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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 [...]

Why investors like AOL co-founder Steve Case are betting big on food

By | April 2nd, 2015|Categories: Design, Videos|Tags: , , |

Before Steve Case co-founded America Online 30 years ago and became a billionaire, his second job out of college was helping develop new styles of slices in Wichita, Kansas, for Pizza Hut. The food business, [...]