Susan Morrison

Susan Morrison

Location Spain


  • something I have been aware of for a long time - and interesting given that antibiotics are beginning to fail

  • something I have been aware of for a long time - and interesting given that antibiotics are beginning to fail

  • In Spain - looking forward to learning

  • @StephanieHansen can you tell us more about the phages. I believe that they are what is used in some of the medical systems in Georgia Tiblisi ?

  • I find this interesting -The English sweating sickness caused five devastating epidemics between 1485 and 1551. Possibly hantavirus

  • I live in Spain. I am interested in this subject - saw the course available and signed up

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  • Wedinos - Welsh Emerging Drugs & Identification of Novel Substances Project - describes itself as a harm reduction project in Wales it is possible to have substances analysed. I think also in Scotland. But so far not in England.

  • Ethan Nedalmann of The Drug Policy Alliance speaking on the failure of current global drug policy. He compares the scale of the global trade (black market) in drugs to that of other global commodities.
    'The total area under opium poppy cultivation in Afghanistan was...

  • January 2015 update - coffee shops and compromise 'The Success of Dutch Drug Policy'

  • Quote from a chapter in the recently published book Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari 'Heroin use started among marginalized people but then it came to the middle classes and even into the higher classes. At that time it was almost impossible to find one Portugese family that had no problems inside the family or in the close neighborhood', Dr Joao Goula. By...

  • Great overview of international drugs policy. Thanks for the PDF - excellent additional information - reading list and links.

  • Professor Strang points out that there has been heroin prescribing in the UK for more than 100 years... it is legal. He tells us prescribed heroin has previously been used in addiction treatment...but was deemed unsuccessful because of the risk of diversion to the black market. What is different about now - is that treatment is supervised, and that there is...

  • Professor Strang says ' Now, our next work is then looking at how that then continues over time, the extent to which those people then, from that platform of improvement , make further improvement over the subsequent months and years. And that is the subject of looking at the data next year.'

  • for interest - from 55 mins - includes reasons for the development of the breeding of high thc strains of cannabis - among other interesting points.

  • Thank you Kyle Dyer for the reminder that nothing is inevitable and that everyone's journey is unique. I totally agree that educating ourselves about addiction and developing an understanding of and a compassion for those people affected is essential.

  • excellent !

  • Sally Kneath, a pharmacist at Swansea Drugs Project, demonstrates their naloxone training on independent trainer and consultant Danny Morris.

  • An article from includes a link to an assessment by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) published by The Lancet dated 20 March 2015. You can sign in for free to read it.

  • this is an interesting group and their campaigning has been persistent and strong

  • Hello James - this from 24th February 2015 - I do not see mention of biofuels imported from other areas of the world.

  • Thanks for the links. I would like to add this one.

  • Susan Morrison made a comment

    I arrived at these links attempting to find out the origin of the coffee I buy here in Spain 'Marcilla' which is a product of Douwe Egbert - D E Master Blenders (Amsterdam)

  • from the European network of scientists for social and environmental responsibility

  • Pablo Tittonell, Professor and Chair of the Farming Systems Ecology Group at Wageningen University, argues that by taking advantage of soil’s natural process...

  • Really interesting article! Thanks for the pdf links

  • Europe is the central driver of land grabs for biofuels because it imports much of the raw materials it uses. Europe is also where the biggest increase in demand is expected to come from over the next decade.
    The EU-27 mandate, a new proposal by the European Commission, sets a 2020 target for consumption of biofuels equivalent to more than 40 Mtoe (million...

  • Choosing fuel over food ( article from Grain 21st February 2013 )

    Beyond the land grabs, another nasty consequence of the surging demand for biofuels has generated more attention: its impact on food prices. Biofuels eat up over a third of coarse grain production in the US, the world's largest exporter, and 80 percent of oilseed production in the EU, the...

  • Healthy soils contribute greatly to more resilient farming systems and the livelihoods of farming communities. And soil organic matter is key, and thus the cornerstone for sustainable food production everywhere.

  • the furthest coffee and soya sauce and maybe sugar - but I could not find the origin!

  • from Hilal Elver current Rapporteur
    Of the world’s hungry people, 98% live in developing countries. The root causes of food insecurity and malnutrition are poverty and inequity rather than shortages. FAO statistics confirm that the world produces enough food to feed the 7 billion people living today, and even the estimated 9-10 billion population in 2050....

  • responsibility and leadership at global level
    [10 March 2014] GENEVA – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter, today called for the world’s food systems to be radically and democratically redesigned to ensure the human right to adequate food and freedom from hunger.
    “The eradication of hunger and malnutrition is an...

  • Thanks Alice! Have you read Raj Patel's book Stuffed and Starved (from farm to fork - the hidden battle for the world food system) - lots to think about !

  • Sugar a sweet addiction. When we eat foods that contain a lot of sugar, a massive amount of dopamine is released in an area of the brain called the Nucleus Accumbens...... Dr. Robert H. Lustig

  • I usually cook - and I enjoy doing so. Shared household and food production work.

  • Does anyone know how much land smallholders need to be eligible for CAP support?

  • A significant part of my food comes from my vegetable garden and orchard throughout the year...any 'waste' from this returns to the compost heap. I cook mainly from fresh ingredients and make bread and yoghurt and soft cheeses etc. I make in amounts that I know will be eaten in a reasonable time... and have little waste. Now and again I discover things...

  • roof top farm New York city
    pictures on their facebook page show roof preparation before planting.

  • I live just outside a small village in Almeria province Spain. I have a vegetable and fruit garden. Rainfall here is very low and I am blessed to have access to irrigation water. I grow most of my fruit and vegetables,I have almonds and walnuts. I dry some fruits for winter, freeze some of the veg - but in the main I try to eat seasonally. Each December I...

  • thank you for the links Barbara - always interesting to read around the gmo debate! I have not found any reading on the safety of non gmo - so if you have some please share links for that too.
    I agree with Milly that in the main, GE foods are the least important method in the range of possible solutions to food insecurity and feeding a growing population...

  • Roland the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Hilal Elver said a number of questions remain unanswered about the GMO approach, including long-term health effects and the business models practiced by multinational seed companies....

  • Thanks for interesting links on HIV/AIDS and food security in Uganda. Lots to think about.

  • interesting article written by E.B. Rubaihayo, Kawanda Agricultural Research Institute, P.O. Box 7065, Kampala,
    first published in the African Crop Science Journal, Africa Crop Science Conference Proceedings, Vol. 3, pp.

    Uganda The Contribution Of Indigenous Vegetables to Household Food Security
    ' vitamin A which is required
    to prevent blindness...

  • Press release - Environment − 24-02-2015 - 17:16
    A draft law to cap the production of traditional biofuels and accelerate the shift to alternative sources, such as seaweed and waste, was approved by the Environment Committee on Tuesday. It aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that result from the growing use of agricultural land to produce biofuel...

  • thanks for the Food Climate Research Network link

  • In terms of crops - conserving and developing regional seed diversity
    Ethiopia - community seed bank

  • Ethiopia’s food security
    Ethiopia is currently experiencing economic growth, yet 30 million people still face chronic food shortages. Some 90% of Ethiopia’s national budget is foreign aid, but instead of taking a grass-roots approach to securing a self-sufficient food supply for its people, it is being pushed aggressively towards industrial development and...

  • I live in a rural area of Almeria province SE Spain. Pig products, sheep and goat meats are popular, also cheese from goats milk. The pigs are hidden from sight in factory farms ! I see the goats and sheep that my neighbor takes out to forage on the hills. A few people keep chickens for meat and eggs. The wild boar are less than they used to be - hunted in...

  • excellent links for further optional reading

  • Almost three-quarters of British farmland (73%) is currently used to grow grass, and that is because much of it is not suitable for crop production. But with demand for chicken increasing year after year since 1950 and demand for beef and lamb falling, well over a million acres of grassland in the UK have been ploughed up and converted to grain production to...

    This article is a few years old - 'regulators' appear to be the corporations