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Agrargift: Pestizid schädigt Gehirne Ungeborener - SPIEGEL ONLINE

Agrargift: Pestizid schädigt Gehirne Ungeborener - SPIEGEL ONLINE | Water and Food | Scoop.it
Es tötet Ameisen, Fliegen, Motten - und greift offenbar die Gehirne von Kindern an: Experten warnen eindringlich vor Chlorpyrifos.
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New potable water supply project in Deki-Tsuna inaugurated | ReliefWeb

– New potable water supply project in Deki-Tsuna has begun rendering service following its inauguration on 26 April. The 4 million Nakfa project was accomplished through joint venture on the part of the Southern regional Administration, Water Resources Department of the Ministry of Land, Water and Environment as well as stake holders.

Mr. Rezene Fiseha, director general of infrastructure department in the regional Administration, pointed out that the project, which is expected to serve 2,500 inhabitants in Deki-Tsuna, comprises 3.6 km-long pipeline, a reservoir of 75 cubic meters capacity, 6 potable water distribution sites, 120 solar panels and water well with 2.5 liters per second pump.

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Waiting for Water | Pulitzer Center

Waiting for Water | Pulitzer Center | Water and Food | Scoop.it

West Africa has some of the lowest rates of access to safe drinking water in the world. Governments, private contractors, UN agencies and international non-government organizations (NGOs) have spent billions of dollars to address the problem. But success is elusive, and the challenge is only becoming more severe. Populations are growing, people are moving from farms to cities, and city planning is chaotic.
The reasons cited for failure are varied and numerous, from inadequate funds and mismanagement to corruption, lack of spare parts, no local buy-in, and weak institutions. At same time, everyone claims to have the latest and most promising solution to the challenge.

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Global Water Experiment

Global Water Experiment | Water and Food | Scoop.it

Coders, designers, and data experts: contribute to a collaborative effort in data visualization. Show off your skills, discuss technique, or dive into a new HTML5 toolkit by participating in our first "Visualization Sprint." One lucky contributor will be selected at random to win a pass to this year's sold out Eyeo Festival and all contributors will be credited on the final project.

This first Visualizing Sprint was conceived in response to a massive citizen science project involving 75,000 students from 80 countries around the world who have been collecting samples of water purity, pH, and salinity for the past year. The project is called the Global Water Experiment and it's organized by UNESCO and IUPAC as a central activity of the International Year of Chemistry. In keeping with the spirit of how the data was collected, we've devised this Sprint as an experiment in collaborative data visualization. Our goal is to have a finished visualization of the students' data that we can share with the world on World Water Day (March 22).

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start – Open Data Cook Book

start – Open Data Cook Book | Water and Food | Scoop.it

The open data cook book is collecting recipes for ways to find and use open data, particularly open data of social value - such as open government data, or open data for campaigners and charities.

Working with data can seem scary. But it doesn't have to be. There are many different ways to make data useful - and lots of different gadgets to help you.

Take a look at the growing list of cook book recipes to find simple step by step ideas

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The chocolate wars

The chocolate wars | Water and Food | Scoop.it

Researchers and growers are trying new tactics in the escalating fight against fungi


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Pesticides : le pollué finit toujours par payer - Terra eco

Pesticides : le pollué finit toujours par payer - Terra eco | Water and Food | Scoop.it

Apiculteur, agriculteur bio, riverains... chaque année des centaines de personnes sont victimes de pollutions aux pesticides. Mais il est très difficile, notamment pour les particuliers, d'être reconnu comme victime, et d'obtenir des dédommagements.

 

« Un tapis d’abeilles mortes ou à l’agonie. » En juin 2009 Julien Orain, jeune apiculteur de Loire-Atlantique, découvre « un carnage » au pied de ses ruches. En quelques jours, il va perdre un tiers de ses trois millions d’abeilles. L’agriculteur en est sûr, ce sont les pesticides répandus pendant le semis dans les champs de maïs voisins qui ont tué ses abeilles : « Normalement, une abeille ne meurt pas devant sa ruche. » Il dépose alors plainte contre X pour « empoisonnement d’une espèce protégée » et « dégradation d’un outil de travail ».

Près de trois ans plus tard, l’enquête est toujours ouverte mais n’a jamais avancé. Des prélèvements ont été réalisés au pied de la ruche par les services vétérinaires, sans succès. L’apiculteur aurait souhaité une analyse par le CNRS d’Orléans (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) des cadavres d’abeilles éloignés de la ruche, « forcément les plus contaminés » mais aussi de « tout l’environnement des ruches ». Aujourd’hui, Julien Orain est incapable de prouver l’origine de la pollution. Ni son assurance ni la justice ne prennent ses affirmations au sérieux, et celui-ci a perdu « plusieurs milliers d’euros ». Il a cessé les procédures, et milite pour une nouvelle réglementation sur les pesticides pour régler le problème « en amont ».

Vins et vignes déclassés

Le cas de Julien Orain n’est pas isolé. Chez les apiculteurs, d’abord : l’Union nationale de l’apiculture française (Unaf) dénonce une surmortalité des abeilles « dans les zones de grandes cultures françaises ». Les viticulteurs – dont les parcelles sont petites et proches les unes des autres – en sont aussi régulièrement victimes. Une pollution certes anodine pour un exploitant conventionnel, mais qui peut être dévastatrice pour les agriculteurs bios. Selon Juliette Leroux, chargée de mission à la Fnab (Fédération nationale des agriculteurs bios), des dizaines de producteurs bios sont frappés chaque année et voient une partie de leur vins ou de leur vignes déclassés.

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Cool Tools: Raising Chickens for Dummies

Cool Tools: Raising Chickens for Dummies | Water and Food | Scoop.it
A review of Raising Chickens for Dummies (Best for backyard beginners), a Cool Tool...
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World: What You Need To Know About Hunger In 2012

How many hungry people are there in the world and where do most of them live? What effect does it have on their minds and bodies and what can we do to help them? Here is a list of 10 facts to help you understand why hunger is the single biggest solvable problem facing the world today.

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Somalia: Where famine is a crime | thestar.com

Somalia: Where Famine is a Crime, a feature article by National Security Reporter, Michelle Shephard. Published on the Toronto Star and thestar.com.
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Festival - GCFF 2011

Follow Jeremy Seifert and his circle of friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of L.A.'s supermarkets. In the process they uncover thousands of dollars worth of good food and an ugly truth about waste in America: grocery stores know they are wasting and most refuse to do anything about it. Contact us at www.divethefilm.com to set up a screening and get involved in the EAT TRASH Campaign for Zero Waste!

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CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food

CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food | Water and Food | Scoop.it
The CGIAR Challenge Program on Water and Food (CPWF) was launched in 2002 as one of the reform initiatives of the CGIAR, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research.
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Our social media team is rocking!

Our social media team is rocking! | Water and Food | Scoop.it
The International Forum on Water and Food is the premier gathering of water and food scientists working on improving agriculture production in developing countries.
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Brain anomalies in children exposed prenatally to a common organophosphate pesticide

Prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos (CPF), an organophosphate insecticide, is associated with neurobehavioral deficits in humans and animal models. We investigated associations between CPF exposure and brain morphology using magnetic resonance imaging in 40 children, 5.9–11.2 y, selected from a nonclinical, representative community-based cohort.

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Food First: A Lecture on Hunger and Politics by Eric Holt-Giménez - Food - The Wesleyan Argus

Yesterday, several on-campus groups, including WesFRESH and the College of the Environment, brought guest speaker Eric Holt-Gimenéz to speak about his job as the executive director of Food First and the Institute for Food and Development Policy. Holt-Giménez, a first-generation American who was raised working on dairy farms in California, spent twenty years working with the farmer-to-farmer agriculture movement in Latin America before returning to the US to pursue a doctorate in political economy. These two interests-ecological agriculture and the politics of food-are what drives Holt-Giménez and the organization.

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World Water Supply: Climate Change And Food Pressures Adding Challenges, UN Study Says

World Water Supply: Climate Change And Food Pressures Adding Challenges, UN Study Says | Water and Food | Scoop.it
* Rethink vital to meet cross-sector, cross-border claims * Tripling of groundwater use raises reserve fears * 6th World Water Forum starts in Marseille on Monday By Gus Trompiz PARIS,...
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GRAIN — GRAIN releases data set with over 400 global land grabs

GRAIN — GRAIN releases data set with over 400 global land grabs | Water and Food | Scoop.it

Today GRAIN is making available a new data set documenting 416 recent, large-scale land grabs by foreign investors for the production of food crops. The cases cover nearly 35 million hectares of land in 66 countries.

This is not an exhaustive list of all land deals. It focuses only on those deals that:

were initiated after 2006,
have not been cancelled,
are led by foreign investors,
are for the production of food crops, and
involve large areas of land.
Deals for sugar cane and palm oil production were included but not those for crops like jatropha or cotton.

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Peak Water: The Rise and Fall of Cheap, Clean H2O

Peak Water: The Rise and Fall of Cheap, Clean H2O | Water and Food | Scoop.it

SAYS BLOOMBERG : The Earth's surface is mostly water, yet across increasingly large swaths of the planet, H2O reservoirs are drying up. This isn't a metaphor, and it's not hyperbole. It's a fact that's changing the destinies of companies and nations.

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INDONESIA: No rice, no way

INDONESIA: No rice, no way | Water and Food | Scoop.it
Indonesia’s attempt to wean its population off rice has been hampered by a lack of viable alternative staples and cultural attachment to the grain, experts say.

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www.umweltinstitut.org - Onlineaktion gegen Roundup

www.umweltinstitut.org - Onlineaktion gegen Roundup | Water and Food | Scoop.it
Gensoja wird in Europa in großen Mengen als Futtermittel eingesetzt. So gelangt der Pflanzenvernichter Roundup und sein besonders giftiger Wirkstoff Glyphosat über Eier, Milch, Fleisch und Käse auf unsere Teller.
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Deutsche Bank will von Kritik an Spekulation nichts mehr wissen

Deutsche Bank will von Kritik an Spekulation nichts mehr wissen | Water and Food | Scoop.it
Die Deutsche Bank macht beim Thema Eindämmung der Agrarspekulationen offenbar einen Rückzieher.
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Fault Lines - Horn of Africa Crisis: Somalia's Famine

In part one of a two-part series, Fault Lines goes to Mogadishu to see the impact of Somalia's famine, and asks if US policies have contributed to the disast...
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Italians protest plans to privatize water | Video | Reuters.com

Italians protest plans to privatize water | Video | Reuters.com | Water and Food | Scoop.it
Nov. 26 - Hundreds gathered in Rome to demand Italy's new Prime Minister not go forward with plans to privatize water. Deborah Gembara reports.
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Portal:Food and agriculture - Appropedia: The sustainability wiki

Portal:Food and agriculture - Appropedia: The sustainability wiki | Water and Food | Scoop.it

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Small reservoirs: hot spot of scattered resources in the Volta basin

Presented by Philippe Cecchi (G-eau / IRD) at the International Forum on Water and Food (IFWF), South Africa, 14-17 November 2011.
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