World Cancer Day: How About Kicking Out those Carcinogenic Pesticides Altogether?

Global, regional, and national statistics Cancer is a group of diseases that affect body cells in a manner that causes abnormal, uncontrollable cell division and growth. Its impact on human health and the financial burden associated with treatment has made it a significant public health challenge. It is the second-highest cause of death globally in … Continue reading World Cancer Day: How About Kicking Out those Carcinogenic Pesticides Altogether?

Kenya needs more innovate education in sustainable agriculture

Every year, on 24th of January, the world will celebrate the International Day of Education, a day that the UN General Assembly dedicated to acknowledge education and its role in promoting peace and sustainable development (UNESCO, 2019). Great education is people-centered (Guo & Zhang, 2009), seeks to improve the quality of life at the personal, … Continue reading Kenya needs more innovate education in sustainable agriculture

The threat of pollinators: What happened to the swarming insects?

I remember with nostalgia growing up in the village. There were many trees, lots of grass, plenty of fruits from the farm, bees, and numerous types of birds. I particularly loved the sunbird, for I found its beak amusing. Their beautiful colors and loud chirping made me very happy. Bee stings were also not uncommon, … Continue reading The threat of pollinators: What happened to the swarming insects?

Human Rights Day- A right to a healthy environment

Every year on December 10th, the world celebrates human rights day- a day the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.  The document is a milestone that boldly proclaims the rights everyone is inherently entitled to as a person despite their nationality, religion, gender, property, birth and so on. … Continue reading Human Rights Day- A right to a healthy environment

World Soil Day- It’s time to regenerate our soils

  These days, stories about the health of our soils seem to be trending from all spheres, giving a glimpse of how important the issue is to everybody. Recently, the Daily Nation and Business Daily newspapers highlighted how unhealthy our soils have become by mentioning a study that was done covering 11 counties in Kenya. … Continue reading World Soil Day- It’s time to regenerate our soils

Organic vs. Conventionally-grown food: Which is more nutritious?

Image by Ensia Conventional food often contains elevated levels of pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants. In Kenya unsafe foods are quite common and they are highlighted in the media almost on a daily basis. A recent expose on NTV revealed how popular maize flour brands have dangerously high levels of aflatoxins. Maize flour is … Continue reading Organic vs. Conventionally-grown food: Which is more nutritious?

Can Organic Farming Feed the World?

Agriculture is important to mankind as it actually helped to develop our civilization and to date, it feeds billions of people on earth. However, the same agriculture is also responsible for degrading our environment, degraded soil, polluted rivers, polluted food, an increase in greenhouse emissions and a decrease in biodiversity are just a few of … Continue reading Can Organic Farming Feed the World?

Urban Gardening: Why Grow Your Own Food?

The idea of growing your own food might sound albeit far-fetched but coming to think of it, it is a very practical and exciting adventure. Unlike the traditional concept of growing food where there are vast pieces of land, urban gardening gives you a chance to create a beautiful garden at your small farm or … Continue reading Urban Gardening: Why Grow Your Own Food?

Is the “Somali flower” threatened with extinction?

Do you know what a „Somali flower“ is? It describes shreds of plastic bags of various colours stuck in a thorn bush. It might as well be called a „Kenian flower“. The country is drowning in plastic. It’s bad for tourism, it’s bad for the environment, and it’s bad for us. It’s about time to … Continue reading Is the “Somali flower” threatened with extinction?

Virunga Park in danger? What can scientists do for a better understanding of the issue?

The Virunga Park - Lush green hills, anti-government rebels, poachers (and anti-poaching rangers), an oil company, endangered gorillas, highest species diversity and – oh yes – locals just looking for a little bit of economic development. They all come together in one of the most beautiful places on earth, in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. … Continue reading Virunga Park in danger? What can scientists do for a better understanding of the issue?