Wed

06

Feb

2013

Overfishing Threatens Food Chain

 

Overfishing Threatens a Critical Link in the Food Chain

Surfrider Foundation soup@surfrider.org

 

The fish near the bottom of the food chain are often overlooked, but they are vital to healthy oceans and estuaries. Collectively known as forage fish, these species, including sardines, anchovies, herrings, and krill, feed on plankton and become food themselves for larger fish, seabirds, and marine mammals. But, as demand for animal protein has soared, more and more forage fish have been used to feed livestock and farmed fish. A growing body of scientific evidence suggests that current fishing levels are dangerously high, both for the forage fish themselves and for the predators and industries that depend on them. 

 

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Mon

28

Jan

2013

Almost Half of the World's Food is Thrown Away

guardian.co.uk, Thursday 10 January 2013 02.55 EST

 

Food waste

 

Between 30% and 50% or 1.2-2bn tonnes of food produced around the world never makes it on to a plate. Photograph: Murdo MacLeod for the Guardian

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Sun

08

Apr

2012

Using Community Gardens to Grow Low-Income Communities Out of Food Deserts

Truthout

Saturday, 07 April 2012 13:03

By Emily AppleNew Deal 2.0 

 

March 20th marked the third anniversary of the planting of the White House vegetable garden, the first functioning garden since Eleanor Roosevelt’s Victory Garden. The garden is an essential part of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative that aims to help raise a generation of healthy, active kids. But while it provides an excellent jumping off point for discussing the importance of nutrition, it does not get to the root cause of the lack of nutrition across the country. Not everyone can have an organic garden in his backyard or, on an even more basic level, a supermarket that sells quality fruits and vegetables. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, more than 23 million Americans live in “food deserts”: areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious food, particularly ones composed of predominantly lower income neighborhoods and communities. Before we begin to talk about the problem of nutrition in our country, we must first improve access to food for millions of Americans. And Michelle Obama is on the right path — community gardens can be a powerful tool for improving access to produce for people across the country.

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Tue

31

Jan

2012

World lacks enough food, fuel as population soars-UN

A woman prepares grains at her shop in the Kibera slum in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, Jan. 20, 2012. Kibera is a vast shanty town that lacks even basic services such as sanitation. Many residents are angry that while prices of food have risen, wages ha
A woman prepares grains at her shop in the Kibera slum in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi, Jan. 20, 2012. Kibera is a vast shanty town that lacks even basic services such as sanitation. Many residents are angry that while prices of food have risen, wages ha
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Tue

31

Jan

2012

UN unveils blueprint for global sustainability

UN report on sustainable development estimates that the world will require at least 50% more food, 45% more energy and 30% more water by 2030 if it is to keep pace with population growth, projected to reach nearly 9 billion by 2040. "We need to chart a new, more sustainable course for the future, one that strengthens equality and economic growth while protecting our planet," Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, said Monday during the release of the report by a special 22-member international panel.

 

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Thu

19

Jan

2012

We still eat Neolithic food

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Date: Thu, Jan 19, 2012 at 3:30 AM


In today's encore excerpt - even at the fanciest restaurants, we still eat the same narrow range of meats and grains first domesticated and cultivated in the Neolithic period.

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Thu

19

Jan

2012

Slow response to East Africa famine 'cost 'lives'

The US government says 29,000 children under five years old died between May and July 2011
The US government says 29,000 children under five years old died between May and July 2011

 

Thousands of needless deaths occurred from famine in East Africa last year because the international community failed to heed early warnings, say two leading British aid organisations.  BBC


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Tue

17

Jan

2012

Experts Predict Global Population Will Plateau

 

The Great Contraction

Experts Predict Global Population Will Plateau

By SPIEGEL Staff  11/03/2011


The 7-billionth human being was born last week as the UN issued dire warnings of an exploding global population. But birth rates are actually in free fall worldwide. Experts predict that the world's population will start shrinking in 2060 and that -- with a bit of imaginative policymaking -- the birth and death rates could actually balance out.

 

In 6 Parts

 

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Tue

17

Jan

2012

UN Food and Agricultural Chief

Somalian refugees at a camp in Kenya: "We need sustainable agriculture tailored to regional conditions."
Somalian refugees at a camp in Kenya: "We need sustainable agriculture tailored to regional conditions."

 

 

UNFAO chief: Battle to end hunger is winnable

Spiegel Online 01/16/2012 

 

Gains in the battle against malnutrition have been made in many countries, but a concerted effort to slash the number of people around the world facing food shortages is still needed, Jose Graziano da Silva, the new head of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says in this interview. Da Silva is supporting tighter regulations on speculation, which has been broadly tagged as a major contributing factor to rising food prices.

 

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