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
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
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?
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?
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?
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?
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?