Casey M. Blaschke

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Getting Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Into Poor Neighborhoods Doesn’t Make Poor People Healthier

A dozen recently and currently incarcerated women gathered in a classroom across the street from their San Francisco jail and considered a bulb of …

Mind the gap: closing gender divide in African agriculture could reduce hunger

Investing in childcare and adult education, and giving women farmers the same access as men to fertiliser and training, could significantly increase food production and improve their lives and that of their families, according to a report that highlights the deep-rooted gender gaps in Africa's …

Niger food crisis scheme seeks local solutions to recurring cycle of hunger

By engaging communities and co-ordinating agency efforts, Niger hopes to end its perennial battle against food shortage<p>The UN's humanitarian chief, Lady Amos, has called for an extra $2bn (£1.25bn) from donors to combat another looming food crisis in the Sahel. The story is familiar: a poor rainy …

Crop diversity decline 'threatens food security'

<b>Fewer crop species are feeding the world than 50 years ago - raising concerns about the resilience of the global food system, a study has shown.</b><p>The authors warned a loss of diversity meant more people were dependent on key crops, leaving them more exposed to harvest failures.<p>Higher consumption of …

Nigeria braced for potential food crisis as forecasters predict short rainy season

Nigeria is facing a possible food supply crisis this farming season, according to traders, as the agricultural sector grapples with a predicted shorter rainy season, sectarian violence and greater demand from Niger.<p>Food experts have raised the alarm after the country's meteorological agency said …

Heatwaves could threaten food crops, study warns

Future heatwaves could threaten key global food crops if climate change is not addressed, according to a British study.<p>Researchers came to the conclusion after estimating the effects of extreme temperatures and raised carbon dioxide levels on maize, wheat and soybean production.<br>While more C02 in …

GM genocide?

FACTS can be stubborn - and irritating. It is satisfying—perhaps even gratifying—to accept the idea that genetically modified crops are causing …

Climate change will 'lead to battles for food', says head of World Bank

Battles over water and food will erupt within the next five to 10 years as a result of climate change, the president of the World Bank said as he urged those campaigning against global warming to learn the lessons of how protesters and scientists joined forces in the battle against HIV.<p>Jim Yong Kim …

It’s Time to Rethink America’s Corn System

March 5, 2013 — <i>This essay was posted simultaneously at Scientific American.</i><p>Nothing dominates the American landscape like corn.<p>Sprawling across the …

Global food security: could wheat feed the world?

<b>How did the international wheat yield partnership come about?</b><p>Launched at the Borlaug summit on wheat for food security, held in Mexico on 25 March, the international wheat yield partnership was formed to address rising demand for wheat around the world.<p>The partnership builds on committments made by …

Insecticides put world food supplies at risk, say scientists

The world’s most widely used insecticides have contaminated the environment across the planet so pervasively that global food production is at risk, according to a comprehensive scientific assessment of the chemicals’ impacts.<p>The researchers compare their impact with that reported in Silent Spring, …

Land taken over by foreign investors could feed 550m people, study finds

Land grabbing in Africa and Asia for export and biofuel crops is keeping populations malnourished and hungry<p>The land grabbed in some of the world’s hungriest countries by foreign goverments and corporations could feed up to 550m people, according to new research. The crops grown on grabbed land are …

An African outlook on improving nutrition on the continent

The African continent faces myriad challenges, including extreme poverty, limited infrastructure, chronic food shortages and an exploding population (among others). However, nutrition is seldom considered an important component of national development and few steps have been taken to tackle the …

The west's peanut butter bias chokes Haiti's attempts to feed itself

Bedline is 17 months and weighs just 5.3kg. She lies feverish and quiet in her grandmother's arms, eyes glazed, her pale blue nylon frock hanging off thin shoulders.<p>Nearly 30 toddlers and their carers are crammed into the airless room at a makeshift malnutrition clinic atop a hill in Bahon, …

Better use of world’s existing cropland could feed 3 billion more people: study

The world’s existing cropland could feed at least 3 billion extra people if it were used more efficiently, a new study has found, showing that the large increases in population expected in the next three decades need not result in widespread hunger.<p>More than half of the fertiliser currently poured …

'Father of hybrid rice' develops new variety that beats his own world record

Yuan Longping, "the father of hybrid rice", has set a new world record for hybrid rice production by developing a variety that yields an average of …

Europe’s worsening migrant crisis – the Guardian briefing

Immigration and asylum,UK news,Africa,World news,Syria,Middle East and North Africa,Italy,Europe,European Union,Migration,The Guardian,News,Analysis<p>Dozens of would-be migrants are reported to have drowned between Libya and Sicily, the latest tragedy in the Mediterranean this spring. The increasing …

Ebola, Population, and Evolution: The story the media is not covering | MAHB

Most of the news coverage of the current Ebola virus epidemic has neglected to inform the public of the causes and true dimensions of the threat this …