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White House Seeks to Change International Food Aid

White House Seeks to Change International Food Aid | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Instead of buying food from American farmers and shipping it abroad, the government would buy food in developing countries and distribute it.
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What a turn up for the books. Buy local food, rather than ship subsidised US food to developing countires? Feed people and boost the local economy? 

 

Nah ... it'll never catch on.

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Is the fresh the enemy of good canned food?

Is the fresh the enemy of good canned food? | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

There’s that wise old saw that the best is the enemy of the good.


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Investing sweat equity to harness ecosystem services | Global Food Security blog

Investing sweat equity to harness ecosystem services | Global Food Security blog | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

And so, if my wife was to ask me what I had been doing all morning, I could truthfully have said that I had been “busy harnessing ecosystem services and investing sweat equity”, and she would have probably thought that I had become a little bit madder than I already am.

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Lovely, thoughtful piece, an excellent antidote to all the guff blowing around the International Year of Family farming.

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CABI Blogs: Reducing hunger and undernutrition - how are we doing?

CABI Blogs: Reducing hunger and undernutrition - how are we doing? | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Hunger and undernutrition are amongst the most persistent global development challenges. Part of Millennium Development Goal 1 is to ‘Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people who suffer from hunger’ (UN, 2012).

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Knapco's curator insight, May 13, 2013 12:38 AM

I have just got an e-mail, which I am sharing: "It’s been a very dynamic quarter for Plantwise activities around the world. As you may recall, this is a global programme to improve food security and rural livelihoods by reducing crop losses.

I am pleased to attach this link to the latest Plantwise Newsletter.

In this edition:

· Ghana launches Plantwise with workshop in Accra

· European Commission pledges support to Plantwise for African food security

· National plant protection leaders share Plantwise experiences at CPM in Rome

· Data from Kenya helps to shape Plantwise knowledge bank 

· China, Myanmar and CABI sign cooperation agreement to open new doors

As always, we wish to thank our donors, our 127 partner organisations worldwide, and all our staff for their tireless efforts supporting Plantwise operations.

I hope you find the Plantwise Newsletter of interest, and please feel free to share this email with colleagues."

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Laugh or Cry? Pollan and Moss Face Up to a Challenge | Rachel Laudan

Laugh or Cry? Pollan and Moss Face Up to a Challenge | Rachel Laudan | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
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[I]sn’t abundance better than scarcity? ...  If this is the food movement, it appears to be in reverse gear.

 

Not my insight, the author's. And she's right. Sure, we need to get back to buying ingredients and cooking food, rather than buying food, but things have become altogether too precious.

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FCRN | Perspectives on agroforestry as a model for sustainable intensification of agriculture

FCRN | Perspectives on agroforestry as a model for sustainable intensification of agriculture | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

In this in-depth interview, the FCRN’s Marie Persson has invited 3 experts, Roger Leakey, André Gonçalves and Ben Phalan to discuss the role, benefits and challenges with agroforestry. They provide insights and critical recommendations based on experiences analysing and implementing such systems in Brazil, South East Asia and many African countries. Special attention is paid to agroforestry as a possible pathway towards closing the yield gap and creating sustainable intensification.


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A. A. Gill on Drinking Blood From the Heart of a Bull—“It Tastes Like Steak”

A. A. Gill on Drinking Blood From the Heart of a Bull—“It Tastes Like Steak” | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
A. A. Gill writes of an international occupation with a very American export—steak—and the blood-thirst it has inspired.
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Steak really isn't all its cracked up to be. I mean, I like a nice piece of bloody meat from time to time, but there are far better things to do with the other bits of a cow.

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Food Security: enough on our plates?

Food Security: enough on our plates? | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

Food security is not just a problem for the poor. It will become, increasingly, a problem for everybody


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I'm deeoply skeptical of the numbers in the first paragraph, which suggest that the average grocery bill for a family of four is just $5000. A quick search reveals most numbers are higher than that, and they are from a while ago.

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Towards upping the ante in child nutrition - The Hindu

Towards upping the ante in child nutrition - The Hindu | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
The Hindu
Towards upping the ante in child nutrition
The Hindu
Following the Rs.
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Oooh, and look, they're doing it India too; decentralising the purchasing of food aid.

 

Further proof that it cannot be a good idea.

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Antibiotics and the Meat We Eat

Antibiotics and the Meat We Eat | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

SCIENTISTS at the Food and Drug Administration systematically monitor the meat and poultry sold in supermarkets around the country for the presence of disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. These food products are bellwethers that tell us how bad the crisis of antibiotic resistance is getting. And they’re telling us it’s getting worse.

 

But this is only part of the story. While the F.D.A. can see what kinds of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are coming out of livestock facilities, the agency doesn’t know enough about the antibiotics that are being fed to these animals. This is a major public health problem, because giving healthy livestock these drugs breeds superbugs that can infect people. We need to know more about the use of antibiotics in the production of our meat and poultry. The results could be a matter of life and death.


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The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Presents Academy's First Research ... - The New York Academy of Sciences

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science Presents Academy's First Research ...
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Another day, another set of competitive research proposals. It'll be interesting to see how some of these work out, especially the one comparing population strategies to improve diet.

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Two Major Farm Groups Take Opposite Tack on Raw Milk - Food Safety News

Two Major Farm Groups Take Opposite Tack on Raw Milk - Food Safety News | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Food Safety News Two Major Farm Groups Take Opposite Tack on Raw Milk Food Safety News Mark McAfee, co-owner of Fresno-based Organic Pastures, the largest raw milk producer in the United States, told Food Safety News that there was no reference to...
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Just fancy that. Some people think it's OK, others don't.

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Taking the Last Bite | Conservation Magazine

Taking the Last Bite | Conservation Magazine | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
A couple of simple cues could make people waste substantially less food in places such as hotels, schools, and hospitals, researchers say. Food waste doesn’t
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Nice study on reducing consumer waste at buffet tables; smaller plates, and a reminder that you can come back as often as you like both decrease the amount people leave.

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Growth in national income is a poor predictor of welfare - The Economist

Growth in national income is a poor predictor of welfare - The Economist | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Growth in national income is a poor predictor of welfare
The Economist
IF YOU look at countries' social and economic progress since 1990, you will find that, in most cases, it is in line with their historic performance—with some important exceptions.
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Food Politics » Sugar v. HFCS: How I got involved in this lawsuit

Food Politics » Sugar v. HFCS: How I got involved in this lawsuit | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
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You want a teeny insight into how the food industry works? Read this.

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Food Voucher Program Gives Palestinian Families Choices and Supports the Local Economy | USAID Impact

Food Voucher Program Gives Palestinian Families Choices and Supports the Local Economy | USAID Impact | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
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Food and Agriculture - Articles

Food and Agriculture - Articles | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

It’s no secret that traditional crops such as millets and pulses are highly nutritious. Now researchers, working with women in Ethiopia and India are making it easier for them to use these local crops when cooking healthy meals at home and creating new business ventures.

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IDRC says so, so it must be true.

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Food Aid as Industrial Policy - Cato Institute (blog)

Food Aid as Industrial Policy - Cato Institute (blog) | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Food Aid as Industrial Policy
Cato Institute (blog)
In practice, after becoming a government program, the idea of giving food to poor people has been turned into an industrial policy tool.
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absolutely nothing unexpected here. The big win will be if the change in US aid policy actually has some impact on the ground, stimulating local producers and markets. And will there be any effort to stimulate nutrition rather than just calories?

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diana buja's curator insight, April 24, 2013 6:44 AM
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absolutely nothing unexpected here. The big win will be if the change in US aid policy actually has some impact on the ground, stimulating local producers and markets. And will there be any effort to stimulate nutrition rather than just calories?

diana buja's curator insight, April 24, 2013 7:24 AM
Jeremy Cherfas's insight: absolutely nothing unexpected here. The big win will be if the change in US aid policy actually has some impact on the ground, stimulating local producers and markets. And will there be any effort to stimulate nutrition rather than just calories?
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UNICEF report on nutrition shows progress in combating childhood stunting - UN News Centre

UNICEF report on nutrition shows progress in combating childhood stunting - UN News Centre | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
UN News Centre UNICEF report on nutrition shows progress in combating childhood stunting UN News Centre 15 April 2013 – A United Nations nutrition report released today shows that progress has been made in recent years in addressing stunting in...
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Rural Women Get Livestock to Improve Nutrition - AllAfrica.com

Rural Women Get Livestock to Improve Nutrition - AllAfrica.com | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Rural Women Get Livestock to Improve Nutrition
AllAfrica.com
Dimitrie Nyirabayoboke, one of the beneficiaries, said the goats were expected to improve nutrition standards in communities.
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I do hope they can get over their taboo on drinking goat milk.

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Forest foods should be used in fight against global malnutrition

Forest foods should be used in fight against global malnutrition | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it

Gearing up for the International Conference on Forests for Food Security and Nutrition Bioversity International scientist Barbara Vinceti speaks about the importance of forest foods in peoples' diets.


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Course they should. Bring on the frutti di bosco.

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Noor Fatima's curator insight, April 10, 2013 4:10 AM

that is a wonderful idea......awareness about this must be increased.........

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White House Seeks to Change International Food Aid

White House Seeks to Change International Food Aid | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Instead of buying food from American farmers and shipping it abroad, the government would buy food in developing countries and distribute it.
Jeremy Cherfas's insight:

What a turn up for the books. Buy local food, rather than ship subsidised US food to developing countires? Feed people and boost the local economy? 

 

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Weight of the World | Visual.ly

Weight of the World | Visual.ly | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
The average body mass index (BMI) values for adults around the globe compared.
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Handy.

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Agro-ecology, Food Security, and Common sense

Agro-ecology, Food Security, and Common sense | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
Agro-ecology is the common sense approach to food security “There is no agricultural challenge that we can’t solve with an agro‐ecological approach.”  “The industrial mindset is the underlying psychological state that drives the development of technologies...

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Preaching to the choir, but a good sermon nonetheless (apart from the well-dodgy ligtures).

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You Are What You Eat: Unraveling the Truth in Food Records | Anthropology in Practice, Scientific American Blog Network

You Are What You Eat: Unraveling the Truth in Food Records | Anthropology in Practice, Scientific American Blog Network | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
The last time I browsed the cookbook section of a bookstore, the options were dizzying. The present day culinary record of our habits and inclinations is ...
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Uravelling the diet of the Roman republic.

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On Big Food, unhealthy partnerships, and the public health benefits of regulation

On Big Food, unhealthy partnerships, and the public health benefits of regulation | Food and Nutrition | Scoop.it
When the junk food and alcohol industries seek to cosy up to health professionals and organisations, beware.

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Honestly, is anyone surprised? I mean, it is nice to have data and all, but I'd be more shocked if big food weren't trying to bend things their own way.

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