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The food fad that's starving Bolivia

The food fad that's starving Bolivia | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
It is the "lost crop" of the Incas, a health-giving seed found in the Andes which is increasingly providing the garnish on fashionable Western dinner plates.
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Anorak | Food faddists make quinoa a crop worth fighting over

Anorak | Food faddists make quinoa a crop worth fighting over | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
Those in the know, eat quinoa. Foodies and health nuts call quinoa a superfood. Time reported...
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All Hands on Earth: Where Does Your Water Come From

All Hands on Earth: Where Does Your Water Come From | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, January 27, 2013 7:21 PM

CD - The challenges to food production, including land and water degradation, shortage of fresh water, competing land uses, and climate change, for Australia and other areas of the world.

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World Biomes

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, January 27, 2013 8:06 PM

CD - The distribution and characteristics of biomes as regions with distinctive climates, soils, vegetation and productivity.

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Sustainability of rice landscapes in South East Asia threatened

Sustainability of rice landscapes in South East Asia threatened | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
Scientists have raised several concerns on the future of the rice ecosystems in South East Asia.

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, January 27, 2013 8:49 PM

CD - The environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world.

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International Year of Rice 2004: Rice and us

International Year of Rice 2004: Rice and us | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, January 27, 2013 9:03 PM

CD - The environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world.

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Quinoa: good, evil, or just really complicated?

Quinoa: good, evil, or just really complicated? | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
Mother Jones: Quinoa's rise from local food to global commodity has carried a high environmental and social cost, but that doesn't mean you should stop eating it

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, February 8, 2013 8:28 PM

CD - The environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world.

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Food security an inescapable challenge for the future - ABC

Food security an inescapable challenge for the future - ABC | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
ABC News 24's Jeremy Fernandez explains some of the challenges facing global food producers.
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The Global State of Agriculture infographic

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Writing for the Geography Australian Curriculum

Writing for the Geography Australian Curriculum | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
The last couple of weeks have been consumed by writing new units - one of my favourite pastimes and procrastinations.  Lately I have enjoyed developing new units for the Geography curriculum that...
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Home- International Year of Quinoa 2013

Home- International Year of Quinoa 2013 | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
Quinoa can play an important role in eradicating hunger, malnutrition and poverty, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said at the official launch of the International Year of Quinoa at UN Headquarters.
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Bolivian researchers sound alarm over quinoa farming - SciDev.Net

Bolivian researchers sound alarm over quinoa farming - SciDev.Net | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it

Surging demand for quinoa brings in money, but it is ruining farmland and putting the crop out of reach of local consumers, say scientists.

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Geography of Quinoa

Geography of Quinoa | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it

"The popularity of Quinoa has grown exponentially among the health-conscious food consumers in the developed economies of the world.  Quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) is rich in protein and is a better grain for those seeking to lose weight.  Quinoa has historically be rather limited but this diffusion is restructuring the geographic patterns of many places." 


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Jason Schneider's curator insight, February 9, 2015 10:10 PM

Quinoa appears to be originated as grain crop for edible seeds in parts of Bolivia, Argentina, Peru and along to Andes Mountain. However, they increase the crop value as it spreads to other areas of the world such as Europe and United States. One thing that I wonder is that if the production is going to be popular in any region other than South America but manufacturing regions started on eastern United States and they spread overseas to Europe. I wonder if production of Quinoa will spread to other continents. Believe it or not, it has partially spread to small parts of southwestern Europe.

Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 22, 2015 3:20 PM

Quinoa will be a staple for generations to come and the countries of Peru, Bolivia, Uruguay and Argentina would do well to provide all the assistance to the farming community in their respective countries. This product is like New Age rice, it provides multiple benefits to health conscious consumers such as protein, fiber, and a "full" feeling when consumed. Any recipe that calls for a rice base can incorporate Quinoa just as easily and it tastes great. being a bit of a health freak, I use Quinoa in my diet and it works.

While the success of the grain has made it less accessible price-wise to those who grow it, it should provide for a greater economic benefit for years to come, lifting a population from near poverty levels to hopefully one of a strong and vibrant middle class.

Kevin Nguyen's curator insight, December 2, 2015 3:43 PM

Quinoa has been grown in the high mountains of the Andes for decades and has been a localized food for the population. As their health benefits became known in to the global community, the demands for them increases. This made it difficult for the locals to find cheap Quinoa, which is normally eaten in their diet. I feel that it is unfair for the locals to have seek new source of food alternatives now that their healthy Quinoa will become more expensive as the demand for it goes up.

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Planting Rice

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, January 27, 2013 7:52 PM

CD - The environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world.

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WorldBiomes.com - Explore Five of the World's Main Biomes

WorldBiomes.com - Explore Five of the World's Main Biomes | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
WorldBiomes.com - Explore Five of the World's Main Biomes.

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, January 27, 2013 8:04 PM

CD - The distribution and characteristics of biomes as regions with distinctive climates, soils, vegetation and productivity.

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South East Asia: A rice ingrained culture

South East Asia: A rice ingrained culture | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
For backpackers in Asia, rice forms part of a cheap meal, but to the people of Asia, especially for the very poorest, rice is not just a food. Rice equals life.

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, January 27, 2013 8:35 PM

CD - The environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world.

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Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa?

Can vegans stomach the unpalatable truth about quinoa? | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
Joanna Blythman: Ethical consumers should be aware poor Bolivians can no longer afford their staple grain, due to western demand raising prices
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The population capacity of Australia

The population capacity of Australia | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
How many people can Australia handle, based on food growing capacity?
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Farmerama: Free Online Simulation Farm Game

Farmerama: Free Online Simulation Farm Game | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
Online games for farming fans: Come out to the cutest farm around and enjoy country living. Play Farmerama now and run your own homestead. It's harvestin' time!

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, July 5, 2013 6:20 PM

CD - The environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world.

 

Embrace rural living and be a virtual farmer in the delightful online game world of Farmerama. No Downloads Required! Start your virtual game of online farming now with your own digital patch of land, a farmhouse, mill and big barn. Work your land plowing fields, sowing seeds and watering to grow a variety of flowers, vegetables and grains to fill orders at the market place.

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Agricultural innovation in Australia

Agricultural innovation in Australia | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, July 18, 2013 11:00 PM

CD - The environmental, economic and technological factors that influence crop yields in Australia and across the world.

 

Students can explore some of the historical and contemporary innovations and farming practices that have made Australian farmers among the best in the world. They can also consider the agricultural use of the land in a variety of locations, highlighting the importance of good farming practice to maintain sustainable production.

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Ramen To The Rescue: How Instant Noodles Fight Global Hunger

Ramen To The Rescue: How Instant Noodles Fight Global Hunger | Biomes and Food Security | Scoop.it
The supercheap and palatable noodles help low-wage workers around the world get by, anthropologists argue in a new book. And rather than lament the ascendance of this highly processed food, they argue we should try to make it more nutritious.

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Geography Teachers' Association of Victoria Inc. (GTAV)'s curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:11 PM

CD - The capacity of the world’s environments to sustainably feed the projected future population to achieve food security for Australia and the world.