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Just watched an interesting video of Bill Gates presenting at a TED conference in America this month. He is talking about two ongoing societal challenges that he is passionate about. The first is malaria; he talks through the facts and the solutions with some interesting statistics, and the second is on education and what makes… » read more

Posted by Helen Dunnett

How Safe … and for whom?

Securing the safety of our children, family and co-workers is, apparently, increasingly important in many countries around the world. Governments continually pass legislation to restrict certain behaviours as well as products that could potentially cause harm. But are we going too far in wanting to remove all potential risks from our daily lives … and… » read more

Posted by Richard Tren

The cool autumn air in Brussels means that the outdoor cafes are ideal places to sit, read and watch the world go by. This is a very pleasant, civilised and thoroughly European city. As with many European cities, there are little in the way of outward reminders of Belgium’s brutal colonial history. The behaviour of… » read more

Posted by Richard Tren

Last week in Brussels, Dr. Harald von Witzke of Humboldt University presented a Working Paper entitled “Global agricultural market trends and their impacts on European Union agriculture” which he has co-authored. His presentation, in which he summarises the arguments and presents some of the numbers, may be viewed below. In the coming days, we will… » read more

Posted by ECPA

There are so many articles online highlighting the global increase in the cost of basic foods such as grain, corn, rice and the knock on effect this is having on the cost of beef. People fighting to get limited stocks of bread in Egypt, parents unable to feed their families in Asia due to staples… » read more

Posted by ECPA