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By Kate Ravilious21 July 2017
In many regions dams play a crucial role, providing both electricity – via hydropower – and water for irrigation. But hydropower and irrigation don't always complement each other. A study reveals that over half the installed hydropower capacity worldwide directly competes with irrigation, suggesting that in these areas increased hydro-electricity production might affect food… Read more
By Joseph Chamie12 June 2017
NEW YORK, Jun 12 2017 (IPS) - Global food extremes of chronic undernourishment and obesity have brought about a bipolar world of hundreds of millions of underfed and overfed people. Of the world’s population of 7.5 billion the proportions suffering from chronic undernourishment and those afflicted by obesity are similar, approximately 11 percent or together about… Read more
By John Cannon2 June 2017
Much of the deforestation in the world’s tropical rainforests comes so that we humans have enough to eat. But sustainable agricultural practices exist that help farmers coax more corn and soybeans, coffee and cacao, and a host of other products from the soil, without having to draw on land that’s currently covered with standing forest. The tricky part is getting those tools and… Read more
By Lin Taylor9 July 2017
LONDON, June 9 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Food shortages caused by climate shocks like drought or floods could exacerbate violence and riots in politically unstable countries, researchers say. Fragile states that are poor and depend heavily on agriculture are most at risk of violent uprisings since they struggle to cope with climate change, according to a study published this week in… Read more
By Magdalena Mis1 June 2017
LONDON, June 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Supermarkets will lose customers and risk going out of business unless they take radical steps to eliminate food waste from their operations, a food expert said on Thursday. Changing consumer preferences - and heightened awareness about the cost of waste - mean retailers need to adapt quickly if they want to keep current consumers happy and attract… Read more
30 May 2017
30 May 2017, Brussels - To achieve sustainable development we must transform current agriculture and food systems, including by supporting smallholders and family farmers, reducing pesticide and chemical use, and improving land conservation practices, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today addressing European lawmakers. "Massive agriculture intensification is… Read more
3 June 2017
Under the new deal, China’s National Biosafety Committee will meet to assess the safety of eight products made by four major U.S. agrochemical companies. China will evaluate eight pending U.S. agricultural biotechnology product applications, potentially opening the door for sales by Dow AgroSciences, DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto, and Syngenta. According to a news source, China agreed to… Read more
By Ted Chen1 June 2017
Executives from consultancy firms and industry experts yesterday called for more deregulation and better government coordination to help boost the biotechnology sector. Audrey Tseng (曾惠瑾), deputy chairwoman of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Taiwan, said that the government should lift restrictions on angel investors and facilitate tax exemptions for individual investors in biotechnology… Read more
5 June 2017
A new report released today by PG Economics has found that over the last 20 years, crop biotechnology has significantly reduced agriculture’s environmental impact and stimulated economic growth in the 26 countries where the technology is used. The innovative agricultural technology has contributed to preserving the earth’s natural resources while allowing farmers to grow more, high… Read more
20 April 2017
Scientists in Brazil are taking steps towards genetically modifying sugar cane so it produces more sucrose naturally, looking to eventually boost the productivity and economic benefits of the tropical grass. Currently, it is common for producers to raise sucrose levels in sugar cane by applying artificial growth regulators or chemical ripeners. This inhibits flowering, which in… Read more
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