Replanting a Cambodian forest for peace and the environment

Buddhist monks

Buddhist monks

In the 1990s, a Buddhist monk from Cambodia started re-planting Prey Koki forest, a forest that had been destroyed by US bombing during the Viet Nam war and then further destroyed by logging companies. The monk’s interest at first was to create a place to meditate. But as time went on, he realized that his forest could also help mitigate the effects of climate change on nearby farming communities. UNEP, the UN Environment Programme, tells us more.

Kitchen gardens in Pakistan provide answer to high food prices

market in Pakistan

market in Pakistan

World food prices are continuing to climb year on year driving more people into poverty….that’s according to figures released by the World Bank. In Pakistan, the high prices have come at a particularly difficult time, following, catastrophic flooding last summer which caused enormous damage to major food producing areas. But now villagers in the hardest hit regions are getting the support to grow the crops they badly need.

UN food and nuclear experts assess Japanese food for contamination

Food and nuclear experts have been assessing whether food stuffs grown in Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures in Japan have been contaminated by radiation. It’s feared the fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident caused by the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan could make food produced locally too dangerous to eat. ndrew Cannavan is the head of the Food & Environmental Protection Laboratory, which is made up of experts from the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Louise Potterton asked him about his recent trip to Japan.

Duration: 10’00″

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