Food and Agriculture : Features

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  • Why world food prices may keep climbing

    10 March 2011

    In February, world food prices reached the highest level on record. Soaring food prices are already a source of spreading hunger and political unrest, and it appears likely that they will climb further in the months ahead.

  • Global warming to reduce fish catch

    18 November 2010

    Rising sea level is seen by many scientists as the most serious likely consequence of global warming.

  • Seeing a time (soon) when we'll all be dieting

    29 September 2010

    The Coming Famine: The Global Food Crisis and What We Can Do to Avoid It. By Julian Cribb 248 pages. University of California Press. $24.95.

    Fifty years ago, a billion people were undernourished or starving; the number is about the same today. That's actually progress, since a billion represented a third of the human race then, and "only" a sixth now.  

  • SPECIAL REPORT: Action needed to stop plunder of African fish stocks

    26 July 2009

    Every day hundreds of unlicensed fishing vessels enter African waters and trawl for shrimp, sardines, tuna, and mackerel. And, according to a study commissioned by the UK's aid agency, such trawlers are costing Africa some US$1 billion every year. Mary Kimani reports.

  • COMMENTARY: Making bacon a weapon of mass destruction

    25 July 2009

    The confluence of factory farming, the boom in fast food and manipulation of consumer taste has created processed foods that can hook us like drugs, says Arup Gupta of Alternet.

  • 'Miracle vegetable' could help fight malnutrition

    10 June 2009

    Largely unnoticed, a Third World War is under way. It is a silent war and the enemy is malnutrition. Its victims are mainly children living in less developed countries. And one weapon waiting to be used more widely to combat it is a 'miracle vegetable', Moringa, popularly known in my country - the Philippines - as malunggay.

  • Food shortages could threaten civilisation

    13 May 2009

    Writing in the latest (May) edition of Scientific American Lester Brown, President of the Earth Policy Institute says that he has been driven to conclude that "food shortages could bring down not only individual governments but also our global civilization."

  • Organic farming brings hope to stressed Indian farmers

    12 February 2009

    An organic farming initiative has brought hope to villagers in a drought-prone area in India commonly known for farmer suicides due to debts from high-cost modern agriculture.

  • INTERVIEW Why GM crops are dangerous

    5 February 2009

    Exactly two years ago Professor Jeffrey M. Smith published a sequel to his best-selling book Seeds of Deception on the dangers of genetically modified food. Entitled Genetic Roulette - The Documented Health Risks Of Genetically Engineered Foods this second book set out in documented detail the facts which, he claims, the big biotech companies have tried hard to keep secret.

  • Climate change threat to food security

    22 January 2009

    Climate change is a contributory factor to the food price crisis, and its impact on agriculture and food security in developing countries is expected to get more serious.