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Understanding Food Production to Address Malnutrition

253_FoodThe Poultry Site – The FAO ahead of World Food Day announced that the diversity of food and food production methods is the answer to the under nutrition and micronutrient deficiencies affecting the world’s populations,
The report shows that the cost of malnutrition, through lost productivity and healthcare, could be as high as five per cent of global income.
Other revealing figures are laid out in the group’s World Food Day paper which communicates a simple ethos: Healthy People Depend on Healthy Food Systems.
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New nutritional supplement does not harm calves during nursing

17By Noêmia Lopes

Agência FAPESP – When they are born, calves do not yet have complete control over the rumen, the first of four compartments that form a structure similar to the stomach in ruminants. The development of the organ depends on the ingestion of solid food, which is fermented by bacteria and yields a final product that is absorbed and metabolized by the internal walls of the rumen.

For this reason—and to reduce the cost of maintaining calves on a liquid diet, which decreases the amount of milk available for sale—the diet of calves in the nursing stage is typically supplemented with corn-based concentrate, a food with high energetic value, and protein sources based on soymeal. However, researchers from the Zootechny Department at Universidade de São Paulo’s Luiz de Queiroz Agricultural School (Esalq/USP) in Piracicaba (SP) have sought a superior supplement… >>Continue Reading<<

Source and Photo: Agência FAPESP, 11th September, 2013
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Group turns marijuana waste into munchies for pigs

50OLYMPIA, Wash. — With Washington state about to embark on a first-of-its-kind legal market for recreational marijuana, the budding ranks of new cannabis growers face a quandary over what to do with the excess stems, roots and leaves from their plants.

Susannah Gross, who owns a five-acre farm north of Seattle, is part of a group experimenting with a solution that seems to make the most of marijuana’s appetite-enhancing properties – turning weed waste into pig food.

Four pigs whose feed was supplemented with potent plant leavings during the last four months of their lives ended up 20 to 30 pounds heavier than the half-dozen other pigs from the same litter when they were all sent to slaughter in March.

“They were eating more, as you can imagine,” Gross said.

Giving farm animals the munchies is the latest outcome of a ballot measure passed by Washington voters in November making their state one of the first to legalize the recreational use of pot. The other was Colorado. Both were among about 20 states with medical marijuana laws already on their books…>>Continue reading<<

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RIO+20 and Sustainable Agriculture: How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet?

In the run-up to RIO+20, the U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), CGIAR, the global agricultural research partnership, issued a call to action. In this seven-point plan, CGIAR outlines how agricultural research for development can contribute to a more sustainable, food-secure future.

I interviewed Dr. Frank Rijsberman, the newly appointed CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, to find out how agriculture and the environment are now “best friends.”.. >>Read the complete Interview<<

Source and Photo: Huffington Pos, June 11th, 2012
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