France Approves Bionic Cyborg Soldiers | Super Soldiers

 A French military panel has cleared the development of bionic soldiers and other high-tech upgrades.
— Read on www.popularmechanics.com/military/weapons/a34945348/france-approves-bionic-soldiers/

Brazilian Cerrado savanna: miners descend on Indigenous reserve

The Raposa Serra do Sol Indigenous reserve in Brazil’s Roraima state covers 1.75 million hectares (4.32 million acres) along the nation’s border with Venezuela and Guyana. It is home to 26,705 Indigenous people.

The territory has been under pressure from invaders for decades, even after being demarcated in 2005. But illegal incursions are reaching a new peak now, with an estimated 2,000 to 5,000 gold miners operating in the reserve.
Incendiary speeches by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have emboldened the miners, say experts, while attempts to crackdown on wildcat mining in the Yanomami Territory in the Amazon rainforest may have pushed illegal miners operating there into the Cerrado savanna where most of Raposa Serra do Sol is located.
— Read on news.mongabay.com/2021/04/brazilian-cerrado-savanna-wildcat-miners-descend-on-indigenous-reserve/

Everything You Need To Know About Blue Java Banana That Tastes Like Vanilla Ice Cream

Apart from the regular yellow banana and the raw green banana, chances are you have come across the red banana. But have you ever seen a blue banana? No, right? Well, you might find this bizarre, but a blue banana actually exists and it apparently tastes like vanilla ice cream!

— Read on www.idiva.com/lifestyle/food/everything-you-need-to-know-about-blue-java-banana-that-tastes-like-vanilla-ice-cream/18019238

Taiwan goes bananas over its favorite fresh fruit | Taiwan News | 2021/04/16

GO BANANAS is hosted by the Taiwan Banana Research Institute (TBRI) in collaboration with Taiwan Sugar Corporation, NAN ART, and the Cultural & Creativity Development Foundation. Founded in 1970 and based in Jiuru Township, Pingtung County, the TBRI is dedicated to promoting Taiwan’s banana industry.

The TBRI is known for developing six disease-resistant varieties. It has helped numerous local farmers mass-produce disease-resistant banana trees.

Taiwan’s world-leading banana expertise has led to many collaborations with other countries, such as Australia. Once called the “pride of Taiwan,” the nation’s bananas were world-famous during the golden era of the banana industry in the 1960s and ’70s.
— Read on www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/4179153

Malawi farmers begin to bounce back after banana blight

Masauko Maulidi looks out on his banana fields, content that he is finally back in action as a banana farmer after the shock of the devastating Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) that devastated Malawi’s…
— Read on www.rfi.fr/en/africa/20210416-malawi-farmers-begin-to-bounce-back-after-banana-blight

Indigenous land-use reduced catastrophic wildfires on the Fish Lake Plateau | @theU

1,000 years ago, Indigenous people practiced cultural burning, which reduced the risk for large-scale wildfire activity in mountain environments—even during periods of drought more extreme and prolonged than today.
— Read on attheu.utah.edu/facultystaff/wildfires-on-fish-lake-plateau/

How Humanity Can Realistically Prevent New Wars: an Interview With Anthropologist Douglas P. Fry – CounterPunch.org

How Humanity Can Realistically Prevent New Wars: an Interview With Anthropologist Douglas P. Fry – CounterPunch.org
— Read on www.counterpunch.org/2021/04/12/how-humanity-can-realistically-prevent-new-wars-an-interview-with-nthropologist-douglas-p-fry/

Indigenous communities demonstrate innovation and strength despite unequal losses during COVID-19

Victoria O’Keefe and Melissa Walls find that indigenous communities have demonstrated immense strength and leadership in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic that can provide key lessons for now and in the future.
— Read on www.brookings.edu/blog/how-we-rise/2021/04/02/indigenous-communities-demonstrate-innovation-and-strength-despite-unequal-losses-during-covid-19/

RezTok: Indigenous storytellers find stronger voice on popular platform

Communities of all sorts have sprouted up on TikTok, and one has been especially empowering and important to its members.
— Read on www.kold.com/2021/04/02/reztok-indigenous-storytellers-find-stronger-voice-popular-platform/

Food Apartheid: Racialized Access to Healthy Affordable Food

Building more grocery stores won’t necessarily make things better. Sometimes grocery stores are unaffordable to their surrounding communities. Sociologists have started using the term “food mirage” to describe the phenomenon when there are places to buy food, but they are too expensive for the neighborhood. And, as Karen Washington and research from Johns Hopkins University highlight, people who live in the places labeled “food deserts” most of the time do have food, but often the food they can afford is fast food or junk food. People who work in public health have come up with another term for areas with easier access to fast food and junk food than to healthier food: “food swamps.” Rather than simply building grocery stores, some of these communities need stable jobs and a livable wage to change their access to healthier food.

https://www.nrdc.org/experts/nina-sevilla/food-apartheid-racialized-access-healthy-affordable-food