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Food and Fuel from Any Plant

Written by , on April 20, 2013

Researchers at Virginia Tech, led by Associate Professor Percival Zhang, have developed a process by which approximately 30% of the cellulose from any plant material (including agricultural waste) can be converted into a starch known as amylose. Amylose can be used in food or as biodegradable packaging. Cellulose and starch have the same chemical composiition […]  Read more »

Food Footsteps from a Rooftop Greenhouse

Written by , on April 17, 2013

Green walls and roof gardens have become extremely fashionable. One New York supermarket is taking the idea two steps further. Rather than just plant any greenery on the roof, Whole Foods is partnering with Gotham Greens to construct an 1,860 square metre greenhouse on its roof. As well as the usual benefits of a green […]  Read more »

The Hidden Cost of Hamburgers

Written by , on February 15, 2013

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“Food is the new oil”, Lester Brown

Written by , on February 13, 2013

Lester Brown, founder of the Worldwatch Institute, and founder and president of the Earth Policy Institute, discusses the global struggle for food security, which is the subject of his latest book "Full Planet, Empty Plates".  Read more »

Vertical Farming in Singapore

Written by , on January 18, 2013

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Default Meat

Written by , on August 16, 2011

The conventional wisdom is that it takes as much as 10 units of grain to produce one unit of meat with the equivalent nutritional value. George Monbiot has recently pointed out that we should be comparing the amount of land and water required to grow meat with the land and required to grow plant products […]  Read more »

New Approach to Rice Growing Increases Yields and Reduces Water Use

Written by , on November 10, 2010

Oxfam America is promoting a new approach, called "the System of Rice Intensification" or SRI, for small farmers which helps them produce more rice at lower cost without relying on harmful fertilizers and pesticides that can decrease soil fertility and threaten clean air, soil, and water. Farmers using the SRI method simply transplant younger seedlings […]  Read more »

Eat Insects to Save the World?

Written by , on August 6, 2010

A policy paper on the eating of insects is being formally considered by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation. Professor Arnold van Huis, an entomologist at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and the author of the paper, says eating insects has advantages: "There is a meat crisis," he said. "The world population will grow […]  Read more »

How to Feed 9 Billion People

Written by , on November 13, 2009

The Friends of the Earth have published a report on a study of various ways in which the world’s projected population of 9.16 billion in 2050 could be fed. The key finding was that feeding the world in 2050 is possible without the most intensive forms of animal and crop production and without a massive […]  Read more »

Reports: Ample Capacity to Grow Food

Written by , on June 28, 2009

Two reports from world bodies have been published week saying that the world has ample capaicty to feed its projected increased population. The first report, from the OECD and the UN Food & Agriculture Organization, projects ten years from the food price increases of 2008. It concludes that "Some 1.6 billion hectares could be added […]  Read more »