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Biofortified GM bananas

James Dale is a scientist at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT, Australia). His lab has developed a genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) banana (Musa × paradisiaca) rich in ‘pro-vitamin A’. Here’s the QUT report. This is the ‘super banana’ … Continue reading

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Call for articles: Nutritional values and family farming

Originally posted on AGRICULTURE BLOG…..:
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…

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Rising levels of CO2 could exacerbate malnutrition

argylesock says… Climate change is happening. We humans caused it. Here’s yet another way that climate change threatens people, especially poor people. [Edit] I looked up the original paper (behind a paywall, but my University library has a subscription) and … Continue reading

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The homogenisation and globalisation of diets

Originally posted on One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?:
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization has estimated that some 75% of the diversity of cultivated crops was lost during the 20th Century and, by 2050, we could lose…

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Remember the forgotten crops

This is my 1000th post on this blog. My 500th is here. I use my 1000th post to honour Monkombu Swaminathan, the scientist known as Father of the Green Revolution in India. Here’s an interview with Fred Pearce at Bioversity … Continue reading

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History of Pearl millet

Originally posted on bbzfrankie:
Pearl millet is the most widely grown type of millet. It has been grown in Africa and the Indian subcontinent since prehistoric times. The center of diversity, and suggested area of domestication, for the crop is…

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Iron-Rich Pearl Millet against malnutrition

Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum) is a staple food in resource-poor parts of Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Many kids raised on pearl millet, or whose mothers ate mostly pearl millet, don’t get enough iron to grow up healthy. Now here’s pearl … Continue reading

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New Commitments to Combat Malnutrition

Originally posted on ECO-opia:
June 8, 2013 by News from the CGIAR Consortium   Speaking today at the event “Nutrition for Growth: Beating Hunger through Business and Science,” Rachel Kyte, Chair of the CGIAR Fund Council and World Bank Vice…

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Kale and the immune system ( #foodie Friday)

Originally posted on Everything Matters:
I know a lot of kale eaters…but apparently the typical American eats only 1 cup a year…I eat easily that much every couple of days at certain times of year…this is an interesting little video…and…

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Forest foods against global malnutrition

Forests provide food for many people around the world. Julie Mollins at the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) says that forest foods deserve more attention. Local varieties, local wild foods, many kinds of animal and plant food which might … Continue reading

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