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Coverage of food security since February 1, 2024.

Chronic wasting disease threatens First Nations food security The Narwhal

"...Worried his peoples food security, Traditional Knowledge and culture will suffer yet another hit with the dreaded arrival of chronic wasting disease in their territory in the southern Kootenays..."

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In Quebec's strawberry fields, a tiny insect may forecast big climate impacts: study

"...The research adds to the science about how climate-driven pest invasions could threaten food security and exacerbate agriculture's environmental impact due to increased pesticide use, the study said. Leafhoppers are well-known carriers of bacteria viruses, the study said, and more research is needed to figure out if they are contributing to a reported increase in diseased strawberry plants around Quebec. There were 16 cases of strawberry green petal disease reported in Quebec between 2012 and 2022, with a clear increase in the last three years, the study said..."

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Federal, Manitoba governments offer more money on northern railway and port

"...“The rail line is essential for northern supply chains, for local food security and for small businesses and tourism operators,” Vandal said at a news conference attended by delegates from several countries in northern Europe..."

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UN kudos for Canadian project to climate-proof coastal estuaries

"...A West Coast conservation group is getting global kudos for its work protecting the heart of coastal ecosystems. The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s project to study and climate-proof 15 key estuaries on Vancouver Island, the central coast and Haida Gwaii has been recognized by the United Nation’s Ocean Decade program, the federal government announced Wednesday. The UN’s global ocean campaign, ending in 2030, aims to revolutionize science and wield it to safeguard the ocean from global warming and pollution while devising strategies to feed the world and drive economic development fairly and sustainably..."

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Erratic weather fueled by climate change will worsen locust outbreaks, study finds

"...But he hoped that the study could help countries understand and address the impacts of climate variability on locust dynamics, particularly in the context of its repercussions on agricultural productivity and food security and urged better regional and continental cooperation among countries and control organizations to respond quickly and build early warning systems..."

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Food security initiatives in Yorkton receive donation over $30,000

"...They will be presenting donations to food security initiatives in Kamsack and Churchbridge next..."

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Farms get support to face climate change

"...Projects fit in four general categories. This includes adding solar panels to generate electricity or doing energy retrofits to improve a farms energy efficiency, such as adding roof insulation or heat pumps to farm buildings. It also includes adapting to climate change impacts, such as adding shade to protect crops or livestock, or improving site drainage..."

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B.C. preparing farmers for summer drought conditions

"...Last summer, B. C. experienced its worst wildfire season on record with endless hot, dry weather, making drought conditions worse..."

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World Food Program says its ramping up aid to reach 3 million Ethiopians. Millions more are in need

"...The U. N. s World Food Program says it aims to reach up to 3 million Ethiopians affected by climate change and conflict in the coming weeks, half the number it supported in the East African country before the agency introduced a lengthy aid suspension last year..."

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A New Solution to Power Africa: Productive Use of Renewable Energy

"...For example, say a government or development organization invested in expanding solar-powered irrigation, as well as equipment that adds value in agricultural processing, such as flour-milling machines. These technologies would increase local electricity demand, boost agricultural productivity, enhance food security, create new employment opportunities, and enhance local incomes. Higher incomes improve communities ability to pay for electricity, which in turn improves the confidence of energy developers and investors to further expand the grid or, even better, deploy clean energy systems like solar-powered mini grids to meet growing demand..."

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Guest post: Heavy use of CO2 removal would trigger high sustainability risks

"...Yet the large-scale deployment of land-based CDR could come with major challenges. These include significant ecological and societal risks particularly to biodiversity loss, food security, freshwater use and human rights, among others which have not been comprehensively assessed..."

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Wetlands crucial for the achievement of sustainable development goals

"...Inland wetlands include lakes and rivers, underground aquifers, swamps and marshes, wet grasslands, peatlands, flood plains, and oases, including other human-made wetlands such as rice paddies, saltpans, and farming ponds. Coastal wetlands include estuaries, deltas and tidal flats, mangroves, coastal marine areas, and coral reefs..."

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Community Food Security Coordinator - City of Vancouver (Vancouver, BC)

"...Working with the community and GWFC to identify food security needs and issues, providing support and facilitation to increase skills and capacities of residents and organizations to plan and implement community food security and food sovereignty projects and initiatives..."

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Podcasts

Recent episodes that mention food security.

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RealAg on the Weekend: El Nino's exit, global food security, and Bill C-234 status, Feb 17, 2024

Duration: 40:28

"...Thanks for tuning in to this episode of RealAg on the Weekend! On this weekends show, guest host Lyndsey Smith is joined by: Anne Wasko of the Gateway Livestock Exchange with the Beef Market Update; Drew Lerner of World Weather Inc..."

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Canada becoming more important in global food security, says AGT's Al-Katib

Duration: 12:26

"...Canada has what the world needs: abundant food and food ingredients..."

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Canada's moonshot leveraging our sustainability advantage

Duration: 10:39

"...Canada is a global player in food production and boasts a competitive advantage over many in how we produce what we do, but what do we have to do to take us even further regarding ag sustainability? Alanna Koch, chair of the Global Institute for Food Security based at Saskatoon and farmer from Edenwold, moderated. ..."

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RealAg Radio: Canada's opportunity, nourishing the future, and global food security, Feb 13, 2024

Duration: 55:18

"...Happy Canada's Ag Day!Thanks for tuning into this Tuesday edition of RealAg Radio! On this episode, host Shaun Haney is joined by: Justine Hendricks, CEO of Farm Credit Canada on the Future of Food event in Ottawa and their role in the future; Murad Al Katib, President and CEO of AGT Foods on nourishing the. ..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about food security.

Why unprecedented drought in the Amazon is so dangerous for the planet

"...Further reading: Amazon region hit by trio of droughts in grim snapshot of the century to comeDeforestation jeopardises agribusiness and food security in Brazil and worldwide Climate tipping points are nearer than you think our new report warns of catastrophic risk UNs global stocktake on climate offers a sobering emissions reckoning but there are also signs of progress ..."

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Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health: Healthy Soils for Sustainable Cotton Webinar Series, Episode 2

"...When these soil organism functional groups are in balance and working together, they contribute to ecosystem resiliency that allows the ecosystem to bounce back after a disturbance like a flood or drought as well as resist the negative impacts of these disturbances..."

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Panel discussion | Transitioning to a healthy Anthropocene is possible | Frontiers Forum Live 2023

"...She is actively involved in monitoring water pollution, food security, forestry and climate change, and policy implementation in South Africa..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about food security relevant to the latest news.

Enhancing the bioconversion rate and end products of black soldier fly (BSF) treatment ? A comprehensive review

"...The utilization of BSFL as a sustainable source of food and feed can contribute to waste management, reduce environmental pollution, and address the pressing issue of food security in an environmentally responsible manner..."

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The role of food industries in sustainability transition: a review

"...Promoting plant based diets, reduced food waste and adopting circular economy principles can significantly contribute to sustainable consumption patterns..."

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Potential application of Latin American silvopastoral systems experiences for improving ruminant farming in Nigeria: a review

"...The research encompassed in this review demonstrates that the utilization of silvopastoral systems in ruminant farming can contribute to achieving several sustainable development goals, including enhancing food security, increasing milk and meat yields, supporting conservation efforts, bolstering biodiversity, and reducing GHG emissions..."

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Agrobiodiversity, Social Institutions, and Indigenous Farming Practices: A Case Study of the Rukai in Wutai, Taiwan

"...Rukai farmers practice swidden cultivation utilizing five mixed cropping systems in seven different ecosystems that vary by elevation, length of exposure to sunlight, and temperature, intercropping, and regular fallows to maintain soil fertility..."

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"...For this reason, the concept of plant biodiversity is always one of the topics that does not lose its popularity, because this concept is accepted as the basis of sustainable livelihood and food security (Altay et al..."

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Community-centred scenarios development for water?energy?food security on Zanzibar

"...Major drivers of land use and land cover change affecting water?energy?food security were identified; these include population growth, development and climate change..."

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Carrageenans as biostimulants and bio-elicitors: plant growth and defense responses

"...In the context of climate change, the need to ensure food security and safety has taken center stage..."

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Developing a model of strategies for enhancing food security against the phenomenon of food geopolitization

"...A number of strategies have been developed by countries in response to the geopolitization of food to improve their citizens' food security, including sustainable agriculture development, overseas cultivation, importing virtual water, reducing food waste, and diet modification..."

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Draft genome of novel cyanobacteria Sphaerothrix Gracilis isolated from coastal microplastics reveal insights to chemical ecolo

"...Cyanobacteria are oxygenic photosynthetic organisms which are found across many ecosystems, including freshwater and marine habitats..."

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Mapping of population growth influence on land use transformation from 1994 to 2015 in Madaba Governorate, Jordan

"...Its evolving landscape, marked by changes in land use, presents environmental and socio-economic challenges that necessitate sustainable urban planning and land management practices..."

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Smart and Sustainable Food Production Technologies

"...The chapter provides an overview of various smart and sustainable food production technologies, including precision agriculture, vertical farming, aquaponics, and blockchain-based traceability systems..."

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