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Climate change to force deadly diet shift

Tania Rabesandratana Climate change will severely impact global food production, causing an estimated 529,000 deaths by 2050 from resulting diet shifts compared with a future without higher carbon emissions, a study says. Changes in temperature and precipitation “are expected to reduce global crop productivity” and drive people to eat less red meat and less water-intensive fruit and vegetables, says the ... Read More »

International Women’s Day: Improving the lives of women farmers

Danielle Nierenberg Tuesday, March 8 is International Women’s Day (IWD). The theme, “Planet 50-50 by 2030: Step It Up for Gender Equality,” addresses the continuing injustices faced by women across the globe. Women farmers’ yields, for example, are often 20–30 percent lower than for men’s because of a lack of access to banking, financial services, and inputs. But filling this ... Read More »

Groundbreaking new book: Eating planet

Danielle Nierenberg This week, I am participating in an event to launch the new edition of the Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation’s (BCFN) groundbreaking book, Eating Planet. Please CLICK HERE to read a free excerpt and learn more. Eating Planet highlights BCFN’s perspectives and proposals for the sustainability of global agribusiness. The publication addresses three paradoxes in the ... Read More »

10 questions for US presidential candidates

Danielle Nierenberg In a recent poll by the Union of Concerned Scientists, 94 percent of American voters expressed concern about the state of the food system – and also said that food was a very important issue to them. More than ever before, Americans are concerned about what they’re eating, how it was grown, where it was grown, and by ... Read More »

27 women we love

Danielle Nierenberg There are hundreds of women who inspire us at Food Tank. They are entrepreneurs, stewards of the land, business owners, researchers, farmers, and innovators who are the backbone of the world’s food systems. On average, women represent 43 percent of the world’s agricultural labor force and 47 percent of the global fisheries labor force, according to the U.N. ... Read More »

African farmers lead way in climate-resilient agroecology

In 2015, the Oakland Institute released 33 case studies providing irrefutable evidence of the tremendous success of agroecological agriculture across the African continent in the face of climate change, hunger, and poverty. Agroecological projects have restored degraded land and saved scarce water resources while increasing food production, and improving farmers’ livelihoods and resilience. For example, in Kenya, 200,000 farmers practising ... Read More »

Ways to grow more organic food in Bangladesh

Rasha Binte Mohiuddin In recent years modern system of chemical agriculture has attracted criticism on the ground that it is no longer ecologically sustainable nor economically viable, and that it may prejudice the health and well-being of both humans and animals. Plants in an organic system are cultivated without artificial pesticides and readily available fertilizers. Natural animal manure, compost and ... Read More »

Feeding a flawed society

by Paul R. Ehrlich,John Harte Stanford/Berkeley – Virtually everyone in the scientific community agrees that ensuring sufficient food supplies for a surging human population, which is set to grow by 2.4 billion by mid-century, will require serious work. Indeed, we have not even succeeded at providing enough food for today’s population of 7.3 billion: Nearly 800 million people currently are ... Read More »

Celebrate the International Year of Pulses

Danielle Nirenberg 2016 is the United Nations International Year of Pulses (IYP). Pulses, or grain legumes, include 12 crops such as dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas, and lentils, which are high in protein, fiber, and micronutrients. In celebration of the global launch of IYP, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) created a short video highlighting unique opportunities for pulses ... Read More »

16 Most Exciting Food Stories for 2016

As we wrap up 2015 at Food Tank, we are already looking forward to next year. From food safety law to a heightened focus on food waste, there are so many exciting food and agriculture stories that continue to unfold every day. We’ll continue to cover the most important food issues in 2016, focusing on equity and sustainability in the ... Read More »

2015 was a huge year for weed, 2016 will be even bigger

By Keegan Hamilton December 29, 2015 | There’s an old adage in American politics: “As Ohio goes, so goes the nation.” While it might hold true for presidential campaigns — the last candidate to reach the White House without winning the state was John F. Kennedy in 1960 — stoners in the US can only hope that the saying doesn’t ... Read More »

Phasing out chemicals with agroecology

Executive Summary “If we do persist with business as usual, the world’s people cannot be fed over the next half-century. It will mean more environmental degradation, and the gap between the haves and have-nots will expand. We have an opportunity now to marshal our intellectual resources to avoid that sort of future. Otherwise we face a world nobody would want ... Read More »

116 Food Orgs to Watch in 2016

Danielle Nierenberg Every Every year, Food Tank highlights organizations that contribute to creating a more sustainable global food system by protecting biodiversity, producing valuable agricultural research, fighting hunger, and much more. This year, Food Tank is featuring 116 organizations you may not have heard about, but should look out for over the new year. These organizations may not be well-known, ... Read More »

Agroecology to reverse soil degradation, achieve food security

Agroecology, which restores ecosystem functioning by maintaining soil health, is an effective strategy to achieve food security in the areas of the world where it is most needed. The challenge: The dramatic increase in crop production of the last 50 years has reduced the number of chronically undernourished people. However, these massive production gains have come at high environmental costs, ... Read More »

Costs and benefits of agriculture

Danielle Nierenberg As climate leaders gather in Paris for the 21st Session of the Conference of Parties (COP21), farmers and food leaders are paying close attention to negotiations, which will determine how global environmental policy will continue to affect the food system. Alongside COP21, other workshops such as the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF Paris) will take place. The agenda ... Read More »

How agroecology can transform agro-food system, nourish planet

A new book discusses how agroecology can nourish the world and transform the currently unsustainable agro-food system. The focus is on small-scale farmers who, all over the world, are prone to food insecurity, but who nevertheless feed more than 80% of the world’s population. Food insecurity results from a globally dysfunctional agro-food system. The book addresses the question of how ... Read More »

Agroecology in Africa addresses climate change, hunger, poverty

The Oakland Institute today released 33 case studies that shed light on the tremendous success of agroecological agriculture across the African continent in the face of climate change, hunger, and poverty. “Released just two weeks ahead of the COP21 Conference in Paris, these case studies provide irrefutable facts and figures on how agricultural transformation-respectful of the farmers and the environment-can ... Read More »

Waste-free thanksgiving

Danielle Nierenberg This week, Food Tank is grateful for the farmers, researchers, and activists who are working tirelessly to improve the food system every day. According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), getting food onto Americans’ plates accounts for 80 percent of the country’s fresh water consumption, 50 percent of American land use, and 10 percent of the total ... Read More »

Demand a national food policy

Danielle Nierenberg The American food system is broken. Chronic diet-related diseases cost US$500 billion annually, and agriculture is the main source of water pollution in America. The Food and Drug Administration reports that 80 percent of all antibiotics are fed to animals who aren’t sick, while excess healthcare costs in the U.S. from antibiotic resistance are estimated at US$20 billion ... Read More »

Contentious negotiations over farmers’ rights resolution

Geneva (Sangeeta Shashikant) — Negotiations on the Farmers’ Rights resolution became particularly contentious during the 6th meeting of the Governing Body of the International Treaty for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) when certain delegations such as Australia, Canada and the European region sought to weaken the text of the resolution. The meeting took place at the Food ... Read More »

Zinc-enriched rice for food, nutrition security stressed

Enhanced cultivation of high yielding zinc-enriched rice can ensure food and nutrition security preventing deficiency of zinc, iron and vitamin-A for normal growth of children and increasing disease resistant capacity.Experts viewed this at a farmers’ field day organised by RDRS Bangladesh, an NGO, to demonstrate cultivation technologies and harvesting of zinc-enriched BRRI dhan 62 rice in village Rampur Pirhat under ... Read More »

$460 million global investment in food tech, media space

Danielle Nierenberg The fall semester is in full swing and many students are enrolled in courses focused on food and agriculture. They realize that the food system is at a crossroads. Nearly a billion people suffer from hunger while at least 2.1 billion people are overweight or obese; 1.3 billion tons of food is wasted each year; and women and ... Read More »

Giving a voice to the youth

Danielle Nierenberg Young people are the future of food security. By 2050, youth, ages 15-24, are expected to reach 1.4 billion, or 14 percent of the population. At Food Tank, we recognise youth as the next generation of food system leaders. Across the globe, young leaders are making their voices heard in the food system. From September 21-23, 2015, 75 ... Read More »

Global consumption trends break new records

Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs exposes latest global peaks of production and consumption, as well as associated impacts Washington, D.C. – From coal to cars to coffee, consumption levels are breaking records. According to the Worldwatch Institute’s latest report, Vital Signs, Volume 22: The Trends That Are Shaping Our Future, the acceleration of resource depletion, pollution, and climate change may come ... Read More »

What’s the true cost of food?

Danielle Nierenberg Conventional agriculture isn’t cheap. From the use of artificial fertilizer and pesticides to the obesity epidemic, our current food system has a number of hidden costs to the natural environment and human health, far outweighing the benefits of cheap food. The cost of soil erosion in Brazil, for example, is US$242 million per year in the state of ... Read More »