Category: Food Shortages

Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 3, Calculating the Food Production Potential of a City

Community vegetable garden

It has been well said that we do not see things as they are, but as we are ourselves. Every man looks through the eyes of his prejudices, of his preconceived notions. Hence, it is the most difficult thing in the world to broaden a man so that he will realize truth as other men see it. Samuel Silas Curry, 1891 What does it take to convince a person that […]

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Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 2, Productivity, Potential and Possibilities

NYC Urban Farm 01

This is part two of a series of articles Angelo is writing, for part one please visit: People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it. George Bernard Shaw Urban agriculture is a growing phenomenon worldwide, and in the first part of this article, “Understanding Urban Agriculture – Part 1, The Present State in Historical Context” we looked at the history of localized […]

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Climate Change: A Threat to Food Security and National Stability

Lightning over field

Climate change is all over the planet. We are witnessing what the world has never witnessed. Changes in the climatic environment and related factors are making farming unpredictable. Numerous reports have indicated the impacts of climate change on agriculture. Agriculture is highly dependent on the weather and thus makes it very vulnerable. At the same time, the ecosystem and the human race is highly at risk if this phenomena is […]

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Cities – Food Free Zones? The Creation of the Urban Food Desert

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Have you ever wondered why our modern cities are intentionally designed to be food-free? All living things normally live in close proximity to their food sources, it’s a biological fact and a common-sense survival strategy. We often take our surroundings for granted as we go about our busy lives, but if we stop for a moment and critically examine the state of our modern cities, we soon realise a disturbingly […]

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Syrian War Compels To Open The Doomsday Seed Vault For First Withdrawal


Researchers from ICARDA, have requested for the backup seeds deposited in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway, to restart their collection after the primary gene bank in Aleppo got damaged due to Syria’s civil war. It’s barely been 8 years since the construction of the world’s doomsday seed vault in 2008, in a frigid Arctic mountainside on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen, that the first ever request for withdrawal […]

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Report: Will GM Crops Feed the World?

by Canadian Biotechnology Action Network The Claim: We need GM crops to feed the world Full Report (550kb PDF) Supporters of genetically engineered (also called genetically modified or GM) crops claim that we need this technology to feed a growing global population. However, the promise to “feed the world” with GM crops overlooks the real causes of hunger, and disregards the many harmful impacts of using GM technology. The Real […]

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World Bank and UN Carbon Offset Scheme ‘Complicit’ in Genocidal Land Grabs – NGOs

Editor’s Note: On Monday The Independent published an article titled "Britain has only 100 harvests left in its farm soil as scientists warn of growing ‘agricultural crisis’". We are all too aware of why Britain’s (and other nations’) soils are becoming so depleted (if not, please see here and here, for example), and with the Western world standing on the precipice in regards to its food supply, it is insane […]

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Beware the Corporate Takeover of Seed Under Many Guises

New and existing legislations and treaties are increasingly restricting people’s food rights and eroding agricultural biodiversity in favour of a handful of big seed corporations that are already monopolizing the world’s seeds. by Dr Eva Sirinathsinghji The UK hosted a festival across the country to celebrate and honour the humble seed. In London, the Lambeth Garden Museum hosted farmers, growers, food sovereignty campaigners, artists and chefs for 2 days of […]

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Life in a ‘Degrowth’ Economy, and Why You Might Actually Enjoy It

by Samuel Alexander, originally published on The Conversation Time to get off the economic growth train? Sergey Nivens/Shutterstock What does genuine economic progress look like? The orthodox answer is that a bigger economy is always better, but this idea is increasingly strained by the knowledge that, on a finite planet, the economy can’t grow for ever. This week’s Addicted to Growth conference in Sydney is exploring how to move beyond […]

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Expanding Farmlands with Reduced Cropping

According to a new research findings, over the next 100 years due to climate change, land suitable for agriculture is going to expand by 5.4 million km2, particularly in the Northern Hemisphere at high latitudes in countries like Canada, China and Russia. However, further down in the Global South, especially in the tropical regions, along with reduction in suitable land there, will be a decrease in suitability for multiple cropping. […]

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UN: Only Small Farmers and Agroecology Can Feed the World

Governments must shift subsidies and research funding from agro-industrial monoculture to small farmers using ‘agroecological’ methods, according to the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. And as Nafeez Ahmed notes, her call coincides with a new agroecology initiative within the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation. Modern industrial agricultural methods can no longer feed the world, due to the impacts of overlapping environmental and ecological crises linked to land, […]

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“Gardens and Micro Farms are Cost Inefficient and Fail to Feed Society”

Photo © Craig Mackintosh People keep telling me that gardens and micro farms are cost inefficient and fail to feed society. Sometimes this information is delivered loudly and firmly with great emphasis on profit, and great personal attachment to the idea of its being true. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about how modern chemical agriculture feeds the world. This is to be expected because so few people […]

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