Tuesday, June 30, 2015
  1. Squashing the Superbugs

    Jim O'Neill

    Squashing the Superbugs


     calls for a strong political commitment, especially from China, to fight antimicrobial resistance.

    antibiotics David Poller/ZumaPress

    Current antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective, raising the risk that infections like malaria and tuberculosis could become incurable. With the G-7 leaders having committed to tackle antimicrobial resistance, it is time for the more inclusive G-20 – and especially China – to take the fight to the next level. READ MORE

  2. The Good-Governance Trap

    Jomo Kwame Sundaram, ET AL

    The Good-Governance Trap

    &  identify a better approach to fostering economic and social development.

    construction site Harm Rhebergen/Flickr

    Contrary to popular belief, there is little evidence that implementing good-governance reforms leads to more rapid and inclusive economic and social development. In fact, the focus on governance reform – based on a wide variety of one-size-fits-all indicators – may actually be undermining developing countries’ progress. READ MORE

  3. Wasting Food in a Hungry World

    Bjørn Lomborg

    Wasting Food in a Hungry World


     says that the problem is not in rich countries’ kitchens, but in poor countries’ agriculture.

    banana tree Wally Gobetz/Flickr

    Hunger is a complex problem, exacerbated by financial pressure, volatile commodity prices, natural disasters, and civil wars. Simple policies like investing in improved infrastructure and agricultural research in developing countries – not anti-wastage campaigns in rich countries – are the most efficient ways to fight malnutrition. READ MORE

  4. The Right Food Fight

    Kenneth Rogoff

    The Right Food Fight


     believes that strong government intervention is needed to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity.

    Beyonce Pepsi Beyonce/Karwai Tang/ZumaPress

    The question of the extent to which governments should regulate or tax addictive behavior has long framed public debate about alcohol, tobacco, gambling, and other goods and services. And now, in the US – the mother of global consumer culture – the debate has turned to the fight against the epidemic of childhood obesity. READ MORE

  5. The Risks of Mislabeled Risk

    Henry I. Miller

    The Risks of Mislabeled Risk


     implores producers, retailers, and consumers to heed scientific evidence, not claims by activists.

    corn silo Jonathan Sureau/Flickr

    Supposedly health-conscious consumers are increasingly choosing products with “free from” labels, from “BPA-free” plastics to “non-GMO” foods. But many of the scary-sounding ingredients are perfectly safe; worse, manufacturers sometimes substitute inferior – or even harmful – ingredients or processes. READ MORE

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