University of Oxford The goal of sustainable intensification is to increase food production from existing farmland says the article in the journal's Policy Forum. Lead authors Dr Tara Garnett and Professor Charles Godfray, University of Oxford, ...
While we don’t need bees to pollinate every single crop, here is just a brief list of some of the foods we would lose if all our bees continue to perish:
Many pesticides have been found to cause grave danger to our bees, and with the recent colony collapses in Oregon, it’s time to take a hard look at what we would be missing without bee pollination.
In just the last ten years, over 40% of the bee colonies in the US have suffered Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). Bees either become so disoriented they can’t find their way back to their hives and die away from home, or fly back poison-drunk and die at the foot of their queen. There are many arguments as to what is causing CCD, but the most logical and likely culprit is the increased usage of pesticides by the likes of Monsanto and others.
A study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has labeled one pesticide, called clothianidin, as completely unacceptable for use, and banned it from use entirely. Meanwhile, the U.S. uses the same pesticide on more than a third of its crops – nearly 143 million acres. Two more pesticides linked to bee death are imidacloprid, and thiamethoxam. These are also used extensively in the US, while elsewhere, they have been taken out of circulation.
Climate change, changing diets and a growing global population has pushed food security to the top of the international agenda.
Food problems are fundamentally geographic. Understanding local economics, agriculture and development all play a critical role in contextualizing place-based shortages. This interactive media guide highlights where these issues are the most problematic.
Even a smaller, partial shift from crop-intensive livestock such as feedlot beef to food animals such as chicken or pork could increase agricultural efficiency and provide food for millions, the study says.
Food security depends on sustainable nutrient management of soils Environmental Expert (press release) Food security is being threatened by loss of soil nutrients that are essential for the high yield of crops.
FORESTS will have a role to play in ensuring food security and mitigating the impacts of climate change.Amidst forecasts that the world could lose up to a quarter of its rice production over the next (RT @FAOForestry: In Lao PDR, up to 80% of people...
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