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Decline in wild bees has impact on global food security

Crop yields for key crops like apples, cherries and blueberries are down across the U.S. because of a lack of bees in agricultural areas, according to a recent study. This could have serious implications for global food security.

Climate crisis fuels increased risks to global food security

More than 500 million people today live in areas affected by erosion linked to climate change, the UN warned on Thursday, before urging all countries to commit to sustainable land use to help limit greenhouse gas emissions before it is too late.

Nature is in more trouble now than any time in human history

Scientists say nature is in more trouble now than at any other time in human history, with extinction looming over 1 million species of plants and animals. That's the key finding of the United Nations' first comprehensive report on biodiversity.

5 Cargill digital initiatives making food more sustainable

This article is sponsored content from Cognizant. How the agriculture giant is using the cloud, AI and facial recognition tech to transform the agriculture industry.

Walmart files for six patents related to the use of farm drones

Walmart has taken the first step in ensuring foods such as apples, pumpkins and almonds remain on shelves in the event of a bee extinction.

Urban farming accelerator sprouting new businesses in a box

Urban farming, or more precisely, vertical farming has come of age as venture capitalists embrace agriculture-tech, funding startups some experts say will make the indoor farming industry more viable.

Essential Science: Small molecule, big future in food security

This week’s Essential Science looks at how scientists are using molecules to stop a corn-infecting fungus from producing a potent toxin and running crops. The fungus poses a major risk to food security, especially in the developing world.

Crop destroying armyworm marches across mainland Africa

Scientists are calling for urgent action to stop the fall armyworm, a crop-destroying pest that is spreading rapidly across mainland Africa, threatening food security and agricultural trade.

Are farming super-mergers affecting food security?

According to one environmentalist, proposed deals could put the majority of seeds, chemicals and genetically modified traits into the hands of just three companies. The effect would deepen poverty for small-scale farmers.

Food sabotage possible in recall of chicken products

Cold Spring, Minnesota-based GNP Company recalled approximately 55,608 pounds of chicken products late Saturday afternoon that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety Inspection Service.

Agricultural emissions must be reduced to meet climate agreement

An eye-opening new research paper indicates that the global agricultural sector is going to have to do more to reduce non-CO2 emissions by one gigaton per year by 2030 in order to meet the new climate agreement's plan to limit warming by 2°C in 2100.

Shop sells 'expired' food to save people and the environment

As consumers, we have great expectations when purchasing groceries. The packaging must be perfect, no dents in our cans of green beans, and the "sell by" date on our milk has to have at least two weeks left. But we are throwing out good food.

Looking ahead at food security for 2016

London - 2015 was a perilous year for food security. This period saw droughts, a rise in food prices, a migrant crisis and other issues that affected access to food. 2016 may not be any better, according to a leading expert.

Global food waste has become an enormous problem

At its semi-annual summit in Istanbul, Turkey, agricultural ministers from the group of 20 leading countries issued a communique describing the great amount of food loss and food waste globally and how this has created an enormous economic problem.

Op-Ed: Food Insecurity — DiY solutions from rainy day preppers

"Food Security" is a new and well-funded political industry, whose objective is to assess the ability of low-income families to purchase food and/or to find wholesome food to purchase. But what happens in a crisis when trucks can’t deliver?

Europe's wheat production at risk from changing weather patterns

With ever-increasing frequency, adverse weather occurrences have been taking place worldwide. The recent persistent rainfall and subsequent flooding in the U.K. are just one of a cluster of weather events happening around the globe.

UN: World security at risk unless food production is increased

The UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) issued a stern warning to the world on Monday, saying food production must be increased a staggering 60 percent by mid-century to avoid mass starvation, social unrest and terrorism.

UN issues report recommending insects for human consumption

Responding to global hunger concerns, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is recommending the incorporation of insects into human diets.

In rural India, youths steer a crusade against food insecurity Special

Hyderabad - Braving dry climate, poverty, poor access to market and calls of Maoist rebels to join them, hundreds of youths from marginalized communities in rural India are turning into food growers, transforming dry, barren land into green, productive fields

In Inner Mongolia, nomads fight enemy of advancing desert Special

Chifeng - As the threat of desertification grows higher, a nomadic tribesman in Inner Mongolia is leading his community in their fight against the menace

Chronic malnutrition puts almost half a billion children at risk

Westport - Chronic malnutrition, a deadly and widespread crisis largely overlooked in the face of food scarcity, currently impacts one in four children across the globe and places almost half a billion children at risk of permanent damage within the next 15 years.

UN: Global food prices reach record high, in ‘danger territory’

Washington - Global food security has reached a danger zone due to a steady rise in prices of sugar, grains and oilseed which is likely to lead to global inflation, increased hunger issues among the poor and strained international relations.

NY Buddhists assist South African food security project Special

New York Buddhists have, as part of Buddhist Global Relief, donated US$12,000 to a ensure food security for those affected by HIV and AIDS in rural areas around Underberg, in South Africa.

Blacks and whites garden together, sowing seeds of hope in SA Special

Durban - Fifteen black youths from the Mquatsheni community in a rural South Africa, where the KwaZulu-Natal province borders Lesotho, worked alongside 12 whites from Europe and the US in April to dig and plant vegetable gardens for those affected by HIV and AIDS.

Environmental Bureau Blocks Bioethanol Plant Project Special

MANILA – The Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), an agency under the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, has blocked the construction of a bioethanol plant in two hinterland areas of Cagayan de Oro City, in Southern Philippines.

Op-Ed: Monsanto or Markets?

Monsanto (famous -- and vilified -- for genetically modified seeds) wants to use GMOs to grow more food with less water, addressing two problems (food demand and water shortages) at once. Water markets can also work, but can activists accept either?

Study Says Kraft Dinner Not Comfort Food for People Who Must Eat it

A study published today finds that Kraft Dinner means different things to Canadians, depending on whether they are food-secure or food-insecure.

One Billion Tree Campaign Grows To Seven Billion

A grassroots campaign to plant trees around the globe has announced that it is raising its target from 1 billion trees to 7 billion trees.
 

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Bao Yongxin  the farmer who has made fighting desertification the mission of his life.
Bao Yongxin, the farmer who has made fighting desertification the mission of his life.
In what was a dry  barren piece of land until a year ago  Ramesh is now growing a total of twenty tw...
In what was a dry, barren piece of land until a year ago, Ramesh is now growing a total of twenty two crops, organically
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March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
Sand dune fixation underway in Inner Mongolia  China
Sand dune fixation underway in Inner Mongolia, China
Rice fields in Sapa  Viet Nam. Every year the world produces 356 kg of cereal per person  yet 40 mil...
Rice fields in Sapa, Viet Nam. Every year the world produces 356 kg of cereal per person, yet 40 million die of hunger. A more than 30% rise in food prices last year has taken a huge toll on the world’s poor. Photo taken June 23, 2011.
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March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
Raju s farm on a river island: no chemical pesticide is used in the farm. Instead  oil lamps are use...
Raju's farm on a river island: no chemical pesticide is used in the farm. Instead, oil lamps are used to trap plant-eating pests. Also, used are drip irrigation, organic manure and an extra dose of youthful energy.
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
The wheat harvest in Guinea in 2009/
The wheat harvest in Guinea in 2009/
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Ramesh preparing compost manure in his farm. The weeds of the farm are collected and used as raw mat...
Ramesh preparing compost manure in his farm. The weeds of the farm are collected and used as raw materials, along with stalks of beans and other vegetables, peels, dry leaves and cow dung, to make the manure.
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
Mallesh tending to a cluster beans plant.  In a tiny farm of two and half acres  the young farmer is...
Mallesh tending to a cluster beans plant. In a tiny farm of two and half acres, the young farmer is growing a whopping twenty two crops.
Scientists with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are looking at introducing gen...
Scientists with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) are looking at introducing genetically modified viruses that can edit chromosomes directly, like using insects to transmit genetically modified material into plants.
DARPA
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
March Against Monsanto 2014 in Edmonton
Over 5.3 million people in South Sudan at risk of starvation in the coming months.
Over 5.3 million people in South Sudan at risk of starvation in the coming months.
UN World Food Program

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