FAO-OECD: Outlook grim for food prices over next decade

17 June, 2011 by (comments)

Global food prices have risen by 40% in the last year. This upward trend is here to stay, estimates the FAO and OECD in their new report Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020. According to the report, agricultural production is expected to rise by 1.7% annually, compared to the 2.6% growth rate of the past decade. Cereal prices could average as much as 20%Read More …

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Scientists home in on insect genome to debug sick plants

17 June, 2011 by (comments)

Pesticides that target only disease-vectors and not beneficial pollinating insects could be the outcome of a new genome-sequencing initiative, the BBC reports. The 5000 Insect and Other Arthropod Genome initiative, initiated by scientists from several important public and private research institutes from the US and the UK, aims to sequence the genomes of 5000 insects and other arthropods primarilyRead More …

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Millions in Horn of Africa face food, water crisis

15 June, 2011 by (comments)

Prolonged drought in the Horn of Africa is becoming critical and threatens the livelihoods of eight million people, according to new analysis from the FAO. In Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia severe water shortages have lead to the death of hundreds of thousands of livestock, crop failures, unaffordable food prices, and increased rates of malnutrition. The rising costs ofRead More …

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World Food Prices: What the news served up in May

2 June, 2011 by (comments)

The last month was a busy one for those of you following world food prices. Here’s a quick overview in case you missed anything: Oxfam predicted that world food prices will increase by between 120% and 180% by 2030, in their Growing a better future report, released this week. This will mainly be the result of crop yields notRead More …

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World on the brink of runaway climate change: experts

31 May, 2011 by (comments)

Global carbon emissions have reached an all time high according to new research published this week. The US Earth Systems Research Lab in Hawaii declared that carbon levels in the atmosphere peaked last week at 394.97ppm. There is broad consensus among climate scientists that levels should be kept under 400ppm in order to prevent temperature rises of more thanRead More …

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Fungus boosts food production

26 May, 2011 by (comments)

New research shows that using fungus instead of fertilizer to provide phosphate to plants can cut fertilizer quantities by more than half and help feed the world, Seed Daily reports. Studies conducted by the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, have shown that the application of mycorrhizal fungi to plants helps them acquire phosphate from the soil and stimulates their growth.Read More …


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Brazil gov set to crack down on illegal logging

24 May, 2011 by (comments)

Brazilian authorities are taking serious action on illegal deforestation in response to new satellite images showing an almost 30% spike in logging between August 2010 and April 2011, compared to the same period last year. The reports have shocked the government, according to The Guardian, as they follow a period of achieving the lowest levels of Amazonian deforestation ever.Read More …

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Filed Under: Latin America and the Caribbean, Regions