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BRICS Agriculture Ministers Meet To Discuss Climate Change, Food Security

“Agriculture ministers from BRICS countries met [in Pretoria, South Africa,] on Tuesday to address the negative effects of climate change on world food security,” Xinhua reports. “The gathering, the 3rd of its kind, will culminate in the signing of a joint declaration which will demonstrate BRICS’ determination to meet the…

GMO Crops Would Help Africa Improve Agricultural Yields, Alleviate Food Shortages

Describing a recently published Washington Post article that “described the conflict in Tanzania between those who suffer from food shortages caused by drought and pestilence and those who hold deep suspicions about the genetic engineering of crops, which might help grow more food,” a Post editorial states, “The doubters about…

Meeting Examines Intersection Of Population, Health, Environment

In a post in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, Vicky Markham, founding director of the Center for Environment and Population (CEP), reports on a recent U.N. General Assembly side event, a Women Delivering Development meeting organized by the Woodrow Wilson Center, Aspen Institute, Sierra Club and…

WHO Cancer Agency Classifies Air Pollution As Carcinogen

“The International Agency for Research on Cancer [IARC] declared on Thursday that air pollution is a carcinogen, alongside known dangers such as asbestos, tobacco and ultraviolet radiation,” the Associated Press reports. “The decision came after a consultation by an expert panel organized by IARC, the cancer agency of the [WHO],…

Opinion Pieces Address World Food Day

October 16 is recognized as World Food Day, with this year’s theme of “Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition.” The following summarizes several opinion pieces addressing issues surrounding food production, distribution and security. Chris Brett, The Guardian’s “Sustainable Business” blog: “According to the United Nations Food and Agriculture…

Addressing Global Hunger Involves More Than Increasing Food Production Yields

“It’s been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy spoke of ending world hunger, yet on the eve of World Food Day, October 16, the situation remains dire,” New York Times columnist Mark Bittman writes in an International New York Times opinion piece. In the current system, “a third [of…

Reduce Waste, Cut Down Biofuel Use To Meet Global Food Needs

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Timothy Wise of the Global Development and Environment Institute (GDAE) at Tufts University and Marie Brill, executive director of ActionAid USA, discuss predictions of food insecurity, saying, “The issues are indeed serious, but the specter of looming food shortages is a bit overblown.”…

Namibian Government Taking Action Against Country’s Worst Drought In 30 Years

Think Africa Press reports on a drought in Namibia, the worst the country has seen in 30 years, writing, “In the Kunene region in the north, rain has not fallen for two years, and the U.N. recently estimated that 778,000 people — approximately one-third of the population — are either…