Climate change: how a warming world is a threat to our food supplies | Environment | The Observer. When the Tunisian street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, set himself on fire on 17 December 2010, it was in protest at heavy-handed treatment and harassment in the province where he lived. But a host of new studies suggest that a major factor in the subsequent uprisings, which became known as the Arab spring, was food insecurity. Drought, rocketing bread prices, food and water shortages have all blighted parts of the Middle East. Analysts at the Centre for American Progress in Washington say a combination of food shortages and other environmental factors exacerbated the already tense politics of the region. As the Observer reports today, an as-yet unpublished US government study indicates that the world needs to prepare for much more of the same, as food prices spiral and longstanding agricultural practices are disrupted by climate change.
"The recent crises in the Horn of Africa and Sahel may be becoming the new normal. Asia and Oceania China is relatively resilient to climate change. Europe. U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try. Ants are sweet, nutty little insects, aren't they? I'm not talking about their personalities, but how they taste. Stinkbugs have an apple flavor, and red agave worms are spicy. A bite of tree worm apparently brings pork rinds to mind.
This information will come in handy for those of us following the latest recommendation from the United Nations: Consume more insects. A report released Monday by the U.N. In fact, some two billion people eat a wide variety of insects regularly, both cooked and raw; only in Western countries does the practice retain an "ick" factor among the masses. Why eat something that we usually swat away or battle with insecticides? One example: mealworms, the larval form of a particular species of darkling beetle that lives in temperate regions worldwide. And raising and harvesting insects requires much less land than raising cows, pigs, and sheep. 1. The most commonly eaten beetles are the long-horned, june, dung, and rhinoceros varieties. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. The rise of the protein drinks for ordinary people. 6 June 2013Last updated at 10:24 ET By Duncan Walker BBC News Magazine Protein products are increasingly being marketed in supermarkets to ordinary people.
Do they serve any real purpose for non-athletes? The "sport-related" protein product sector is booming. It's estimated that the world will be chewing and gulping down £8bn a year of bars, drinks, and other supplements by 2017. But there's now a wave of products where the branding marks a departure from the traditional world of the protein supplement. The classic protein drinks have usually been characterised by displays of over-sized bottles and tubs, often with labels depicting rippling torsos. The typical customer was someone who wanted to build muscle and aid recovery after a serious workout. But the latest generation is positioned more around healthy lifestyle. In the UK, a "high protein dairy drink" called Upbeat is the latest product to get a big marketing push. But there's an elephant in the room. Continue reading the main story. 24 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Food.
Danielle Nierenberg and Ellen Gustafson, co-founders of Food Tank: The Food Think Tank compiled a list of powerful TED Talks that are helping to save our global food system. The range of topics vary from obesity and hunger to urban gardening to the way food is marketed to children. We realize it’s a long list, but consider choosing these videos over the crappy reality shows that rot what’s left of the functioning cells in your brain after a long day at the office. Before you know it, you’ll be wishing there were a few more to peruse. 1. Roger Thurow: The Hungry Farmer – My Moment of Great Disruption Thurow, author of The Last Hunger Season: A Year in an African Farm Community on the Brink of Change, explains the profound “disease of the soul” that hunger represents, and how empowering smallholder farmers can bring long-term sustainable health and hope to the people of Africa. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.
Chef Andres highlights the power of cooking. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. UN urges people to eat insects to fight world hunger. Figures show 2012 was 'toughest year' for dairy - 5/14/2013. Arsenic Levels in Chicken Raise Health Concerns. Levels of inorganic arsenic found in samples of chicken may be responsible for a slight increase in cancer risk to consumers over their lifetimes, according to a study by researchers at John Hopkins University published this week. That research comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration two weeks ago by the Center for Food Safety and eight other government watchdog organizations which demands that the FDA respond to a three-year-old petition to disallow compounds containing arsenic from food animal feed.
The samples of chicken in the John Hopkins study were collected in 2010 and 2011, just before Pfizer, the manufacturer of 3-Nitro (also known as roxarsone), an antibiotic containing arsenic, suspended sales of the product in summer 2011. In 2011, the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine concluded that the safe level of inorganic arsenic in chicken meat stood at 1 part per billion (ppb) . © Food Safety News. Insects au Gratin workshops. What if you could design your dinner with a click? Will 3D printing technologies finally take over our kitchens? Explore the future of food, debate the consumption of insects as a potential alternative to traditional livestock, and watch a live 3D food-printing demo. Consider issues such as food production waste, overpopulation, deforestation and climate change. You will have the opportunity to explore the potential of insect flour and printing. Draw the shape of future food and experiment with new emerging technologies. Susana Soares, speculative designer, London South Bank University Collaborators:Steak Studio, design and production, www.steakstudio.com Guest speakers:Dr Peter Walters, engineer, Centre for Fine Print Research, University of the West of England Dr Kenneth Spears, food scientist, London South Bank University These workshops are free.
Thursday 2 May, 15.00-17.00 Book now to receive an e-ticket. Thursday 2 May, 19.00-21.00 Book now to receive an e-ticket. Media Centre: No green economy without blue economy, says FAO. Sustainability, nutrition, among priorities in the Pacific, says FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. 12 April 2013, Apia, Samoa/Rome – Efforts to end hunger and fight the effects of climate change in the Pacific Islands will hinge on the success of sustainable development, including wise use of oceans and fisheries, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told ministers from the region today.
“There can be no truly ‘green economy’ without a ‘blue economy’, one that makes the sustainable development of oceans and fishery resources a priority,” Graziano da Silva said. “The importance of capture fisheries and aquaculture cannot be neglected. They provide over 3 billion people with about 15 percent of their average per capita intake of animal protein. “At the same time, these vital services must not jeopardize the key role oceans play in regulating the earth’s climate.
Nourishing ideas Regional and global cooperation. Danone baby milk rationed in the UK over China 'export' fear. 8 April 2013Last updated at 14:20 ET Demand for foreign-made baby milk in China is strong after contaminated baby formula killed six infants in 2008 Retailers in the UK are rationing sales of powdered baby milk because of a surge in demand in China.
Danone, the manufacturer of Aptamil and Cow and Gate baby milk powder, said most supermarkets were introducing a restriction of two cans per customer. It said the limit was to prevent some individuals from bulk-buying baby milk for "unofficial exports". Retailers were also capping sales of Nestle's SMA milk, despite the company saying there were no stock shortages. Danone said in a statement: "We understand that the increased demand is being fuelled by unofficial exports to China to satisfy the needs of parents who want Western brands for their babies. " Chinese thirst "We would like to apologise to parents for any inconvenience caused by this limit. Boosting production. Brazil supermarkets 'to avoid Amazon meat' 25 March 2013Last updated at 18:45 ET Farmers use fire to clear land for cattle, destroying huge swathes of rainforest in the Amazon region.
The main group representing supermarkets in Brazil says it will no longer sell meat from cattle raised in the rainforest. The Brazilian Association of Supermarkets, which has 2,800 members, hopes the deal will cut down on the illegal use of rainforest for pasture. Deforestation in the Amazon has slowed over the past years but invasion of public land continues to be a problem. Huge swathes have been turned into land for pasture and soy plantations. The Brazilian Association of Supermarkets (Abras) signed the agreement with the Federal Public Prosecutor's office in the capital, Brasilia. 'More transparent' Public Prosecutor Daniel Cesar Azeredo Avelino said consumers would benefit from the deal. "The agreement foresees a series of specific actions to inform the consumer about the origin of the meat both through the internet and at the supermarkets," he said. How Food Porn Is Made. “Our customers want the unseen.
They require a unique image for their brand that no one’s created before.” That’s the philosophy of The Marmalade, a German production studio that's famous for capturing some of the most stunning, high-speed photography behind commercials. They create the surreal images of a stream of milk chocolate colliding with dark chocolate in midair, or a perfect, effervescent beer hitting a frosty glass with all the force of class-five whitewater rapids. Now, look, I know this clip is a glorified ad for their production services--but what an ad! You get a peek into the practical setups of some of the world’s most cutting-edge photography.
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