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Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?
A Bolivian woman harvesting quinoa negro. 'Well-intentioned health and ethics-led consumers here [are] unwittingly driving poverty there.' Photograph: George Steinmetz/Corbis Not long ago, quinoa was just an obscure Peruvian grain you could only buy in wholefood shops. Adventurous eaters liked its slightly bitter taste and the little white curls that formed around the grains. Sales took off. But there is an unpalatable truth to face for those of us with a bag of quinoa in the larder. In fact, the quinoa trade is yet another troubling example of a damaging north-south exchange, with well-intentioned health and ethics-led consumers here unwittingly driving poverty there. Soya, a foodstuff beloved of the vegan lobby as an alternative to dairy products, is another problematic import, one that drives environmental destruction [see footnote]. Three years ago, the pioneering Fife Diet, Europe's biggest local food-eating project, sowed an experimental crop of quinoa. Related:  Newest Web ExplorationsSocial Impact Protocols

Somerset Maugham’s Path To Salvation by Matthew Sitman I hadn’t realized that one of my favorite novels, Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge, turned 70 this year. It’s not a very hip book to love these days, but it charms me in so many different ways – Maugham’s sketches of life in Paris, the knowing observations and incorrigible social climbing of Elliott Templeton, and, above all, the spiritual pilgrimage of protagonist Larry Darrell. Maugham may have been successful, but he was far from happy. Readers and critics have long speculated about whom Larry was based on, with Christopher Isherwood – another novelist who turned to the East for wisdom – usually being mentioned. Chadwick told Maugham that he considered Ramana to be the greatest spiritual figure since Christ, and described how he passed his days in the ashram. You should read Brown’s wonderful short essay, and then turn to The Razor’s Edge itself.

[img]images/logos/green-grunge-thumbs-up.png[/img] Social Leadership Awards The online application form will ask you to answer the following questions. NB once your submission is sent online, you will not be able to return to amend it What is your vision and what are your main objectives to fulfil this vision? 150 words max.Based on the work you have accomplished so far, what social impact goals have you set and how have you performed so far? 150 words max.How do you measure this social impact? *** You will also be asked to provide a link to a short video (2mn max) about your work or project, and a high resolution picture of yourself (as a nominee). The judges will look at how clearly the candidate demonstrates - IN THE APPLICATION FORM ONLY: Q 1: Vision and Mission Statements - Brief vision statement including values, purpose, and ultimate achievement in an ideal world. Q 2 and 3: Social Impact = the difference or change made as a result of the person carrying out their work. Q 4, 5 and 6: Growth in Confidence = capacity to overcome obstacles and gain assurance

Google Maps Has Been Tracking Your Every Move, And There’s A Website To Prove It For more stories like this, Like Junkee on Facebook. Remember that scene in Minority Report, where Tom Cruise is on the run from the law, but is unable to avoid detection because everywhere he goes there are constant retina scans feeding his location back to a central database? That’s tomorrow. Today, Google is tracking wherever your smartphone goes, and putting a neat red dot on a map to mark the occasion. You can find that map here. We all know that no matter what ‘privacy’ settings you may try and implement, our information is all being collected and stored somewhere. Looking at mine, I realised that a) I live my life in a very small radius, and b) there are places on my map that I don’t remember going. This never happened. Apparently this record only happens if you have ‘location services’ switched on in your phone; if you do and you’re finding you have no data, then it means that either you don’t exist or you’ve beaten the system. Oh well. Get creeped out by logging in here.

Le premier centre commercial éco solidaire à Limeil Brévannes Depuis 2008, avec une infinie patience, dalle par dalle, magasin par magasin, Stéphane Bayet a pratiquement achevé son projet. : le premier centre commercial éco responsable et solidaire d'Ile de France. Il ne lui reste plus que l'épicerie a ouvrir cet automne et, à Limeil Brevannes une grosse commune de 20 000 habitants du Val de Marne, Eco-sol pourra enfin fonctionner à plein. En 2013 on lui adjoindra peut être une auto école, mais il y a déjà des deux friperies, un café solidaire, un atelier de cuisine, un salon de coiffure, une entreprise d'entretien et de nettoyage urbain. Toutes ces structures sont des entreprises d'insertion. Confidentialité absolue L'équilibre économique est d'ailleurs fondé sur ce mélange, ce qui fait l'originalité du projet. Tarif en fonction du "reste à vivre" Le « reste à vivre » sera un calcul simple : la différence entre les ressources et les charges du foyer sera divisé par le nombre de personnes dans le foyer puis par 30,5 jours.

20 Powerful Photos That Show The Severe Reality Of Climate Change Today Climate change is already beginning to transform life on Earth. Around the globe, seasons are shifting, temperatures are climbing and sea levels are rising. Climate change may seem complicated or like a far-away thing that doesn’t matter to your daily life but it does. The images below do a pretty good job of showing what’s going on with our world. Take a look at what we’re dealing with. 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 10.) 11.) 12.) 13.) 14.) 15.) 16.) 17.) 18.) 19.) 20.) Let’s start acting like we care about what kind of planet we’re leaving to our kids.

MizAnnieM : Women see sport through a #social... 28 Magical Paths Begging To Be Walked Roads and paths pervade our literature, poetry, artwork, linguistic expressions and music. Even photographers can’t keep their eyes (and lenses) off of a beautiful road or path, which is why we collected this list of 28 amazing photos of paths. Paths like these have a powerful grip on the human imagination – they can bring adventure, promise and change or solitude, peace and calm. There’s nothing like a walk down a beautiful path to clear your head – or to fill it with ideas! I’ll leave you with an excellent quote from J. Spring In Hallerbos Forest, Belgium Image credits: Kilian Schönberger Rhododendron Tunnel in Reenagross Park, Kenmare Ireland Image credits: Robert Ziegenfuss Autumn In The White Carpathians Image credits: Janek Sedlar Rhododendron Laden Path, Mount Rogers, Virginia, USA Image credits: David Mosner Winter Forest Path, Czech Republic Image credits: Jan Machata Padley Gorge, Peak District, UK Image credits: James Mills Spring In Spencer Smith Park, Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Quienes somos | Innovalab Innovalab es un laboratorio de creatividad aplicada a la investigación y diseño de nuevos proyectos en el ámbito de la innovación social y corporativa. Innovalab tiene como principal objetivo convertirse en un punto de encuentro en el que organizaciones y empresas vascas colaboran en el diseño y conceptualización de nuevas oportunidades de producto y servicio. Innovalab forma parte de la Red Europea de Living Labs. Innovalab desarrolla procesos participativos y metodologías centradas en el usuario para el diseño y conceptualización de los nuevos proyectos. Las metodologías concretas a desarrollar en cada sesión son seleccionadas en función del producto o servicio y la tipología de participantes. Innovalab utiliza Rapid Businness Prototyping, Creadores de Valor, Competencias Esencias, Sistema de Capitales, Matriz de Inteligencia Organizacional, Shamanic Drumming, Narrativas, Constelaciones Organizacionales, Open Space, Hiru Txandatan y World Café, entre otras.