Roger Thurow examines an innovative charity's initiative to raise living standards and stave off famine in sub-Saharan Africa by supporting smallholding farmers in their desperate effort to increase crop yields.
“Antibiotic levels nearly nil” screams the headline from this article in the industry trade publication, National Hog Farmer. It was a piece of spin doctoring in response to IATP’s report earlier this month on the widespread and unregulated use of human antibiotics in ethanol production. Ethanol producers use antibiotics to control bacterial outbreaks during production, which can interfere with the fermentation process and lower ethanol yields.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nation’s position on land grabs legitimises the industrial monocultures responsible for the expulsion of farmers and indigenous communities from their lands say Latin American and Caribbean social movements and organisations.
The Centre for Indigenous Knowledge and Organisational Development (CIKOD), a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Ghana, and the Kenya-headquartered African Biodiversity Network (ABN), have waged war on Genetic Modified (GM) products in Ghana and other parts of Africa.
According to the two NGOs, GM products have health and environmental implications for the country and Africa at large.
Cities can do a lot to fight obesity in the same way they managed to beat back smoking in public places to improve public health, says Toronto food expert Wayne Robertson, former manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council.
Large-scale crop plantations are expanding at a rapid pace across southeast Asia, with multinational firms often benefiting the most at the expense of local communities and the environment, two U.N. rights experts warned on Wednesday.
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