Monthly Archives: October 2018

It’s Not Just about Food: Food Delivery and Environment
By admin October 16, 2018

  If you’ve ever ordered a meal kit from Blue Apron or Hello Fresh, you’ve probably had this experience: A large cardboard box shows up on a delivery truck from one of the company’s few distribution centers around the country, filled with ice packs and insulation, and many, many small plastic packages of food. It’s

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The Netherlands: Safe Haven for Liberals and VNSAs?
By admin October 15, 2018

  On September 22, gunmen opened fire at a “Sacred Defense Week” military parade in Ahvaz, Iran. The assailants, donned in military uniforms, carried out a 10 minute attack that left more than two dozen people dead and 70 more injured. The majority of victims were members of Iran’s Revolutionary guard.  In the days following the

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The Villainization of Plastic Straws
By admin October 12, 2018

  On October 2nd, 2018, IKEA and London’s Design Museum opened their Last Straw exhibition. The Last Straw features the last single-use plastic straw IKEA will ever provide in any of their UK or Ireland locations. The exhibit highlights IKEA’s People and Planet Positive strategy, specifically its ban on single-use plastics that will be completely

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After seven years, Google+ is now shutting its doors after information exposure
By admin October 11, 2018

Google has announced that it would shut down Google Plus, the competitor to Facebook’s social network after discovering a security vulnerability that exposed the private data of over 500,000 users. The security breach that occurred in March was kept under wraps because it didn’t appear that anyone had gained access to user information and per

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What Chinese Media Say about the Trade War with US
By admin October 10, 2018

A bitter trade war is looming between China and the US. The US has imposed three rounds of tariffs on Chinese goods. From July to August this year, the US imposed 25 percent tariff on a total of $50 billion of Chinese goods, and China retaliated proportionally. On September 24, a new round of tariffs,

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When Technology Meets Agriculture: Can We Expect More?
By admin October 9, 2018

Nowadays, agricultural technology is no longer an obscure niche. The blockchain in agriculture and food supply chains markets will be worth over $400 million in the next five years, according to a new report authored by Reportlinker last Thursday. The boom of agriculture technology can be explained by Demand and Supply Law. The population growth

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The New Kazakhstan: Central Asia’s most promising emerging market
By admin October 8, 2018

When thinking of emerging markets, BRICS often come to mind. However, Kazakhstan’s dedication to enhancing economic prosperity and its location as the link between Europe and Asia, make it a prime destination for foreign direct investment (FDI). On October 4th, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted the Kazakhstan in a Changing Eurasia conference. The all-day event, sponsored by

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India’s Plan to Achieve the SDGs
By admin October 5, 2018

  In May of 2016, a farmer named Subash Palekar won the Padmashri award, the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India, for the development of the Zero-Budget Natural Farming (ZBNF) model, a model he had been developing since 1986. The model was formalized in 1995, and quickly gained popularity among small-stakeholder farmers

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Landmark Macedonian referendum to change its name declared a success despite low voter turnout
By admin October 4, 2018

  Macedonian voters took to the polls on the last weekend of September to determine whether or not to change the name of their country – in a move that would pave the path towards entry into NATO and the European Union. However, low voter turnout almost threatened these potential outcomes. Macedonians voted on whether

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Rural Ecommerce in China: Opportunities and Challenges
By admin October 3, 2018

Due to significant development in logistic infrastructure and the rising Internet penetration rate in China, ecommerce has become an increasingly familiar term for Chinese rural residents- approximately 45 percent of the total population. This segment of the population has long been excluded from the convenience of buying and selling goods online. According to the ministry

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NAFTA No More: Canada joins the U.S. and Mexico in the U.S.M.C.A.
By admin October 1, 2018

In 1994, the United States, Mexico and Canada signed the North American Free Trade Agreement, popularly known as NAFTA. The deal, meant to facilitate economic activity between the three countries, led to the phasing out of various tariffs associated with agriculture, textiles and automobiles between 1994 and 2008. Having shaped North American trade relations for

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