Burning issue: how enzymes could end India ’s problem with stubble
Bans failed to stop farmers torching fields each year but a new spray that turns stalks into fertiliser helps the soil and the airEvery autumn, Anil Kalyan, from Kutail village in India ’s northern state of Haryana, would join tens of thousands of other paddy farmers to set fire to the leftover stalks after the rice harvest to clear the field for planting wheat.But this year, Kalyan opted for change. He signed his land up for a trial being held in Haryana and neighbouring Punjab as an alternative to the environmentally hazardousstubble burning that is commonplace across India and a major cause of Delhi ’s notorious smo...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 10, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Saeed Kamali Dehghan Tags: Global development India Food Farming Air pollution Environment South and Central Asia World news Rice Delhi Agriculture Science Soil Source Type: news

Combating diabetes in the workplace
November marks National Diabetes Month, a period when health care organizations and communities call special attention to the importance of prevention and management of this prevalent disease. According to a local Population Health Collaborative study released in 2019, 11.4% of people in the Buffalo-Niagara region have diabetes compared to the national rate of 8.7%. The region also has the highest rate of diabetes compared to nine peer metro areas. The rates of prediabetes alarm health experts,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - November 29, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Dr. Deirdre Wheat Source Type: news

The Cow That Could Feed the Planet
The cows in Farmer John’s pasture lead an idyllic life. They roam through tree-shaded meadows, tearing up mouthfuls of clover while nursing their calves in tranquility. Tawny brown, compact and muscular, they are Limousins, a breed known for the quality of its meat and much sought-after by the high-end restaurants and butchers in the nearby food mecca of Maastricht, in the southernmost province of the Netherlands. In a year or two, meat from these dozen cows could end up on the plates of Maastricht’s better-known restaurants, but the cows themselves are not headed for the slaughterhouse. Instead, every few mont...
Source: TIME: Science - November 2, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Aryn Baker/Maastricht, Netherlands Tags: Uncategorized climate change Climate Is Everything feature Innovation Magazine Source Type: news

Zimbabwe: Wheat Harvesting Begins
[The Herald] Harvesting of wheat has begun, with the Grain Marketing Board (GMB) designating 18 collection depots as the country expects a bumper harvest owing to minimum interruption of power supply by Zesa, which allowed continuous irrigation. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 6, 2021 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How to Invest in Companies That Are Actually Helping the Environment
ESG funds—investment funds that are supposed to include companies that score the highest marks in environmental, social and governance factors—have become increasingly popular as more people look to put their money where their environmental concerns are. When BlackRock debuted a new ESG-aligned fund in April, investors couldn’t get enough. They poured $1.25 billion into the U.S. Carbon Transition Readiness ETF (stock ticker LCTU) on its first day. No ESG fund, or any type of exchange-traded fund (ETF) for that matter, had ever received that much investment so quickly. But this wasn’t entirely a fee...
Source: TIME: Science - October 5, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Mark Dent Tags: Uncategorized biztech2030 climate change Climate Is Everything Source Type: news

On the Verge of Change
Combines harvesting durum wheat in Enchant, Alberta, Canada. GPS-programmed, they are already driverless except for going around corners, August 2021. Credit: Trevor PageBy Marwa AwadOTTAWA, Canada, Sep 23 2021 (IPS) Current food systems are no longer fit for the 21st century. Inequitable distribution, poor nutritional habits, and climate change are three issues breaking down our global food systems today, forcing us to look for solutions to transform them. Food aid – very much part of our global food systems – needs to be responsive to the challenges that lie ahead. The World Bank estimates that the global food syste...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 23, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Marwa Awad Tags: Aid Climate Change COVID-19 Economy & Trade Environment Food and Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Health Humanitarian Emergencies Inequity Labour Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

The UN Food Systems Summit and Some Issues of Concern
Conclusion The Food Systems Summit kicks off in New York on September 23 during the UN General Assembly High-Level Week. World leaders will come together to find common ground and form alliances that accelerate our way to realizing the SDGs in this remaining decade of action before 2030 is upon us. Will we succeed in making Zero hunger a reality? If we are serious about this goal, the answer includes rethinking and redesigning our food systems to make them more sustainable. Trevor Page, resident in Lethbridge, Canada, is a former Emergencies Director of the World Food Programme. He also served with the UN Food & Agri...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Trevor Page Tags: Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Conferences Economy & Trade Environment Food and Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour TerraViva U Source Type: news

Are we eating ourselves to extinction?
It ’s not just animals that are at risk of dying out, the world’s crops are in rapid decline. Here’s why it matters what is on your plateIn eastern Turkey, in a golden field overshadowed by grey mountains, I reached out and touched an endangered species. Its ancestors had evolved over millions of years and migrated here long ago. It had been indispensable to life in the villages across this plateau, but its time was running out. “Just a few fields left,” the farmer said. “Extinction will come easily.” This endangered species wasn’t a rare bird or an elusive wild animal, it was food, a type of wheat: a less ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 17, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Dan Saladino Tags: Science and nature books Conservation Farming Food Environment Agriculture Agriculture and forestry Plants Source Type: news

Tabbouleh salad (cracked wheat salad)
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Source: MayoClinic.com Full Feed - September 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rising Heat Is Making It Harder to Work in the U.S., and the Costs to the Economy Will Soar With Climate Change
Rising extreme heat will make it increasingly hard for workers to do their jobs, shaving hundreds of billions of dollars off the U.S. economy each year. That’s according to a report published Tuesday by the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center, a Washington D.C.-based think tank focused on climate adaptation. It’s a stark warning about the costs of failing to act on climate change. Productivity losses due to heat currently cost the U.S. an estimated $100 billion a year, the report claims. As days of extreme heat become more frequent in the years ahead, that figure is ...
Source: TIME: Science - August 31, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Ciara Nugent Tags: Uncategorized climate change Londontime Source Type: news

Specially designed monoclonal antibodies may prevent celiac disease, study finds
Antibody therapy may help prevent the development of celiac disease, the digestive disorder that limits the body's ability to process foods containing wheat, barley and rye, a study published by Science Immunology. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protecting Plants Will Protect People and the Planet
By Barbara WellsROME, Jul 26 2021 (IPS) Back-to-back droughts followed by plagues of locusts have pushed over a million people in southern Madagascar to the brink of starvation in recent months. In the worst famine in half a century, villagers have sold their possessions and are eating the locusts, raw cactus fruits, and wild leaves to survive. Barbara WellsInstead of bringing relief, this year’s rains were accompanied by warm temperatures that created the ideal conditions for infestations of fall armyworm, which destroys mainly maize, one of the main food crops of sub-Saharan Africa. Drought and famine are not stranger...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 26, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Barbara Wells Tags: Africa Biodiversity Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Global Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Natural Re Source Type: news

Southeast Asia and Food Price Inflation: Double Whammy
This article was first published by ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute as a commentary in Fulcrum.” With a link back to the original article — https://fulcrum.sg/southeast-asia-and-food-price-inflation-double-whammy/ Professor Paul Teng is an Associate Senior Fellow in the Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme of ISEAS-Yusof Ishak institute. He is also Dean and Managing Director of NIE International, Nanyang Technological University Singapore.   Follow @IPSNewsUNBureau !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createEl...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 24, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Paul Teng Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Climate Change Economy & Trade Environment Financial Crisis Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Food Sustainability Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Wheat pill poisoning: complications and management - Rehman HU, Mansoor VB, Syed F, Arif MA, Javed A.
Wheat pill (zinc or aluminium phosphide), also known as rice pill, is used as rodenticide in wheat and rice storage reservoirs. In developing countries such as Pakistan there has been an increase in the number of aluminium phosphide (wheat pill) poisoning ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 14, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Big data: IPK researchers double accuracy in predicting wheat yields
(Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research) In future, it will be increasingly important to be able to predict the yields of individual varieties of cereals such as wheat as accurately as possible in a given environment. An international research team led by the IPK Leibniz Institute has compiled, processed and analyzed extensive data sets for this purpose. Ultimately, Big Data was able to double the prediction accuracy for yield. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 11, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news