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COP23 Fertilizes Climate-Smart Agriculture

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New commitments and initiatives in the agriculture and water sectors were announced as nearly 200 countries gathered at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) hosted by the government of Fiji in Bonn, November 6-17.

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What’s That in Your Fruit Salad?

Fruits and vegetables for sale at Le Marché de Noailles, Marseille, France, October 1, 2014 (Photo by kixmi71) Creative Commons license via Flickr

A pregnant woman eating a salad of fresh fruit grown by conventional agriculture in the European Union may think she is providing healthy nourishment to her future baby, but in fact she might be exposing it to a cocktail of endocrine disrupting chemicals.

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Edible Food Packaging Takes the Cake

Edible Food Packaging Takes the Cake

As all grocery shoppers know, many meats, breads, cheeses, cakes and cookies come wrapped in plastic to prevent spoilage. But plastic films are not great at keeping foods fresh, and some plastics can leach harmful compounds into the food they’re supposed to protect.

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An Atlas of Sci-Art Water Diplomacy

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No longer is it true that water is a free and infinite resource as people once believed. Today conservation is essential as one in every 10 people across the European Union experiences water scarcity, according to the European Commission.

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Pesticide Alarm

Pesticide Alarm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reversed its decision to protect children from developmental disabilities and autism resulting from exposure to a neurotoxic pesticide that was scheduled to be banned in March.

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Transforming Africa

Sub-Saharan Africa

Following a meeting with G20 finance ministers and central bank governors on Sunday in Baden Baden, World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim announced a record US$57 billion in financing for Sub-Saharan African countries over the next three years.

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Our Drying Planet

Our Drying Planet

“The water crisis is sneaking up on humanity unawares. People turn on the tap and assume clean, safe water will always flow. But the reality is that supplies are already critical for 4.2 billion people – over half the world’s population…”

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BioNurse: Generating Spaces for Life

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A team from the Ceres Regional Center for Fruit and Vegetable Innovation in Chile has won the first-ever $100,000 Ray C. Anderson Foundation “Ray of Hope” Prize in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.

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Cutting Food Loss and Waste Gets Easier

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A new international framework that empowers businesses, governments and NGOs to measure and manage food loss and waste is in its first year of operation. About a third of all food produced each year is lost or wasted worldwide as it moves from field to table…

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Hope for the Hungry

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Hundreds of millions of people throughout the world go to bed hungry while at the same time, a third of the world’s food is wasted, say the number-crunchers at the United Nations food agencies. But there is hope for the hungry.

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Rio Summer Olympics ‘Embrace’ Sustainability

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A new set of sustainability measures to support the greening of the Rio Summer Olympic Games were agreed by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the 2016 Olympics and Paralympics Organizing Committee as far back as 2013. The “Embrace” Rio 2016 plan is based on three pillars: Planet, People and Prosperity.

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EU Patent Office Under Siege Over Seeds

EU Patent Office Under Siege Over Seeds

More than 800,000 signatures against patents on plants, animals and seeds were handed to officials of the European Patent Office on June 29, as the EPO’s Administrative Council held a meeting in Munich.

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2/3 Food Cans Test Positive for Toxic BPA

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ConAgra Foods beat them all to it. The American packaged foods giant last July completed the transition to cans with linings that don’t contain Bisphenol A, a hormone-disrupting chemical linked to increased risk of breast and prostate cancers, infertility and type-2 diabetes.

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