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.

Ants are as effective as pesticides, AARHUS University

GM technology isn’t good or evil – it’s what we do with it that counts, The Guardian

Building better crops from the bottom up, Global Food Secuirty

Markets offer women opportunities to capitalize on ecosystem services, CGIAR

Open-access database will help water-scarce countries get more crop per drop, FAO

Getting Uganda’s agriculture plans ready for climate change, CCAFS

To Achieve Food Security, We Must Prioritize Women’s Rights as Human Rights, Huffington Post

Farmed fish could bring us cheaper food, but is it ethical? The Guardian

In Somalia some 855,000 people face acute food insecurity, FAO

We can’t ignore the air pollution crisis in Africa’s fast-growing megacities, The Conversation

Production diversity and dietary diversity in smallholder farm households, PNAS

Modelling predicts that heat stress, not drought, will increase vulnerability of wheat in Europe, Nature

Sustainable potato that resists blight given green light by USDA, but anti-GMO activists remain opposed, Genetic Literacy Project

Building Environmental Resilience: A snapshot of farmers adapting to climate change in Kenya, Greenpeace

Food production efforts should include nutrition education, Daily Monitor

Can the Chinese Government Get Its People to Like G.M.O.s? The New Yorker

Ancient crops preserved for future generations in Arctic seed vault, FAO

Anthropogenic contribution to global occurrence of heavy-precipitation and high-temperature extremes, Nature Climate Change

Food and drink companies found to be ignoring biggest impact on climate, The Guardian

UCI study finds dramatic increase in concurrent droughts, heat waves, UCI News

Climate Change Affecting Nutrition, Food Security, Times of Zambia

Syria’s climate-fueled conflict, Grist

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