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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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Millet

Millets are grasses with smaller seeds than the grains that people like me, in the rich world, know as our staple foods. We should notice other grains too, including millets. Millions of people appreciate millets as staple food and as … 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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Seeking sustainable crops

Elisabeth Braw at the Guardian tells us about the search for sustainable crops. She says that we in the rich world focus too much on a tiny number of staple food species. But ‘at one time during the past 10,000 … Continue reading

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Pest evolves better resistance to insecticidal GM crops

A few days ago I reblogged a post about genetically modified (GM, also called genetically engineered, GE) crops. I said that in my opinion, my fellow blogger Nasir Butt at Agriculture Information Bank sounds a little bit naïve in that … Continue reading

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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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The importance of seed diversity

Originally posted on One Billion Hungry: Can We Feed the World?:
Seeds might be small, inconspicuous things but they hold a great deal of power. For some, seeds mean survival, ritual, life. They are the basis of much of the…

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