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E coli outbreak in Germany adds 365 more confirmed cases

The mysterious German E coli outbreak that has killed 16 people shows no sight of abating, with 365 new cases confirmed on Wednesday. The source of the outbreak remains unknown, though the majority of those affected either live in Germany – particularly in or around the … Continue reading

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Global food crisis – interactive

Climate change, changing diets, rising food prices and a growing global population have pushed food security to the top of the international agenda. But why is food getting more expensive? Who really controls the global food trade? And can we … Continue reading

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Global food crisis: Towards a ‘doubly green’ world

To feed the world we need agricultural systems that are not only productive, but also sustainable and equitable People tell me I’m an optimist. But right now this optimist is scared. We are facing some formidable challenges: 1 billion people … Continue reading

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Global food crisis: Palm rush proves costly for Guatemala’s small farmers

The pursuit of palm oil profits by agribusinesses in Guatemala is fuelling a food crisis for the poor The area of Guatemala given over to palm plantations to produce agrofuel increased by 146% between 2005 and 2010, according to estimates by the … Continue reading

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Broken food system and environmental crises spell hunger for millions. Oxfam launches global GROW campaign

A broken food system and environmental crises are now reversing decades of progress against hunger according to new Oxfam analysis. Spiralling food prices and endless cycles of regional food crises will create millions more hungry people unless we transform the … Continue reading

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Flood Water Plus Fertilizer Runoff Creates a “Dead Zone” the Size of New Jersey

Natural processes used to occasionally create a “dead zone” of oxygen-poor water grows in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. It would happen when nutrients from upstream got washed out to sea, feeding phytoplankton in the area. As that … Continue reading

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Big Ag is pissing away the USA’s rich topsoil

Bad federal policy and intensifying storms are washing away the rich dark soils in the Midwest that made this country an agricultural powerhouse and that remain the essential foundation of a healthy and sustainable food system in the future. That’s … Continue reading

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The Secret Life of Beef

INFORM’s The Secret Life of Beef video provides information about the environmental and health effects of beef production. For more information, go to  http://www.informinc.org.

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Sustainable Farming Rap Video

Yeo Valley Ad: What better way is there to express your passion for something than with music, especially in the form of a rap? Shot on location in Somerset, the Yeo Valley farmers “cooked a rap video” rapping not about … Continue reading

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The Aral Sea

The ecosystem of the Aral Sea and the river deltas feeding into it has been nearly destroyed, not least because of the much higher salinity. The receding sea has left huge plains covered with salt and toxic chemicals – the results of weapons testing, … Continue reading

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