A worker collects palm oil fruit inside a palm oil factory in Salak Tinggi, outside Kuala Lumpur, August 4, 2014. REUTERS/Samsul Said
AWhere Raises $7 Million to Help Farmers Cope with Climate Change
Big-data analytics firm aWhere Inc. has raised $7 million in funding to help farmers cope with erratic weather and climate change. The company combines public and proprietary data about weather, rainfall, soil quality, the pricing of a given crop or commodity, and more. It then analyzes that data to give users forecasts and reports to guide their business decisions.
Fungus Could Be the Key to Avoiding a Global Food Crisis
The startup Adaptive Symbiotic Technologies has developed an organic seed treatment it calls BioEnsure that allows crops like rice and corn to withstand severe droughts and extreme temperatures. It’s based on fungi that enable plants to grow in extreme heat. Adaptive recently was chosen as one of 17 nominees for USAID’s Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge.
Saving Seeds Can Strengthen Food Security
Native Seeds/SEARCH, a local group in the American Southwest dedicated to strengthening food security, uses the indigenous technique of seed saving to prevent biocultural diversity loss. They say that strengthening food security through seed conservation techniques prevents against food crises.
Can These GMO Foods Save the World?
Not all GM foods are apples modified to be a brighter shade of red. Some really have the potential to feed millions of people in developing nations, and offer everything from resistance to disease and insects to a higher nutritive value. Read on to learn about 11 genetically modified foods that just might save the world.