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Determining livestock production’s contribution to atmospheric greenhouse gases | MSU Extension News

"While CO2 is the standard by which greenhouse gases are measured, CH4 from enteric digestion and manure storage and N2O related to the production of crops used for feed and also from manure storage make significant contributions to the total carbon footprint of livestock production.

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The Archaeology News Network: Ancient climate change has left a strong imprint on modern ecosystems

The Archaeology News Network: Ancient climate change has left a strong imprint on modern ecosystems | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"This research provides the first evidence that past regional climate shifts interact with local topography and species dispersal abilities with long-lasting important consequences for the global distribution of biodiversity..."

--Wasn't this already known?

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Brain Food: These Nutrients Help The Brain Stay Sharp For Longer - Huffington Post

Brain Food: These Nutrients Help The Brain Stay Sharp For Longer - Huffington Post | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
TopNews Arab EmiratesBrain Food: These Nutrients Help The Brain Stay Sharp For LongerHuffington PostSeniors who ate healthful diets scored better on tests of mental acuity than did their peers who consumed junk food, according to a new study.
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Questions About Organic Produce and Sustainability

Questions About Organic Produce and Sustainability | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Even as more Americans buy foods labeled organic, the products are moving away from a traditional emphasis on local growing and limited environmental strain.
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Isobel Coleman: Democracy in Development » Agriculture in Egypt

Isobel Coleman: Democracy in Development » Agriculture in Egypt | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"Beyond food security, Egyptian agriculture is failing to allocate its resources in efficient ways to be competitive in the global market. Farmers still focus on crops with low returns, or ones which consume large quantities of water, or both. Farmers also face poor access to credit, are reliant on out-of-date technology, and dependent on farm workers with low skills...

 

[So easy to work out solutions...]

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Roots to Fruits: Eat Pea Pods, Cauliflower Leaves, and Onion Peels

Roots to Fruits: Eat Pea Pods, Cauliflower Leaves, and Onion Peels | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Avoid food waste – eat your peels, roots and vegetable “waste” like pea pods, onion skins and cauliflower leaves...

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farmlandgrab.org | Saudis buy Argentine farms on eve of land curbs

farmlandgrab.org | Saudis buy Argentine farms on eve of land curbs | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Saudi Arabia, seeking foreign farmland to boost its food security, has bought 12,000 hectares of Argentine farmland just as the South American country is attempting to limit foreign farm ownership.
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Agro-ecology methods are key to food security - SciDev.Net

Agro-ecology methods are key to food security - SciDev.Net | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

j"Agro-ecological farming methods, not industrial-scale agriculture will be needed to ensure food security and protect food supplies from the impacts of climate change, argues Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food..

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Commentary: Domestic meat consumption is lagging

Commentary: Domestic meat consumption is lagging | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"While global meat consumption is projected to rise 73 percent by 2050, USDA forecasts indicate a sharp drop in U.S. domestic meat consumption in 2012, following declines which have become steeper since 2008...

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Monsanto’s Drought-Tolerant GM Corn is Deregulated

Monsanto’s Drought-Tolerant GM Corn is Deregulated | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
The USDA deregulated Monsanto's drought-tolerant GM corn on Thursday.

The information behind the decision to deregulate was provided by Monsanto to the USDA. Trials were performed in the United States and Chile in 2006.
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Healthy food effort backfiring (OneNewsNow.com)

Healthy food effort backfiring (OneNewsNow.com) | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Healthy food effort backfiring: A California educator says parents, not schools, need to "step up" and get invol..Since school officials decided to introduce healthier foods to the district's menu, students in the Los Angeles Unified School District have actually been eating more junk food..
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Amazon.com: The Impact of Structural Adjustment on the Population of Africa: The Implications for Education, Health and Employment (9780852554050): Aderanti Adepoju: Books

Amazon.com: The Impact of Structural Adjustment on the Population of Africa: .....These case studies show how the people of many African countries have had to make huge sacrifices because of the implementation of economic recovery programmes, lower wages and the drastic reduction in the allocation of resources to critical social sectors such as health and education. They emphasize that the way SAPs were introduced could exacerbate inequality and poverty..

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After Record Farm Profits, It's Time To Buy Agriculture Stocks - Seeking Alpha

After Record Farm Profits, It's Time To Buy Agriculture Stocks - Seeking Alpha | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Reasons behind 'landgrabs' in Africa and elsewhere by investors:

"U.S. farm profits were up 28% in 2011, topping $100 billion for the first time ever. Crop sales exceeded $200 billion. Collectively, U.S. farms are sitting on more than $100 billion in cash - also a first...

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Organic Agriculture May Be Outgrowing Its Ideals | Organic Food Tips

Organic Agriculture May Be Outgrowing Its Ideals | Organic Food Tips | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Growers here on the Baja Peninsula, the epicenter of Mexico's thriving new organic export sector, describe their toil amid the cactuses as “planting the.
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Isobel Coleman: Democracy in Development » Three Trends to Watch in International Development for 2012

Isobel Coleman: Democracy in Development » Three Trends to Watch in International Development for 2012 | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Another area of unfulfilled potential is genetically modified organisms. USAID administrator Rajiv Shah has advocated for greater innovation and leadership in exploring how genetically modified foods can be used to feed the world’s growing population.

In the horn of Africa, poor governance and climate conditions have combined to create chronic food shortages and famines.

Genetically modified crops such as drought resistant or drought tolerant crops can play a crucial role in combating food insecurity in water poor areas

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Organic farming may be outgrowing its ideals

Organic farming may be outgrowing its ideals | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Even as more Americans buy foods labeled organic, the products are moving away from a traditional emphasis on local growing and limited environmental strain.
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Why the green revolution under the microscope will fail to feed the world’s billions

Why the green revolution under the microscope will fail to feed the world’s billions | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"Now that 94 percent of the soy and 70 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. are genetically modified, Monsanto — one of the companies that dominates the GMO seed market — might look to some like it’s winning. But if we look a little closer, I’d say they’re holding on by a thread...

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Could Chicken Be the New Monkey Someday?

Could Chicken Be the New Monkey Someday? | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Studies tease apart the intricacies of bush meat consumption in Central and West Africa, which may help guide conservation efforts in those regions.
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farmlandgrab.org | A huge oil palm plantation puts African rainforest at risk

farmlandgrab.org | A huge oil palm plantation puts African rainforest at risk | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

"One of the biggest palm oil projects in Africa is being developed by Herakles Farms, a New York-based agricultural firm that is planning to cultivate a 60,000-hectare (148,000-acre) plantation in Cameroon. The problem is that Herakles’ proposed plantation lies in the middle of one of Africa’s most biodiverse — and threatened — landscapes.

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farmlandgrab.org | S.Sudan seeks food and farmland investments

farmlandgrab.org | S.Sudan seeks food and farmland investments | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
South Sudan hopes to attract investors from Gulf Arab states, Israel, China and fellow African countries to boost production of basic food items, a government official said on Thursday.
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African environment policies hampered by 'secrecy and low priority' - SciDev.Net

African environment policies hampered by 'secrecy and low priority' - SciDev.Net | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it

Africa lacks environmental data, a problem compounded by secrecy and an unwillingness to share, say civil society representatives...

South Africa and Egypt had data on environmental quality and water respectively, but very few African countries invested in information generation and most governments considered the environment to be a "soft" issue..

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Africa emerging as a continent of opportunity - Apna India

"Africa too is investing in its much under-developed infrastructure. And this - alongside the growing middle class - should make Africa a more attractive destination for private sector investment, including higher Foriegn Direct Investment flows,"  ...

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Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture) – Douglas J. Kennett; Bruce Winterhalder download, read, buy online | e-Books

Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture) – Douglas J. Kennett; Bruce Winterhalder download, read, buy online | e-Books | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
Behavioral Ecology and the Transition to Agriculture (Origins of Human Behavior and Culture) 8211 Douglas J. Kennet.This innovative volume is the first collective effort by archaeologists and ethnographers to use concepts and models from human behavioral ecology to explore one of the most consequential transitions in human history: the origins of agriculture.
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How to know if you are Addicted to Food | Diet & Nutrition | FireHow.com

How to know if you are Addicted to Food | Diet & Nutrition | FireHow.com | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
High-fat, high-calorie foods affect the brain in much the same way as cocaine and heroin. Coffee stimulates the brain by causing the body to release stress hormones in the blood. So coffee is on the addiction list. Coffee also interferes with the night sleep and be responsible for the feelings of fatigue. Fast food restaurants are very addictive. The U.S alone has the high rate of addiction of fast food. The term couch potato also goes well with eating so many chips and they are so addictive..
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For tiny Burundi, big returns in sending peacekeepers to Somalia

For tiny Burundi, big returns in sending peacekeepers to Somalia | Africa and Beyond | Scoop.it
For poorer countries like Burundi, sending soldiers to join a UN or African Union peacekeeping mission offers financial and political benefits, as well as better arms and training.
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