New scoping review sheds light on antimicrobial resistance in global food crop value chains

A new scoping review published in Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems(Feb 2022) has characterized antimicrobial resistance in global food crop …

New scoping review sheds light on antimicrobial resistance in global food crop value chains
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#2) Gardening and Compost–Soil Health

When I was a kid we had a large garden in the back yard, big enough to grow most of what we needed to eat for the whole summer. My dad rototilled the…

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CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health publishes 2020 annual report

The CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) published its 2020 annual report on activities and accomplishments from its…

CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health publishes 2020 annual report
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The Best Probiotic? Fruits and Vegetables. – The Atlantic

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In April, researchers at Tufts University posed a nutrition riddle. They compared people who took vitamin pills with people who got the same nutrients the old-fashioned way, by eating food.

Tracking intake of vitamins A and K, magnesium, and zinc, the scientists found that people were less likely to die of heart attacks and other diseases when these nutrients occurred in their diets. As the Tufts researcher Fang Fang Zhang said at the time, “There are beneficial associations with nutrients from foods that aren’t seen with supplements.”

Many vitamin supplements are synthesized to be exact replicas of the compounds you’d get from eating an apple or an orange. The chemistry should have the same effects on the body. Unless, of course, something was missing from the equation.

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Farmers Turning To The ‘Wonder’ Grass To Restore Soil Fertility And Feed Their Animals

For  years, thousands of acres of land at Baraka range on the slopes of Kuresoi North have been washed away by rain water from the highlands, …

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Farmers Turning To The ‘Wonder’ Grass To Restore Soil Fertility And Feed Their Animals

For  years, thousands of acres of land at Baraka range on the slopes of Kuresoi North have been washed away by rain water from the highlands, …

Farmers Turning To The ‘Wonder’ Grass To Restore Soil Fertility And Feed Their Animals
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Restorative farm produces food, fresh water, and clean energy in the desert

https://mashable.com/video/sahara-desert-project/ NIKOLAY NIKOLOV FEB 13, 2020 The Sahara Forest Project is a farm flourishing in the desert. It uses abundant resources, like arid land, sea water, and sunlight to restore vegetation by producing fresh water and clean energy. 

Restorative farm produces food, fresh water, and clean energy in the desert

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Birds, bees and butter: New study shows biodiversity critical for shea crop in Africa

Shea yields are likely to benefit from a diversity of trees and shrubs in parkland habitats in West Africa, according to a new study led by scientists from Trinity College Dublin. The findings have important implications for managing a crop that is typically harvested and sold by women in rural areas, and which helps finance […]

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Celebrating the inaugural #WorldFoodSafetyDay: A focus on food safety research at ILRI

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Food market near Khulungira Village, in central Malawi (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).
Food market near Khulungira Village, in central Malawi (photo credit: ILRI/Stevie Mann).

Today marks the first ever World Food Safety Day following the adoption in December 2018 of a resolution by the United Nations General Assembly to set aside 7 June of every year to celebrate the benefits of safe food and inspire action towards preventing and managing foodborne diseases.

In Asia and Africa, most livestock products and fresh produce are sold in informal markets. The human health burden from foodborne disease is comparable to that of malaria, HIV/AIDS or tuberculosis. Unsafe food is also a barrier to market access for poor farmers.

Food safety is a key part of the research portfolio of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI). ILRI leads the food safety flagship of the CGIAR Research Program on Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH). This flagship seeks food safety solutions that can…

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Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘the single biggest way’ to harm poor livestock herders

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Below are excerpts of a response to a new livestock report made by Ilse Köhler-Rollefson, a German veterinarian and researcher who is an expert on camels and camel herding societies, particularly the Raika camel herders of Rajasthan, India. Köhler-Rollefson is associated with LIFE Network, whose members work with livestock keeping communities on the ground, and with the League for Pastoral Peoples and Endogenous Livestock Development and the Lokhit Pashu-Palak Sansthan, a local organisation in Rajasthan. She also advises international organizations, such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, the German development organization GIZ, and the World Bank, on livestock matters.

‘An article entitled Reducing food’s environmental impacts through producers and consumers just published in Science magazine and widely broadcasted by The Guardian  and The Independent newspapers is making some  startling claims. For this monumental meta-study, the…

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