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Can Small Farms Feed the World & Protect Nature?

When I posted that a focus on food miles alone risked oversimplifying the local food debate, I noted that there is a constant battle between those who claim that small-scale agriculture could feed the world, and those who argue that increasing the efficiency of industrial monoculture is the only way to go. David Suzuki has […]

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Taking Green Living To The Limit: Eating Road-Kill

Living green is fundamentally based on the idea that natural resources should be used as efficiently as possible and not be wasted. This conservationist philosophy applies to energy, water, food, manufactured goods—most everything you use. Take meat, for example. Eating less meat and looking for beef and pork raised without hormones and antibiotics is a […]

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Gardening for your survival (Part 1)

Spring has sprung—at least south of the northern tier of states where snow still has a ban on it—and the grass has ‘riz. And so has the price of most foods, which is particularly devastating just now when so many Americans are unemployed, underemployed, retired or retiring, on declining or fixed incomes and are having […]

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Food vs. Fuel: The Debate Continues

University of Stellenbosch department of microbiology’s Professor Emile van Zyl says that the maize-for-biofuels debate has been checkmated. Grain South Africa market research senior economist Wessel Lemmer says, at present, no grains are used for biofuels and maize is still excluded from government’s biofuels policy. This, he believes, is a lost opportunity as South Africa […]

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Why World Food Prices May Keep Climbing

In February, world food prices reached the highest level on record. Soaring food prices are already a source of spreading hunger and political unrest, and it appears likely that they will climb further in the months ahead. As a result of an extraordinarily tight grain situation, this year’s harvest will be one of the most […]

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Climate Change Is Making Food Less Safe

While there has been extensive research on the effects of climate change on food security, less well-known is the effect of climate change on food safety. But new evidence suggests that climate change is already putting the safety of our food at risk, and that things are only going to get worse. Food security and […]

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G20 to tackle food prices as countries reassure

The Group of 20 (G20) leading economies will discuss ways to tackle soaring food prices that are stoking fears of a repeat of the 2008 food crisis, as some Asian countries sought to reassure nervous consumers on Friday. Global food prices hit a record high last month, outstripping the levels that sparked riots in several […]

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Bin Laden concerned by climate, Pakistan floods

DUBAI — Osama bin Laden has expressed concern about global climate change and flooding in Pakistan, in an audiotape aired on the Internet, his first public remarks since March, a monitoring group said on Friday. “The number of victims caused by climate change is very big … bigger than the victims of wars,” said the […]

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