Though plants are indispensable for human survival, their contributions to human existence and history are often underappreciated.
I start with the question, why was it necessary, from 2008, for Mondi South Africa to spend R50 million (USD 8 million) a year on a nutrition intervention for 10,000 timber plantation labourers in KwaZulu-Natal province?
Over the past five years I have been conducting research on everyday eating and the emergence of Non-Communicable Diseases in the West African city of Dakar, Senegal.
In a remote church building in the Southwest of Kenya, Arthur Ouko was training farmers on ‘responsible use of pesticides.’
Kinshasa, its traffic and street vendors, receded as we drove past the international airport on the national road following the Congo River.
Metabolic thinking deals in bounded organisms, regulated systems, and the calculated (self)-optimisation of responsible, profitable, and healthful nutritive and energetic transactions.
The identification of aflatoxin in the 1960s troubled plans for Senegalese peanuts.