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Small-Scale, Indigenous Food Systems Should Be Included In Sustainable Development Plans

Inter Press Service: Indigenous Food Systems Should Be on the Development Menu “Overcoming hunger and malnutrition in the 21st century no longer means simply increasing the quantity of available food but also the quality. … Organized to reflect on this, among other issues, the second Global Meeting of the Indigenous…

Infrastructure Improvements, Agricultural Research Would Help Lower Food Waste, Study Shows

Wall Street Journal: Better Infrastructure Would Cut Food Waste “…Reducing post-harvest waste by just 10 percentage points could lower food prices and prevent 60 million people from going hungry, [a recent study by the Copenhagen Consensus Center] says. That means building more reliable infrastructure so food gets to markets and…

India’s Government Must Address Country’s Air Pollution Problem

New York Times: Cutting Through India’s Smog Editorial Board “Proof of the grave air pollution problem confronting India is seen not just in the suffocating smog that on many days crowds out the sun in New Delhi, the world’s most polluted city. It can be measured as well in the…

Food Security, Nutrition Should Be Treated As Human Right In SDGs

The Guardian: Why are there still so many hungry people in the world? Hilal Elver, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to food “…The new [Sustainable Development Goals] should not be allowed to operate as easily ignored principles, but need to be given teeth. We can eradicate poverty, maintain food…

Climate Change Could Contribute To Shifting Global Disease Patterns, Research Suggests

Humanosphere: Climate change may increase spread of infectious diseases, researchers say Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy discusses the research of zoologists Daniel Brooks and Eric Hoberg, who examine the correlations between climate change and emerging diseases in a study published recently in the journal Philosophical Transactions B. The researchers recommend increased…

Brazil’s São Paulo Faces Water Crisis

New York Times: Taps Start to Run Dry in Brazil’s Largest City “… ‘We’re witnessing an unprecedented water crisis in one of the world’s great industrial cities,’ said Marússia Whately, a water specialist at Instituto Socioambiental, a Brazilian environmental group. ‘Because of environmental degradation and political cowardice, millions of people…

World Must Balance Food Production, Consumption With Need For Biofuels

Huffington Post: Looking Beyond the Crisis Jose Graziano da Silva, director general of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization “…Increasing humanity’s food supply by 60 percent in the next 35 years, through the agricultural practices we use today, would require some 50 percent more energy and 40 percent more water,…

Religious Ideology Should Not Restrict Women’s Access To Modern Contraceptives

Project Syndicate: Population and the Pope Peter Singer, professor of bioethics at Princeton University and laureate professor at the University of Melbourne “…Providing [women worldwide] with access to contraception would help them plan their lives as they wish, weaken demand for abortion, reduce maternal deaths, give children a better start…