SINGAPORE: In his latest Netflix documentary A Life on Our Planet, David Attenborough dishes out a cold truth. Human population has ballooned to unsustainable proportions, sending the natural world into a steep and potentially irreversible decline. One solution to the problem? "We must radically reduce the way we farm," Attenborough said. "We must change our diet. The planet can't support billions of meat-eaters." READ: David Attenborough leads call for world to invest US$500 billion a year to protect nature LISTEN: How do planes, trains and automobiles – and ships – factor into carbon emissions, and how are they getting greener? | EP 10 GOING MEATLESS IN SINGAPORE A HEAVY SACRIFICE? While many recognise the need for change, there is, understandably, a nagging concern about how going meatless squares with Singapore's food-crazed identity. We are, after all a country that prides itself on food. We wax lyrical about our love for hawker favourites and mourn their ... » Learn More about Commentary: Going meatless doesn’t have to be a dilemma for the Singaporean foodie
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Sustained confidence in the Philippine economy despite a pandemic-induced recession allowed the government to borrow from the offshore bond market at low rates to fund COVID-19 response, the Department of Finance (DOF) said on Tuesday. Even as the government ramped up foreign borrowings to offset weaker revenue collection, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said in a statement that “fiscal prudence will continue to be the norm under the Duterte administration despite the many populist excuses to blow up the deficit and bury future generations in debt.” The economic team expects to end 2020 with a narrower budget deficit of P1.38 trillion, equivalent to 7.6 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) and lower than the programmed P1.82 trillion or 9.6 percent of GDP amid slower government spending and improving revenues during recent months. For 2021, the budget-deficit program is P1.78 trillion or 8.9 percent of GDP, while for 2022, a smaller P1.64 trillion or 7.3 percent of GDP. ... » Learn More about Fiscal prudence still the norm despite huge borrowings to fight COVID
Peru's new President Pedro Castillo said he would seek to replace the free market-friendly constitution LIMA - Leftist Pedro Castillo was sworn in as Peru's fifth president in three years Wednesday on the 200th anniversary of the country's independence, promising an end to corruption and a new constitution. The 51-year-old rural schoolteacher, who has vowed to upend a quarter-century of neo-liberal government, enters the job with a lengthy to-do list: tame the coronavirus epidemic, reactivate a flagging economy and end years of political turmoil. "I swear by the people of Peru for a country without corruption and for a new constitution," he declared before Congress, coming back to a campaign promise to change Peru's free market-friendly founding law. The existing charter is a relic of ex-president Alberto Fujimori, serving jail time for corruption and crimes against humanity, and father of Castillo's main presidential rival, right-wing populist Keiko Fujimori. Insisting Peru ... » Learn More about Peru’s new president promises constitution change
JAKARTA: It is a bold and somewhat depressing prediction: That by 2063, the Indonesian farmer will disappear as a profession. This according to the National Development Planning Agency of Indonesia (Bappenas). Their projection bears out the slow decline of workers in the agricultural sector. Bappenas data shows that the proportion of Indonesian workers in the agricultural sector reached 65.8 per cent in 1976. However, in 2019 it decreased significantly to only 28 per cent. READ: Indonesia starts developing controversial food estate project Part of this decline can be attributed to agricultural sector workers switching professions to other sectors, especially to services. In 1976, service sector workers accounted for 23.57 per cent and this increased to 48.91 per cent in 2019. Likewise, the proportion of workers in the industrial sector increased to 22.45 per cent in 2019 from the previous 8.86 percent in 1976. Aside from the shifting workforce, Bappenas also ... » Learn More about Commentary: Why Indonesian farmers may become extinct in about 40 years
Last week, the Ateneo School of Government released its first working paper for “Duterte at 5,” a series that assesses different areas of governance including economic policy, legislative reforms, and crime and corruption. In that first report, we focused on social development reforms. While the report speaks for itself, we would like to use this space to reiterate some of our salient points especially on poverty and hunger. Social development is a pillar of Duterte’s administration. The reduction of social inequality is clearly enshrined in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022 . And in its Kasama sa Pamana pre-SONA report, rolled out in different regions in the first half of 2021, the administration applauds its accomplishments in combating hunger and ensuring food accessibility. So, are Filipinos indeed faring better now? Poverty To be sure, poverty incidence in the past two decades has been steadily declining. During the ... » Learn More about [ANALYSIS] Poverty, hunger, and Duterte’s wasted political capital
The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers. Last week, we asked you the following: Reader Talkback: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions? Some context around the question: This week, we are going to choose the biggest topic on most people’s minds, Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone, or dark red, effective tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice. This announcement brings a number of tough new restrictions, measures, closures, and other rules. Officials claim the move will help prevent Covid-19 in the province as cases have steadily been rising for the most part regionally. The decision was, it is to be noted, made by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, with the central ... » Learn More about Reader Talkback Results: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?