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An 83-year old farmer weeds a spinach field in Japan. Officials have found radiation levels in spinach exceeding safety limits.

Feb. 06, 2012

WBEZ’s food blogger Louisa Chu is just back from a trip to Japan’s east coast, the area hit by a devastating tsunami and nuclear disaster nearly a year ago. She tells Worldview how the area’s restaurants and food industry are recovering. Also, entities such as USAID, the World Bank, and major U.S. universities are often the architects of deals that promise benefits to Africans but fail to deliver. Worldview talks to Anuradha Mittal of the Oakland Institute about large, unregulated land deals that take place between Africans, foreign corporations and speculators. She explains how these deals are promoted as a "development" solution for Africa -- though they may hurt the environment and suck resources away from the continent.