Tag Archive for 'food security'

Food security threatened as pests move poleward with global warming

September 18th, 2013 by University of Exeter

A paper ‘Crop pests and pathogens move polewards in a warming world‘ published in the journal Nature Climate Change reveals that global warming is resulting in the spread of crop pests towards the North and South Poles at a rate of nearly 3 km a year. The research by scientists at the University of Exeter […]

Guernsey’s achilles heel is food and energy security

November 15th, 2012 by Toby Birch

The consultation published in February 2012 on Guernsey’s Economic Development Strategy by Oxford Economics shows yet again that we have resorted to UK consultants when a wealth of knowledge is available locally. The report commences with a quote from an economics Nobel Prize winner, underscoring our servile addiction to ‘growth’. To be fair, it does […]

Oxfam highlights impact of extreme weather on global food prices

September 11th, 2012 by Oxfam

According to international agency Oxfam, new research shows that the full impact of climate change on future food prices is being underestimated. Oxfam’s report, Extreme Weather, Extreme Prices, highlights for the first time how extreme weather events such as droughts and floods could drive up future food prices. Previous research only tends to consider gradual […]

Humans making global ecosystem vulnerable to tipping point

June 10th, 2012 by Nature

Nature presents confirmation that the global ecosystem is approaching a transition, highlighting the need to improve forecasting and address human influences on such changes. The Review, ‘Approaching a state shift in Earth’s biosphere‘ summarizes evidence that similar shifts have occurred in the past, and that humans are driving the most recent changes. The realization that […]

World’s poor will suffer most from global food price rises

June 6th, 2011 by Oxfam

Oxfam warned on 31 May 2011 that average prices of staple crops will more than double in 20 years if urgent action is not taken to change the international food system, which is already failing to feed nearly one billion people a day. Research published in Oxfam’s report “Growing a Better Future” forecasts that average […]

June conference in London on meeting the global food security challenges of the future through science and innovation

May 9th, 2011 by Inside Government

Inside Government has organised a conference on “Meeting the Global Food Security Challenges of the Future through Science and Innovation” on Thursday 28 June 2011 in central London.  Conference registration begins at 9 am with the first address at 9.30 am.  The conference finishes at 4.10 pm.  The conference venue is to be confirmed in […]

Professor Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Advisor to DEFRA, speaks about food security, climate change and our natural environment

March 19th, 2011 by Professor Robert Watson

This is an edited transcript of the presentation by Professor Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), to the SDUK Conference on 17 March 2011 at the QE II Conference Centre in Westminster, London —– “We already know enough to act much better than we are […]

Environmental consequences of ocean acidification: A threat to food security

March 11th, 2011 by United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme has a Division of Early Warning and Assessment.  This division provides an assessment of developing environmental threats such as honey bee colony disorder and ocean acidification.  The publication below is from their website.  

Friends of the Earth comment on Foresight report on Global Food and Farming Futures

January 24th, 2011 by Friends of the Earth

Commenting on The Foresight project Global Food and Farming Futures report, Friends of the Earth‘s Food Campaigner Kirtana Chandrasekaran said “this report shines a spotlight on our mounting food and farming crisis that can only be tackled with far-reaching reforms of the world’s food system. “But with millions already starving in a world of plenty, […]

Food Security conference in London: Meeting the Global Challenges of the Future

August 20th, 2010 by Events

The Partnership Media Group Ltd. has organised a conference in London on global food security. They write that the world is facing a potential crisis in terms of food security. The challenge is to produce and supply enough safe and nutritious food in a sustainable way for a growing global population, which is projected to […]