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  • Agriculture must change

    Monday, February 23rd, 2015

    The model of agricultural production that predominates today is not suitable for the new food security challenges of the 21st century, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today.
    While the numbers of the chronically hungry have been reduced by 100 million over the past decade, 805 million still go without enough to eat on a [...]

  • The food systems of the future need to be smarter, more efficient

    Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

    Increasing competition for natural resource and emerging resource bottlenecks mean that global agriculture can no longer operate using a “business as usual” approach – the input-intensive agricultural development model used for the past 40 years is no longer sustainable, and a “paradigm shift” in food production is needed.
    This was the key message of a speech [...]

  • Millions of poultry have already fallen victim to highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in less than 11 months

    Thursday, December 4th, 2014

    This new strain appeared in the Republic of Korea in January before spreading in the People’s Republic of China and Japan, and recently in three countries of Europe, Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. Although the outbreaks of this new virus have so far been rapidly controlled by the sanitary authorities, there are important [...]

  • Little book, big data

    Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

    FAO has published a comprehensive pocketbook of nutrition-related data covering all regions of the world ahead of the Second International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2) taking place in Rome this week.
    Food and Nutrition in Numbers – a pocket-sized compendium dedicated to the state of nutrition worldwide— offers diverse data and visualizations highlighting trends on such topics [...]

  • Learn to communicate science effectively

    Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

    You may find it easy to talk about research theories, the trial data you collected or your scientific conclusions, but do you know how to decipher it for the general public?
    Jay Byrne, president and founder of v-Fluence Interactive, Inc., has some guidance. His advice consists of four components, which he shared last month during a presentation [...]

  • EPA tracking its own carbon footprint

    Wednesday, November 12th, 2014

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change impacts such as flooding, sea level rise, severe weather and temperature extremes. The initiative includes a Climate Change Adaptation Plan and a Sustainability Plan.
    According to a news release, the EPA Climate Change Adaptation Plan identifies priority actions the Agency [...]

  • Costs and consequences of research misconduct

    Friday, November 7th, 2014

    Does it seem like the number of scientific articles that have been retracted has increased in recent years? Most retractions involve research misconduct, which is defined by the Office of Science and Technology Policy as “fabrication, falsification, or plagiarism in proposing, performing, or reviewing research, or in reporting research results.”
    In August 2014, Ferric Fang and colleagues [...]

  • Principles for responsible agriculture and food investments are approved

    Monday, October 20th, 2014

    Governments from around the world have approved a landmark set of principles meant to guide investment in agriculture and food systems, aimed at assuring that cross-border and corporate investment flows lead to improved food security and sustainability and respect the rights of farm and food workers.
    The Principles for Responsible Investment in Agriculture and Food Systems [...]

  • Manure fertilizer increases antibiotic resistance

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

    Treating dairy cows and other farm animals with antibiotics and then laying their manure in soil can cause the bacteria in the dirt to grow resistant tothe drugs. But a study now suggests that the manure itself could be contributing to resistance, even when it comes from cows that are free of antibiotics.The mechanism at [...]

  • Environmental Groups Use Civil Rights Act to Challenge Hog Farm Permits

    Monday, September 22nd, 2014

    In a novel approach, environmental and community health groups in North Carolina recently filed a petition with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) claiming that a general permit issued by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for thousands of hog farms in the state violates the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
    The [...]