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In 2008, Saudi Arabia ceased to be self sufficient in wheat production. It is looking to access land overseas to grow crops, possibly in Pakistan or the Horn of Africa. China is acquiring agricultural land in Southern Africa for similar purposes. And Daewoo Logistic is looking to lease land in Madagascar, to grow food for South Korea. Other countries in South Asia and the Gulf are considering similar moves. None of these countries needs...
 environment Saudi Arabia water food South Korea Madagascar
Pressure is mounting from some scientists for Europe to end its resistance to genetically modified (GM) crops but fears remain about the impact of such technology on the rights of farmers. Many American farmers like the ease of operating a GM system which involves regular spraying of chemicals which kill weeds but don't hurt their crops.


 USA food Europe GM
It may simply be the over-processing of low-fat foods that is causing increased infertility.


 fertility food
In the U.S. (and elsewhere) people are more accustomed to exterminating insects than to eating them, but in scores of countries around the world--including Thailand, where food markets are stocked with commercially-raised water beetles and bamboo worms--bugs have long been a part of a well-balanced meal. Insect lovers like Gordon argue that entomophagy--the scientific term for consuming insects--could also be a far greener way to get...


 food environment insect
It is time the United Nations remembered its historic role in campaigning against global overpopulation. There was a time when the UN used to champion female emancipation, education, family planning and all the real solutions to the world's excessive and intolerable population boom. It is time the world's leaders had the wisdom and courage once again to talk the fundamental issue, rather than babbling about our diet. It's...


 vegetarian livestock overpopulation food meat
We are all capable of "hearing" shapes and sizes and perhaps even "tasting" sounds, according to researchers. This blending of sensory experiences, or synaesthesia, they say, influences our perception and helps us make sense of a jumble of simultaneous sensations.


 word language meaning taste senses synaesthesia food perception
Organic food is no healthier than ordinary food, a large independent review has concluded.


 organic natural food health nutrition
Transgenic flax grown for several years in Canada has nevertheless contaminated probably the country’s entire flax seed stock; that’s why flax should never be used to produce transgenic industrial and pharmaceutical chemicals.


 Triffid transgenic food contamination
Global population growth is looming as a bigger threat to the world's food production and water supplies than climate change, a leading scientist says.


 overpopulation climate change food water
One of our closest primate relatives, the bonobo, has been shown to voluntarily share food, scientists report. This sort of generous behaviour was previously thought by some to be an exclusively human trait.
 sharing food ape bonobo toread
Cooking is something we all take for granted but a new theory suggests that if we had not learned to cook food, not only would we still look like chimps but, like them, we would also be compelled to spend most of the day chewing.


 cooking food human evolution energy tooth toread
The rapid adoption by U.S. farmers of genetically engineered corn, soybeans and cotton has promoted increased use of pesticides, an epidemic of herbicide-resistant weeds and more chemical residues in foods.


 genetical engineering food toxin pesticide weed herbicide
A traditional Japanese diet could transfer the genes of "sushi-specific" digestive enzymes into the human gut.


 Japan food digestion sushi enzyme gut genetics intestine
What unites the Vatican, lefties, conservatives, environmentalists, and scientists in a conspiracy of silence? Population.
 overpopulation environment poverty sustainability religion food India
Cockroaches "recommend" good food sources to each other by communicating in chemicals, according to scientists. The much-maligned insects appear to make a collective decision about the best food source.


 pheromone chemistry cockroach communication animal insect food collective intelligence
A study has shown how two species from different taxonomic kingdoms - animal and plant - compete for the same food. When food was scarce, the team found that the spiders built larger webs to improve their chances of catching prey, but at the expense of the plants.


 plant animal spider food competition