Tag Archive | Food security

“How lab-grown burgers could feed the world”


The technology still has a very long way to go before it can become a household staple, and even further before it can begin to replace the traditional methods of animal husbandry. However, in the very long term, the Frankenstein burger could become the economy’s prime cut.

“Destruction of nature as dangerous as climate change, scientists warn”

A dead Bodó, in front of stranded floating houses on the bed of Negro River, a major tributary of the Amazon River, during a drought in 2015


Human destruction of nature is rapidly eroding the world’s capacity to provide food, water and security to billions of people, according to the most comprehensive biodiversity study in more than a decade.

“Poor Nations Need Farm Investment or Face Importing More Food”


The poorest countries risk a greater dependence on food imports unless more is invested in their rural agriculture industries as people move toward cities, according to the United Nations.

“Sixth mass extinction of wildlife also threatens global food supplies”

Farmers evaluating traits of wheat varieties in Ethiopia


The sixth mass extinction of global wildlife already under way is seriously threatening the world’s food supplies, according to experts.

There are tens of thousands of wild or rarely cultivated species that could provide a richly varied range of nutritious foods, resistant to disease and tolerant of the changing environment. But the destruction of wild areas, pollution and overhunting has started a mass extinction of species on Earth. The focus to date has been on wild animals – half of which have been lost in the last 40 years – but the new report reveals that the same pressures are endangering humanity’s food supply, with at least 1,000 cultivated species already endangered.

“World Hunger Worsens as War and Climate Shocks Hit Food Security”


The number of people suffering from hunger last year rose at the fastest pace since at least the beginning of this century as conflicts and climate-related issues curbed access to food.

“Vulnerable ‘chokepoints’ threaten global food supply, warns report”

A map of global marine traffic on 26 June 2017 at 15.30 GMT.


Increasingly vulnerable “chokepoints” are threatening the security of the global food supply, according to a new report. It identifies 14 critical locations, including the Suez canal, Black Sea ports and Brazil’s road network, almost all of which are already hit by frequent disruptions.

“World Unprepared for Threats From Warmer Climate, Oxfam Says”



The world is “woefully unprepared” for the threat to food security from drought and flooding brought on by a warming climate, the development charity Oxfam said.

In addition to extreme weather patterns, more marginal shifts such as small increases in temperature and changes in rainfall patterns are already harming food production, Oxford, England-based Oxfam said in a report.

“China Says Arable Land the Size of Belgium Too Polluted for Farming”



More than 2 percent of China’s arable land, or an area the size of Belgium, is too polluted to grow crops, the government said, offering new evidence of the environmental cost associated with 30 years of breakneck growth.