This Week’s Top 10 (9/16-9/22/07)

  1. The Chicken War: In Cameroon, Globalization’s Losers Fight Back and Win from Der Speigel

    When it comes to chicken, Europeans seem to only like the breast. The rest of the chicken is almost impossible to sell and ends up being exported at dumping prices. But farmers in Cameroon are refusing to be the victims of globalization, they have fought the import of European chicken legs — and won.

    This is a great story of solid detective work, inspired grass-roots organizing, clever marketing and a firm grasp of what the political situation would allow.

    What is equally fascinating about this article is where different animal parts end up.

    Once one of the [“Ross 708”] chickens is ready for slaughter, it is killed, cut into pieces, packaged and sold, and its limbs are then shipped around the world. Its feet end up in Thailand, the innards in the former Soviet Union, the wings in China and the legs in Japan, Mexico — and Africa.

  2. U.N. revs up over global warming from Christian Science Monitor

    The session Monday may be the largest high-level meeting ever on climate change.

  3. Social Entrepreneurship: Ten Questions with David Bornstein from How to Change the World

    Guy Kawasaki interviews David Bornstein, author of How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas.

  4. Complex Defeat for Nobel Winner in Guatemala from NYTimes

    [In the recent Guatemalan elections, Rigoberta Menchú (winner of the 1992 Nobel Peace Prize and first indigenous presidential candidate)]finished sixth in a field of 14, according to results released Monday, with just 3 percent of the vote. The two front-runners, Álvaro Colom and Otto Pérez Molina, will compete in a runoff on Nov. 4.

    Why Ms. Menchú fared so poorly is as complex as the Mayans themselves.

    BTW: Hurray that NYT dropped its Times Select malarkey.

  5. Detailed satellite photo of the northern polar ice cap from Kottke
    Detailed satellite photo of the northern polar ice cap showing that for the first time in recorded history, the Northwest passage (the orange line) is open to sea traffic.
  6. Quotable: Get ready to be the fall guy from FP Passport

    Gen. Martin Luther Agwai of Nigeria is about to lead the world’s largest peacekeeping operation into Darfur.

  7. World Bank and U.N. to Help Poor Nations Recover Stolen Assets from NYTimes via Africa Unchained

    The World Bank and the United Nations announced Monday that they were setting up a system to help developing nations recover assets stolen and sent abroad by corrupt leaders that amount to an estimated $40 billion a year.

    “There should be no safe haven for those who steal from the poor,” Robert B. Zoellick, the bank’s president, said in presenting the plan with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

  8. Computer recycler threatened by bureaucratic nightmare from Boing Boing

    Visitors to the two Bay Area Maker Faires will remember the amazing supercomputing cluster made from recycled PCs running on a veggie oil-fueled generator, and Silicon Death Valley, a fun cemetery of computer industry cast-offs. Those were the work of the good people at the Alameda County Computer Recycling Resource Center, a fantastic Berkeley, California-based non-profit group that recycles anything that plugs into the wall.

    Now though, the ACCRC is in trouble. The Department of Toxic Substance Control of the California Environmental Protection Agency has issued the ACCRC a violation that could make it very hard for the group to stay in business. And, quite frankly, that’s a damned shame.

  9. Briquette Presses from Bioenergy Lists via Timbuktu Chronicles

    Bioenergy Lists reviews manually operated charcoal briquette presses.

  10. EPA to Supreme Court: Take a hike! from Gristmill

    Given the opportunity last month to adhere to the Supreme Court’s findings in the case of Massachusetts vs. EPA, the EPA chose instead to completely ignore the ruling and proceed as if the case had never been heard. It issued a permit to Deseret Power to construct a 110-megawatt coal-fired power unit at an existing power plant in Uintah County, Utah.