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World Food Day, food aid, Food Policy

World Food Day: U.S. Needs Food Policies That Feed People and Economies

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Food Security, global farming, international farming, Hunger

The African Green Revolution at the Tipping Point

Cooperation by farmers, scientist and policymakers needed to end hunger

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precision agriculture, international farming, global agriculture, Food Security

The Brown Revolution: A Sustainable Response to the Global Food Crisis and Viable Options for the Small Scale Farmer

The Brown Revolution-rebuilding soil ecology-is helping farmers feed communities. The methods restore land depleted from overuse, and are easily replicated in various geographic areas.

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Amherst College, Deborah Gewertz, Ramen noodles, instant noodles, The Noodle Narratives, World Hunger

Ramen Noodles: A Possible Solution to World Hunger?

In The Noodle Narratives: The Global Rise of an Industrial Food into the Twenty-First Century, Amherst College professor Deborah Gewertz and her co-authors examine the history, manufacturing and consumption of instant noodles and argue that the food will play a more vital role in the world’s future.

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Food, global food security, seed banks, Plant Genetics

To Feed the Future, Mine the Wealth of the World’s Seed Banks Today

With fewer than a dozen flowering plants out of 300,000 species accounting for 80 percent of humanity’s caloric intake, people need to tap unused plants to feed the world in the near future, claims Cornell University plant geneticist Susan McCouch in the Comment feature of the July 4 issue of Nature.

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China, nutrient management, Nutrient Pollution, Water Quality, Food Security

Balancing Food Security and Environmental Quality in China

A special section in the Journal of Environmental Quality details the challenges China faces today in managing nutrient losses from crop and livestock production, and how the country must shift from a sole focus on food security to a triple emphasis on food security, efficient use of resources, and environmental protection.

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Kansas State University, K-State Research and Extension, Barbara Valent, rice blast research, wheat blast research, Food Security, Magnaporthe ory, Nature Communications, secretory systems in plants, Nicholas Talbot, University Of Exeter

Rice Blast Research Reveals Details on How a Fungus Invades Plants

Like a stealthy enemy, blast disease invades rice crops around the world, killing plants and cutting production of one of the most important global food sources. Now, a study by an international team of researchers sheds light on how the rice blast fungus, Magnaporthe oryzae, invades plant tissue. The finding is a step toward learning how to control the disease, which by some estimates destroys enough rice to feed 60 million people annually.

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crop diversity , crop wild relatives, plant biodiversity, Conservation, Food Crops, Food Security, Plant Breeding, Endangered Species

U.S. A Surprisingly Large Reservoir of Crop Plant Diversity

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North America isn’t known as a hotspot for crop plant diversity, yet a new inventory has uncovered nearly 4,600 wild relatives of crop plants in the United States, including close relatives of globally important food crops such as sunflower, bean, sweet potato, and strawberry.

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Plant Biology, Plant Growth, Biofuels, Food Security, Hydrogen Sulfide, Mass Extinction

Key Ingredient in Mass Extinctions Could Boost Food, Biofuel Production

In low doses, hydrogen sulfide, a substance implicated in several mass extinctions, could greatly enhance plant growth, leading to a sharp increase in global food supplies and plentiful stock for biofuel production, new University of Washington research shows.

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millet, cereal grains, Grains, Famine, Food Security, gluten-free

Research Shows Great Promise for Millet Grains

Climate change, water scarcity, increasing world population, and rising food prices are only some of the socioeconomic factors that threaten agriculture and food security worldwide, especially for disadvantaged populations that live in arid and sub-arid regions. In the May issue of Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety, published by the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), researchers looked into how millet grains serve as a major food component for millions of people in these countries, as well as for people with special diet needs and those seeking foods high in nutrients.







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