What we’ve been reading this week

This week’s summary on the news stories, reports and blogs that have grabbed our attention. We welcome your thoughts and comments on these articles.

Putting meaning back into “sustainable intensification”, Loos et al, Ecological Society of America

The Top 10 Most Innovative Companies In Africa, Fast Company

2014 World Food Prize Honors Critical Breakthroughs in Wheat, World Food Prize

Gates Foundation funds production of ‘smart rice’ variety, Far Eastern Agriculture

Discovery of a bud-break gene could lead to trees adapted for a changing climate, Oregon State University

Parasites, killing their host, The New York Times

FAO Success Stories on Climate-Smart Agriculture, FAO

Climate change activists: your focus on food insecurity is backfiring, The Guardian

What works in reducing gender inequality? Great overview from Naila Kabeer, Duncan Green, Oxfam

Miracle Crop: India’s Quest to End World Hunger, Spiegel Online

Africa: If GM Is the Answer, It Is Only the Answer Partly, Sometimes, Maybe, All Africa

What does “natural” really mean on food labels?, CBS News

Choice of growth or climate apocalypse a ‘false dilemma,’ says ex-president, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Super bananas – world first human trial, Queensland University of Technology

EU Nations Back Flexibility on Biotech-Crop Cultivation, Bloomberg

How Ben & Jerry’s says goodbye to GMOs, Burlington Free Press

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