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Category archives for: Food security

Organic farming gets all the hype, but it doesn’t feed the world

Natural does not mean non-toxic or safe. Synthetic does not mean toxic or harmful. Organic farmers are permitted to use pesticides and herbicides. Organic produce should be washed before it’s eaten. Conventional or organic, we’re all farmers. In June, the federal agriculture minister Marie-Claude Bibeau announced a $992,131 investment in the Canadian Organic Trade Association […]

State of food security and nutrition in the world 2019

This joint report is issued annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the World Health Organization. It presents the latest estimates on food insecurity, hunger and malnutrition at the global and regional levels. The 2019 edition continues to signal […]

Bangladesh receives FAO support to fight Fall Armyworm

USDA warns against spread of the plant-eating caterpillar in China, the pest also spotted in many other countries in Asia Within five months of the detection of a plant-eating pest in Bangladesh, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN FAO) has come up with an emergency project to contain possible spread of […]

Growing Top Quality Broccoli Hydroponically

Broccoli can be a tad tricky to grow hydroponically, like its cousins kale, spinach, peas and Brussels sprouts it is a cold weather crop that does not fare well in higher temperatures. Following germination, the temperature should be 50 – 60 F. maximum. The broccoli will still grow at higher temperatures, but sadly you'll discover […]

How stress eating might prime the body to store fat

Using a mouse model, researchers discovered that insulin controls a molecular pathway in the brain that activates during stress and leads to more weight gain. Researchers have long been aware that stress can lead to addiction and increase the risk of disease. Studies have also shown that chronic stress can change eating patterns and affect food choices. Although some people eat […]

World’s food supply under threat due to biodiversity loss, UN says

(CNN) – A drop in global biodiversity is putting our ability to produce food at risk, a new United Nations report warns. According to the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization, biodiversity in food and agriculture "is indispensable to food security and sustainable development." However, in recent years biodiversity at the genetic, species and ecosystem levels […]

A multidimensional approach to food safety

Unsafe food causes a staggering range of diseases. From diarrhoea to cancer and to hepatitis, food containing harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemicals is a major threat to public health, both globally and in the WHO South-East Asia Region. Every year, an estimated 420,000 people die worldwide due to foodborne diseases, with the South-East Asia […]

Rabbits, chickens and Tin Tin the goat: the backyard farms of Nairobi

In a space of less than an eighth of an acre in Huruma, a small informal settlement in north-east Nairobi, is a tiny farm housing 19 goats and 286 birds – chickens, doves and guineafowl. Pens and cages have been cobbled together with discarded wood and corrugated iron. Goats hop from a pen curious to […]

Water Innovations For A Hot, Hungry Planet

Water crises are among the top five global risks in the world today. Nearly a third of the global population copes without access to safe water and as many as 700 million “water refugees” could be displaced due to intense water scarcity by 2030. Against this backdrop, we need to nourish a growing population – and yet agriculture uses nearly three quarters of our […]

The miracle method for sustainable rice – and bigger harvests

The fragrant jasmine rice growing on the left side of Kreaougkra Junpeng’s five-acre field stands nearly five feet tall. Each plant has 15 or more tillers, or stalks, and the grains hang heavy from them. The Thai farmer says this will be his best-ever harvest in 30 years and he will reap it four weeks […]

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