5 August 2013
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Reducing Crop Waste Lowers Environmental ‘Food Print’!

In a letter sent to all Heads of Government worldwide inviting them to to join the global community to celebrate World Environment Day (WED) on 5 June, highlighting the magnitude of food waste and its humanitarian, economic and environmental costs to policy makers and to consumers worldwide, some striking facts and figures were revealed. Firstly, […]


31 July 2013
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No-till Saves Soils and Green House Gases

  It is well established that ploughing up land with naturally occurring vegetation results in a loss of about 50% of its stored carbon mostly as the green house gas, carbon dioxide, and a consequent reduction in organic matter. This is why it is essential to increase crop yields per hectare using the agricultural land […]


24 July 2013
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Global Grain Stocks Boost

  In its latest Global Food Outlook report published in June, the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) predicts that world grain production (amber line in chart above) will reach a record 2.46 billion tonnes in the 2013-2014 which is 6.5% gain on the previous cropping year. These figures suggest a more comfortable world cereal supply […]


15 July 2013
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Population Growth Projections Up

  Global population is now forecast to grow by 300 million more people than previously projected from 7.2 billion today to 9.6 billion by 2050! This is the prospect given by the UN’s latest forecast reported in The Economist (June 22nd 2013) and though Europe will see a shrinkage, Africa will account for more than half of […]


10 July 2013
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Seeds of Success for Food & Nutrition Security

  Just last week in a ‘Comment’ feature published in Nature (Vol 499, p 23) entitled ‘Feeding the future’, Professor Susan McCouch of Cornell University reveals some quite startling facts. Firstly, “Humanity depends on fewer than a dozen of the approximately 300,000 species of flowering plants for 80% of its caloric intake”. Secondly, “Farmers have […]

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