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By Prof. Sayed Azam-Ali15 June 2018
Agriculture sits at the nexus of three of the most multifaceted challenges – known as “the perfect storm” – we face today: population growth (estimated 40.7 million in Malaysia by 2050), depleting natural resources, and changing climates. Our entire food system is in a precarious state, propped up by a narrow range of major crops – maize, wheat, rice, and soybean – that are already… Read more
24 May 2018
Higher levels of CO2 are lowering amounts of protein, iron, zinc, and B vitamins in rice. The carbon dioxide humans are pumping into the atmosphere at a rate of 2.4 million pounds per second is sapping the nutrients in a major food source for 2 billion people, a big study published Wednesday found. It’s the latest sign that we’re not just changing the climate by burning… Read more
10 May 2018
The way to a stronger city is through its stomach. Cities rely on a familiar toolkit to become stronger, healthier, and more livable: expand transportation, create public space, add jobs, construct housing. While these strategies have been proven to work, they also fuel inequality and displacement; not everyone benefits from a big build. A different approach is poised to… Read more
By Doaa Abdel-Motaal15 May 2018
Many believe that the food and agricultural sector is different from all other economic sectors, that it is unique, and that it requires special economic models to thrive. After all, we expect the global food and agricultural system to respond to many different goals. It needs to deliver abundant, safe, and nutritious food. It needs to create employment in rural areas while protecting forests… Read more
10 April 2018
How this incomplete protein is changing the nutrition game One of the rules of a healthy diet is to eat a balanced meal. Health experts emphasize a balanced meal because it provides the complete nutrients the body needs. Because there is no single food that can do the job, a balanced meal must consist of food from different groups — fruit, vegetables; fish, poultry, lean meat and legumes… Read more
18 March 2018
[NEW DELHI] Shifting away from white, polished rice to a diet that includes more wheat and coarse grains can improve how Indians deal with micronutrient deficiencies, and reduce greenhouse gas (GhG) emissions associated with paddy cultivation, says a new study.Published in the March edition of the journal Global Environmental Change, the study’s findings are… Read more
26 January 2018
Save the Children vice president of health and nutrition Robert Clay and nutrition director Habtamu Fekadu say donors’ preference to fund emergencies over long-term development work thwarts sustainable development. IT’S EASIER TO raise money for emergencies than for long-term development work in the nutrition sector in fragile countries, according to Save the Children executives… Read more
By Indra Balaratnam13 February 2018
Our bodily functions, from metabolism and immune system to reproduction and more, runs on a unique operating system called hormones. Our hormonal balance can go awry because of illness, disease, poor nutrition, and lifestyle habits. Similarly, adopting a healthier lifestyle and diet practices can help to maintain good health, according to researchers. LEPTIN & GHRELIN These are the… Read more
12 February 2018
ATLANTA — Zashe Cockett-Demings pulled out a small box of worms. She stood in front of 20 students in the outdoor courtyard of Clarkston High School near Atlanta. Raised planting beds were scattered around the courtyard, filled with rosemary, oregano, and other herbs. Cabbages and onions poked up above the dirt near a sundial. “We’re going to make a worm bed,” she told the students… Read more
Thanks to its highly nutritional make-up and diverse preparation possibilities, tempe is being hailed as Indonesia’s “gift to the world”. At the 2017 edition of Ubud Food Festival held in May, fermentation was one of the hottest topics. From festival-goers attending the soldout masterclass of Wild Fermentation with Locavore’s LocaLAB, to the standing-room-only crowd that… Read more
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