RedskyNews Category: Global Food Crisis

Quarter Of World’s Land Degraded

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The UN food agency warned Monday that a quarter of the world’s landmass is “highly degraded,” making it difficult to meet the food needs of a booming population. “Humankind can no longer treat these vital resources as if they were

Fukushima Rice Is Radioactive

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Tests have found unsafe levels of radioactive contamination in recently harvested rice from Japan’s Fukushima region.It is the first time radiation levels this high have been found in rice since the nuclear disaster in March. The tests were carried out

Jakarta Mussels Have Toxic Metals

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Authorities in Jakarta are no longer issuing permits to farmers to harvest green mussels because water pollution levels are so high. At the same time, they are trying to encourage farmers to switch to catfish farming or move their operations

Famine Crisis In Africa

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Humanitarian officials say the scale of the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa is still huge three months after famine was declared in the region. They say the response from the international community has been strong, but local factors

Food Security To Dominate Rio Talks

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Boosting energy efficiency and renewables and providing food for a future world of eight billion will dominate next year’s UN Rio+20 conference, the talks’ co-coordinator said on Thursday. The June 4-6 event in Rio de Janeiro is taking place 20

Thai Floods Affect Food Prices

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Floods have inundated farms and some rice mills in central parts of Thailand, threatening to delay at least 300,000 tonnes of exports due for shipment mainly to Indonesia and Africa this month. Swollen rivers were hampering the

100 Million Chinese Farmer’s Exodus

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BEIJING — More than 100 million Chinese farmers will move to cities by 2020, posing huge challenges for urban planners and already stretched social welfare systems, according to a new official forecast. China has seen an unprecedented wave of urbanisation

Philippine Bananas Under Threat

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MANILA — A disease that has ravaged banana plantations across Southeast Asia could wipe out the Philippine industry in three years unless the government finds a cure, a growers’ group warned Monday. The disease, called Fusarium wilt, is caused by

Debt Ridden Farmers Commit Suicide

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Floods Drown Asia’s Rice Bowl

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Massive floods have ravaged vast swathes of Asia’s rice bowl, threatening to further drive up food prices and adding to the burden of farmers who are among the region’s poorest, experts say. About 1.5 million hectares (3.7 million acres) of