Fact Sheets

Nanotechnology Risk to Soil Health

Published March 19, 2014

Overview: Nanotechnology and its application to agriculture and food The application of nanotechnology techniques and engineered nanoscale materials (ENMs) to agricultural inputs is one of the means proposed for the “sustainable intensification” of agricultural crop production. The United Nations Food...

Scaling Up Agroecology

Published October 9, 2013

If there was a silver lining in the disastrous 2007–2008 food price crisis, it was that it prompted governments and international donors to re-examine their priorities for agricultural development. They committed to invest in agriculture and food security in a manner that prioritizes small-scale producers (...

EU-US trade deal: A bumper crop for "big food"?

Published October 9, 2013

The drive for "regulatory coherence" in the transatlantic trade talks risks pushing food and farming standards down in the U.S. and EU. Big food and biotech companies are pushing to eliminate EU restrictions on genetically modified (GM) foods and food additives, challenge food labelling laws...

Agriculture on the Road to Bali

Published September 10, 2013

There are several proposals on the WTO’s agricultural negotiations table, but the dominant discussion ahead of December’s Bali Ministerial Conference is the November 2012 proposal put forward by 46 countries under the auspices of the G-33. The G-33 is a group of developing countries united by primarily...

Chemicals and Obesity

Published July 8, 2013

While diet and exercise are important factors in the obesity epidemic, an emerging body of science demonstrates that exposures to chemical obesogens may be important contributors. A number of chemicals known to disrupt hormones also appear to affect the size and number of fat cells or hormones that regulate appetite...

Who’s at the Table? Demanding Answers on Agriculture in the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Published March 4, 2013

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has the potential to become the biggest regional free-trade agreement (FTA) in history, both because of the size of the economies participating in the negotiations and because it holds open the possibility for other countries to quietly “dock in” to the existing...

Autism, Environment and Diet: Questions and Answers

Published December 10, 2012

Q: What causes autism? A: There is no one cause of autism. Multiple factors in our food and broader environment combine with inherited factors to contribute to autism. All of these factors can play different roles, and can take on various levels of significance in different individuals—all of us are unique in...

No Time to Lose

Published October 26, 2012

For all 147 studies, download the expanded version of the bibliography. 1. Antibiotic resistance and why it occurs Health professionals in training learn the basics of antibiotic resistance summarized, for example, in Levy (1999, 2002),1,2 Tenover (2006)3 and Courvalin (2006).4 As science evolves, it has become clear...

An Update on the World Bank’s Experimentation with Soil Carbon

Published October 4, 2012

At the first Hague Conference on Food Security, Agriculture and Climate Change in November 2010, the World Bank launched its first agricultural soil carbon project in Africa. The Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP) has been promoted as a “triple win” for mitigation, adaptation and increased crop...