Food Security

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   Food security, as defined by the United Nations' Committee on World Food Security, means that all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their food preferences and dietary needs for an active and healthy life.

Turn-key business models of feeding & greening megacities

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Sep-11 Fri 09:49

According to FAO (2016), the production of fruit and vegetables in the world would have to triple to provide a healthy diet for everyone. The combination of continued rapid urbanisation of China, growing urban middle class, and COVID-19 means that the demand for nutritious, trustworthy, safe, and premium…

Fruit and vegetables still most non-compliant import categories

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-20 Thu 09:56

Imported fruit and vegetables are still the foodstuff with the most non-compliances. This was shown in the latest round of testing by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA). As food safety statistics from January to June show, 396 of 3,177 consignments of fruits and vegetables failed. A total of 87.5 percent of…

Kim Jong-un Confiscates Pet Dogs During North Korea's Food Shortage

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-18 Tue 16:56

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un is forcing households in the capital, Pyongyang, to turn in their pet dogs to the government so that they may be sold to restaurants for human consumption amid a national food shortage.

CAN: Government investment brings nutritious food to vulnerable people

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-17 Mon 07:53

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, was at Nutri Group head office, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec, to announce details of the first-ever federal government program that will provide millions of pounds of quality, nutritious, surplus food to Canada's most vulnerable…

US food security in peril due to decline in plant breeding programs

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-12 Wed 09:38

A team of scientists led by Washington State University horticulture professor Kate Evans -who leads WSU's pome fruit breeding program- has found that public plant breeding programs are seeing decreases in funding and personnel. The study was published in the journal Crop Science. Evans and her…

Researchers discover how plants distinguish beneficial from harmful microbes

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Aug-11 Tue 09:38

Legume plants know their friends from their enemies, and now, researchers found how they do it at the molecular level. Plants recognize beneficial microbes and keep harmful ones out, which is important for healthy plants production and global food security. Scientists have now discovered how legumes use…

More and more hail claims in Canada

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-21 Tue 09:16

The weather systems that moved through the Canadian prairies in late June/early July resulted in some significant crop damage.  According to the Canadian Crop Hail Association, agents are following up on about 1200 hail claims from storms earlier this month and more are still coming in. The storms resulted…

Government of Canada supports initiative to help Canadians with low incomes access fresh produce

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-14 Tue 10:13

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating, plays an important role in the well-being and quality of life of Canadians and helps prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

Governments announce support for Northern Manitoba food security

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-13 Mon 16:36

The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing up to $240,000 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP) and $370,000 in provincial funding through Manitoba’s Northern Healthy Food Initiative to support northern food security projects, Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development Minister Blaine Pedersen announced today.

Minister Bibeau highlights federal investments in food security and celebrates milestone with La Tablée des Chefs

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-10 Fri 11:16

Today, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, visited with La Tablée des Chefs where she highlighted a contribution of $800,000 the Government of Canada has made to the organization through the Local Food Infrastructure Fund emergency funding.

Minister Bibeau in Quebec City to announce local Government of Canada food security initiatives

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jul-09 Thu 14:35

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, will visit La Tablée des chefs to announce funding and to mark an important milestone for the organization. She will also be visiting the Pignon Bleu to announce funding to address food insecurity in Québec City.

Support for Indigenous entrepreneurs helps bring agriculture to more communities

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-30 Tue 15:32

More opportunities are coming for B.C.’s Indigenous entrepreneurs interested in developing food and agriculture businesses and supporting local food security in their communities.

'Vertical farming is a great answer for food security worldwide'

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-30 Tue 08:10

“Vertical farming is a great answer for food security worldwide, especially in locations where the climate makes it hard to grow plants in or in mega cities.”, says Gabriele Puccetti with the Goat Project. ENVI-BIO VF moduleTheir product ENVI-BIO VF is a newly patented vertical farming system, now in line…

Ecomodernism and the future of food

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-30 Tue 08:10

After a two-week break, World Horti Center, in close collaboration with NethWork, resumed the EAT THIS! webinar series on June 24. Corporate anthropologist Jitske Kramer started out with a powerful statement: you need to know where you come from, in order to know where you are going to. If you don’t…

Government of Canada implements surplus food rescue program

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-27 Sat 21:37

The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today launched the $50 million Surplus Food Rescue Program. The program aims to move surplus food commodities such as potatoes and other possible horticulture, fish and seafood, and meat through the food system as efficiently as possible to help vulnerable Canadians.

Fruit and vegetable sector stands with Ontario’s plan to protect agri-food employees

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-27 Sat 20:32

Ontario’s fruit and vegetable growers welcome the ongoing efforts by government and health officials to support growers to protect the health of all agri-food employees. The announcement by the Ontario government to further support ongoing and expanded on-site testing, access to employment benefits and…

Nevis: Cold storage facility to form critical component of food security efforts

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-26 Fri 06:13

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture on Nevis, Huey Sargeant, has expressed satisfaction with ongoing work by the Public Works Department (PWD) on the construction of a cold storage facility at the government owned farm at Prospect on the outskirts of Charlestown. He voiced his opinion…

Carrots, apples and lettuces are contaminated with microplastics

Submitted by Elsewhere on 2020-Jun-26 Fri 06:13

Common fruits and vegetables like carrots, lettuces and apples are contaminated with tiny particles of plastic and should be a cause for “considerable concern” among public health experts, scientists say. Researchers from the University of Catania in Italy discovered apples are among the most…