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L’économie de la planète en quelques chiffres.

adn, distance

12 words for snow exist in Inuktitut depending on its state, use, location, etc. This agglutinative language has a remarkable capacity for creating variants.

41,2 tons : the quantity of food thrown away every second throughout the world—a third of global food production.

40% of Quebec’s population gets its drinking water from the Saint Lawrence River.

economie,polution, glace

Industrial artisans

How can uniqueness be combined with industrial-scale production and control of the entire manufacturing process? A large bakery and communal dining chain has been conducting a niche experiment that has been gaining plaudits. Whereas all its other European outlets are supplied by a single producer, the store that recently opened in Paris’s 8th arrondissement sells bread made from wheat freshly ground on the premises, with advice from a farmer/ miller/baker. This solo venture, which might look like a whim, echoes the trend for personalized manufacturing, as opposed to standardized mass production. Facilitated by the streamlining of the digital chain (research, finance, production, marketing, communication, 3D printing, delivery), almost any sector could see goods manufactured in small quantities in the future. This personalization of mass-produced goods remains small-scale, but it’s already spreading to every domain, from jars of sandwich spread, fizzy drinks and sneakers to toys, electronic goods and cars.

manchester, revenu, football

6,500 tons of biosolid fuel have been produced in Osaka from 43,000 tons of waste

200 millions, étudiant, monde

300 billion dollars: probable increase in global revenue from the Internet and media over the next four years.

diversité, culturel, mondial

Microchip mania

Microchips have invaded the planet. RFIDs (radio-frequency identification devices) appeared early this century and have gone on to conquer the world of transportation and logistics, enabling goods to be identified and traced. Now a new generation of transistors can be inserted under the skin. Measuring 12 x 2 mm, the transistors have all kinds of uses. With the consent of their employees, a good number of companies have introduced them in the United States, Sweden and Belgium. Depending on the configuration, the chip implanted beneath the skin on the hand allows the wearer to unlock doors and operate certain equipment, clock in at the office and pay for lunch at the canteen or coffee from the machine. This streamlining and simplifying of procedures must be weighed against the sense of excessive control and the loss of a certain amount of personal freedom. The introduction of these practices in response to economic imperatives raises ethical questions and only makes sense if careful thought is given to the ultimate aim. Food for thought.

Sources : Ademe - Commission européenne - FAO



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