Smithsonian How Globalization and Climate Change Are Taking Away Our Favorite Foods Smithsonian The loss of agrobiodiversity—the reduction of the diversity that's woven into every single strand of the complex web that makes food and agriculture...
“…these maps do us no good unless they become public knowledge and indigenous rights are recognized by all who have ambitions to grab our lands.” That’s Abdon Nababan of the Indonesia’s Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance, on LandMark, “a new tool...
I finally got to see the Feeding the Empire exhibit at the Ara Pacis in Rome on Saturday, and learned a lot about how Rome managed to keep a million people fed most of the time. In one of the display cases, I saw this astonishing implement.
Hibiscus storckii is one of the original, native species hibiscus plants that is a probable ancestor to the modern hibiscus hybrids. It was discovered and named by a botanist visiting the island of Fiji in the 1800s.
Bangladeshi Aus was one of the oldest rice varieties domesticated in the world which helped develop the ancient civilisation in Bengal delta, research showed.New research suggests that rice was domesticated thrice on three separate occasions as farmers...
Finger millet [Eleusine coracana (L.) Gaertn.], which figured among the six small millets in research portfolio of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), has now been formally m...
Processed insects should pass for food 30.10.2015 Zurich – The swisscleantech trade association has taken a stand on the revisions to the new food law. It has welcomed the approval of three species of insect as a foodstuff, but criticised the mode of processing. It is a significant limitation that the respective insects can be offered only in their whole, unprocessed form, according to swisscleantech. As justification for the limitation, the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO) said the unprocessed form would counteract the deception of consumers.
The swisscleantech trade association believes that restricting approval to the unprocessed form will limit market acceptance – and will also prove an obstacle to Swiss innovation and the sustainable potential of insects. swisscleantech suggests passing an amendment allowing processed insects to be considered as a foodstuff.
The Plant Treaty is having its sixth Governing Body meeting next week in Rome. Perhaps the main thing on the agenda is discussion of the recommendations of the Ad-hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System.
CIMMYT’s genebank has a fancy new profile pic on Facebook. Not sure if they’ll make it more generally available, so here it is for those of our readers who are not into social media. Click on it if you want to read the captions.
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