Innovative water-trapping beads prevent crops from rotting in humid countries

February 14, 2017 by  
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Researchers have found an economical way to prevent humidity from destroying crops in both small and large scale agricultural operations. Small beads made from a porous mineral called zeolite absorb water molecules , preventing fungal toxins from growing on seeds and grain in developing countries. The beads prove to be less expensive, time-consuming, and resource-dependent than more common farming practices. Zeolite beads , developed by Rhino Research in Thailand, have been specially engineered so their pores are just the right size to absorb water molecules. This small but effective fix can help farmers in places like Nepal, India, and Kenya, where about a third of crops are lost due to the effects of excess moisture. By placing the beads adjacent to the harvest in mesh bags or other screened-in containers, crops will be safe from a significant amount of the moisture that leads to rotting or the spread of fungus. Related: 93 percent of the world’s seed diversity has vanished the last century Larger operations can also benefit from zeolite beads. Instead of blowing hot air over walnuts, almonds, rice, and other grains, these dry harvested crops can be passed through the absorbent beads. A flow of ambient air is all that is needed afterward, saving batches from being scorched – a problem that ruins quality and taste. To keep the beads effective, heating them in a compact oven removes excess moisture so they can be reused. + Rhino Research Via  Technology Review Images via Rhino Research

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How climate change will impact the global middle class

May 9, 2016 by  
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With risks such as flooding and food scarcity coming into sharer focus as global temperatures rise, expect more political phenomena such as Donald Trump.

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How will be feed a rapidly urbanizing society?

May 9, 2016 by  
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Innovations in trade and infrastructure will be integral to feeding tomorrow’s cities.

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Scientists say the world is “one crop breeding cycle away from starvation”

March 30, 2016 by  
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If we don’t make some serious changes to our agricultural system, the world may find itself out of food before the year 2050 . In a new report, crop scientist Stephen P. Long of the University of Illinois says “We have to start increasing production now, faster than we ever have. Any innovation we make today won’t be ready to go into farmers’ fields for at least 20 years . . . that’s why we say we’re one crop breeding cycle away from starvation.” Read the rest of Scientists say the world is “one crop breeding cycle away from starvation”

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Urban farmers in São Paulo are growing food in unexpected places

July 6, 2015 by  
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São Paulo, the most populous city in the Americas, is growing food in unexpected places to feed a burgeoning population. Almost 12 million people reside within the city limits of Brazil’s capital, while the greater São Paulo area is home to more than 20 million. This swelling growth presents great economic challenges that require creative solutions. Which is why the local NGO Cities without Hunger is working with residents to promote urban farming through school gardens, community gardens, greenhouses, and even under electricity pylons. Read the rest of Urban farmers in São Paulo are growing food in unexpected places Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Brazil , Cities Without Hunger , greenhouses , local food , NGO , sao Paulo , school gardens , Urban Farming , urban gardening , vacant lots

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Solar-powered Stella Lux family car generates more energy than it uses

July 6, 2015 by  
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Most of the super efficient green cars on the market aren’t really designed for regular folks. In fact, some of the vehicles with the highest fuel economy are only made to hold one person: the driver. Those contraptions can move right over to the slow lane, though, because a Dutch team of solar engineering students has developed a family-friendly green car that actually generates more energy than it uses. Read the rest of Solar-powered Stella Lux family car generates more energy than it uses Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: energy-positive car , solar powered car , Solar Team Eindhoven , solar-powered family car , stella , stella lux , world solar challenge , zero fuel car

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The world is perilously close to global food shock

June 25, 2015 by  
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A new report envisions a nightmare scenario in which just three climate change -driven disasters could lead to global food shock , resulting in food riots as the price of basic crops skyrockets and stock markets experience significant losses. The risk assessment , which was produced by insurer Lloyd’s of London—with support from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and vetted by academics from a number of institutions—shows just how close humanity may be to catastrophic collapse by mid-century unless significant changes are made to slow global warming . Read the rest of The world is perilously close to global food shock Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture climate change , crop disease , crop prices , food prices , food riot , food scarcity , food security , food shock , global warming farming , lloyds of london , risk assessment climate , water scarcity

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Bill Gates Calls on Global Community to Stabilize the World’s Food Supply

February 23, 2012 by  
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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation supports work in education and global development to a degree that few other foundations can claim – and now it’s even taking on the problem of global agriculture production . In a speech on Thursday in Rome, Gates called on world leaders to join him in attempting to create a stable global food supply. Though specifics weren’t mentioned, he did say he thought a plan could be in place by the end of the year to get all nations on Earth to compete in a race to create an agricultural system robust enough to solve the global food supply crisis. Read the rest of Bill Gates Calls on Global Community to Stabilize the World’s Food Supply Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agricultural crisis , agricultural issues , agriculture , bill and melinda gates foundation , bill gates , food crisis , food scarcity , global agriculture , global food crisis , global food supply , global issues , increasing yields , philanthropy

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The Emerging Politics of Food Scarcity

July 14, 2010 by  
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