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FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems
FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems

Turning the recovery from Covid-19 into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, resilient, and provide access to healthy foods for all...

23 Sep 2020

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Google and FAO launch new big data tool, Earth Map
Google and FAO launch new big data tool, Earth Map

Google and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations has developed a new tool anyone, anywhere can access to obtain multidimensional maps and statistics showing key climate and environmental trends wherever they are...

17 Sep 2020

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Food giants appointing teams to focus on plant-based products

Food giants muscle in on booming alternative protein market, with dedicated teams to develop and sell plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy...

30 Jul 2020

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Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats
Smaller farmer's fields can reduce biodiversity loss and increase wild plants, birds, beetles and bats

The steep decline in biodiversity is worrying, especially as wild species are important for pollination and pest control...

By Lenore Fahrig 13 Jul 2020

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Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings
Coconut oil production threatens five times more species than palm oil - new findings

The coconut - an icon of unspoiled tropical idylls - causes more environmental harm than many people realise...

By Erik Meijaard 7 Jul 2020

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'Bee-washing' hurts bees and misleads consumers
'Bee-washing' hurts bees and misleads consumers

'Bee-washing,' marketing claims that purport to help bees, can diminish the important distinction between a honey bee and native bee...

By Lila Westreich 24 Feb 2020

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Roadmap developed to conserve global insect populations

With an estimated 40% of all insects threatened with extinction, 73 scientists from around the world decided that something needed to be done urgently to protect insect species...

10 Feb 2020

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Management of intact forestlands by indigenous peoples key to protecting climate
Management of intact forestlands by indigenous peoples key to protecting climate

Rights recognition crucial to fend off global warming and catastrophic climate change...

By Julie Mollins 24 Jan 2020

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Coordinated global action is the best way to control the Fall Armyworm pest
Coordinated global action is the best way to control the Fall Armyworm pest

A new $500m initiative by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations is leading the way...

By Rémi Nono Womdim 19 Dec 2019

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The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation
The geopolitics of palm oil and deforestation

Demand for palm and other vegetable oils is rising sharply, raising questions about which ones will be produced, who will control their production and sale, and where they will be grown...

By Jean-Marc Roda 2 Jul 2019

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Would you eat meat grown from cells in a laboratory? Here's how it works
Would you eat meat grown from cells in a laboratory? Here's how it works

Fake meat may be the food of the future...

By Leigh Ackland 26 Jun 2019

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USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities
USAID launches 3 Centres of Excellence to build links between Egyptian, US universities

These centres have been created to foster high-quality applied research and build relationships among the education community, the private sector, and policymakers...

3 Apr 2019

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Global hydroponic markets to reach estimated CAGR of 6.5% by 2025

With the advent of advanced agricultural infrastructures and procedures, hydroponics is gaining widespread popularity with its ability to address the need for green vegetables...

11 Mar 2019

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Stoking conflict between farming and conservation hurts everyone
Stoking conflict between farming and conservation hurts everyone

Agriculture and the environment are not mutually exclusive, and polarisation of the issues only undermines progress toward successful and sustainable solutions...

By Philip A Loring, Sarah Minnes and Valencia Gaspard 22 Jan 2019

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Healthy lifestyle changes impact avocado oil market

Increased health awareness among people due to the prevalence of chronic diseases and heart-related disorders, owing to improper diet and lifestyle, is expected to be a major driving factor for the consumption of avocado oil...

1 Aug 2018

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Key findings and insights into the U.S. tomato market
Key findings and insights into the U.S. tomato market

The U.S tomato market totalled $12.8bn in 2017 in wholesale prices, which was $2.2bn (15%) less than the year before and $5.4bn (30%) less than its highest level observed in 2018...

26 Jul 2018

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Efforts to stop IUU fishing gains momentum

A growing number of countries are signing up to a global agreement that helps stop illegal fishing...

6 Jun 2018

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First-of-a-kind study explores the sensory space of South African Chenin wines

South African Chenin blanc wines take centre stage in a first-of-a-kind study that explores the sensory space of wine using data mining and machine learning techniques...

7 May 2018

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Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems
Newly designated Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems

"GIAHS is also about innovation and opportunities, including broadening access to new markets and businesses such as eco-labelling, agri-tourism, youth empowerment to add value to our agricultural patrimony."

23 Apr 2018

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Salmon farms are in crisis - here's how scientists are trying to save them

Sea lice infections have been recorded in salmon farms for decades. But in the last few years, infection rates have rocketed due to more intensive farming practices, with more fish being kept in smaller areas...

By Lyndsay Christie 13 Apr 2018

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Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?
Should lab-grown meat be labelled as meat when it's available for sale?

The influx of investment into lab-grown meats and the projected price drop have buttressed claims that synthetic meat products will be on sale within three years. Growing meat is a very different process from breeding and slaughtering animals...

By Hope Johnson 3 Apr 2018

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