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Will biotechnology provide food security?

TrigoWorld Economic Forum – According to David Lawrence, biotechnology, like all technologies, is not in itself good or bad. It’s what we do with it that decides
The way we human beings behave can be strange. For at least 30 years I used to give talks which included a slide showing how population increase was reducing the land available to feed an individual, pointing out that unless we changed something, at some point we would run the risk of not being able to feed everyone on the planet. Every few years I would update it, and while the trends continued as predicted, no one seemed to want to pay any attention. Historic stocks were depleted, the rich ate more, and more people fell into hunger.
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Why a fair supply chain is key to achieving a sustainable food system

Michael GidneyBy Michael Gidney
The Guardian – The on-going horsemeat scandal highlights just how dangerously out of control many global food supply chains are. It’s out of control for consumers in rich countries who now throw away an amount of food equivalent to what sub-Saharan Africa produces in a year, and are losing as many life years from obesity as the poor are from malnutrition. It’s out of control in the way food is traded and distributed, with millions of producers struggling for market access in increasingly concentrated commodity markets, with high price volatility exacerbated by financial speculation. And, most critically for the mission of organisations like Fairtrade, it’s out of control for smallholder farmers themselves, who, despite producing more than 70% of the world’s food, scandalously still represent more than half of the world’s hungriest people.

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Source and Photo: The Guardian,February, 2013
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Recycled wood: the truly green key to a sustainable built environment

By Leon Kaye
The Guardian – Home building has long been one of the most important industries in the US, with economists viewing statistics concerning new homes as a barometer for the country’s economic performance.

Americans’ affinity for newer and bigger homes, however, comes with a huge environmental cost. The recent foreclosure crisis is just a reminder of all the resources waste on millions of homes that have been abandoned and, yet again, remodelled. One precious resource used for these buildings that often goes unnoticed and is then lost forever is wood…. >>continue<<

Source and Photo: The Guardian, July 24th, 2012
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Development and Adoption of Green Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture

In the last four decades, global agricultural production has been increasing steadily averaging 2.3 percent per year and providing food for the world’s population which has grown at a rate of 1.7 percent (FAO 2007). To meet the increasing global demand for food, the agriculture sector has to rely on advances in production techniques and expansion in production areas over the years.

However, rapid population growth and increased human activities have resulted in the overexploitation of the environment, and has threatened the ability of the agriculture sector to provide food and income for the people. There are increasing concerns that the agricultural production system will exceed the environment’s “carrying capacity” or the ability to support human activities.

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Source and Photo: Food & Fertilizer Technology Center
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Sustainable agriculture calls for a systematic approach

By Fábio de Castro

Agência FAPESP – Sustainable agriculture is a more complex concept than it appears at first sight. If the principle is not well understood, systematically implemented and correctly managed, it can worsen instead of reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture.

This warning was issued by British scientist Tim Benton, coordinator of the University of Leeds Global Food Security Programme (in the UK) during the Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in June.

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Leading Agriculture Experts Contribute to new Report Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability

In a new report by the UN Division for Sustainable Development, Food and Agriculture: The Future of Sustainability, authors solicited a group of experts from all dimensions of agriculture for their twenty-year vision of the future of food and agriculture.

The aim of the report is to add strategic input to a new report, “Sustainable Development in the 21st Century” that will be launched by the Division for Sustainable Development (UNDESA) at a side event during the Rio+20 Summit.

Food and Agriculture : The Future of Sustainability intends to cut across worldviews and foster meaningful discussions on the trends and challenges in agriculture. It outlines nine key paths of action for agriculture, with contributions from over seventy global agriculture food leaders from four areas: Policy and Trade; Business Specialists; Rural Livelihoods and Poverty; and Environmental Sustainability. The report also highlights “high impact” areas where smart actions will be proportionally more effective, and argues that “better” production rather than “more” production will be key to a more sustainable future for agriculture.

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How can investors drive the sustainability agenda at Rio+20?

By Mark Robertson
The Guardian – The year 2012 ought to be a big one for sustainable investment. Calls for a more responsible approach to capitalism are growing, along with the sense that a more sophisticated understanding of investment risk – one which takes longer-term sustainability issues into account – is urgently required. The financial crisis and big failings at big names such as BP, Telco, News Corporation and Olympus have highlighted the importance of companies having business strategies that are sustainable over both the short and the long-term…. Read More

Source and Photo: Th Guardian, May 11th, 2012.
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