Do you think its right for food crops to be made into fuel for inefficient cars?
The US government has subsidised the building of ethanol plants to convert basic foods into fuel for cars. This has quickly resulted in huge increases in the price of basic foods; 40% for wheat and 90% for soya, as crops are diverted. Meanwhile Europe imports palm oil for bio-fuels, resulting in deforestation in Asia to meet demand. So far we haven't even achieved 3% of transport fuel consumption, yet already we have seen food protests around the world and expert reports of increasing hardship in poor countries.
At the same time, when we could choose efficient cars with low fuel consumption, we use inefficient cars which burn valuable fuel. Do you think this is morally defensible? What should be done right now?
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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.
- China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
- In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
- The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.
- For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
- These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
- Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.
In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.
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