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Cocoa prices are surging, but cocoa farmers are still making a pittance

argylesock says… Chocolate tastes so good, but it’s not so sweet for the smallholders who grow it. You can scroll down for info about other tropical commodity crops. Advertisements

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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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Exotic trees

Lewis at woodlands.co.uk tells us about the exotic (alien) trees which are familiar in our British landscapes. Lewis tells us how many of these trees arrived during colonial times when great houses and gardens were built. He doesn’t mention how … Continue reading

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Poverty impairs mental functioning

Here’s some new evidence about how poverty impairs mental functioning and promotes risky decison-making. You can scroll down that article to see how sugarcane farmers were less able to think clearly when poor. The article also mentions brain damage that … Continue reading

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Agricultural biotech against poverty and hunger

Too many people are hungry. Many of the hungry people are African. Biotechnology might help. The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) tells us how biotech can help to feed people. ‘A successful strategy should have MULTIPLE … Continue reading

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