EXCLUSIVE Afghan Taliban sign deal for Russian oil products, gas and wheat
The Taliban have signed a provisional deal with Russia to supply gasoline, diesel, gas and wheat to Afghanistan, Acting Afghan Commerce and Industry Minister Haji Nooruddin Azizi told Reuters. #taliban #nooruddinazizi #russian #afghantaliban #afghanistan #oilproducts (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 27, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Genes for seeds arose early in plant evolution, ferns reveal
The emergence of seed-producing plants more than 300 million years ago was an evolutionary watershed, opening new environments to plants and ultimately leading to the flowering plants that brighten our world and supply much of our food. But it was less of a leap than it seems, newly published DNA sequences suggest. The genomes, from three fern species and a cycad, one of the oldest kinds of seed-bearing plants, show genes key to making seeds are the same as those in the spore-producing machinery of ferns, which emerged tens of millions of years earlier. They evidently existed in a common ancestor but were recruited i...
Source: ScienceNOW - September 22, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Developing Countries Must Grow More FoodClimate change and war on Ukraine a wake-up call
CHINA - Constructing an irrigation network in Qinghai Province. Workers were paid part of their wages in food supplied by the World Food Programme. Credit WFP/Sarah ErringtonBy Trevor PageLETHBRIDGE, Canada, Sep 8 2022 (IPS) As our planet continues to heat up, extreme weather has affected many of us. From the west coast of North America across Europe, the Middle East and Asia to Pakistan and New Zealand, wildfires and flash floods have destroyed homes and property and disrupted the daily lives of millions. Supply chains, already badly affected by COVID, have been further complicated by drying rivers and waterways. In the ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 8, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Trevor Page Tags: Armed Conflicts Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought COVID-19 Development & Aid Environment Food and Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Global Headlines Labour Migration & Refugees TerraViva United Nations IP Source Type: news

Neolithic culinary traditions uncovered
A team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has uncovered intriguing new insights into the diet of people living in Neolithic Britain and found evidence that cereals, including wheat, were cooked in pots. (Source: University of Bristol news)
Source: University of Bristol news - September 6, 2022 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: Research; Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Arts, School of Arts, Faculty of Arts, School of Arts, Archaeology and Anthropology; Press Release Source Type: news

North Dakota farmer among four found dead in wheat field in murder-suicide
Authorities in North Dakota identified four people Wednesday who were found shot to death in a wheat field this week. Towner County Sheriff Andrew Hillier identified them in a statement as... #revolver #robertbracken #justinbracken #richardbracken #townercounty #northdakota #douglasdulmage #bismarck #murdersuicide #andrewhillier (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 31, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Four people are found shot to death in a North Dakota wheat field
The killings were likely a murder-suicide, the Towner County sheriff said. #northdakota #townercounty #killings #murdersuicide #wheatfield (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 31, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Africa: Africa's Climate Crisis Could Leave You Jobless, Sick, and Hungry #AfricaClimateCrisis
[allAfrica] Harare -- We all need to eat, but the global climate crisis is putting food production at risk. Due to the intense heat, harsh weather, and droughts, yield growth for wheat, maize, and other crops has been dropping and according to some UN estimates, worldwide yields might decrease by up to 30% by 2050 if significant adaptations are not made. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 26, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Nuclear war would cause yearslong global famine
A nuclear war would disrupt the global climate so badly that billions of people could starve to death, according to what experts are calling the most expansive modeling to date of so-called nuclear winter. Although the exact effects remain uncertain, the findings underscore the dangers of nuclear war and offer vital insights about how to prepare for other global disasters, researchers say. The study comes as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has put the world in “one of the top three most worrisome time periods” for the threat of nuclear war, says Seth Baum, executive director of the Global Catastrophic Risk Institu...
Source: ScienceNOW - August 15, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Whole-wheat pumpkin pancakes
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Source: MayoClinic.com Recipe of the Day - August 2, 2022 Category: Nutrition Source Type: news

Supercharged biotech rice yields 40% more grain
By giving a Chinese rice variety a second copy of one of its own genes, researchers have boosted its yield by up to 40%. The change helps the plant absorb more fertilizer, boosts photosynthesis, and accelerates flowering, all of which could contribute to larger harvests, the group reports today in Science . The yield gain from a single gene coordinating these multiple effects is “really impressive,” says Matthew Paul, a plant geneticist at Rothamsted Research who was not involved in the work. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like that before.” The approach could be tried in ...
Source: ScienceNOW - July 22, 2022 Category: Science Source Type: news

Africa: How Sweet Potato is Preventing the Global Wheat Crisis from Taking Root in Africa
[allAfrica] Long before the Ukraine conflict began and sent wheat futures spiralling, scientists in Africa were experimenting with an alternative ingredient for baked goods: orange fleshed sweet potato (OFSP) puree. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 8, 2022 Category: African Health Source Type: news

How Jennifer Doudna ’s Life Has Changed Since Discovering CRISPR 10 Years Ago
Jennifer Doudna was staring at a computer screen filled with a string of As, Cs, Ts, and Gs—the letters that make up human DNA—and witnessing a debilitating genetic disease being cured right before her eyes. Just a year earlier, in 2012, she and microbiologist Emmanuelle Charpentier had published a landmark paper describing CRISPR-Cas9, a molecular version of autocorrect for DNA, and she was seeing one the first demonstrations of CRISPR’s power to cure a human disease. She was in the lab of Dr. Kiran Musunuru, a Harvard researcher who was eager to show her the results from an experiment he had just finish...
Source: TIME: Health - July 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized feature Genetics healthscienceclimate Source Type: news

Peecycling: could donating your urine to farmers help feed the world?
Thanks to the war in Ukraine, there is a shortage of agricultural chemicals. As each adult produces enough pee annually to fertilise 145kg of wheat, perhaps bodily waste is the answerName: Peecycling.Age: As a term, dates to about 2006; as a practice, centuries old.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 20, 2022 Category: Science Tags: Recycling Agriculture Science Waste Food Pollution World news Source Type: news

Ukraine Is Struggling to Export Its Grain, and Here ’s Why
Ukraine’s farms are expected to produce around 30 million tons of wheat, corn and other food commodities this year, and they are seeking alternative routes to export those grains to stave off... #whyukraine (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 5, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Developing countries and the Perfect Storm Part II: What Developing Countries Need to Do
By Daud KhanROME, Jun 3 2022 (IPS) Developing countries are facing a combination of crises that are unprecedented in recent times. Over the last three years they have had to face the COVID-19 crisis, the food crisis, the energy crisis, the climate change crisis, the debt crisis and, on top of all this, a global recession. The crises have overlapped, and each has added to the problems created by the previous ones. Daud KhanMuch of the “fault” for these crises lies with the big countries – their desire for geo-political domination, the continued emission of GHGs, the tight money policy of recent months. There are str...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 3, 2022 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Daud Khan Tags: Climate Change COVID-19 Development & Aid Education Energy Financial Crisis Food and Agriculture Global Globalisation Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies TerraViva United Nations IPS UN Bureau Source Type: news