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Fight Over Genetically Altered Crops Flares in Hawaii

Fight Over Genetically Altered Crops Flares in Hawaii | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
With the collapse of the sugar and pineapple industries, seeds have become the state’s leading agricultural commodity, but residents are concerned.
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Bt sweet corn can reduce insecticide use

Bt sweet corn can reduce insecticide use | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Since 1996, corn containing a gene that allows it to create a protein that is toxic to certain insects, yet safe for human consumption, has been grown in the United States.
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Study Finds Strong Preference for Biofortified Cassava in Eastern Kenya | HarvestPlus

Study Finds Strong Preference for Biofortified Cassava in Eastern Kenya | HarvestPlus | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Failing to Feed Our People: South Africas Lacklustre Food Security Policy

Failing to Feed Our People: South Africas Lacklustre Food Security Policy | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
"Hunger" is the unwelcome daily companion of between ten and forty percent of South Africans nationally, rising to 9 in 10 in some areas. It is not as if government is unaware of the problem.
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Soil biodiversity and ecosystem function

Soil biodiversity and ecosystem function | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
It has long been recognised that organisms living in the soil are important for making nitrogen available to plants and for storing carbon in the soil but a new paper in PNAS by de Vries et al, Soi...
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Switzerland Creates Secure Test Site for GM Crops | Science/AAAS | News

Switzerland Creates Secure Test Site for GM Crops | Science/AAAS | News | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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The importance of seed diversity

The importance of seed diversity | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Seeds might be small, inconspicuous things but they hold a great deal of power. For some, seeds mean survival, ritual, life. They are the basis of much of the food we consume. Perhaps because of th...
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Countries reach for food security while reducing agriculture's climate costs

Countries reach for food security while reducing agriculture's climate costs | A Better Food System | Scoop.it

'National integratGet the FAO-CCAFS review paper here. ed mitigation planning in agriculture: A review paper' is published jointly by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

It reviews national integrated mitigation planning activities in agriculture and the experiences that countries have had with the process.

The review aims to inform policy makers and advisers involved in low-emission development planning processes about ongoing agricultural mitigation actions in developing countries, highlighting the potentials, challenges and emerging best practices. It provides an overview of ongoing planning in the agriculture sector and in particular highlights the relevance of agriculture to national mitigation plans and actions.


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Judith van Praag's comment, May 30, 2013 12:36 PM
Hopeful!
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This give me hope.

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Organic Lobby Attacks Biotech Advances, Obscures Own Sustainability And Nutrition Doubletalk

Organic Lobby Attacks Biotech Advances, Obscures Own Sustainability And Nutrition Doubletalk | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
As the Genetic Literacy Project reports, the organic industry has a direct commercial interest in sowing confusion and doubt about genetically engineered crops and food ingredients derived from them.
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Biotech apples may be harbinger for Simplot spuds

Idaho's potato industry is gazing north of the U.S. border to a tiny Canadian apple breeder for a sign of how the public may embrace a genetically modified potato proposed for commercialization by the J.R.
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Romanian agriculture: from harvest to hardest | Reports | The Diplomat Bucharest

Romanian agriculture: from harvest to hardest | Reports | The Diplomat Bucharest | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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How does biotechnology differ from other plant breeding techniques? | Food Dialogues

How does biotechnology differ from other plant breeding techniques? | Food Dialogues | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
For 10,000 years farmers have intentionally changed the genetic makeup of all the crops we grow to produce hardier crops that taste better, resist disease and are easier to grow, all while taking up less land.
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Infographics of the Week: Women and Agriculture

Infographics of the Week: Women and Agriculture | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
As I wrote yesterday in Covering Agriculture, Poverty, and Hunger in Tanzania, I will be visiting Tanzania in the coming weeks to report on the agricultural sector and how it affects the millions o...
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Can the B-word beat malnutrition?

Can the B-word beat malnutrition? | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
While fortifying staple foods, such as wheat flour and salt, has become routine in urban parts of malnutrition-prone West Africa, bio-fortification - the breeding of more nutritious vegetables, grains and pulses - is still a relatively new...
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GM crops: African opposition is a farce, says group led by Kofi Annan

GM crops: African opposition is a farce, says group led by Kofi Annan | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Concern in Africa over genetically modified crops has been dismissed as fear
of the unknown by an environmental group chaired by Kofi Annan, the former UN
secretary general.
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The unintended child health consequences of the Green Revolution in India

The unintended child health consequences of the Green Revolution in India | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
While the Green Revolution in India greatly enhanced agricultural production, the enhanced use of fertilisers led to the contamination of surface and ground water.
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Breeding Health: Scientists Deploy Iron-Rich Pearl Millet Against Malnutrition | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Breeding Health: Scientists Deploy Iron-Rich Pearl Millet Against Malnutrition | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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The other food security debate - Indian Express

The other food security debate - Indian Express | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Public discussion on GE crops continues to be dominated by fear and prejudice.
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Development policy and history: lessons from the Green Revolution , by Jonathan Harwood

Development policy and history: lessons from the Green Revolution , by Jonathan Harwood, an article from History & Policy, the independent initiative working for better public policy through an understanding of history...
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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: The State of Food and Agriculture 2013

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations: The State of Food and Agriculture 2013 | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Green Revolution research saved an estimated 18 to 27 million hectares from being brought into agricultural production - Stevenson &al (2013) - PNAS

New estimates of the impacts of germplasm improvement in the major staple crops between 1965 and 2004 on global land-cover change are presented, based on simulations carried out using a global economic model (Global Trade Analysis Project Agro-Ecological Zone), a multicommodity, multiregional computable general equilibrium model linked to a global spatially explicit database on land use.

 

We estimate the impact of removing the gains in cereal productivity attributed to the widespread adoption of improved varieties in developing countries. Here, several different effects—higher yields, lower prices, higher land rents, and trade effects—have been incorporated in a single model of the impact of Green Revolution research (and subsequent advances in yields from crop germplasm improvement) on land-cover change.

 

Our results generally support the Borlaug hypothesis that increases in cereal yields as a result of widespread adoption of improved crop germplasm have saved natural ecosystems from being converted to agriculture. However, this relationship is complex, and the net effect is of a much smaller magnitude than Borlaug proposed.

 

We estimate that the total crop area in 2004 would have been between 17.9 and 26.7 million hectares larger in a world that had not benefited from crop germplasm improvement since 1965. Of these hectares, 12.0–17.7 million would have been in developing countries, displacing pastures and resulting in an estimated 2 million hectares of additional deforestation. However, the negative impacts of higher food prices on poverty and hunger under this scenario would likely have dwarfed the welfare effects of agricultural expansion... 


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FDA's Role in Regulating Safety of GE Foods

FDA's Role in Regulating Safety of GE Foods | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
GMOs, genetically modified organisms, biotech foods, or genetically engineered foods - whatever name they're called - seem to be a captivating topic. Learn more about them and how they are regulated in this FDA Consumer Update.
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