Tagged agriculture

Root of all evil: How agriculture became our bane and worst mistake

In 1987, esteemed Professor of Geography, Jared Diamond, stunned many people with his article in the Discover magazine entitled, “The worst mistake in the history of the human race” in which he argued that agriculture, far from being a blessing, was instead our worst mistake. Agriculture has indeed changed the world – but for the…

Where’s my water? Water rationing and water shortages in Selangor

Update (Jun 28, 2012): This blog entry was published today in the New Straits Times newspaper. There may be talks about water rationing soon in this country, but for my family and I, our neighborhood in Selangor has already been experiencing water rationing as early as February this year. The water to our home would often…

Organic agriculture and food in Malaysia

I consume organic food, and so does my wife, especially during her pregnancy with our son, Zachary. However, my mom does not eat organic food – ever. She claims organic food actually makes us sicker not healthier. And she got this idea from her medical doctor. What surprises me is the issue of organic food…

The involvement of the Chinese in Malaysia’s agriculture sector

The book “Land to Till: The Chinese in the Agricultural Economy of Malaysia” by Tan Pek Leng is a welcome find in the local bookstores. This book is a welcome addition because it tells about the role the Chinese have played, past and present, in the Malaysia’s agriculture sector. Although this book contains some valuable…

Water consumption and crop water use in Malaysia

I live in Selangor state, where people here enjoy free water for the first 20 cubic meters. My monthly water bills have been reading negative (yes, negative) RM21 because I had continued to pay about RM7 every month for three months, without realizing that when the opposition parties gained control of Selangor, they had proclaimed…

What are the reasons (causes) for high world food prices?

Recent newspaper articles from New Straits Times (4 Feb. 2011) and The Star (Feb. 7, 2011) highlighted that world food prices in January this year have risen to levels even higher than that in mid 2008. Recent food riots on the streets of Tunisia have recently brought down the Tunisian government. And similar food protests…

“Agriculture and Man” (PRT2008: Pertanian dan Manusia): A course few want to learn it and to teach it

The course “Agriculture and Man” or “Pertanian dan Manusia” (course code PRT 2008) is perhaps one of the most maligned courses among UPM undergraduates. This course is compulsory for all undergraduates regardless of their degrees. So you have students from motley disciplines: music, social studies, engineering, medicine, and language studies gritting their teeth as they…

What Utusan newspaper doesn’t want you to know: Aquaculture at Pulau Ketam

The Malay-language local newspaper, Utusan, recently published two of my articles on agriculture. Utusan published my articles in the Agrobiz section on Sept. 20, 2010. One article was about urban agriculture, and the second was about aquaculture in Pulau Ketam. The second article was written by three of my students who took PRT 2008 course (Agriculture and…

Rice edition of Asian Geographic

The latest issue of Asian Geographic (Issue 5, no. 74,  2010) caught my eye recently. This issue was dedicated solely on rice, and one of the main feature articles was on the work by IRRI (International Rice Research Institute), located Los Banos, Philippines. IRRI is of course very well known among agriculturists as one of the…

Hindsight wisdom is of no use

Several years ago, I presented the progress report for one of my research projects in front of an evaluation committee, set up by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation. The committee people were from various background and institutions, but it was the head of the committee whom I remember most vividly. Perhaps he was…

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