Food and Agriculture : Newsfile

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  • Global food crisis looms as climate change and population growth strip fertile land

    4 September 2007

    Malthusian fears that population growth will outstrip food supplies have been widely dismissed as food production kept well ahead of growing human numbers in the last half century. But experts now warn of a possible food crisis, as the climate heats up, fertile land shrinks and the population continues to surge. This report is by Ian Sample, Science correspondent of The Guardian.

  • Organic farming 'can feed the world'

    23 July 2007

    Organic farming can feed the world's growing population, according to new findings from one of America's leading universities. They say that organic farms in developing countries can yield up to three times as much food as low-intensive methods on the same land.

  • 'Environmental decay a root cause of Sudan strife'

    2 July 2007

    Sudan is unlikely to see a lasting peace unless widespread and rapidly accelerating environmental degradation is urgently addressed, says a new assessment of the country, including the troubled region of Darfur.

  • Hunger problem on the rise, says UN

    22 June 2007

    Our world produces food that could feed twice the entire global population, yet the millions suffering from malnutrition and hunger are on the rise, says a UN report.

  • Ethanol drives up world food prices

    22 March 2007

    If you think you are spending more each week at the supermarket, you may be right. The escalating share of the US grain harvest going to ethanol distilleries is driving up food prices worldwide.

  • Nomadic herders win plaudits for productivity

    9 February 2007

    Traditional nomadic lifestyles have received a boost from a new report on global pastoral farming, which shows how important - and productive - nomadic herders are.

  • Rivers running dry UN expert warns

    23 January 2007

    A leading UN advisor has questioned whether the world's rivers can support the increasing demands for food of the growing human population.

  • Ethanol demand could send grain price soaring

    5 January 2007

    Investment in fuel ethanol distilleries in the United States has soared since the late-2005 oil price hikes, but data collection in this fast-changing sector has fallen behind. Because of inadequate data collection on the number of new plants under construction, the quantity of grain that will be needed for fuel ethanol distilleries has been vastly understated.

  • Ethanol bites into world grain stocks

    6 December 2006

    Now that the year's grain harvest is safely in the bin, it is a good time to take stock and look ahead. This year's global harvest of 1,967 million tons is falling short of the estimated consumption of 2,040 million tons by some 73 million tons. This shortfall of nearly 4 per cent is one of the largest on record.

  • Collapse of all wild fisheries predicted by 2050

    8 November 2006

    All species of wild seafood currently fished are projected to collapse by the year 2050, according to a new four-year study by an international team of ecologists and economists. Collapse is defined as 90 per cent depletion.