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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 »

Khulna district expects to yield 2,24,417 tonnes of Aman

The southwestern Khulna has set a target of yielding 2,24,417 tonnes of Aman in the current year as plantation of two varieties of the major crop is underway in the district, agriculture officials said yesterday.“Transplantation of Aman seedling (Bree-23) or Upshy and the local variety of the Aman is going on in full swing in all the nine upazilas in ... Read More »

Local fruits disappearing fast in Narsingdi

Different varieties of local fruits are disappearing fast in the district due to adverse impact of climate change, use of agro-chemical in the ground and want of planning on production.Earlier, there were various indigenous fruits like Gab, Deowa, Kathbal, Safeda, Kao, Dalim, Black-bery, Rose-bery, Olive, Tamarind, Star-apple, Casterd-apple Chalta, Shorifa and Kamranga. Read More »

The real cost of food

Danielle Nierenberg There is no such thing as cheap food. Industrial agriculture is externalizing the environmental and health costs associated with food production. Worldwide, 75 billion tons of soil is lost every year, costing approximately US$400 billion per year, or about US$70 per person, per year, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). And the McKinsey Global Institute ... Read More »

Arum farming gains momentum in Rajshahi region

In the wake of gradually increasing demand and lucrative market price, cultivation of arum has brought smiles on the faces of farmers in Rajshahi region including its vast Barind tract as they are getting good profit by cultivating it on their lands.Locally known as ‘Latiraj’, arum is a favourite vegetable of many people. Read More »

Protecting cows was Mughal way to rule Indian hearts: Rajnath Singh

Rajnath Singh said due to the efforts taken by BSF personnel, cattle smuggling to Bangladesh has come down. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said that even the Mughals understood that if they had to rule India, they could not support cow slaughter openly, which was a fact that the Britishers failed to understand during their rule. Protecting cows ... Read More »

Amateur farmer grows Dragon fruits in Jhenidah

Amateur farmer Borhan Uddin (45) has courageously gone for cultivation dragon fruit in Kaligonj upazila of Jhenidah and made it monstrously popular among farmers and consumers level for its high commercial and nutritional values. Borhan Uddin services as a marketing manager of Universal Poultry Feed Hatcheries Limited under kaliganj upazila in Jhenidah. Khamar-Mundia Village under Kaligonj upazila in Jhenidah district ... Read More »

Bubble desalination latest effort to boost crop growth

Ian Randall Researchers in Australia are seeking to build a prototype ‘Bubble-Greenhouse’ that could provide remote, arid places with a low-tech, low-maintenance way to turn salt water into fresh water to grow food. The engineers from Murdoch University, who published their study last month in the journal Desalination, estimate that a 150 square metre Bubble-Greenhouse could produce around eight cubic ... Read More »

How climate change could threaten nutrition of millions

By Natasha Geiling The world already has a hard time properly allocating crucial nutrients to its 7.125 billion residents — and a new study published in The Lancet Wednesday suggests that global warming is only going to increase that challenge. According to the World Health Organization, zinc deficiency currently impacts a little more than thirty percent of humans across the ... Read More »

Fazle Hasan Abed, gets 2015 World Food Prize

By DAVID PITT, Associated Press DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A man who created a nonprofit organization credited with helping more than 150 million people out of poverty was named the winner of the 2015 World Food Prize on Wednesday. Fazle Hasan Abed, of Bangladesh, created BRAC, the organization originally known as Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee, as a temporary relief ... Read More »

Legalisation is driving down the price of marijuana

By John Dyer Marijuana legalization and decriminalization has vaulted weed into the realm of commodities like corn, pork bellies, tin, gold, and rubber. In other words, now that people can buy pot almost everywhere, the market is expansive and uniform enough for New York stoners to know whether a dealer in Florida is overcharging them when they try to score ... Read More »

Rice-wheat-mugbean cropping pattern can double yield

Wide-ranging promotion of rice-wheat- mugbean cropping pattern in bed planting system could be the effective means of making yield of those double in the region including its vast barind tract. Agricultural scientists and researchers told BSS that the on- farm research on the cropping pattern was conducted in different areas in the last couple of years and findings of those ... Read More »

Low paddy price irks Sherpur farmers

As paddy farmers across the district have started harvesting the Boro crops, its price remain very low at the growers’ level.Per maund of Boro paddy is selling at Tk 300 -Tk 420 at the growers’ level, and between Tk 400 – Tk 600 at the local markets in the district, though the production cost this season is estimated to be ... Read More »

Seed assocs of Bangladesh, India sign trade agreement

New Delhi: Seed associations of Bangladesh and India have inked a pact to facilitate traders of both nations to increase business in high-yielding varieties of rice seeds, think-tank CUTS international said today. The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between the Bangladesh Seeds Association and the National Seed Association of India here. “This MoU will facilitate traders, exporters and importers ... Read More »

Supporting future farmers

Danielle Nierenberg Young people are the farmers and food system leaders of tomorrow. According to the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), young people are increasingly abandoning agriculture and rural areas in search of better prospects, which makes creating opportunities for young people to contribute to their agricultural communities an urgent need. Today, young people can explore career options in ... Read More »