Grow Crops, Not Algae

Written by Ryan McGuine // The incredible crop yields made possible by modern, intensive agriculture have literally made it possible to feed the world. Fossil fuels, which are used to power mechanized cultivation and as feedstocks for fertilizers and pesticides, are central to intensive agriculture. Indeed, comparisons of historical energy returns to farming (the ratio … Continue reading Grow Crops, Not Algae

Community-Based Health: Lessons from Rural Kenya

Written by Erica Petersen // Waiting in Chicago O’hare Airport's international terminal on the last day of May 2019, I had no idea what to expect of the upcoming ten weeks. My colleague-turned-friend from the Masters of Public Health program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and I were both nervous and excited … Continue reading Community-Based Health: Lessons from Rural Kenya

Premature Deindustrialization: Economic Growth Then & Now

Written by Ryan McGuine // The conventional path for economic development has been to use industrialization — the process of increasing industry's relative contribution to total GDP and employment, at the expense of those of agriculture and services — as a means to enable rapid convergence. "Convergence" refers to a catch-up effect whereby countries that … Continue reading Premature Deindustrialization: Economic Growth Then & Now