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Brits are going nuts for coconut oil

By | October 10th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

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, [...]

Growing More with Less: Feed the Future and Water

By | August 24th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Global water supplies are ‘in distress’, scientists warn

By | June 17th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Scientists Discover the Genes for Supersizing Fruit

By | June 4th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Hacked photosynthesis could boost crop yields

By | May 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

Farm Subsidies – Bitter Harvest

By | May 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

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, [...]

Analysis

By | May 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

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 [...]

New UN report calls for transformation in agriculture

By | April 28th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

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. [...]

A Call to Look Past Sustainable Development

By | April 15th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized|

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. [...]

US poised for biobased chemicals breakout, says National Research Council

By | April 6th, 2015|Categories: Creative|Tags: , , |

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 [...]