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USDA scientists, cooperators sequence the wheat genome in breakthrough for global food security | Seed content from Farm Industry News

USDA scientists, cooperators sequence the wheat genome in breakthrough for global food security | Seed content from Farm Industry News | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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An enthralling look at urban food growth

An enthralling look at urban food growth | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
In Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution, Edmonton journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King exposes the world's unsustainable food industry - but she doesn't simply point out the problems.
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Intercropping 'boosts maize yields by 50 per cent' - SciDev.Net

Intercropping 'boosts maize yields by 50 per cent' - SciDev.Net | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
A 12-year study in Southern Africa has found that intercropping has a long-term positive effect on rain-fed maize yields.
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Africa Can Feed Itself, Earn Billions, and Avoid Food Crises by Unblocking Regional Food Trade

World Bank says Africa’s farmers can potentially grow enough food to feed the continent and avert food crises if countries remove cross-border restrictions on food trade.
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Alarm over proposal to ban GM trials - Business Standard (2011)

Alarm over proposal to ban GM trials - Business Standard (2011) | A Better Food System | Scoop.it

A 10-year blanket ban on field trials of genetically modified (termed Bt) crops, proposed by an expert committee set up by the Supreme Court, has set off alarm bells, especially in the cotton sector. A senior government official said it would be like gifting a 10-year monopoly on Bt cotton to a single company, Monsanto, and clipping the wings of upcoming competitors, such as Bayer, Dow, DuPont and Syngenta, and some public sector companies. Monsanto has completed its trials and can reap the gains in the coming years, while the other companies are still only at the start of their trials, the official said, on condition of anonymity. Monsanto on its part, while rejecting the overall contents on the report on the grounds that it (the committee) has exceeded its mandate and its implementation would have serious implication on the future of Indian agriculture, said competition already exists in the Bt cotton field and its first-mover advantage comes from the fact that it had better technologies to offer... The ban, if accepted by the Supreme Court, which begins the hearing on this on October 29, would also mean a return to the high insecticide consumption trend witnessed till 2001 before Bt cotton came in. While insecticide use growth was 46 per cent in 2001, it went down to 21 per cent in subsequent five years, an official said. Insecticide manufacturers are all multinational companies, and they were hit badly, with a 60 per cent fall in demand since the advent of Bt cotton, government sources said. 


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A tale of two villages

A tale of two villages | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Your blogger recently spent a couple of weeks pottering around central India in the company of Jean Drèze of Allahabad University, Aasjish Gupta, his research...
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Today is World Food Day: 21 Awesome Policies Changing the Food System!

Today is World Food Day: 21 Awesome Policies Changing the Food System! | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Producing more food using less land: how can science help? / CGIAR

Producing more food using less land: how can science help? / CGIAR | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Drought conditions worsen in some key Midwest farming states, hold steady for US as a whole

ST. LOUIS — The nation’s worst drought in decades is showing no sign of letting up in several key Midwest farming states, worrying farmers harvesting the summer’s withered corn crop in record time that their winter crops may also be at risk.
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Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee : NPR

Cornstalks Everywhere But Nothing Else, Not Even A Bee : NPR | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
You can go to almost any cubic foot of ocean, stream, coral, backyard, ice shelves even, and if you look, you'll find scores of little animals and plants busy making a living.
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Asian farmers failing to use pest-resistant rice - SciDev.Net

Asian farmers failing to use pest-resistant rice - SciDev.Net | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Poor communications, an unregulated market, and weak farmers-researchers links are damaging uptake of pest-resistant rice, says a top scientist.
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The energy efficiency of local food systems: A comparison between different modes of distribution - Mundler & Rumpus (2012) - Food Pol

“Food miles” are analyzed for their energy efficiency in short food chains... compared with long-chain distribution. Local food systems may have satisfactory levels of energy efficiency... bringing them close to long chains in the best examples... energy performance remains very dependent on where the study was conducted. Ultimately this study invites us to better analyze the ways in which actors collaborate to optimize energy expenditures relative to the distribution of food products in local sales chains... 


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International community groups, speakers challenge #foodsovereignty status quo

International community groups, speakers challenge #foodsovereignty status quo | A Better Food System | Scoop.it

WhyHunger announced today the winners of the fourth annual Food Sovereignty Prize, recognized for their role in ensuring that all people have the right to food. The winners, the Korean Women’s Peasants Association (KWPA), Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), the National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO) of Sri Lanka and the Unified Peasant Movement of Aguan Region (MUCA) of Honduras, are being honored today at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in New York at a free, public ceremony hosted by WhyHunger, in collaboration with the U.S. Food Sovereignty Alliance, the Small Planet Fund, the Lawson Valentine Foundation and other allied organizations. The ceremony, celebrated as an alternative to the World Food Prize, includes a keynote address by U.N. Special Rappoteur on the Right to Food Olivier de Schutter and a special musical appearance by musician and activist Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman.


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How the plough helped to feed the world – but denuded our earth

How the plough helped to feed the world – but denuded our earth | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Letters: Luckily more and more farmers worldwide are developing ways of growing food while also growing the soil...
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On World Food Day, India's women farmers show the way

On World Food Day, India's women farmers show the way | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Applying and spreading their traditional knowledge of seeds, Dalit woman in Andhra Pradesh are battling hard to fight malnutrition among 42 per cent of India's children.

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2012 Global Hunger Index | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

2012 Global Hunger Index | International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Bugs Have Key Role in Farming Approach to Storing CO2 Emissions ~ GANADERÍA MÉXICO

Bugs Have Key Role in Farming Approach to Storing CO2 Emissions ~ GANADERÍA MÉXICO | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
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Grow vegetables under trees | World Agroforestry Centre

Grow vegetables under trees | World Agroforestry Centre | A Better Food System | Scoop.it
Research centre (aka ICRAF) putting trees on farms to raise farmers� incomes and reduce poverty, working between agriculture and forestry...
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