In case you haven’t already noticed, prices at the grocery store have been going up in the last few months. Food prices worldwide are on the rise this year for a number of reasons, including natural disasters in Russia, Argentina, and Australia, droughts in China, and sky-rocketing oil prices resulting from recent conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa.
Haitians went to the election polls March 20 for the second round of the country’s presidential runoff. Though there was no significant violence or protests, as there was late last year in the first round of voting, the earthquake-shattered country’s future remains uncertain as the people select their new leader.
Imagine a guy from Iceland arrives at your doorstep. He says he heard you needed help and he came to provide it. He tries to show you how to ice-fish and how to insulate your home against the weather, and how to grow hearty varieties of vegetables, and how to collect glacial runoff for drinking water. He’s brought boatloads of equipment, seeds, and buckets, and a team of Icelandic volunteers to pitch in.