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What Does Biofuel Have To Do With the Price of Tortillas in Guatemala?

What Does Biofuel Have To Do With the Price of Tortillas in Guatemala? | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
In Guatemala, US and EU biofuel mandates are jacking up food prices for the urban poor and pushing subsistence farmers off of land.
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Fighting Famines with Markets: In Ethiopia, an Exchange Empowers Rural Farmers

Fighting Famines with Markets: In Ethiopia, an Exchange Empowers Rural Farmers | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Fighting Famines with Markets: In Ethiopia, an Exchange Empowers Rural Farmers
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Intensive farming: Ecologically sustainable?

Intensive farming: Ecologically sustainable? | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
As demand for food rises along with the world's population, policymakers are
looking at ways of intensifying crop production while reducing the negative
impact of farming on the environment.
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Potato late blight still a threat to global food security | News | The James Hutton Institute

Potato late blight still a threat to global food security | News | The James Hutton Institute | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
A pathogen responsible for a plant disease that has caused food shortages and major loss of life in the past, such as the Irish Potato Famine of 1845, still poses a significant threat to global food security.
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Farmers Are Working Toward a Brighter Future for Organic Vegetables

Farmers Are Working Toward a Brighter Future for Organic Vegetables | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Farmers Are Working Toward a Brighter Future for Organic Vegetables
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Wait! organic produce is not grown from organic seeds?? apparently not...

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January 1 Farm Bill Extension Deal is a Disaster for Farmers – NSAC

January 1 Farm Bill Extension Deal is a Disaster for Farmers – NSAC | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
For Immediate Release January 1, 2013 January 1 Farm Bill Extension Deal is a Disaster for Farmers Washington, DC - The farm bill extension deal
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Will the new year rbing about a better Farm Bill?

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Risky Business: The future of agriculture | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Risky Business: The future of agriculture | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Global Food for Thought

Global Food for Thought | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Global Food for Thought provides updated information, commentary, and analysis on breaking developments on international agriculture, food, and related issues.
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Landscape of the Week: Climate Change and Kericho-Mau | Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Blog

Landscape of the Week: Climate Change and Kericho-Mau | Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Blog | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Peak Farmland? Some Researchers Say It's Here : NPR

Peak Farmland? Some Researchers Say It's Here : NPR | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
A new study conflicts with predictions by the United Nations on how much land farmers will require to feed humanity in 2050. The starkly different visions of the future come down to a few key assumptions about supply and demand for food.
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SUNY-ESF duo celebrate the success of blight-resistant trees | NewsHouse | Syracuse University and Community News - S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

SUNY-ESF duo celebrate the success of blight-resistant trees | NewsHouse | Syracuse University and Community News - S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
After 22 years of research and hard work, Charles Maynard and William Powell have developed a fungus-resistant American chestnut that may bring back the trees from the brink of extinction.
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Terminator 2: My Mission is to Protect You

Terminator 2: My Mission is to Protect You | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
In discussions about GE crops, one of the contentious topics that often comes up is the use of what has been effectively dubbed “Terminator” technology. These are crops that are enginee...
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FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply : NPR

FDA Releases Rules To Strengthen Safety Of Food Supply : NPR | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Two years after a food safety bill became law, the FDA issues a rule to prevent foodborne illness in produce and one to require food manufacturers to have plans in place to prevent contamination.
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Important changes

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New Agriculturist: Book reviews - Full planet, empty plates - The new geopolitics of food security

New Agriculturist: Book reviews - Full planet, empty plates - The new geopolitics of food security | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Lester Brown summarises the alarming trends in food production and demand that threaten modern civilisation, including threats to the world's major grain production zones and consequences for low income countries and people.
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The author points out that teh Mayans, Sumerians and other cultures declined as their food system failed and our fate too is inextricably linked with our food system.

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Sustainable agriculture and food production - Stockholm Resilience Centre

Sustainable agriculture and food production - Stockholm Resilience Centre | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Advances the understanding of complex social-ecological systems with new insights into ecosystem management practices and long-term sustainability
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The solutions are here, clearly stated but will there be enough political will to adopt them?

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Foodies Shouldn’t Waste Time Worrying About Food Labels. They Should Follow the Money.

Foodies Shouldn’t Waste Time Worrying About Food Labels. They Should Follow the Money. | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Over the past several years I have spent a great deal of time in high-security, limited-access genetic modification laboratories.
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the problem with GMO, the article says lies in the use of patents...

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Scientists Savage Study Purportedly Showing Health Dangers of Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn - Forbes

Scientists Savage Study Purportedly Showing Health Dangers of Monsanto's Genetically Modified Corn - Forbes | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Are GM foods harmful or nutritionally less beneficial when compared to conventional or organic foods? Scientists and regulators almost universally say “no.”
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Why agricultural diversity matters to public health: The Marsden Farm study | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy

Why agricultural diversity matters to public health: The Marsden Farm study | Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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The Farming Forecast Calls for Change

The Farming Forecast Calls for Change | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Despite the lack of a global treaty on climate change, many farmers are already taking steps to adapt.
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Interesting insight: farmers in mnay countries already trying to adapt to changing climate but these efforts are limited in scale due to lack of funds.

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Scientists, Journalists Challenge Claim That GM Crops Harm The Environment - Forbes

Scientists, Journalists Challenge Claim That GM Crops Harm The Environment - Forbes | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
A recent study by noted organic researcher Charles Benbrook of  Washington State University published in Environmental Sciences Europe claimed that pesticide use in the US has increased substantially since the introduction of genetically modified...
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