Food Production

Counting the Vanishing Bees

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Dylan Walsh
A bumblebee gathering pollen from a sunflower. Reuters
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A new method for monitoring the decline in bee populations may prove a useful tool in much-needed conservation efforts. It requires only a few hundred pan traps: bright shallow bowls partly filled with soapy water or propylene glycol.

When United Nations experts noticed that crop production was flagging in seven countries around the world, from Brazil to Nepal, they contacted Gretchen LeBuhn, an associate professor at San Francisco State University who studies bees. ... Read more about Counting the Vanishing Bees

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Reduce food waste dramatically with simple acts, says UN

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Requesting smaller portions at restaurants, freezing leftovers and donating to food banks can help make a difference, says the UN-led Think, Eat, Save: Reduce Your Foodprint campaign. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA
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Small but simple actions by consumers and food retailers could dramatically cut the 1.3bn tonnes of food lost or wasted across the world each year, according to an unprecedented global campaign launched on Tuesday. ... Read more about Reduce food waste dramatically with simple acts, says UN

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Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds

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Damian Carrington
Sprinklers water crops in Bakersfield, California, during a heatwave. Photograph: David McNew/Getty Images David McNew/Getty
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The world's food crisis, where 1 billion people are already going hungry and a further 2 billion people will be affected by 2050, is set to worsen as increasing heatwaves reverse the rising crop yields seen over the last 50 years, according to new research. ... Read more about Global food crisis will worsen as heatwaves damage crops, research finds

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Global Food - Waste Not, Want Not

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George Aggidis, Ian Arbon, Colin Brown, Charles Clarke, John Earp, Tim Fox, David Greenway, Alistair Smith, Bob Stannard, David Warriner, Simon Whatley, David Williams
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Feeding the 9 Billion: The tragedy of waste

By 2075, the United Nations’ mid-range projection for global population growth predicts that human numbers will peak at about 9.5 billion people. This means that there could be an extra three billion mouths to feed by the end of the century, a period in which substantial changes are anticipated in the wealth, calorific intake and dietary preferences of people in developing countries across the world. ... Read more about Global Food - Waste Not, Want Not

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Aquatic agriculture offers a new solution to the problem of water scarcity

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Mark Tran
MDG Floating farms, Lake Nicaragua Photograph: Grand Challenges Canada
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Hunger and nutrition will feature prominently at the G8 summit in Northern Ireland in June, in keeping with the renewed interest in agriculture, especially in Africa, where investors are eyeing the potential of vast tracts of land.

But as experts note, water is the most severe impediment to increasing food production and security. ... Read more about Aquatic agriculture offers a new solution to the problem of water scarcity

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Dan Gibbs

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Dan Gibbs

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CEO Home Town Farms

Dan Gibbs is the CEO and a co-founder of Home Town Farms, a growing establishment using efficient and revolutionary technology.  He also provides information and his expertise to the San Diego State University Water Conservation Advisory Board and is a board member of many other advisory boards. ... Read more about Dan Gibbs

Eric Larson

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Eric Larson

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Farm Bureau, San Diego County

Eric Larson is the Executive Director of the San Diego County Farm Bureau since January 1997.  Eric began working in San Diego County's agricultural industry in 1971.  Prior to joining Farm Bureau he worked as the GM of an agricultural marketing cooperative and in nursery production.  His professional activities have included two years as president of the San Diego County Flower and Plant Association.  He currently serves as a director of the Southern California Water Committee.  In addition to his work in agriculture, he served two terms as a member of the Carlsbad City Council and is a p ... Read more about Eric Larson

Karen Melvin

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Karen Melvin

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Deputy Agriculture Commissioner/Sealer - County of San Diego - Agriculture, Weights and Measures

Karen Melvin is a Deputy Agricultural Commission/Sealer with the San Diego County Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Plant Science from the University of California, Riverside.  Karen manages the Plant Health and Pest Prevention division which is tasked with protecting and promoting our natural and agricultural resources while bolstering economic growth. ... Read more about Karen Melvin

Scott Murray

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Scott Murray

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President - Slow Food San Diego

Scott A. Murray, an organic farmer for 32 years, was a delegate to the 2004 and 2006 Terra Madre conferences in Turin, Italy. As agriculture program director and teacher at San Pasqual Academy for Foster Teens, he created the school’s Organic and Sustainable farm project with funding from Slow Food San Diego’s 2005 and 2006 annual Orfila fundraising events and other sources. Scott consults on the conversion of chemically managed farms to Organic and Sustainable agricultural practices. ... Read more about Scott Murray

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