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'Millennium Goal' to End World Hunger Will Not Be Met

May 27th, 2010 | by Michael Ricciardi

The UN's Millennium Development Goal of ending global under-nourishment by 2015 will not be met, but a new set of "mega" initiatives are being implemented to achieve more efficient delivery of "research outputs" to speed agricultural development


Human Global Warming: What Are the Main Causes?

April 18th, 2009 | by ziggy

To understand how humans cause global warming, it is important that you are aware of the link between your daily activities and the greenhouse effect. Furthermore, once you understand this, it is easy to see that you have the power to help stop global warming from getting worse. The primary way humans cause global warming is by burning fossil fuels. This increases the amount of carbon in the atmosphere, which leads to an increase in the Greenhouse Effect


You Are Eating GMOs, Should You Care?

February 8th, 2008 | by Janel Sterbentz

gm_strawberries.jpg Any time you eat non-organic food, there is a 70 percent chance you are ingesting genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Modern genetic modification is different from historical alterations--such as plant breeding--because today, genes are transferred from one species to another. For instance, when you eat GM food, there is a good chance it has been injected with genes from the bacteria Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)—hence Bt Corn. Are these GM foods a path to end world hunger and ensure a robust harvest in the face of possible harsh future climates? Or, is it a way for corporations to gain global control over agriculture for profit, releasing organisms that have unknown effects on the environment and human health? According to the USDA, in 1996, less than 5 percent of soy products were genetically modified. Within 12 years, that amount increased to 90 percent. These have been in our foods for over a decade and as far as we can tell, nothing has really gone wrong. Is that why most Americans are not hearing about GMOs?


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