orleans’ “Slewfoot” loved to busk at the riverfront, “better than anyplace in the World!”
By Joana Ramiro and Lamiat Sabin in Britain:
Friday 15th April 2016
The slap in the face for BP’s management came after the oil giant posted its largest annual losses in decades — resulting in thousands of job losses worldwide.
Ethical investors’ group ShareAction CEO Catherina Howarts said the message of the day came from a former employee who said: “When so much of our population must accept austerity this looks like an utter PR disaster.”
At the same time, figures published today revealed foodbank use remains at record levels with more than 1.1 million supplies given out by the Trussell Trust charity alone last year.
Shadow environment, food and rural affairs secretary Kerry McCarthy called the figures a “national scandal.”
Foodbanks have become a “truly shameful symbol” of the mercenary Tory government and should “never be allowed to become a permanent feature of British society,” she fumed.
She blamed the unfairness on Chancellor George Osborne giving tax breaks to the wealthiest companies and individuals while people struggle on very low incomes.
An all-party parliamentary group on hunger found yesterday that one in five schoolchildren cite hunger as their “most constant companion” with hospital admissions because of malnourishment rising.
More than 415,000 provisions went to children, said the Trussell Trust, mostly as a result of sanctioned benefits, low-household wages and insecure work.
Almost half of the charity’s 424 foodbanks said there had been an increase in the number of people needing help for these reasons.
He contrasted the record use of foodbanks with Mr Dudley’s bumper pay and “following hard on the heels of the billions stashed abroad by the rich and powerful.”
Mr McCluskey said: “It is a national disgrace and those on the Conservative benches should not just hang their heads in shame but act now to block the further cuts their party plans to unleash on ordinary people and struggling families.”
The vote by BP shareholders, however, counted only as a sign of indignation as Mr Dudley has already been paid the gross sum.
Prior to the vote, the Institute of Directors had urged shareholders to weigh in on the remuneration as the increase could send the “wrong message” to other firms.
BP or Not BP spokesman Chris Garrard told the Star that the oil company was “on the wrong side of history.”
He said: “The idea that this company, which is outmoded, can give a massive pay increase to its CEO at a time like that has just been a huge blow.
“Any time there is dissatisfaction you would see very little shift in how the shareholders would vote.
“The margin by which shareholders have actually gone against that pay package is significant.”
Mr Garrard added “there were rumours that this might spell the end of Dudley’s time as CEO.”
The shareholders’ thumbs down “is asserting that the company cannot just go ahead however it wants.
“Now we saw it over pay, maybe next year we could see a shareholder rebellion over questions to do with climate.”
BP’s AGM did not run smoothly from the start, with environmental activists holding court outside the Excel Centre protesting against the company’s plans to drill on the Australian coast.
With them they brought a full-size inflatable sperm whale.
Trussell Trust agreed that a million emergency food supplies a year must not become the “new normal.”
Its chief executive David McAuley said: “One million three-day food supplies given out by our foodbanks every year is one million too many.”
Jon Glackin is an organiser of the Streets Kitchen foodbank, which does not operate on the basis of referrals by social workers, teachers and doctors like most foodbanks.
He told the Star that the volunteers were “seeing a great increase in people accessing our services” and that they included people who had benefits sanctioned and those that could barely survive.
Streets Kitchen will be protesting today at 6pm outside Downing Street on the March with the Homeless.
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Wednesday 6th April 2016
London branch’s John Puckrin warned during a debate on the issue that poverty damages children’s learning.
Describing the problem as “Dickensian,” ATL general secretary Mary Bousted said: “The effect of hunger on pupils’ learning is evident, and it is shocking that in the 21st century so many pupils still come to school hungry with no means to buy lunch.
The union called on the government to commission research on child hunger and its effects on learning, and to support holiday provision programmes that include meals.
See also here.
This video series is about Syrian and oriental recipes.
Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:
The four made the book on the basis of recipes they received from refugees in the Netherlands. The result is a book of recipes from six cultures.
But it is also about the refugees themselves. “We wanted to get to know the people behind the recipes,” says student Romy van Deursen.
It was difficult to meet refugees. “We did not get easily into the refugee centers. The management does not admit you because they themselves have their hands full.”
Eventually, the students were allowed to come into a center in Utrecht. There they met among others the Syrian Adnan. He had forwarded his name in the asylum seekers’ center to contribute to the cookbook.
“Adnan showed us pictures of his home. It was bombed and was completely destroyed. That made a big impression on us,” said Eline Brouwer. “He was glad that with the cookbook he could focus his thoughts elsewhere.”
The students took Adnan to a café where they puzzled together on the recipe of a Syrian cake. Brouwer: “We had no interpreter. Adnan barely spoke English. By gestures, we finally arrived at the right recipe.”
The students then made the food item themselves. “We were actually pleasantly surprised. International dishes can be quite spicy. But the cake is sweet.” So the recipe was included in the forty-page book.
The initiators of the cookbook have no contact with Adnan any more. “It is difficult to figure out where he is now,” said Eline. The students are still searching him. “We’d like to offer a personal copy of the book to him.”
The story of Adnan in the cookbook
“I come from a town near Damascus. Not long ago I had to flee, it was unsafe. There were bombings and my village is completely wiped out.
Together with my wife I fled. We arrived in Lebanon, where my wife stayed. I traveled to the Netherlands.
My children are now all safe in Europe, including Sweden and Austria. Only my wife is still in Lebanon. When she will be able to come to Europe is uncertain.”
With its agreement with Turkey to seal borders, the European Union is trampling elementary principles of international refugee law underfoot: here.
Idomeni, Lesbos, Calais … every day one sees pictures that for decades one could not have imagined in Europe: refugees, including families with small children, living in improvised tents and burrows, drowning in rain and mud, lacking medication and food. And again and again: closed borders, barbed wire and heavily armed police who attack desperate refugees with tear gas and batons: here.
This video says about itself:
17 September 2012
Western countries throw out nearly half of their food, not because it’s inedible — but because it doesn’t look appealing. Tristram Stuart delves into the shocking data of wasted food, calling for a more responsible use of global resources.
By Peter Frost in Britain:
The scandal of discarding vast quantities of oddly shaped veg
Thursday 18th January 2016
PETER FROST attempts to separate the wheat from the chaff of the supermarkets’ self-congratulatory claims about commitment to stocking ‘wonky veg’
There is no doubt food waste is a real problem in Britain. Best estimates suggest that as a nation we waste more than 14 million tonnes of food every year.
One major contribution to this waste comes from our biggest supermarket chains and their demand that suppliers produce fruit and vegetables that look cosmetically perfect and identical in size and shape.
Public opinion as well as some high-profile television chefs have started to demand that this stops. Surprise, surprise the supermarkets have decided that rather than solve the problem it would be easier to confuse consumers with some smoke, mirrors and a bit of media manipulation.
The well-publicised Asda £3.50 wonky vegetable box is one result. Why Asda? I wondered, and then I remembered the recent survey of the most and least ethical supermarkets in Britain. Guess who came bottom? Who else but Asda? The British arm of that giant Walmart — one of the most unethical companies in the US.
I took myself to my local Asda to buy a wonky veg box and there wasn’t one in sight. It must have sold out I thought. A helpful assistant laughed as she revealed the truth. Only 128 of the 550 Asda stores had the boxes and those only for a trial. Each of those 128 stores had been sent only a small quantity and staff had been advised to tell customers they did not know when and if there would be any more.
I might not have got my wonky veg, but Asda got its headlines and TV coverage. Job done.
In 2014 a Europe-wide inquiry estimated that 89 million tonnes of food are wasted across the EU annually.
As a result France made it illegal for supermarkets to send any food for waste. Britain did nothing, despite the fact that it creates more waste than any other country in the EU, dumping 14 million tonnes a year, or twice as much food per capita as the EU average.
Cameron’s Tory government, as usual decided to leave it to big business to regulate itself.
Supermarkets and the rest of the distribution network account for around a third of Britain’s total food waste.
When a few TV chefs like Jamie Oliver raised the issue the supermarkets decided they needed at least to be seen to be doing something. The wonky veg movement was one result.
Asda got the most media coverage with its now famous box but other supermarkets certainly tried to hop aboard the bandwagon with some equally halfhearted attempts to look like they are doing something to reduce food waste.
Price cutter Aldi, for instance stated sells a variety of fruit and vegetables with different shapes and skin finishes.
Morrisons too says it sells a permanent range of wonky vegetables at discounted prices.
Sainsbury’s says it has a number of initiatives to put wonky veg to good use.
Tesco — under heavy attack at the moment for the way it has failed to pay suppliers — says that for years it has included a variety of produce of different shapes and sizes in its “everyday value” range. The Co-operative, named as Britain’s most ethical supermarket chain, told the Morning Star: “We do sell smaller or mis-shaped fruit and vegetables, including apples and potatoes in our stores.”
Once the campaign had started to pick up momentum, the supermarket spin doctors saw a way to make themselves look even more public spirited. These wonky veg, they decided, could feed the poor.
The Tory austerity propaganda machine wasn’t far behind. Bendy carrots and scabby potatoes could help the poor make the squeezed family budget go that bit further.
We had already had the advice of arch-Tory Lady Jenkin. “Poor people do not know how to cook,” she told a Church of England event. “I had a large bowl of porridge today, which cost 4p. A large bowl of sugary cereals will cost 25p,” she smugly crowed. Later, she’d be forced to apologise for her crass opinions.
The last time Britain really got its food waste under control was with rationing in the WWII although most people don’t realise just how class-based the entire rationing system was.
Game was never rationed so the rich folk could gorge on pheasant, grouse and venison. Salmon, then a real luxury, was even more blatant in that it was never rationed. Tinned salmon however, something working-class housewives saved up for as a special treat needed ration-book coupons.
When the wartime minister of food issued an austerity recipe for salmon head pie, Communist MP Willie Gallacher asked the question: “Who gets to eat the rest of the salmon?”
Perhaps today we need to ask: “Who gets to eat the vegetables that aren’t so wonky?”
Over 2 billion of food a year wasted in the Netherlands: here.