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What is biodiverse food?

Ann Tutwiler of Bioversity International tells us why in the 21st century, we need biodiverse food. And she tells us what that could mean. Ms Tutwiler doesn’t mince her words, saying that a need for dramatically increased food production is … Continue reading

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Making grass greener: CIAT breeds tropical pasture that suppresses greenhouse gas emissions

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Guillermo Sotelo of CIAT’s entomology team, working with brachiaria grass in a greenhouse at the institution’s headquarters in Colombia (picture credit: CIAT/Neil Palmer). ‘. . . On 13 September, researchers announced that they have bred…

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A decade of extremes

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) tells us that the first decade of the 21st century was the warmest for both hemispheres and for both land and ocean temperatures since measurements began in 1850. As you know, I think the evidence … Continue reading

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Breakthough in wheat breeding

[Edit] An update on this post is here. The National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB) announced this week that it has ‘recreated the original rare cross between an ancient wheat and wild grass species’ that happened about 10,000 years ago. … Continue reading

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New grass hybrid could help reduce the likelihood of flooding

What can farmers and growers do when the weather’s gone weird? In this time of climate change, nobody can really tell you what kind of weather to expect. This is no joke if you’re making your living on the land. … Continue reading

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Should we stop eating meat?

Would it solve the world’s food crisis if we all went vegetarian or vegan? Priyamvada Gopal at the Guardian says no, inequality is a bigger factor in food shortages. I think that food wastage, especially in the rich world, is … Continue reading

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