The local food movement has flourished in recent years, with direct-to-consumer marketing accounting for over $1.2 billion in sales in the U.S. annually. Farmers markets and community-supported agriculture are on the rise, with consumers turning to local food systems in hopes of finding healthier, tastier, environmentally-conscious, and energy-efficient alternatives to industrial foods. Although the movement is growing rapidly, research into whether local food is indeed more nutritious and sustainable is still in its infancy. The Science of Local Food—presented at the South Street Seaport Museum on June 26, 2012 by Science & the City, the Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, and New Amsterdam Market—explored the true value of local food and discussed its environmental and cultural impacts. This was the last event in the Locavore's Dilemma series.
Silent Spring, the 50th anniversary of Rachel Carson's book. Professor David Pimental reflects on 50 years since the publication of Rachel Carson’s influential book, Silent Spring. Prof. Pimentel offers a personal reflection on the impact of Silent Spring, and about the environmental effects of pesticides, on the 50th anniversary of its publication.
From an agricultural make-over television programme, to the use of video, radio and mobile phones, we focus on a number of initiatives that are using ICTs to provide farmers in developing countries with the information they need to be productive...
The 2012 GBIF Science Symposium will be held on 19 September in association with the 19th meeting of the GBIF Governing Board.The symposium will take place at the Lillehammer University College and is open to the public.However, for practical purposes please register at http://gb19.gbif.org/GB19/GB19reg/freeReg0
Rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns could cut maize and bean production in large parts of Central America by 25 per cent or more within ten years, according to a new report from CIAT and CIMMYT.
To increase the incomes of the billion forest-dependent people worldwide, a 'rights-based' system of locally controlled forestry, which places local control of forests at the heart of investment processes, is required, a report has revealed.
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