Today’s Solutions: June 12, 2024

Two cheers for globalism

Two cheers for globalism

...and then two more for localism Jay Walljasper | June 2006 issue One of the basic tenets drilled into students at U.S. journalism schools is that every story has two sides. But in college I was lucky to run into a German-émigré professor who—perhaps hearing enough about tenets of all kinds Read More...

One last thing…

One last thing...

"Shopping defines who you are"Marco Visscher | April 2006 issue You mean by buying a certain brand we’re buying a certain identity?Colin Campbell: “No. I think the link between shopping and identity is much more interesting. Increasingly, people see their identities as closely linked to their Read More...

Brothers in arms

Brothers in arms

How the Amalean family made MAS Holdings Sri Lanka's biggest garment manufacturer - and one of the industry's best corporate citizens. Janet Paskin | March 2008 issue The plant was hot. Crowded. Poorly lit. Under the three previous owners, more than 400 garment workers, mostly women in their late Read More...

The shoe fits

The shoe fits

Natalie Dean creates stylish footwear even vegans can love. | September 2006 Read More...

Global growth, global trash

Global growth, global trash

How the West got rich from broken headphones.Jonathan Rowe | March 2004 issue Nanay and Tatay are my wife’s parents. One evening, on a visit with them a few months ago, Tatay and I went out to the bamboo shed beside the house to start the generator, the only source of electricity on the farm. Read More...

Fatal harvest

Fatal harvest

While enough food is being produced to feed the world, a large portion of the population is going hungry. Meanwhile, the incidence of wealth-related disease is increasing in the west due to unhealthy eating habits. Ode launched an investigation and details the devastating myths around modern Read More...

Introductory

Introductory

Marco Visscher introduces this month's theme on modern agriculture and food.Marco Visscher| April 2003 issue When children are asked where milk comes from, the majority says: 'From the supermarket.' I happen to know that this isn't quite true, as my grandparents had a dairy farm. But even so, I Read More...

Enjoying food

Enjoying food

Rob Baris, who owns the Z&M delicatessen and the famous Zinc restaurant in Rotterdam, is a bon vivant without dogmas. He has worked out an action plan for Ode readers: a menu of delicious food that is healthy and socially responsible.Marco Visscher | April 2003 issue Going shopping The first step Read More...

Myth 1: Industrial agriculture

Myth 1: Industrial agriculture will put an end to hunger

Not true. Hunger is not caused by food shortages, but by poverty. Marco Visscher | April 2003 issue Hunger plagues some 800 million people in the world. In India, 200 million do not get enough to eat, in Brazil 70 million and in the United States 33 million. Every four seconds someone in the world Read More...

Myth 2: Industrially produced

Myth 2: Industrially produced food is safe, healthy and nutritious

Not true. In fact, industrial agriculture compromises food safety and nutrient values while increasing incidences of illnesses such as cancer, heart disease and obesity. Marco Visscher | April 2003 issue A trip to the local supermarket feeds the belief that there is nothing wrong with our food. Read More...