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Open Source Seeds

Originally posted on Global Food Politics:
A group of researchers and plant breeders based at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, on Thursday announced a new initiative intended to break the monopoly control over plant genetic materials promoted by the use…

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Amaranth

Some amaranths (Amaranthus spp.) are useful for people to eat or to feed to animals. Some are weeds. It’s a huge genus including the purple amaranth (A. cruentus), the prince’s feather (A. hypochondriacus), the redroot pigweed (A. retroflexus) and the … Continue reading

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Move Over Quinoa, It’s Teff’s Turn

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  Ethiopian Farmers Harvesting Teff An interesting story in The Guardian this week argues that teff—an ancient Ethiopian grain—is poised to be the next global super grain. Teff is rich in calcium, iron, and…

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The Quinoa Challenge (and Other Food Dilemmas)

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An interesting report in the Guardian last week highlighted the implications of the increasing global demand for quinoa. The story notes that as demand for Quinua real (royal quinoa) has increased, Bolivian consumers, for…

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Family farming

2014 is the International Year of Family Farming (IYFF). It’s so named by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and supported by over 360 civil society and farmers’ organisations including the World Rural Forum. The IYFF follows the … Continue reading

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Where the quinoa went

Charlie Haynes at the Annals of Botany blog discusses the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization’s Year of Quinoa. That year was all about rediscovering the neglected crop called quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa). Quinoa is a pseudocereal. The Year of Quinoa … Continue reading

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Where did the quinoa go?

As we reach the end of the International Year of Quinoa, it’s declared a success. I can’t say that I noticed much happening about the tasty, wholesome neglected crop called quinoa (Chenopodium quinoa) this year but perhaps I didn’t look … Continue reading

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