Posts Tagged Food Production

Local news interview: Cacao of excellence…

Read the following article about Trinidad and Tobago’s cocoa, it’s an interview with the executive director of the International Cocoa Organisation, Michael Arron: https://newsday.co.tt/2019/07/11/cacao-of-excellence/ Advertisements

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New biochemical pathway that may develop more resilient crop varieties…

Summary: Researchers have discovered a new biochemical pathway in plants which they have named CHLORAD… Read about this here: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190221141452.htm

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A very small number of crops are dominating globally: That’s bad news for sustainable agriculture…

Summary: A new study finds that globally we’re growing more of the same kinds of crops, and this presents major challenges for agricultural sustainability on a global scale… Read the full article here at Science Daily: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/02/190206161446.htm

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Food Shocks Becoming More Frequent Due to Extreme Weather, Conflict…

An update on food production research from Yale Environment 360 considering increases in the frequency of such due to extreme weather events and geopolitical issues: https://e360.yale.edu/digest/food-shocks-becoming-more-frequent-due-to-extreme-weather-conflict

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Diet and food production must radically change to save planet…

Summary: Transformation of the global food system is urgently needed as more than 3 billion people are malnourished (including people who are undernourished and overnourished), and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries — driving climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution due to over-application of nitrogen and phosphorus fertilizers, and unsustainable changes in water and land use… […]

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Sparing vs Sharing: The Great Debate Over How to Protect Nature…

Intro from Yale Environment 360: What is the best way to save nature – to cordon off areas for parks and open space or to integrate conservation measures on working lands? Recent research makes a case for each of these approaches and has reignited a long-standing debate among scientists and conservationists… Read the full article by […]

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Lessons Learned from Centuries of Indigenous Forest Management…

In an interview with Yale Environment 360, ecologist Charles M. Peters discusses how, in an era of runaway destruction of tropical forests, the centuries-old ecological understanding of indigenous woodland residents can help point the way to the restoration of damaged rainforests… See the entire interview here at Yale Environment 360: https://e360.yale.edu/features/lessons-learned-from-centuries-of-indigenous-forest-management

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United Nations News Centre – Key trends for infrastructure development and industrialization in spotlight at special UN meeting… 

(News from un.org) The President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) told the body’s special meeting that infrastructure, industrialization and innovation are essential in global efforts to eradicate poverty as they enable growth and sustainable development… Read the report here: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=56873#.WTFS-_wpCSw

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Climate Change Adaptation – Key to Reaching Zero Hunger in Latin America… 

Intro from ipsnews.net: Climate change is leading to major modifications in agricultural production in Latin America and the Caribbean, and if mitigation and adaptation measures of the productive system are not urgently adopted, threats to food security will be exacerbated. This could reverse the significant progress made in the region by means of plans to […]

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Farming with forests…

“More than a third of the global land area is currently in food production. This figure is likely to expand, leading to deforestation, habitat loss, and weakening of essential ecosystem services…” Read the full article here at Environmental News Network (enn.com): Sustainable Ecosystems and Community News: Farming with forests

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Forests: To Farm or Not to Farm? …

Summary: “The dilemma is critical: on the one hand, there is an absolute need to produce more food for the world’s steadily growing population; on the other, there is pressing urgency to halt -and further revert- the increasing trend to deplete the forests, which are as necessary for human survival as it is for ensuring […]

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Hunger a Matter of Global Security…

Summary (article from ipsnews.net): Food insecurity, at the heart of a great number of conflicts, should be considered a matter of world security if the international community wants to succeed in achieving long-lasting peace… Read the article here: Hunger, a Matter of Global Security

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New Green Challenge: How to Grow More Food on Less Land by Richard Conniff: Yale Environment 360…

“If the world is to have another Green Revolution to feed its soaring population, it must be far more sustainable than the first one. That means finding ways to boost yields with less fertilizer and rethinking the way food is distributed.” Source e360.yale.edu: New Green Challenge: How to Grow More Food on Less Land by […]

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Can Data-Driven Agriculture Help Feed a Hungry World? by John Roach: Yale Environment 360…

“Agribusinesses are increasingly using computer databases to enable farmers to grow crops more efficiently and with less environmental impact. Experts hope this data, detailing everything from water use to crop yields, can also help the developing world grow more food…” Source: Can Data-Driven Agriculture Help Feed a Hungry World? by John Roach: Yale 360   […]

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U.N. report warns 40% of pollinators face extinction…

A growing number of pollinator species that are key to the world’s food supply are headed towards extinction, warns a new United Nations report…  (Source futurity.org) See post and a link to the original study here: U.N. report warns 40% of pollinators face extinction…

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Caribbean Agriculture Looks to Cope with Climate Change…

From ipsnews.net – Summary: BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Nov 6 2015 (IPS) – Climate change represents a clear and growing threat to food security in the Caribbean with differing rainfall patterns, water scarcity, heat stress and increased climatic variability making it difficult for farmers to meet demand for crops and livestock. Nearly all of the countries in […]

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2015 is the International Year of Soils…

2015 is the International Year of Soils. For many of us it is hard to get excited about the brown crumbly stuff underneath our feet, but without it we, and much of life on Earth, wouldn’t be here. Earth’s dirt is one of the things that sets it apart from the other rocky lifeless planets […]

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