In an interview with DIE ZEIT, a leading German newspaper, Chandran Nair spoke about the importance and urgency for the East and the West to resolve its differences.
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Cotton is the world’s dirtiest crop. It covers only 2.4% of the world’s cultivated land yet uses 24% of the world’s insecticide, more than any other single crop. We’ve been hearing the garment and textile industry’s rhetoric of going “green” and going “organic,” but traded organic cotton fiber still represented only less than 1% of the 24.8 million tons of cotton fiber traded worldwide in 2006. Why, with so much talk and surge in public demand has there been so little development?
Obama’s tentative missive to the Myanmar government signaled the first time that a US president was willing to try a different form of diplomacy with Myanmar– one departing from earlier policies which staunchly denied any discussions with the regime on the grounds of Myanmar’s poor human rights record and suppression of democracy.
To suggest that free trade is destructive is to invite controversy. But the reality is that free trade must be constrained: it encourages the unrestrained consumption of goods and services, thereby playing a negative environmental role globally.
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China’s hopes of an economic recovery fueled by the rural countryside may be dashed. Despite recent government subsidies and provisions to boost the consumption of the country’s 700 million rural residents amid a global financial crisis, it may not be enough to address the more than two decades of exported-oriented growth which has largely benefited industries and urban cities at the expense of the rural populace.
How to expand the global economy without depleting the planet’s resources is a challenge that has been ignored for far too long. The financial meltdown has now come as a stark reminder of the grave consequences of the world’s failure to strive for sustainable development.
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In his talk to an exclusive group of high-wealth business families gathered in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Chandran Nair painted a broad canvas outlining the underlining flaws in the development and wealth creation which has created most of the challenges of our times ranging from social inequalities to environmental destruction.