RedskyNews Category: Global Food Crisis

Drought could cut New South Wales winter crop by almost half report warns

Crippling drought conditions in eastern Australia are expected to wipe millions of tonnes off winter crop production this year and rainfall forecasts suggest “limited” prospects for summer crops, a new report has warned. On Tuesday a report from the federal

Climate Change Predicted To Halve Coffee Growing

Climate Change is going to halve the area suitable for coffee production and impact the livelihoods of more than 120 million of the world’s poorest people who rely on the coffee economy, according to a new report by the Climate

Thai Organic Black Gaba Rice Sales Halted Due To Cadmium Content

A brand of Thai rice in 1 kilogram packs has been been found to contain excessive cadmium, a metallic contaminant, food safety authorities said. The Centre for Food Safety announced that a sample of pre-packaged black rice imported from Thailand,

Global Famine Fears As India’s Farmland Turns To Dust

FEARS are growing that the world could be heading towards global famine after scientists revealed that farmland in one of the planet’s top agricultural producers is turning to DUST. Ecologists have raised serious concerns about the state of India, where

Drought Devastates Lesotho As Water Is Exported

Lesotho is experiencing food insecurity as a result of drought despite being the site of the second largest dam in Africa, because water is being exported to its neighbour South Africa. An estimated 680,000 people — more than a quarter

Venezuelans Forage Trash For Food

People all over Venezuela head to city dumps in hopes of finding food or scraps that can be exchanged or sold for food. This situation has become increasingly common in Los Puertos de Altagracia, the capital of the municipality of

World Running Out Of Resources

A major United Nations report has called for a sustainable “evergreen revolution”, warning that time is running out to ensure there is enough food, water and fuel to meet the needs of the world’s rapidly growing population. In a grim

Davos Grapples With Food Prices

Petrol is already beyond the price range of many Africans while surging population levels should force governments in Asia to limit car use, political and business leaders said Wednesday. While economic gloom in the eurozone is the most immediate concern

Food Prices At Record Highs In 2011

The price of basic foodstuffs hit a record high in 2011, with the cost of cereals surging by more than a third over the last 12 months, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation said on Thursday. The FAO said that

Food Aid Suspended In Somalia

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday it had suspended food distribution to 1.1 million people in central and southern Somalia after Al Shabaab militants blocked deliveries in parts of the famine-hit country. The independent humanitarian

Mexico Is Becoming A Dustbowl

At least five states in Mexico’s northwest say they are on the verge of disaster following the worst drought in living memory. Peter Greste in Mexico: “Some areas haven’t seen a drop of rain since last August.” On Thursday the

Quarter Of World’s Land Degraded

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

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

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

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

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