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Armyworms: The hungry caterpillar threatening a global food crisis

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A plague of armyworms is marching across Africa, devastating crops, and claiming new territory at an alarming rate

May 18, 2017 — Speaking Darwinistically, the planet should have no truck with the spodoptera genus, commonly known as armyworms. Fat, slow over the ground and unspeakably terrible looking, they Continue reading Armyworms: The hungry caterpillar threatening a global food crisis

UN FAO, New Zealand aid Cotabato drought-affected areas

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NEW HOPE. A woman fisher stands by a lake in Sitio Bulogo, Baranggay Matilac in Pigkawayan municipality and shows a gill net she received through FAO. Photo by Dante Diosina/FAO

Through a $3-million grant from the New Zealand government, FAO is currently supporting the recovery of 10,475 farming and fishing households in the province of Cotabato

COTABATO PROVINCE, Philippines (Jan. 14, 2017) — Farming and fishing families in Mindanao are no stranger to both natural and human-induced disasters. Continue reading UN FAO, New Zealand aid Cotabato drought-affected areas

How warming seas are forcing fish to seek new waters

bangladesh’s national fish, hilsa is displayed for sale in the wholesale fish markets
Bangladesh’s national fish, Hilsa is displayed for sale in the wholesale fish markets in Dhaka. Photograph: Shafiqul Alam/Corbis via Getty Images

Rising sea temperatures are pushing shoals hundreds of miles from native grounds

January 8, 2017 — Scottish fishermen have uncovered an intriguing way to supplement their income: they have added squid to the menu of marine creatures they regularly pull from the sea. A species Continue reading How warming seas are forcing fish to seek new waters

Tax meat and dairy to cut emissions and save lives, study urges

food production causes a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, largely from the raising of cattle and other livestock
Food production causes a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions, largely from the raising of cattle and other livestock. Photograph: Mike Kemp/Getty Images

Surcharges of 40% on beef and 20% on milk would compensate for climate damage and deter people from consuming as much unhealthy food

November 7, 2016 — Climate taxes on meat and milk would lead to huge and vital cuts in carbon emissions as well as saving half a million lives a year via healthier diets, according to the first global analysis of the issue.  Continue reading Tax meat and dairy to cut emissions and save lives, study urges

Rush for mega-mergers puts Food Security at risk

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DuPont and Dow Chemical are close to agreeing on a merger which would have a part focused exclusively on agricultural chemicals and seeds. Photograph: Seth Perlman/AP

Recent deals in the global agrochemical and seed industry, driven by financial motivations, are a threat to farmers, prices and the environment

May 5, 2016 — The global agrochemical and seed industry is undergoing profound upheaval, with a spate of mergers and attempted mergers consolidating the sector and raising concerns about the future of the food system.  Continue reading Rush for mega-mergers puts Food Security at risk

Chile’s salmon farms lose $800m as algal bloom kills millions of fish

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Salmon are loaded on to a truck at the Fiordo Austral company in Calbuco, near Puerto Montt, Chile. Photograph: Jaime Peña/AFP/Getty Images
High ocean temperatures helped cause toxic bloom that has wiped out up to 20% of Chile’s total production for the year

March 11, 2016 — A deadly algal bloom has hit the world’s second biggest salmon exporter, Chile, where nearly 23 million fish have already died and the economic impact from lost production has Continue reading Chile’s salmon farms lose $800m as algal bloom kills millions of fish

More than half a million could die as climate change impacts diet

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Women selling vegetables at market in Guatemala. Fewer fruit and vegetables will be available as a result of climatic changes, the research found. Photograph: Alamy
New research shows global warming’s effect on the quality of food available could kill more than 500,000 people a year around the world by 2050

March 2, 2016 — Climate change could kill more than 500,000 people a year globally by 2050 by making their diets less healthy, according to new research published in the Lancet.

Continue reading More than half a million could die as climate change impacts diet