Food Security

Read Full Story A new plan has been introduced by Chinese environmental officials aimed at addressing soil pollution and boosting food security in the world’s most populous nation
About 50 million tonnes of grain, or 8.3 percent of China’s total annual production, are lost or wasted each year, the State Administration of Grain director Ren Zhengxiao said in Beijing on Wednesday.
China Nuclear Smog
February 25, 2014
Read Full Story China’s current bout of toxic smog is having a health impact beyond the country’s human or indeed animal population. According to scientists from China Agricultural University, it is also has a potentially devastating impact on plant life, threating the nation’s food supply. He Dongxian, an associate professor with university’s College of Water Resources and Civil Engineering, told Beijing-based media on Monday that an experiment conducted over the last few months on smog's effect on plants had shown a drastic slowdown in photosynthesis, which is the main process that allows plants to survive.
ADB President Nakao
Asia’s precious but increasingly scarce water resources should be managed in a coordinated way to ensure the region has not only sufficient water but also enough food and energy to meet its needs, according to Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao. “We need to think differently about water and its uses for food and energy production—and take action,” Nakao told delegates in a keynote speech yesterday at the 14th Delhi Sustainable Development Summit.
Food security, rural environment have been cited by the central government as its top priorities for 2014, according to a document published on the State Council’s website yesterday.
Adapting microbes
Adapting microbes that dramatically increase crop yields while reducing demand for fertilizers and pesticides through selective breeding or genetic engineering could be cheaper and more flexible than genetically modifying plants themselves, says an author of a new report. Microbes, such as beneficial bacteria, fungi and viruses, could be produced locally for smallholder farmers to significantly improve food security and incomes in developing regions,
City biodiversity
October 07, 2013
Increasing urbanization over the next few decades presents great challenges but also opportunities to curb climate change, reduce water scarcity and improve food security, according to the world's first global assessment on the relationship between urbanization and biodiversity loss. The assessment, entitled Cities and Biodiversity Outlook (CBO), argues that cities should facilitate for a rich biodiversity and take stewardship of crucial ecosystem services rather than being sources of large ecological footprints.
Putting the cartel before the horse
September 24, 2013
The increasing consolidation of global agribusiness is leaving the world's food production in the hands of a corporate cartel, warns a new market report from ETC Group, a civil society organization based in Canada. According to the report, six multinational corporations — BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Monsanto and Syngenta — control 75 percent of all private-sector plant breeding research, 60 percent of the commercial seed market and 76 percent of global pesticide and fertilizer sales.
UN food wastage report
One third of the food produced worldwide is wasted, costing the global economy around USD750 billion annually with the Asia region seen as the worst culprit, according to a new report. According to the UN food agency, the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) some 1.3 billion tonnes of food – equivalent to the GDP of Switzerland – are wasted every year.
Lao government departments are planning to work closer together to protect farmland from over-development. The ministries of Agriculture and Forestry, and Public Works and Transport, want to more closely manage agricultural production areas and make sure its development is more closely linked with improvements to transportation.