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Food shortages could be most critical world issue within 40 years

From a recent review in Clickgreen .org .uk "The world is less than 40 years away from a food shortage that will have serious implications for people and Governments, according to a top scientist at the US Agency for International Development.

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In the review is goes onto say "The perfect storm for horticulture and agriculture is also an opportunity," Davies said. "Consumer trends such as views on quality, nutrition, production origin and safety impact what foods we consume. Also, urban agriculture favours horticulture." For example, he said, the fastest growing segment of new farmers in California, are female, non-Anglos who are "intensively growing horticultural crops on small acreages," he said.

  
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Healthier, more efficient food systems could slash farm emissions - study

Healthier, more efficient food systems could slash farm emissions - study | Science-Into Food Security | Scoop.it

New study says farmers and eaters could cut greenhouse gas emissions enormously through measures such as reducing meat consumption of beef and cutting waste

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From a recent study  reviewed by Thomson Reuters FoundationAnnual greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture could be cut by more than half by 2030 if the world follows strategies such as eating less beef, reducing food waste and managing soil nutrients better, a report from climate experts said on Friday.

The biggest opportunities for curbing planet-warming emissions lie in Brazil, China, the European Union, India and the United States, according to the research published by two consulting firms, Climate Focus and California Environmental Associates.

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Food loss and waste - your world need you

Food loss and waste - your world need you | Science-Into Food Security | Scoop.it

The FAO of the UN leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nation...

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Summed up in this video published by the FAO -Each year 30% of global food production is lost after harvest, or wasted in shops, households or catering services. This represents USD $750 billion worth of food every year. Find out about food wastage reduction methods. We all have to do our part in reducing food waste.

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Small-scale, urban allotments yield food, healthy soil, study finds

Small-scale, urban allotments yield food, healthy soil, study finds | Science-Into Food Security | Scoop.it
Soils under Britain's allotments are significantly healthier than intensively farmed soils, researchers have found. This is the first study to show that by growing at small-scale in urban areas, it is possible to produce food sustainably without damaging the soil. As a result of the findings, planners and policy makers should increase the number of allotments available, the authors say.
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In a review published today in Science Daily "One of the greatest challenges facing the growing human population is meeting rising demand for food without undermining the soils on which food production -- and other services such as carbon storage, flood mitigation and locking up pollutants -- depends.

Intensive farming often results in significant declines in soil organic carbon stocks, as well as reducing the ability of soils to store water and nutrients, and damaging soil structure, which can lead to soil erosion.

Working in Leicester, ecologist Dr Jill Edmondson from the University of Sheffield took soil samples from 27 plots on 15 allotment sites across the city. She also sampled soils from local parks, gardens and surrounding agricultural land.

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Food Waste 147 kilos per person

Food Waste 147 kilos per person | Science-Into Food Security | Scoop.it
Channel News Asia Food manufacturers mull measures to curb wastage Channel News Asia SINGAPORE: In a bid to reduce food waste, the Singapore Food Manufacturers' Association (SFMA) is looking at developing a set of food standards with Singapore...
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From a report in Channels news Asia -The amount of food waste in Singapore has increased by 31 per cent over the last five years.

In 2013 alone, it amounted to 796,000 tonnes, which works out to almost 147 kilogrammes per person.

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We have to do more to reduce waste as an industry - Leatherhead research Institute

We have to do more to reduce waste as an industry - Leatherhead research Institute | Science-Into Food Security | Scoop.it
Food manufacturers should leave no stone unturned as they search for ways to decrease waste and increase the value of manufacturing waste streams, says Steve Osborn of Leatherhead Food Research.
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A lot of funding schemes in the UK have been directed into this area , so hopefully exploitable solutions to reduce level will soon come become evident , I am looking for approaches which will cost effectively stablise wet perishable waste 

 

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