Food Production

Wasted food is world's third-biggest carbon emitter after China and US: UN

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Around 1.3 billion tonnes of food is wasted every year (Credit: ABC)
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The food the world wastes accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, according to a United Nations report.

The food the world wastes accounts for more greenhouse gas emissions than any country except for China and the United States, according to a United Nations report.

It says every year about a third of all food for human consumption, around 1.3 billion tonnes, is wasted, along with all the energy, water and chemicals needed to produce it and dispose of it. ... Read more about Wasted food is world's third-biggest carbon emitter after China and US: UN

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New global standard will measure and help cut food waste

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Megan Rowling
Leftovers pictured in the 'Auf da Muehle' restaurant in the western Austrian village of Soell, June 2, 2013. Waste food from the restaurant is collected and sent weekly to a biogas plant, where it is used to help produce electricity
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LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Work is to start on a new global standard for measuring food loss and waste, which experts hope will help reduce the significant amount of food that does not get eaten because it is spoiled or thrown away.

The World Resources Institute (WRI) said on Monday it would bring together representatives from academia, the private sector, government and civil society groups to develop an international “Food Loss and Waste Protocol”. The first version is due to be ready by mid- to late-2015.
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In a world hungry for biofuels, food security must come first

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Olivier De Schutter
A worker shows Jatropha seeds in Manica province
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Growing crops for food and fuel together can work but farmers and policymakers must prioritise hungry people and think local

 

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How to Make Global Fisheries Worth Five Times More

How to Make Global Fisheries Worth Five Times More
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ScienceDaily (July 13, 2012) — Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new University of British Columbia study, published July 13 in the online journal PLoS ONE. ... Read more about How to Make Global Fisheries Worth Five Times More

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Aquaculture Tries to Fill World's Insatiable Appetite for Seafood

Aquaculture Tries to Fill World's Insatiable Appetite for Seafood
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Total global fish production, including both wild capture fish and aquaculture, reached an all-time high of 154 million tons in 2011. Wild capture was 90.4 million tons that year, up 2 percent from 2010. This followed a 1.6-percent decline from 2009 to 2010. The 2011 global capture figure nearly matched the 2007 total of 90.3 million tons, which broke a four-year pattern of declining global wild capture. Since the late 1980s, however, wild capture production has essentially stagnated.

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World Food Price Increases Over Time

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Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, International Food Policy Research Institute

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World Food Price Increases Over Time

This is a combination of two images. The top chart shows the increase in the prices of rice, wheat, and maize from 2005 to 2011. These three crops are the major food staples in most developing countries. The graph underneath depicts the World Food Price Index, which measures the increase in world food prices over time. Since 2007, world food prices have increased dramatically, contributing to the cycle of poverty in the developing world. ... Read more about World Food Price Increases Over Time

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Factors Driving the Poverty Cycle

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