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Future Concerns For Quinoa Cultivators

March 15, 2016 Jamie Schuman 0

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Research by economists put to rest the rising concerns of the well-being of the people in Peru and Bolivia over the rise in demand and price of Quinoa, a grain crop that is cultivated for its edible seeds. Research not only established that the Peru population was doing a lot better after the rise in price but also that it had no ill effects on the population’s nutrition consumption. Although for now, everything looks good, export demand for just a few varieties from among the 3000 varieties of quinoa which will need the farmers to abandon other varieties.

quinoa-nutritionThere are varieties that the Andean farmers have developed over the years to adapt to climate and other conditions. They need to be acknowledged globally and the diversity needs to be conserved. Attempts have been made to create internal markets in hospitals and foods to purchase those varieties without export demand.

The challenge also remains to release public funds for the conservation of agricultural biodiversity. The high demand for quinoa has also led to poor soil quality and environmental degradation. The cultivation land is not allowed to rest and results in erosion and loss of nutrients along with a decrease in farm animals like llama herds that were a rich source of manure and fertilization. Another concern as in all other cases is the concern over a drop in price and demand, and as to how it would affect the population.

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Has U.S. Attained Full Employment Following Recession?

January 14, 2016 Jamie Schuman 0

us-employmentEconomists explain the recovery of job market from recession in terms of “full employment”. Full employment is a term that signifies that the number of job seekers is balanced by the number of job opportunities. Full employment is not exactly what it sounds like. It does not mean that the unemployment rate is zero. Unemployment is real and people have to leave their jobs for various personal reasons and there are those who lose their job due to companies closing down obsolete operations. In a healthy economy, economists say that the unemployment rate in the job market ranges between 4.6 percent and 5 percent. It is estimated that the national unemployment rate was 5% in December and it is predicted to decrease to 4.6% by July.

The balance attained and full employment achieved suggests that those looking for job opportunities will be able to find jobs and that employers looking to hire will find suitable employees too. The term full employment is subjective. While on the whole U.S. looks like it has achieved full employment, when looked at locally, there may be variations. For example, in Silicon Valley, California the unemployment rate is zero while the unemployment rate in West Virginia is as much as 13%. The unemployment rate is not only dependent on location but also varies based on age, qualification, cultural differences and gender.

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Turkey On Agreement With European Union Arrests 1300 Migrants

November 8, 2015 Jamie Schuman 0

agreementTurkey on an agreement with the European Union on Monday, arrested 3 people smugglers with 1300 migrants from Turkey to Greece in a single operation. The migrants belonging to Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran were seized on the Turkish countryside near Ayvacik a town that lies north of the Greek island of Lesbos. According to reports by the UN about 425,000 refugees arrived in Lesbos via smuggling boats and another 300,000 refugees reached other Greek islands from Turkey. This led to the European Union blaming Turkey for poor police control on its borders. This arrest made by Turkish officials is probably one of the largest single mass arrests of migrants made in recent months.

In return for Turkish cooperation, the European Union has offered $3.2 billion dollars as aid for about 2.2 million Syrian refugees in Turkey. The agreement made by the EU and Turkish government also suggests that Turkish citizens may be allowed to travel visa-free in Europe as early as October 2016. In separate operations, Turkey said it has arrested nearly 80,000 migrants since 2014 along with 200 major smugglers. Recent Guardian highlighted the lack of police patrolling in certain areas from where the smugglers help migrants leave for the Greek islands. It has also reported that the smugglers conduct their business not very far from police facilities. While EU makes stricter measures to curb the flow of refugees into Europe there are those who are concerned for the migrants who will be forced to try dangerous and more expensive measures.

Smugglers say that it will never be possible to curb the large inflow of refugees. Turkey has about 2.2 million Syrian refugees without a legal work permit. These workers are being exploited by employers and it is quite apparent that they will try to find their way out to Europe to earn lives of dignity.

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