It's a long road to a H5N1 vaccine stockpile
July 15, 2008 09:02 AM - , SciDevNet

Several measures must be put in place to ensure an adequate vaccine stockpile in the event of a H5N1 avian influenza pandemic, write Tadataka Yamada, Alice Dautry and Mark Walport in Nature. H5N1 could kill up to 80 million people, according to recent data models — with 95 per cent of deaths in the developing world.

Population boom will pressure forests: reports
July 14, 2008 09:17 AM - Reuters

Booming demand for food, fuel and wood as the world's population surges from six to nine billion will put unprecedented and unsustainable demand on the world's remaining forests, two new reports said on Monday.

Invest in water for farming, or the world will go hungry
July 11, 2008 11:32 AM - , SciDevNet

Super crops won't be enough — the planet will run short of food by 2030 unless we invest to avoid an imminent world water crisis, says Colin Chartres.

Researchers say popular fish contains potentially dangerous fatty acid combination
July 8, 2008 10:27 AM - Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

The researchers say the combination could be a potentially dangerous food source for some patients with heart disease, arthritis, asthma and other allergic and auto-immune diseases that are particularly vulnerable to an "exaggerated inflammatory response." Inflammation is known to cause damage to blood vessels, the heart, lung and joint tissues, skin, and the digestive tract.

Flooding, After the Deluge, and the Politics of Toxic Mold
July 7, 2008 09:59 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

For days now, a swollen Mississippi River has menacingly roamed far from its banks, devouring large swatches of picturesque river towns and some of the Midwest's best farmlands. While countless news organizations chronicle both the courage of those fighting 'Big Muddy's' assault and the anguish of those wounded by it, another battle is about to begin. This battle will go all but unseen, for the struggle will be one of individual households against mold, mold that is both toxic and dangerous, though there are those who insist otherwise.

Where's the global food crisis taking us?
July 3, 2008 10:07 AM - Reuters

In five years' time, we could be living in a world where millions are dying in famines with no food aid to hand, regular storms and droughts wipe out acres of crops, and skyrocketing food prices have created global political panic, food experts say.

Some 1.5 bln people may starve due to land erosion
July 2, 2008 10:19 AM - Reuters

Rising land degradation reduces crop yields and may threaten food security of about a quarter of the world' population, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Wednesday.

Use of nanomaterials in food packaging poses regulatory challenges
June 25, 2008 09:26 AM - Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Engineered nanoscale materials (ENMs), which contain novel properties that offer potential benefits for use in food packaging, raise new safety evaluation challenges for regulators and industry, according to a report released today by the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies (PEN) and the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

Natural disasters contribute to rise in population displacement
June 23, 2008 09:30 AM - United Nations Environment Programme

A new report by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees(UNHCR)says conflicts, climate change and rising food prices are some of the factors leading to the rise in global displacement to 11.4 million refugees worldwide-up from 9.9 million last year.

Credibility Gap: Toxic Chemicals in Food Packaging and DuPont's Greenwashing
June 20, 2008 11:58 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

In 2006, under pressure from the U.S. EPA, DuPont and 7 other companies promised to phase out by 2015 a cancer-causing chemical called PFOA, used to make Teflon and also found in grease-resistant coatings for food packaging. In its place, the chemical industry is pushing new, supposedly “green” food package coatings.

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