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Destroying African Agriculture

Destroying African Agriculture | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
At the time of decolonization in the 1960s, Africa was not just self-sufficient in food but was actually a net food exporter, its exports averaging 1.3 million tons a year between 1966-70. Today, the continent imports 25% of its food, with almost every country being a net food importer. Hunger and famine have become recurrent phenomena, with the last three years alone seeing food emergencies break out in the Horn of Africa, the Sahel, Southern Africa, and Central Africa.
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How To Pick Mushrooms Without Poisoning Yourself

How To Pick Mushrooms Without Poisoning Yourself | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Foraged vegetables are always more fun to cook. So Food52’s resident forager, Tama Matsuoka Wong, is introducing us to the seasonal wild plants we should be looking for, and the recipes that will make our kitchens feel a little more wild.
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Time to End the Abuse and Exploitation of Animals

Time to End the Abuse and Exploitation of Animals | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
If we accept that animals are self-aware beings and have emotions, then this raises the question of whether we should keep animals in captivity (zoos), whether we should allow the cruel confinement and treatment of farm animals, and whether we...
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California Farmers File Suit Alleging Oil Companies' Faulty Wastewater Injection Caused Crop Loss

California Farmers File Suit Alleging Oil Companies' Faulty Wastewater Injection Caused Crop Loss | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

Palla Farms LLC, a ninety-two-year-old family farm operation, says it had to tear out hundreds of cherry trees due to high levels of salt and boron in the groundwater it has used to irrigate its crops for the past 25 years. The company claims its almond orchard has also experienced production declines.

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Noah’s Ark for Fruits, Nuts and Grapes

Noah’s Ark for Fruits, Nuts and Grapes | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Almonds, apricots, cherries, figs, grapes, kiwi, olives, peaches, pistachios, plums, pomegranates, walnuts: The repository’s list adds up to 253 taxa and so much mouth-watering diversity that a 30-foot stroll will net you five kinds of plums.
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Food Truck Economics

Food Truck Economics | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

But what is the future of food trucks? At some point, there will be enough new entrants to the market that the profits will be competed away and the market will be saturated. Or perhaps local governments will start to heavily regulate food truck permits like they do taxi medallions and liquor licenses. Already, we’re seeing evidence of each of these trends that might curb the food truck movement.

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Robots Cooked and Served My Dinner 

Robots Cooked and Served My Dinner  | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
In the Chinese city of Kunshan, a small army of robot cooks and waiters serve dumplings and fried rice to curious customers at Tian Waike Restaurant.

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Food service workers, beware.....

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Saha wa Hanadi - Asian Episode on Vimeo

This is "Saha wa Hanadi - Asian Episode" by Jacqwi Campbell on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.
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Need Land, Will Farm: Young Americans Reclaim Soil to Grow Food Sustainably

Need Land, Will Farm: Young Americans Reclaim Soil to Grow Food Sustainably | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
78 percent of beginning farmers polled by the National Young Farmers Coalition list lack of capital as the biggest challenge they face when trying to start up their own farm.
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Plant Diversity In China Vital For Global Food Security

Plant Diversity In China Vital For Global Food Security | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

“With climate change threatening global food supplies, new research claims the rich flora of China could be crucial to underpin food security in the future. A team from the University of Birmingham and partners in China have identified 871 wild plant”


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Feed Your Entire Family On $5 With These Meals

Feed Your Entire Family On $5 With These Meals | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Delicious home cooked meals for your family don't require you spending big bucks at the grocery story. In fact, Erin Chase, "The $5...
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Holli Thompson - Guest Blog Post: Tara Miko's Pistachio Mint Hemp Pesto

Holli Thompson - Guest Blog Post: Tara Miko's Pistachio Mint Hemp Pesto | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
  Tara Miko and I met when our photographer for a Nutritional Style® photo shoot arrived with bags of Tara’s brand, Happy Hemp Seeds, as snacks. What are those? I...
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Unfolding Truth: Dismantling the World Bank's Myths on Agriculture and Development (PDF)

Unfolding Truth: Dismantling the World Bank's Myths on Agriculture and Development (PDF) | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
In the 1980s and 1990s, the World Bank and International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) intervention in developing countries’ national policies, through aid conditionality and austerity programs known as Structural Adjustments Programs (SAPs), triggered a wave of global resistance against the International Financial Institutions (IFIs). in the face of growing criticism that these policies increased poverty, debt, and dependency on rich countries, saps were eventually withdrawn in 2002; however the World Bank, through renewed means, continues to pursue and impose its neoliberal agenda on the developing world.
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market based solutions don't help the very poorest 

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Ecology On Water Rule: Let Them Eat Fish - Capital Press

Ecology On Water Rule: Let Them Eat Fish - Capital Press | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Washington's Department of Ecology proposes new water quality standards to ensure you can eat fish everyday without risking taking in too many toxins. If the rule is adopted, it's unclear whether anything will change.
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How Do You Farm A Clam That Can Grow 3 Feet Long And Live For Over A Century?

How Do You Farm A Clam That Can Grow 3 Feet Long And Live For Over A Century? | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
We called up Marco Pinchot, of Taylor Shellfish Farms in Puget Sound. Taylor is the largest shellfish farm in the country, and they’re not just doing geoduck. “If you’ve ever had Manila clams in New York City, they’ve come from us,” says Pinchot.
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Midnight Oil - Beds Are Burning - YouTube

Music video by Midnight Oil performing Beds Are Burning. (C) 1997 Midnight Oil
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GRAINS

GRAINS | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
At Brooklyn Porridge Co, we celebrate the global diversity of porridge by using a variety of ancient, naturally gluten-free whole grains. Although each grain holds its own distinctive flavor, textu...
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Bamboo Charcoal - Charcoal for Your BBQ Made from Bamboo

Bamboo Charcoal - Charcoal for Your BBQ Made from Bamboo | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Environmentally friendly bamboo charcoal has a high combustion value and is ideal for the barbecue as it does not smoke or smell like some other charcoals.
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Petrolify®: Don't Just Seize the Day, Seize Life - YouTube

Side effects may vary. Find out of Petrolify® is right for your world at http://www.petrolify.com Director: Jacob McClure (http://www.jacobardenmcclure.com) ...

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From Fish to Flowers

From Fish to Flowers | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
At the Chilly Root Farms in Homer, AK, the snow- covered Kenai Mountains form a backdrop to the peony fields.
The promise of gold, oil and king crab has lured fortune seekers to Alaska for decades.
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Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics

Evolutionary history of honeybees revealed by genomics | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

In a study published in Nature Genetics, researchers from Uppsala University present the first global analysis of genome variation in honeybees. The findings show a surprisingly high level of genetic diversity in honeybees, and indicate that the species most probably originates from Asia, and not from Africa as previously thought.

 

The honeybee (Apis mellifera) is of crucial importance for humanity. One third of our food is dependent on the pollination of fruits, nuts and vegetables by bees and other insects. Extensive losses of honeybee colonies in recent years are a major cause for concern. Honeybees face threats from disease, climate change, and management practices. To combat these threats it is important to understand the evolutionary history of honeybees and how they are adapted to different environments across the world.

 

"We have used state-of-the-art high-throughput genomics to address these questions, and have identified high levels of genetic diversity in honeybees. In contrast to other domestic species, management of honeybees seems to have increased levels of genetic variation by mixing bees from different parts of the world. The findings may also indicate that high levels of inbreeding are not a major cause of global colony losses", says Matthew Webster, researcher at the department of Medical Biochemistry and Microbiology, Uppsala University.

 

Another unexpected result was that honeybees seem to be derived from an ancient lineage of cavity-nesting bees that arrived from Asia around 300,000 years ago and rapidly spread across Europe and Africa. This stands in contrast to previous research that suggests that honeybees originate from Africa.

 

Reference: A worldwide survey of genome sequence variation provides insight into the evolutionary history of the honeybee Apis mellifera, Nature Genetics, 2014. dx.doi.org/10.1038/ng.3077


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‘Want To Make Yourself Sick With McDonald’s? Pay More!’ Ecuador To Introduce Fast Food Tax

‘Want To Make Yourself Sick With McDonald’s? Pay More!’ Ecuador To Introduce Fast Food Tax | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it

We are moving past poverty-related problems since the country is progressing a lot, and moving on to problems of affluence. People are dying from bad food, not a lack of food. People will stop eating so many McDonald’s and Burger King hamburgers with the tax. This favors the production of our traditional gastronomy,” said the politician, who has become well known for his strident anti-American rhetoric since assuming power in 2007. 

“If you want to make yourself sick, that is your problem. We are in a free country. But those who deliberately affect your health, they should contribute a little more to the healthcare system to help you once you are ill.

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From Poison to Passion: The Secret History of the Tomato

From Poison to Passion: The Secret History of the Tomato | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
While grown and used throughout pre-Civil War America, tomatoes weren’t widely embraced.
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Sick of kale? Amaranth is the next super green to try

Sick of kale? Amaranth is the next super green to try | Food Security, Permaculture, & Environment | Scoop.it
Kale has reigned as the trendy green veggie for a while now, knocking arugula from the spotlight a few years back. Those 2-ounce bags of... (Another new item in this week's CSA box - Amaranth Greens!
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