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Brits are going nuts for coconut oil

Consumers are apparently going nuts for coconut oil, the edible oil derived from the flesh and kernel of mature coconuts, it has emerged. Whole Foods, the high street grocer specialising in healthy and organic produce, had its strongest ever month for coconut oil sales last month. The retailer sold six tons of coconut oil across [...]

By | October 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Growing More with Less: Feed the Future and Water

You’ve probably heard us say this before: To meet a growing demand for food from a growing population, we need to increase agricultural productivity by up to 60 percent by 2050. A growing population also means more demand for water. Water to grow and raise food. Water to drink. Water for sanitation. Water for energy. [...]

By | August 24th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Global water supplies are ‘in distress’, scientists warn

More than a third of the world’s biggest aquifers, a vital source of fresh water for millions, are “in distress” because human activities are draining them, according to satellite observations. Scientists from Nasa, the US space agency, and the University of California, Irvine, analysed 10 years of data from the twin Grace satellites, which measure [...]

By | June 17th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Scientists Discover the Genes for Supersizing Fruit

In a paper published in Nature Genetics, scientists trace the size of tomatoes to a set of genes that govern stem cells in the growing tip of the plant, called the meristem. The bigger the meristem, the bigger the resulting tomato. Normally, two genes balance the growth of the meristem: WUSCHEL makes it grow and [...]

By | June 4th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hacked photosynthesis could boost crop yields

It is difficult to find fault with a process that can create food from sunlight, water and air, but for many plants, there is room for improvement. Researchers have taken an important step towards enhancing photosynthesis by engineering plants with enzymes from blue-green algae that speed up the process of converting carbon dioxide into sugars. [...]

By | May 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Farm Subsidies – Bitter Harvest

OVER the past five years, as farm wages soared, sugar-cane growers in southern China looked across the border to Vietnam for help. They hired Vietnamese workers—nearly a quarter cheaper than Chinese ones—to tend their fields, especially during the winter harvest. The immigrants were illegal but local authorities looked the other way. Some 50,000 Vietnamese streamed [...]

By | May 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments


The United States' agricultural industry must continue to adapt, improvise, consolidate and automate in order to overcome the challenges of a rising population and an increased scarcity of resources. Robotics, smart technology and drones are among the technologies that will be increasingly incorporated into the industry as agricultural producers cope with increased global demand, declining [...]

By | May 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

New UN report calls for transformation in agriculture

Transformative changes are needed in our food, agriculture and trade systems in order to increase diversity on farms, reduce our use of fertilizer and other inputs, support small-scale farmers and create strong local food systems. That’s the conclusion of a remarkable new publication from the U.N. Commission on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The report, Trade [...]

By | April 28th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

A Call to Look Past Sustainable Development

The average citizen of Nepal consumes about 100 kilowatt-hours of electricity in a year. Cambodians make do with 160. Bangladeshis are better off, consuming, on average, 260. Then there is the fridge in your kitchen. A typical 20-cubic-foot refrigerator — Energy Star-certified, to fit our environmentally conscious times — runs through 300 to 600 kilowatt-hours [...]

By | April 15th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

US poised for biobased chemicals breakout, says National Research Council

In Washington, the National Research Council arm of the National Academies has released its report, “Industrialization of Biology: A Roadmap to Accelerate the Advanced Manufacturing of Chemicals,” including a series of goals, recommendations and conclusions to expand the use of industrial biotechnology to transform the sustainability and cost of chemical production. In today’s Digest, we’ll [...]

By | April 6th, 2015|Creative|0 Comments