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BBSRC mention: Redesigning the wheat ear for higher yields

BBSRC mention:  Redesigning the wheat ear for higher yields | Global Food Security | Scoop.it

ANCIENT North African and eastern Mediterranean wheat types could be sources of yield improvements in UK winter wheat crops going forward, visitors to Cereals heard.

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Eat up your GM crops. They’re good for you | The Times

Eat up your GM crops. They’re good for you | The Times | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
Genetically modified foods are cheaper to grow, need fewer pesticides and can be enriched with anti-cancer agents

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Global food security: could wheat feed the world?

Global food security: could wheat feed the world? | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
Donors, businesses and research groups have united to pledge to boost wheat yields by 50% in the next 20 years. Rob Dawson explains why and how

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This Officially Confirms Why You'd Be Mad To Skip Breakfast

This Officially Confirms Why You'd Be Mad To Skip Breakfast | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
It turns out breakfast really is the most important meal of the day.
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Global food security: could wheat feed the world?

Global food security: could wheat feed the world? | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
Donors, businesses and research groups have united to pledge to boost wheat yields by 50% in the next 20 years. Rob Dawson explains why and how
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News: Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind - IPCC report (2014)

News: Climate change a threat to security, food and humankind - IPCC report (2014) | Global Food Security | Scoop.it

A United Nations report raised the threat of climate change to a whole new level on Monday, warning of sweeping consequences to life and livelihood. The report from the UN's intergovernmental panel on climate change concluded that climate change was already having effects in real time – melting sea ice and thawing permafrost in the Arctic, killing off coral reefs in the oceans, and leading to heat waves, heavy rains and mega-disasters. And the worst was yet to come. Climate change posed a threat to global food stocks, and to human security, the blockbuster report said.

 

 

The warning signs about climate change and extreme weather events have been accumulating over time. But this report struck out on relatively new ground by drawing a clear line connecting climate change to food scarcity, and conflict. The report said climate change had already cut into the global food supply. Global crop yields were beginning to decline – especially for wheat – raising doubts as to whether production could keep up with population growth. “It has now become evident in some parts of the world that the green revolution has reached a plateau,” Pachauri said. The future looks even more grim. Under some scenarios, climate change could lead to dramatic drops in global wheat production as well as reductions in maize. "Climate change is acting as a brake. We need yields to grow to meet growing demand, but already climate change is slowing those yields," said Michael Oppenheimer, a Princeton professor and an author of the report.

 


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BBSRC funds an aerial view of crops

BBSRC funds an aerial view of crops | Global Food Security | Scoop.it

Thanks to funding from BBSRC, Rothamsted Research has a new octocopter to monitor agricultural crops and experiments as part of several genetic improvement projects.


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Food Standards Agency - Invitation to novel food workshop

Food Standards Agency - Invitation to novel food workshop | Global Food Security | Scoop.it

The ACNFP is the independent group of experts who advise the Food Standards Agency on matters relating to novel food (including genetically modified, GM, food) and novel processes.

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The FSA’s Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes (ACNFP) is holding an open workshop on novel foods in London on Wednesday 20 November 2013, 1pm-4.30pm. Everyone is welcome to attend, including members of the public. The closing date for applying to attend is Friday 1 November.

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Pollution 'hampers bees' foraging'

Pollution 'hampers bees' foraging' | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
Honeybees' ability to find flowers could be hampered by a chemical in diesel exhaust, say scientists.
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Global food crisis set to send prices of household staples soaring over next five years | UK | News | Daily Express

Global food crisis set to send prices of household staples soaring over next five years | UK | News | Daily Express | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
A GLOBAL food crisis will see the cost of household staples rocket by almost a fifth in five years, economists warned yesterday.
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Up to two-fifths of fruit and veg crop is wasted because it is 'ugly', report finds

Up to two-fifths of fruit and veg crop is wasted because it is 'ugly', report finds | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
Produce that does not meet retailer standards in UK is fed to animals or ploughed back into ground, according to study
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Plants can talk, say scientists

Plants feel pain, say scientists. Every stroke of those pruning shears could have the average shrub writhing in agony. Researchers found plants give off a gas
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The research could help to work out which pieces of fruit and vegetables are likely to stay fresh longer, as a cucumber which is starting to go off produces a squealing sound. It could then be separated from the fresher ones.


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The market v social welfare: finding ways to feed a growing population

The market v social welfare: finding ways to feed a growing population | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
Is it better to promote monoculture or support the most vulnerable with allotments? Both, but co-ordination will be essential for any integrated approach, argues Evan Fraser
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Tim Benton Telegraph blog on Global Food Security: We need to change the way we feed ourselves before the world starves

Tim Benton Telegraph blog on Global Food Security: We need to change the way we feed ourselves before the world starves | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
With the deadline for the Longitude Prize 2014’s public vote rapidly approaching, we take a closer look at the issues it is asking you to vote on in our six-day series. Today, Tim Benton says the most urgent challenge is to provide a growing global population with a nutritious, sustainable supply of food

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Moving beyond the GM Debate

"Once again, there are calls to reopen the debate on genetically modified (GM) crops. I find these calls frustrating and unnecessarily decisive. In my opinion the GM debate, on both sides, continues to hamper the urgent need to address the diverse and pressing challenges of global food security and environmental sustainability. The destructive power of the debate comes from its conflation of unrelated issues, coupled with deeply rooted misconceptions of the nature of agriculture."


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Horizon, The £10 Million Challenge

Horizon, The £10 Million Challenge | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
Horizon launches the £10 million Longitude Prize 2014.
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Includes food security challenge

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Bangladeshi farmers caught in row over $600,000 GM aubergine trial

Bangladeshi farmers caught in row over $600,000 GM aubergine trial | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
Activists criticise pioneering pilot scheme to grow genetically-modified aubergines backed by USAid finance
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BBSRC mention: Wheat Group Seeks 50% Yield Boost by 2034 to Feed World

Crop researchers will aim to improve wheat yields by 50 percent by 2034 to feed a growing world population, according to an announcement at a summit to mark Nobel Peace Prize-laureate Norman Borlaug’s birth.

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Tim Benton quote: 'Ugly food' worth £19bn is dumped every year in Britain as consumers are unwilling to buy misshapen products

Tim Benton quote: 'Ugly food' worth £19bn is dumped every year in Britain as consumers are unwilling to buy misshapen products | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
“ Experts this week revealed up to two fifths of fruit or vegetable crops never make it on to plates because they are not acceptable to consumers.”
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Regional instability threatens Gulf food security - report | Reuters

Regional instability threatens Gulf food security - report | Reuters | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
DUBAI (Reuters) - Instability in Egypt and Iranian threats to block the Strait of Hormuz are serious risks to food security in the Gulf, according to a report by a British think tank.The Gulf Cooperation...
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Loan fund to turn farm waste to energy - Press releases - GOV.UK

Loan fund to turn farm waste to energy - Press releases - GOV.UK | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
Funding will help farmers set up new plants to turn their waste into energy
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Uncertainty hampering food security

Uncertainty hampering food security | Global Food Security | Scoop.it

More than 600 scientists from around the world have gathered in the Netherlands for a food security conference, described as the first of its kind.

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The waste of Britain's 'ugly' food: How up to two-fifths of fruit or v

The waste of Britain's 'ugly' food: How up to two-fifths of fruit or v | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
A report for the UK's Global Food Security programme yesterday revealed that 40 per cent is food is considered too 'ugly' to eat.
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Food Waste: BBC Radio 2 - The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, 19/09/2013

Food Waste: BBC Radio 2 - The Chris Evans Breakfast Show, 19/09/2013 | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
A fully interactive show for all the family.
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Global Food Security food waste report mentioned between 1h09m50s and 1h10m29s

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How to grow a burger in the lab

How to grow a burger in the lab | Global Food Security | Scoop.it
Professor Mark Post of Maastricht University explains how he and his colleagues made the world's first lab-grown burger.
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