Sustainable Agriculture
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Sustainable Agriculture

Margaret Mellon is the director of the Union of Concerned Scientists’ Food and Environment Program. Doug Gurian-Sherman is a senior scientist in same program.

By 2050, the world will have to feed 9 billion people, adapt to climate change, reduce agricultural pollution, and protect fresh water supplies - all at the same time. Given that formidable challenge, what are the quickest, most cost-effective ways to develop more productive, drought-, flood- and pest-resistant crops?


Sustainable Agriculture

The rolling hills and lush green vegetation dotting the Central Kenyan highlands strike a marvel and admiration to nature lovers and anyone keen on enjoying a refreshing escape from routine urban hustles.

Nature and man have joined forces in most parts of central Kenya to bestow the landscape with ecological treasures ranging from forests, springs and rare biodiversity critical to human survival.

Residents of Lari Division in Kiambu County, Central Province, are today an embodiment of human efforts to turn the tide on nature vagaries to their advantage.

Canada: Japan Eager For P.E.I.'S Non-GMO Canola

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P.E.I. (Prince Edward Island) is growing more canola than ever before, fulfilling a demand for oilseed that is not contaminated with genetically modified crops.

There is so much interest in the product in Japan, a Japanese buyer now calls P.E.I. home for part of the year.

It's difficult to find places in the world where buyers can be confident the seed is free from contamination from genetically modified crops. Genetically modified canola is not grown on P.E.I., and this attracted Kosaku Morita of the Japanese company Marumo to the Island, where he has been living for several months.

'Rooting' out hunger in Africa with non-GE disease-resistant cassava

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AFP - The "magic" cassava roots the Nigerian farmer pointed to might have made Charles Darwin smile -- and they may also turn out to be part of the solution to hunger across swathes of Africa.

"If you uproot it, you can see six or seven tubers," said Bashir Adeyinka Adesiyan, a farmer from southwestern Nigeria, the world's largest producer of cassava. "The one we were planting before, you would only get two or three."

He called it a "magic plant."

Non-GE orange maize to be introduced in Zambia to fight vitamin A deficiency

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WASHINGTON, Sep 12, 2010 (IPS) - 'Orange' maize, a variety of the common cereal crop, could improve the lives of millions of malnourished people by providing increased vitamin A in their diet, according to a new study released here this week.

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