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The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has long warned that a quarter of the world’s farmland is “highly degraded”.
The main culprits are natural disasters, including droughts, floods and desertification. These pressures have ...
The U.S. is suffering the worst drought in 50 years. But crop damage may well have been avoided if high quality non-GM (genetically modified) varieties were available to farmers. Further evidence is emerging that glyphosate-tolerant crops are ...
is the first link in the food chain. Seed sovereignty
is the foundation of food sovereignty
. If farmers do not have their own seed
or access to open pollinated varieties that they can save, improve or exchange, then they have no seed
Tribal farmer Harish Saraka has rediscovered the key to sustainable farming in this rain-dependent hinterland of eastern Odisha state – mixed cropping.
Saraka, 38, is careful not to take credit for helping to turn around farming in this ...
Answering Questions About the World`s Food Supply
Rising meat consumption is a major driver of overall demand in the food system, but no successful public policy has been devised that would reverse or brake the trend.
Grain is loaded on to a ship from a giant grain plant on the banks of the Panama river in Argentina.
The Pampas are just as the old geography textbooks described them: vast flat plains stretching to distant horizons, white heads of tall ...
A woman weeds her maize plantation in Akia village outside Lira town in the northern region of Uganda, November 2009. REUTERS/Hudson Apunyo
The race is on to develop new crop varieties that will help farmers in poorer countries keep up ...
The world's largest seed
and agrochemical corporations are filing hundreds of sweeping, multi-genome patents by saying they are developing "climate-ready" crops that will grow in a warmer world but they are actually making a bid to control global ...
Cuban biodiversity scientist Humberto Ríos, one of the six recipients of the 2010 Goldman Environmental Prize, probably won't be able to collect the 150,000 dollars in prize money, though that setback is unlikely to cause him to lose any sleep -- ...
India's climate policy is at a crossroads. The Copenhagen Accord has transformed the global climate discourse, fostered new groupings of countries and created a policy vacuum at the global level.We now need to develop our vision of a ...
We tend to think of cars as the main culprits in climate change. But industrial agriculture, with its fossil-fuel-based fertilizers and pesticides, monoculture plantations, fuel-guzzling global transport system, and clear-cutting of ...
When organisers of an international conference on climate change and the food crisis first scheduled the event here for late September, little did they realise the event would be sandwiched by two typhoons buffeting the region. Ironically, the ...
Environmentalists have long voiced concern over the vanishing Amazon rainforest, but they haven't been particularly effective at slowing forest loss. In fact, despite the hundreds of millions of dollars in donor funds that have flowed into the ...
The term “biofuels” suggests renewable abundance: clean, green, sustainable
assurance about technology and progress. This pure image allows industry,
politicians, the World Bank, the United Nations and even the International Panel
Biofuels invoke an image of renewable abundance that allows industry,
politicians, the World Bank, the United Nations and even the Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change to present fuel from corn, sugarcane, soy and other
crops as a ...
The carbon cost associated with food production, processing, storage and
retailing now accounts for around one fifth of the personal carbon footprint of
consumers in the UK. It is individuals' third largest carbon cost after travel