Food Prices – business as usual means we’re in for a shock

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

We recommend you read The Great Food Price Crisis of 2011, an article by Lester R Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute. Brown unpicks the causes of recent food price rises and looks at what could lie ahead in the not-too-distant future. “The current surge in world grain and soybean prices, and in food prices more broadly, isRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

Haiti one year on – agriculture essential to recovery

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

On the eve of the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake that killed 250,000 people in Haiti, FAO – the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation – has described support to agriculture in the Caribbean country as “key to a sustainable, food-secure future.” FAO Senior Emergency and Rehabilitation Coordinator for Haiti, Etienne Peterschmitt, said today that in the countryRead More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions

Enough land for food, forests, forages – and fuel? New study says “Yes”

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

A new study from researchers at the University of Illinois has found that biofuel crops could produce up to half of the world’s liquid fuel consumption – without affecting the amount of land available food crops, forests or pastures. The findings were published in the Environmental Science and Technology journal, and reported widely in the media yesterday. Click toRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en, Cassava @en, Crops @en

CIAT experts home in on endangered plants – to improve food production & climate change adaptation

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

CIAT’s Andy Jarvis – crop wild relatives by CIAT CIAT scientists are pinpointing areas around the world for the collection of some of the world’s most important plant species. The team will run computer models to determine the likely locations of endangered wild relatives of some of the world’s most important food crops like wheat, rice and beans. CollectionRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change, Crop diversity

Scientists warn of the legacy of carbon dioxide

11 January, 2011 by (comments)

Carbon dioxide already in the atmosphere will contribute to global warming for centuries to come, a group of Canadian scientists has warned in an article just published in Nature Geoscience. Even more worryingly, they argue that the complete abandonment of fossil fuels will not prevent devastating ocean warming and desertification. Follow the link to find out more, including whyRead More …

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Filed Under: Climate Change