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The Golden Grain of the Andes: Are You Ready to Cook?
Dec04

The Golden Grain of the Andes: Are You Ready to Cook?

By The Editors The Golden Grain of the Andes — quinoa — is being praised all around the world. Indeed, the year 2013 is “The International Year of the Quinoa”, which celebrates not only quinoa, but also the indigenous peoples of the Andes, who have maintained, controlled, protected and preserved quinoa as food for present and future generations, thanks to their traditional knowledge and practices of living in harmony with...

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Sustainability in Action: Family Farming
Nov28

Sustainability in Action: Family Farming

By Roberta Attanasio There are many family farms in the world, farms based on rural activities managed and operated by a family — they deserve our support for their contribution to the global food system and are now a recognized reason for celebration worldwide. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) estimates that there are about 500 million of these farms on our planet.   The FAO...

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Sentinel Bottlenose Dolphins: Exposure to Toxic Chemicals
Oct22

Sentinel Bottlenose Dolphins: Exposure to Toxic Chemicals

By Roberta Attanasio Bottlenose dolphins – the playful, intelligent and sleek swimmers frequently seen in warm and shallow waters along coastlines – are important biological indicators or sentinels. As coastal dwellers, they are exposed to pollutants deriving from human activities and, as predators at the top of the food web, they can help evaluate the overall health status of their ecosystems. In 2011, two teams of researchers...

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Reduction of Livestock Gas Emissions May Be Within Reach
Oct02

Reduction of Livestock Gas Emissions May Be Within Reach

By The Editors Livestock is known to be a major global threat to the environment. In 2006, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released a highly influential report (Livestock’s Long Shadow – Environmental Issues and Option) stating that the livestock sector generates more greenhouse gas emissions as measured in CO2 equivalent – 18 percent – than transport. It is also a major source of land and...

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Food Waste Harms Climate, Water, Land and Biodiversity
Sep14

Food Waste Harms Climate, Water, Land and Biodiversity

By The Editors The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) released a few days ago a report detailing the first study to analyze the impacts of global food wastage from an environmental perspective, looking specifically at its consequences for the climate, water and land use, and biodiversity. Key facts and figures from the report are: The global volume of food wastage is estimated at 1.6 billion tonnes of...

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