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Food Trade and Self-Sufficiency | Vital Signs Online

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Imports of grain globally increased more than fivefold between 1960 and 2013 as more nations turned to international markets to help meet domestic food demand.1 (See Figure 1.) For some countries, the imported share of domestic grain consumption has risen substantially.2 In 2013, more than a third of the world’s nations—77 in all—imported at least 25 percent of the major grains they needed.3 This compares to just 49 countries in 1961, an increase of 57 percent over half a century.4  (See Table 1.) ... Read more about Food Trade and Self-Sufficiency | Vital Signs Online

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Relating: Energy, Water, Food and Climate Change

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Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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Mark Tran
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The existing food system has failed and needs urgent reform, according to a UN expert who argues there should be a greater emphasis on local food production and an overhaul of trade policies that have led to overproduction in rich countries while obliging poor countries '€“ which are often dependent on agriculture '€“ to import food. ... Read more about Food system that fails poor countries needs urgent reform, says UN expert

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What a decline of biodiversity below 'safe' threshold means for Earth

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http://www.csmonitor.com - Rowena Lindsay
This photo taken July 8, 2016, shows a bee exploring a flower in a field of donated land in Northeast Vancouver, Wash.  Amanda Cowan/The Columbian/AP
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Earth's ecosystems are becoming more fragile, a study suggests, as biodiversity loss threatens their ability to preform functions vital to their survival and ours.  About 58 percent of land on earth has dropped below the biodiversity safe limit, due largely to human land use practices, says a new study published Thursday in Science.
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Record High Seafood Consumption Not Sustainable, Warns UN

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http://www.ipsnews.net - Aruna Dutt
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UNITED NATIONS, Jul 8 2016 (IPS) - The UN’s Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned Thursday that global fish stocks cannot keep up with record consumption, with the average person now consuming 20 kilograms of fish a year.  “Life below water, which the Sustainable Development Agenda commits us to conserve, is a major ally in our effort to meet a host of challenges, from food security to climate change,” said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva.
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Five charts that explain who gets hit hardest by food price rises

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http://www.theguardian.com - Tom Levitt
 Flood affected women and children gather for food outside a relief camp in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Photograph: Pavel Rahman/AP
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Benin, Mozambique and Nepal are among countries most exposed to climate change, water scarcity and food price volatility.   ... Read more about Five charts that explain who gets hit hardest by food price rises

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Kale or steak? Change in diet key to U.N. plan to end hunger by 2030

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Kale grows on the Chino family farm in Rancho Santa Fe, California March 7, 2013. REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE
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ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In trendy, hipster London or New York, it's all about juicing, vegan diets and snacking on kale crisps. Thousands of miles away, in Nairobi or Bogota, the middle classes are more likely to reach for roasted goat or a juicy steak.
 
Later this month, world leaders are set to endorse a U.N.

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13 companies sowing solutions for food resilience

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Heather Clancy
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Could Big Data offer the most fertile solution for countering systemic food waste and frightening future scarcity scenarios?

Last month Microsoft, Amazon Web Services, Coca-Cola, Nestlé and dozens of other companies started sowing the seeds for a crop of powerful applications and information resources enabled by the convergence of sensors, sophisticated imagery and powerful analytics — and inspired by the federal Climate Data Initiative. ... Read more about 13 companies sowing solutions for food resilience

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How much of the world's cropland is actually used to grow food?

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Brad Plumer
Crops grown for food (green) versus for animal feed and fuel (purple). National Geographic
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This fascinating map from National Geographic shows the proportion of the world's crops that are grown for direct human consumption (in green) versus all the crops that are grown for animal feed or biofuels (in purple):

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