Food and Agriculture : features
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13 August 2012
In the past 20 years People & the Planet magazine and its website have published thousands of news reports and feature articles. We have also reflected the opinions of some of the world’s most progressive thinkers. Here founder/editor John Rowley selects a few of these thoughts that still resonate today.
4 August 2012
Twenty years after People & the Planet magazine was launched at the first Earth Summit to track progress in averting an environmental catastrophe - as the planet heats and its natural resources are plundered – Don Hinrichsen presents a sobering report card on the hesitant steps so far taken as time runs desperately short.
26 July 2012
As climate change brings scorching heat and spreading drought across most of the US corn belt, the planet’s food outlook is in serious trouble says Lester Brown, president of the Washington-based Earth Policy Institute, in this special report.
18 April 2012
As Africa's food problems become more acute, calls for a green revolution are increasing. But such ideas are often based on misconceptions. A green renaissance with a focus on food security rather than intensively produced cash crops would make more sense.
5 February 2012
In rural Guinea-Bissau, farmers largely specialized in cashew production when the nut’s prices soared in the 80s and 90s in the global market. Today, they are the archetypal example of people made vulnerable by dependence on global trade and a single cash crop. Fernando Sousa sent this exclusive report.
23 January 2012
If forecasters could draw isobars outlining human suffering, then the high pressure zone of human pain would surely be in the failed, and failing states, along the Sahel, and across to Somalia, Yemen and Afghanistan, says Professor Malcolm Potts. This powerful Commentary is a wake-up call for new strategies to avert an environmentally-induced human catastrophe.
8 November 2011
An imported exotic plant is now causing explosive damage across the United States, and providing a warning to all gardeners, says Heather Parises in this report.
26 September 2011
Most experts agree that food production must grow by 50-70 per cent by 2050 to meet the needs of a global population of some nine billion. But how, Professor Harris asks, is that to be done when - despite past food gains - poverty continues to be the biggest barrier to adequate nutrition in the developing world?
8 June 2011
A new scramble for Africa is under way. As global food prices rise and exporters reduce shipments of commodities, countries that rely on imported grain are panicking.
27 April 2011
Johan Rockstrom, Executive Director of the Stockholm Environment Institute, calls in this Commentary for a new green revolution which he says could increase food production by 40 per cent by 2050. This, he argues, would create a win-win situation that would reduce poverty and food insecurity - while turning agriculture from a carbon source into a carbon sink.
- Goodbye to Planet 21
- Voices from Planet 21
- Commentary: 20 years on - and time runs desperately short
- World in serious trouble on food front
- Arab grain imports rising rapidly
- COMMENTARY: Green renaissance, not revolution
- Lost bees could cost UK farmers a fortune
- Rising number of farm animals poses environmental and public health risks
- Why cashew is driving Guinean farmers nuts
- 'Free-for-all' decimates fish stocks in the southern Pacific
- COMMENTARY: World must wake up to the coming crisis in the Sahel
- Bumper 2011 grain harvest fails to rebuild global stocks
- Food security a looming crisis
- Rush for land a wake-up call for poorer countries
- World grain production down, meat consumption up