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Going Green in 2012: 12 Steps for the Developing World

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.



Many of us are thinking about the changes we want to make this year. For some, these changes will be financial; for others, physical or spiritual. But for all of us, there are important resolutions we can make to “green” our lives. Although this is often a subject focused on by industrialized nations, people in…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on January 19, 2012 at 18:07 — No Comments

Going Green: 12 Simple Steps for 2012

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

As we head into 2012, many of us will be resolving to lose those few extra pounds, save more money, or spend a few more hours with our families and friends. But there are also some resolutions we can make to make our lives a little greener. Each of us, especially in the United States, can make a commitment to reducing our environmental…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on December 28, 2011 at 20:46 — No Comments

World Grain Production Down in 2010, But Recovering

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

World grain production fell in 2010, exacerbating a global food situation already plagued by rising prices, according to new research published by the Worldwatch Institute for its Vital Signs Online publication. Despite record rice…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on December 1, 2011 at 18:45 — No Comments

Global Expansion of High-speed Railroads Gains Steam

Interest in high-speed rail (HSR) is growing around the world and the number of countries running these trains is expected to nearly double over the next few years, according to new research by the Worldwatch Institute for Vital Signs Online. By 2014, high-speed trains will be operating in nearly 24 countries, including China, France, Italy, Japan, Spain, and the United… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on November 8, 2011 at 18:09 — No Comments

Celebrating Nutrition on America’s “Food Day”

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet project

Hamburgers, pizzas, french fries, and sugary drinks-in today's fast-paced world, these foods have become staples for many Americans. But this unhealthy diet has led to an increase in chronic health problems such as obesity, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure. According to the U.S. Centers…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 20, 2011 at 15:58 — No Comments

All for one aim: Multi-pronged approach to fight hunger

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet project



The volatility of food prices, in particular price upswings, represents a major threat to food… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 13, 2011 at 15:36 — No Comments

Global Meat Production and Consumption Continue to Rise

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.



Global meat production and consumption have increased rapidly in recent decades, with harmful effects on the environment and public health as well as on the economy, according to research done by Worldwatch… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 11, 2011 at 16:16 — No Comments

World Food Prize Recognizes Leadership in Agriculture, but More Policy Support Is Needed to Feed the World’s Hungry

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet





Policymakers around the world need to step up their efforts to combat hunger, malnutrition, and… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on October 6, 2011 at 20:36 — No Comments

Back to School and Back to Good Food

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.



As summer comes to an end, school is just around the corner for children across the United States. For children enrolled in state schools, this typically means the return of unhealthy lunches that are best described as “fast food”: hamburgers, chicken nuggets, fried snacks, and sugary soft drinks. Yet school lunch programs can…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on August 24, 2011 at 15:00 — 1 Comment

Worldwatch report focuses on China’s green future

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.



 

China’s environmental problems remain a cause for global concern as climate change continues to reduce agricultural production and create instability in world food prices, according to…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on August 19, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Cultivating Knowledge and Crops: Women Are Key to Sustainable Agricultural Development

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.



Women account for 75 percent of the agricultural producers in sub-Saharan Africa, but the majority of women farmers are living on only $1.25 per day, according to researchers from the Worldwatch Institute.



Despite the challenging circumstances that women in developing countries face, important innovations in…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on August 17, 2011 at 18:41 — No Comments

“Land Grabs” in Agriculture: Fairer Deals Needed to Ensure Opportunity for Locals

The trend of international land grabbing—when governments and private firms invest in or purchase large tracts of land in other countries for the purpose of agricultural production and export—can have serious environmental and…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on July 26, 2011 at 16:25 — No Comments

The Giving Trees: Five Trees You’ve Never Heard of that Are Helping to End Hunger

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.



We know that trees can help mitigate climate change by sequestering carbon dioxide from the earth’s atmosphere. But what is less widely understood is how many of these trees can also help to bring an end to hunger and poverty.







Today, Nourishing the Planet takes a look at five varieties of tree… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on July 20, 2011 at 17:02 — No Comments

Targeting Gaps in the Food Supply Chain: Going Beyond Agricultural Production to Achieve Food Security

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

 

Agricultural production is only the first step in moving the world’s food from farm to fork, according to Nourishing the Planet, a project of the Worldwatch Institute. The other links in the food chain—harvesting, packaging, storing, transporting, marketing, and selling—ensure that food actually reaches consumers.…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on July 14, 2011 at 15:45 — No Comments

World Population Day: Agriculture Offers Huge Opportunities for a Planet of 7 Billion

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

 

As the global population increases, so does the number of mouths to feed. The good news is that in addition to providing food, innovations in sustainable agriculture can provide a solution to many of the challenges that a growing population presents. Agriculture is emerging as a solution to mitigating climate change, reducing…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on July 6, 2011 at 16:25 — No Comments

Reducing Food Waste: Making the Most of Our Abundance

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

 

According to staggering new statistics from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), roughly…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on June 28, 2011 at 17:07 — No Comments

Farming the cities, feeding an urban future

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.

 

As people move from rural to urban settings in search of economic opportunities, urban agriculture is becoming an important provider of both food and employment, according to researchers with the Worldwatch Institute. “Urban agriculture is providing food, jobs, and hope in Nairobi, Kampala, Dakar, and…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on June 16, 2011 at 17:30 — 1 Comment

Fishing for Sustainable Practices to Conserve Fisheries

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.



Global fish production has reached an all-time high, according to Nourishing the Planet’s latest research for the Worldwatch Institute’s Vital Signs Online publication. Aquaculture, or fish farming—once a minor contributor to total…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on May 3, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

Getting “More Crop Per Drop” to Strengthen Global Food Security

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute’s Nourishing the Planet.



Increasing demand for water continues to put a strain on available water sources, threatening the livelihood of millions of small-scale farmers who depend on water for their crops. At a time when one in eight people lack access to safe water, Nourishing the… Continue

Added by Danielle Nierenberg on April 28, 2011 at 16:50 — No Comments

Agriculture: The Unlikely Earth Day Hero

Crossposted from the Worldwatch Institute's Nourishing the Planet.



For over 40 years, Earth Day has served as a call to action, mobilizing individuals and organizations around the world to address these challenges. This year Nourishing the Planet highlights agriculture—often blamed as a driver of environmental problems—as an emerging…

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Added by Danielle Nierenberg on April 19, 2011 at 19:23 — No Comments

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