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Africa needs non-GM green revolution to boost food | Reuters

MILAN (Reuters) - Africa will rely on non-transgenic crop breeding to boost food output to feed its rapidly growing population in the coming decades but will also need genetically modified products (GM),...
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Watermelon Farming in a Drought - IPS ipsnews.net

Watermelon Farming in a Drought - IPS ipsnews.net | Food issues | Scoop.it

On a Sunday evening, a track loaded with 10 tonnes of watermelons leaves Geoffrey Ndung’u’s homestead in Kanyonga village in semi-arid Eastern Kenya.

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UN urges food sector to reduce fossil fuel use and shift to ‘energy-smart’ agriculture

UN urges food sector to reduce fossil fuel use and shift to ‘energy-smart’ agriculture | Food issues | Scoop.it
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged the global food industry to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels, saying that excessive reliance on that form of energy is likely to undermine efforts to produce enough food for...
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New Farmers Confront Realities of Local Food Movement

New Farmers Confront Realities of Local Food Movement | Food issues | Scoop.it

A nationwide movement, fueled by disdain for industrial-scale agriculture, is inspiring many young people with no farming experience to get into agriculture - especially the small-scale, local, organic kind.

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Listeria outbreak traced to Colorado leaves damaged survivors in its wake - The Denver Post

Listeria outbreak traced to Colorado leaves damaged survivors in its wake - The Denver Post | Food issues | Scoop.it
Penny Hauser has one hope left as she adjusts the feeding drip and checks for bedsores on her husband and helpmate, Mike.
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Fooducate™ Mobile App Surpasses 10 Million Product Scans, Shifts Consumer Food Purchase Decisions

Fooducate™ Mobile App Surpasses 10 Million Product Scans, Shifts Consumer Food Purchase Decisions | Food issues | Scoop.it
Less than a year after launch, over one million Android and iPhone owners are getting Fooducated and changing their buying habits San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 29, 2011 Fooducate, the mobile app* that empowers...
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Retailers won't shy away from Fukushima produce - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun

Retailers won't shy away from Fukushima produce  - AJW by The Asahi Shimbun | Food issues | Scoop.it
Trying to help Fukushima farmers overcome negative publicity from the accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, some major retailing chains are proudly and confidently selling produce and rice from that prefecture.
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Prince of Wales calls for more school farms - Telegraph

Prince of Wales calls for more school farms - Telegraph | Food issues | Scoop.it
The Prince of Wales has called for more ‘school farms’ where pupils grow their
own food and rear livestock, while the Duchess of Cornwall wants more young
women to join the Women's Institute.
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Walnut trees may not be able to withstand climate change

Walnut trees may not be able to withstand climate change | Food issues | Scoop.it
Warmer, drier summers and extreme weather events considered possible as the climate changes would be especially troublesome -- possibly fatal -- for walnut trees, according to researchers.
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Coffee may protect against endometrial cancer, study suggests

Long-term coffee consumption may be associated with a reduced risk for endometrial cancer, according to a recent study.
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French Ban on Genetically Modified Corn Loses Another Round - ScienceInsider

French Ban on Genetically Modified Corn Loses Another Round - ScienceInsider | Food issues | Scoop.it

The French government has lost the latest round in its battle to maintain a ban on growing genetically-modified (GM) corn in France, but the new ruling is not the end of the story.

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Study disputes need to conserve ag water

Study disputes need to conserve ag water | Food issues | Scoop.it

A new report suggests that California agriculture already uses water efficiently and disputes the notion that conservation could free up large amounts of water for other uses.

 

Increasing water efficiency would generate only 330,000 acre-feet per year of new water, according to the study [PDF], which was conducted by the Center for Irrigation Technology at CSU Fresno. That represents about 0.5 percent of the state's water use.

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Atrazine in water tied to menstrual irregularities, low hormones

Atrazine in water tied to menstrual irregularities, low hormones | Food issues | Scoop.it
Women who drink water contaminated with low levels of the weed-killer atrazine may be more likely to have irregular menstrual cycles and low estrogen levels, scientists concluded in a new study.
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Texas drought visible in new national groundwater maps

Texas drought visible in new national groundwater maps | Food issues | Scoop.it
The record-breaking drought in Texas that has fueled wildfires, decimated crops and forced cattle sales has also reduced levels of groundwater in much of the state to the lowest levels seen in more than 60 years, according to new national maps.
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Rainfall suspected culprit in leaf disease transmission

Rainfall suspected culprit in leaf disease transmission | Food issues | Scoop.it
Rainfalls are suspected to trigger the spread of a multitude of foliar (leaf) diseases, which could be devastating for agriculture and forestry.
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'They haven't caused the problem, yet they are suffering'

'They haven't caused the problem, yet they are suffering' | Food issues | Scoop.it
THE MOST important visitor to the village of Mabwera is more than a month late.
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Herbicide may affect plants thought to be resistant

Herbicide may affect plants thought to be resistant | Food issues | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a fine-tuning mechanism involved in plant root growth that has them questioning whether a popular herbicide may have unintended consequences, causing some plants to need more water or nutrients.
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Japan faces years of food contamination fears - CBS News

Japan faces years of food contamination fears - CBS News | Food issues | Scoop.it
CBS Evening News: Japan faces years of food contamination fears - For fishermen and farmers across eastern Japan, the public fear of radiation has done damage to their livelihoods...
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French GMO crops unlikely in 2012 despite end of ban

French GMO crops unlikely in 2012 despite end of ban | Food issues | Scoop.it
PARIS (Reuters) - Genetically modified maize is unlikely to make it into French fields next year despite the lifting this week of a ban on a U.S.
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Mid-afternoon slump? Why a sugar rush may not be the answer

Mid-afternoon slump? Why a sugar rush may not be the answer | Food issues | Scoop.it
A new study has found that protein and not sugar activates the cells responsible for keeping us awake and burning calories. The research has implications for understanding obesity and sleep disorders.
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Changing fish diet killing baby birds, say Maine researchers

Changing fish diet killing baby birds, say Maine researchers | Food issues | Scoop.it
ROCKLAND, Maine — An increase in emaciated and dying baby seabirds seems to indicate that something is different in the Gulf of Maine. The cause is difficult to pinpoint, but the U.S.
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Canada lagging on farm-animal welfare

Canada lagging on farm-animal welfare | Food issues | Scoop.it
While many developed countries across the globe make strides to improve conditions for farm animals, Canada has some catching up to do before we can legitimately claim to treat our animals well.
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Herbicide atrazine spurs reproductive problems in many creatures, report finds

Herbicide atrazine spurs reproductive problems in many creatures, report finds | Food issues | Scoop.it
An international team of researchers has reviewed the evidence linking exposure to atrazine -- an herbicide widely used in the US and more than 60 other nations -- to reproductive problems in animals.
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State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture

State of the World's Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture | Food issues | Scoop.it

Widespread degradation and deepening scarcity of land and water resources have placed a number of key food production systems around the globe at risk, posing a profound challenge to the task of feeding a world population expected to reach 9 billion people by 2050, according to a new FAO report published today.

 

The State of the World’s Land and Water Resources for Food and Agriculture notes that while the last 50 years witnessed a three-fold increase in food production, “in too many places, achievements have been associated with management practices that have degraded the land and water systems upon which food production depends.” [UN Food and Agriculture Organization, November 2011]

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Mid-morning snacking may sabotage weight-loss efforts

Women dieters who grab a snack between breakfast and lunch lose less weight compared to those who abstain from a mid-morning snack, according to a new study.
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