Food and Agriculture : Features

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  • Voices from Planet 21

    13 August 2012

    In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles.  We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.

  • Commentary: 20 years on - and time runs desperately short

    4 August 2012

    Twenty years after People & the Planet magazine was launched at the first Earth Summit to track progress in averting an environmental catastrophe - as the planet heats and its natural resources are plundered – Don Hinrichsen presents a sobering report card on the hesitant steps so far taken as time runs desperately short. 

  • World in serious trouble on food front

    26 July 2012

    As climate change brings scorching heat and spreading drought across most of the US corn belt, the planet’s food outlook is in serious trouble says Lester Brown, president of the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute, in this special report.

  • COMMENTARY: Green renaissance, not revolution

    18 April 2012

    As Africa's food problems become more acute, calls for a green revolution are increasing. But such ideas are often based on misconceptions. A green renaissance with a focus on food security rather than intensively produced  cash crops would make more sense.

  • Why cashew is driving Guinean farmers nuts

    5 February 2012

    In rural Guinea-Bissau, farmers largely specialized in cashew production when the nut’s prices soared in the 80s and 90s in the global market. Today, they are the archetypal example of people made vulnerable by dependence on global trade and a single cash crop. Fernando Sousa sent this exclusive report.

  • COMMENTARY: World must wake up to the coming crisis in the Sahel

    23 January 2012

    If forecasters could draw isobars outlining human suffering, then the high pressure zone of human pain would surely be in the failed, and failing states, along the Sahel, and across to Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, says Professor Malcolm Potts. This powerful Commentary is a wake-up call for new strategies to avert an environmentally-induced human catastrophe. 

  • Purple plant with a warning for all gardeners

    8 November 2011

    An imported exotic plant is now causing explosive damage across the United States, and providing a warning to all gardeners, says Heather Parises in this report.

  • COMMENTARY:
    Creating an agro-ecological system to feed 9 billion people

    26 September 2011

    Most experts agree that food production must grow by 50-70 per cent by 2050 to meet the needs of a global population of some nine billion. But how, Professor Harris asks, is that to be done when - despite past food gains - poverty continues to be the biggest barrier to adequate nutrition in the developing world?

  • When the Nile runs dry

    8 June 2011

    A new scramble for Africa is under way. As global food prices rise and exporters reduce shipments of commodities, countries that rely on imported grain are panicking.

  • Win-win solutions from a new Green Revolution

    27 April 2011

    Johan Rockstrom, Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, calls in this Commentary for a new green revolution which he says could increase food production by 40 per cent by 2050. This, he argues, would create a win-win situation that would reduce poverty and food insecurity - while turning agriculture from a carbon source into a carbon sink.