Agriculture & Nutrition

GMO cowpea: Bridging the gap between innovation and social change

by Opuah Abeikwen Cornell Alliance for Science January 14, 2019

The pod-borer insect (maruca) is highly notorious in cowpea production, forcing farmers to spray pesticides about six to seven times within a planting season. Nigerian scientists hope a new genetically modified variety of cowpea will resist this pest while limiting the ...

This Bill Gates-backed start-up is fighting world hunger by making your avocados last longer

by Tom Huddleston Jr. CNBC January 11, 2019

Apeel Sciences, a Southern California-based food technology startup that is trying to battle food waste. ...

Scientists Have ‘Hacked Photosynthesis’ In Search Of More Productive Crops

by January 4, 2019

Researchers at the University of Illinois have been able to engineer photosynthesis in plants that could help increase yields in key food crops like cowpeas in the future. "It's really the first major breakthrough showing that one can indeed engineer photosynthesis and achie...

Space tech that feeds high-end diners in Toronto could help Canada’s North

by December 26, 2018

Technology being used to stock high-end Toronto restaurants with designer leafy greens could provide Northern Canadians with locally grown produce. ...

One way to reduce food waste: Use it to make soil healthier

by Matthew Wallenstein, Cynthia Kallenbach and Peter Olayemi Phys.org November 12, 2018

Food waste contains valuable nutrients that can make soil healthier and more productive. Our research group at Colorado State University is working with Leprino Foods, a global supplier of dairy products, to explore the potential for transforming lactose – the natural sugar in milk – into a res...

New Pest in India Could Threaten National and Asian Food Security

by Charu Bahri The Quint October 29, 2018

Fall Army Worm has been spotted in India for the first time, threatening crops and food security throughout Asia....

The dating game: When food goes bad

by Alla Katsnelson Knowable Magazine October 22, 2018

New technologies to predict spoilage time could slash the massive waste between farm and fork...

From food security to nutrition security

by Ashok Gulati , Ritika Juneja The Indian Express October 15, 2018

Biotechnology can be a game-changer in the battle against malnutrition in much the same way that the Green Revolution was in ensuring self sufficiency....

Aquafarmers on the front lines

by Jenny Seifert Phys.org September 11, 2018

Many of the world's future farmers will likely be farming oceans, as aquaculture—the cultivation of fish and other aquatic species—continues its expansion as the fastest growing food sector. New research shows that in order for this next generation of farmers to thrive, there is an urgent need t...

Pest-proof bags and bins slim Tanzania’s ‘lean season’

by Wesley Langat Reuters September 9, 2018

Improved storage techniques have shown they can cut the loss of harvested maize by 10 percent in Tanzania, and help one-third fewer households go hungry in the lean season, Swiss researchers said....