Call for articles: Nutritional values and family farming

agylesock says… My fellow blogger Dinesh Panday is talking good sense. He seeks articles for a special edition of Farming Matters which will be published towards the end of the International Year of Family Farming. When that edition comes out, I’ll want to read it.


Farming Matters | 30.2 | June 2014 Farming Matters | 30.2 | June 2014

We are told of the great advances that have been made in ‘modern’ agriculture in the last 60 years. Yet there are more hungry and malnourished people on our planet today than in the whole history of humanity. The solution, according to many, is to push ever harder to increase and intensify food production using any means at our disposal –more agrochemical inputs, GM crops, and even converting more rainforest to farmland. And while agricultural policies are directed towards cash crops, the income that this generates for rural people rarely covers their food needs.

The world produces more than enough calories to feed everyone, and other important issues are at stake. Social inequity, inequality, inefficiency, waste, environmental degradation and biased global economic policies are but a few. Moreover, feeding the world is not just about ensuring that there are enough calories; the quality…

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About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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