Mitigating bio-energy-food nexus pressures
Jan27

Mitigating bio-energy-food nexus pressures

Countries around the world are beginning to transition away from fossil fuel-based economies towards bio-economies that use biological sources, materials and processes to achieve sustainable economic, social and environmental development. One of the main activities in a bio-economy is the production of bio-energy, which is energy produced from organic matter or biomass. The most common form of bio-energy is bio-fuels (combustible...

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Reducing the costs of land degradation from agriculture
Dec09

Reducing the costs of land degradation from agriculture

Over the past two centuries, humans have converted or modified 70% of the world’s grasslands, 50% of the savannah, 45% of temperate forests and 27% of tropical forests for farming and grazing activities. Today, of the 13 billion hectares of ice-free land in the world, 46% is used by agriculture and forestry, of which 52% is considered moderately or severely affected by soil degradation. Over the past 20 years alone global croplands...

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Mixing education with food security
Nov24

Mixing education with food security

Urban farming is the growing of plants and the raising of animals within and around cities. Examples of food products grown include crops such as grains, root crops, vegetables, mushrooms and fruit. Most importantly urban farming can make an important contribution to food security especially in times of crisis or food shortages. Produce is either consumer by the producers or sold in urban markets such as weekend farmers’ markets that...

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Europe: Phosphorous recovery and global food security
Jul15

Europe: Phosphorous recovery and global food security

By 2050, the world will require 60 percent more food produce as a result of rapid population growth and changing diets: as incomes rise demand for dairy products and meat increases. Globally, demand for phosphate as a fertilizer nutrient will rise from 43.8 million tons per annum in 2015 to 52.9 million tons in 2030. Currently, Asia accounts for almost 60% of the world’s total nutrient use, with China and India consuming around 55%...

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France: Cracking down on food waste through severe penalties
Jun25

France: Cracking down on food waste through severe penalties

The French National Assembly has passed legislation banning supermarkets from throwing away or destroying unsold food. Instead, supermarkets must donate it to charity or use it as animal feed or compost. This is part of France’s wider efforts of halving the amount of food waste in the country by 2025. According to official estimates the average citizen throws out 20-30kg of food a year – 7kg of which is still in its wrapping. The cost...

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Land law is essential to food security
Apr29

Land law is essential to food security

The most common form of culture shock for Peace Corps Volunteers after service is grocery stores. When you go from a country with only two types of pasta, 5 different beers, and habitually drinking Nestle Nido dried milk to a Whole Foods with 200 different salad dressings or 500 different beers from around the world, you enter paralysis. I was ready for “grocery shock” when coming home, but what I wasn’t ready for was driving. I had...

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