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· June, 2009

Stories about Food from June, 2009

Japan: Shiso-flavored Pepsi

  29 June 2009

Pepsi Shiso (Japanese for perilla or beefsteak plant) went on sale a couple of days ago – Curzon loved it while Darg thought it was nasty.

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Singapore: Infamous Burger King ad

  26 June 2009

Burger King has a new sandwich offering in Singapore called the “Super Seven Incher.” To promote the new product, a local ad agency produced an outdoor ad which is now getting a lot of attention and criticism around the world.

Dominica, Venezuela: The Motherland?

  24 June 2009

Following Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's visit to the island, Dominica Weekly says: “Many Dominicans have focused narrowly on the lavish developmental aid of Chavez than focusing on the fundamental issue at hand: do we support Chavez’s ideology and his vision of the motherhood of Latin American and the Caribbean.”

Barbados: Aquaponics

  16 June 2009

“Aquaponics is the new way to farm”: Barbados Underground blogs about “its potential to feed Barbadians and at the same time [be] the ideal model for food security.”

Dominican Republic: Fair Trade Cocoa

  12 June 2009

“The transformation of the Dominican Republic from a producer of low-grade cacao…to a powerhouse in the production of high quality organic cocoa has been one of the most remarkable agricultural developments of the last three decades in the Caribbean”: Repeating Islands has the delicious details.

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Zimbabwe: Faces of the crisis and a cry for help

  12 June 2009

The CIVICUS World Alliance for Citizen Participation organization has published Time 2 Act, an online video in which people in Zimbabwe present the various ways in which the crisis the country is going through is decimating the population and the quality of life of the survivors. In the following 3 part video, citizens discuss how the mega devaluation the currency is going through affects their ability to eat and clothe themselves, speak about violence and plead for help from mediators such as the South African Development Community.

Thailand: Combating Iodine deficiency

  12 June 2009

Jotman notes that “Although Thailand was the first country in the region to make progress against iodine deficiency, of all countries in ASEAN, Thailand has made the least progress in recent years.”

Tanzania: One the road in Tanzania: a videoblog

  11 June 2009

“On the road: Tanzania” is a videoblog of Marcus Prior, spokesperson for the World Food Programme in East Africa: “Travel with Marcus to Tanzania and see what life is like in the deep field. Visit nutrition centres, see school kids showing up for their daily meals and get a taste...

Trinidad & Tobago: Having Fun

  3 June 2009

“There are little things I do, or don’t do, which make me feel better about myself. I hope doing these things would lead to happiness, fun, and less traffic”: Trinidad and Toabgo's This Beach Called Life explains.

Haiti, D.R.: Tensions Erupt

  1 June 2009

“Tensions along the Haitian-Dominican border often revolve around environmental issues,” writes Repeating Islands, adding: “This was once again the scenario…as violence erupted in northwestern Dominican Republic after authorities destroyed plots planted with fruits and vegetables by Haitians on Dominican protected land.”

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