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Released: 16-Nov-2020 12:05 PM EST
Food Safety Lab Grants $2.9M for New Global Projects
Cornell University

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Safety, co-located at Cornell and Purdue Universities, has announced $2.9 million in grants for research projects to improve food safety and prevent foodborne illness in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Kenya and Senegal.

Newswise: Hunger in the Arctic prompts focus on causes, not symptoms
Released: 12-Nov-2020 8:05 AM EST
Hunger in the Arctic prompts focus on causes, not symptoms
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The communities of Nunatsiavut in Northern Labrador, Canada, similar to other communities across Inuit Nunangat, the homeland of Inuit, are plagued by excessive food insecurity rates, which are estimated to be five times the level of food insecurity measured for households in Canada.

Newswise: Mealworm shows promise as a good, sustainable food source, study finds
Released: 31-Aug-2020 11:50 AM EDT
Mealworm shows promise as a good, sustainable food source, study finds
Indiana University

With global food demands rising at an alarming rate, a study led by IUPUI scientists has found new evidence that the yellow mealworm shows promise as alternative source of nutritional protein.

Newswise: Small-Farm Tech Reduces Deforestation, Climate Change
Released: 23-Jul-2020 4:40 PM EDT
Small-Farm Tech Reduces Deforestation, Climate Change
Cornell University

Small farms in Zambia that use the latest hybrid seed for maize, help reduce deforestation and tackle climate change in a new Cornell University study.

17-Jul-2020 8:50 AM EDT
Free Trade Can Prevent Hunger Caused by Future Shifts in Climate Patterns
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

International trade can compensate for regional reductions in agricultural production and reduce hunger when protectionist measures and other barriers to trade are eliminated.

Newswise: Refugee Children Get Better Health, Nutrition via e-Vouchers
Released: 11-Jun-2020 11:05 AM EDT
Refugee Children Get Better Health, Nutrition via e-Vouchers
Cornell University

Electronic food vouchers provided young Rohingya children in Bangladeshi refugee camps with better health and nutrition than direct food assistance, according to new research led by Cornell University, in conjunction with the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Released: 11-Jun-2020 6:05 AM EDT
Food for Thought
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center

Some people must make the difficult decision whether to put food on the table or spend money on other necessities, such as a utility bill or rent. In a recently published paper, Jean McDougall, PhD, and colleagues report the results of a 400-person survey that assesses food insecurity before and after cancer diagnosis

Newswise: $5.7 million to fight global hunger awarded by Mississippi State-based Fish Innovation Lab
Released: 10-Jun-2020 11:05 AM EDT
$5.7 million to fight global hunger awarded by Mississippi State-based Fish Innovation Lab
Mississippi State University

The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Fish at Mississippi State University is awarding $5.7 million in grants to develop innovative approaches for helping solve hunger affecting more than 800 million people worldwide.

Newswise: New federal report by ASU professors highlights how produce ends up in landfills
Released: 6-Mar-2020 12:35 PM EST
New federal report by ASU professors highlights how produce ends up in landfills
Arizona State University (ASU)

Currently, nearly a third of the food produced in the US never makes it to the grocery aisle — creating a huge waste problem. Two Arizona State University professors worked on a new federal report that highlights the reasons for the losses and some potential solutions.

Released: 27-Feb-2020 8:40 AM EST
New systemic approach needed to tackle global challenges
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

Putting systemic thinking at the centre of policymaking will be essential to address global issues in an era of rapid and disruptive change, according to a new joint report by IIASA and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Newswise: Queen’s Research Develop Tool to Tackle Diet Epidemic in India
Released: 23-Jan-2020 6:05 AM EST
Queen’s Research Develop Tool to Tackle Diet Epidemic in India
Queen's University Belfast

New research led by Queen’s University Belfast aims to better understand the link between diet and disease in India.

20-Nov-2019 3:15 PM EST
Natural Toxins in the Global Food Supply Continue to Threaten the Health of Underprivileged Communities
Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)

Naturally occurring chemicals in the global food supply are known to pose a burden on worldwide health. New studies have found that a certain foodborne toxin, in addition to its known health effects,, is also linked to vaccine resistance, and for the first time the global burden of disease from foodborne arsenic, lead, cadmium, and methyl mercury has been quantified.. The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) will present new studies as part of its Global Disease Burden Caused by Foodborne Chemicals and Toxins symposium on Monday, Dec. 9 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. as part of its 2019 Annual Meeting at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. This symposium will provide updates to a 2015 World Health Organization (WHO) publication which analyzed the disease burdens caused by these toxins.

Newswise: An Exercise in Collaboration - What to Do if There was an African Swine Fever Epidemic in the U.S.
Released: 12-Nov-2019 1:50 PM EST
An Exercise in Collaboration - What to Do if There was an African Swine Fever Epidemic in the U.S.
Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

Last year DHS S&T intensified vaccine research efforts in collaboration with USDA by creating an African Swine Fever Task Force, based out of the S&T PIADC in New York state. The Task Force’s primary focus is on developing a vaccine and improving the diagnostics for African swine fever.

Newswise: Global Warming’s Impact on Undernourishment
29-Oct-2019 10:35 AM EDT
Global Warming’s Impact on Undernourishment
PLOS

Global warming may increase undernutrition through the effects of heat exposure on people, according to a new study published this week in PLOS Medicine by Yuming Guo of Monash University, Australia, and colleagues.

Released: 17-Oct-2019 1:15 PM EDT
Crop-Improvement Lab Established with $25M USAID Grant
Cornell University

Cornell University will lead a new global crop improvement research program to advance plant breeding tools, technologies and methods aimed at delivering staple crops that can increase yields, enhance nutrition and show greater resistance to pests and diseases.

Newswise: Fish micronutrients ‘slipping through the hands’ of malnourished people
24-Sep-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Fish micronutrients ‘slipping through the hands’ of malnourished people
University of Washington

Millions of people are suffering from malnutrition despite some of the most nutritious fish species in the world being caught near their homes, according to new research published Sept. 25 in Nature.

13-Sep-2019 8:45 AM EDT
To Address Hunger, Many Countries May Have to Increase Carbon Footprint
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Achieving an adequate, healthy diet in most low- and middle-income countries will require a substantial increase in greenhouse gas emissions and water use due to food production, according to new research from the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future based at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

10-Sep-2019 11:00 AM EDT
How Can We Feed the World Without Overwhelming the Planet?
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

A new study published in nature Sustainability proposes alternative hunger eradication strategies that will not compromise environmental protection.

Newswise: Could Duckweed Feed the World?
Released: 19-Aug-2019 8:00 AM EDT
Could Duckweed Feed the World?
Rutgers University-New Brunswick

Climate change is threatening the world’s food supply and the risk of supply disruptions is expected to grow as temperatures rise, according to a new United Nations report co-authored by Rutgers human ecology professor Pamela McElwee. So, how would we feed everyone if the Earth’s population hits 9.7 billion in 2050 as projected? Duckweed, the world’s fastest-growing plant, which has more protein than soybeans and is a traditional food source for people living in parts of Southeast Asia, could be one of the key solutions, according to Eric Lam, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Plant Biology in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University–New Brunswick.

Newswise: Wheat Expert Calls for Global Unity to Avert Future Hunger Crises
Released: 26-Jul-2019 12:25 PM EDT
Wheat Expert Calls for Global Unity to Avert Future Hunger Crises
Cornell University

A global alliance of countries and research institutions, including Cornell University, committed to sharing plant genetic material, has secured food access for billions of people, but a patchwork of legal restrictions threatens humanity’s ability to feed a growing global population. That jeopardizes decades of hard-won food security gains, according to Ronnie Coffman, international professor of plant breeding and director of International Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Newswise: Leading the advance of global manufacturing
Released: 11-Dec-2018 4:15 PM EST
Leading the advance of global manufacturing
Argonne National Laboratory

Argonne and MIT look to expand how high-performance computing can advance the manufacturing ecosystem.

Released: 8-Nov-2018 3:05 PM EST
Millions in Danger of Food Insecurity Due to Severe Caribbean Droughts
Cornell University

Climate change is impacting the Caribbean, with millions facing increasing food insecurity and decreasing freshwater availability as droughts become more likely across the region, according to new Cornell University research in Geophysical Research Letters.

Newswise: UF/IFAS Earns Record $166 Million for Research to Help Solve Critical Issues
Released: 18-Oct-2018 8:05 AM EDT
UF/IFAS Earns Record $166 Million for Research to Help Solve Critical Issues
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Grant support underwrites programs that include feeding a hungry world, improving nutrition among at-risk populations and ensuring sufficient safe water for a growing global population.

Released: 11-Sep-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Innovative Research Could Result in a Billion More Being Fed
University of Kentucky

Faced with a rapidly increasing global population, an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Kentucky, Clemson University and the University of Idaho is examining ways to overcome a major barrier in improving grain yields.

Newswise: World STEM Students Convene at IMSA to Collaborate on Sustainable Development Goals
Released: 29-Jun-2018 11:30 AM EDT
World STEM Students Convene at IMSA to Collaborate on Sustainable Development Goals
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

International Student Science Fair connects students from around the globe to solve the world’s biggest challenges.

Newswise:Video Embedded making-global-connections-at-the-international-student-science-fair
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Released: 29-Jun-2018 11:25 AM EDT
Making Global Connections at the International Student Science Fair
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

IMSA connects students from across the world to collaborate on making the world a better place

Newswise: IMSA: Developing a Diverse Pipeline of Innovative Leaders for the World
Released: 29-Jun-2018 10:55 AM EDT
IMSA: Developing a Diverse Pipeline of Innovative Leaders for the World
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

A strong and diverse pipeline of innovative leaders is preparing to solve the world’s most complex social problems through STEM education.

Newswise:Video Embedded the-benefits-of-hosting-the-international-student-science-fair
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Released: 28-Jun-2018 11:15 AM EDT
The Benefits of Hosting the International Student Science Fair
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA)

IMSA hosts ISSF to promote global collaboration and cooperation in STEM research

Newswise: Wheat - A Key Crop for Food Security
Released: 26-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
Wheat - A Key Crop for Food Security
International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium

This infographic highlights the importance of wheat for food security

Newswise: High-Protein Corn Also Resistant to Parasitic Weed
Released: 13-Jun-2018 9:00 AM EDT
High-Protein Corn Also Resistant to Parasitic Weed
American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

In sub-Saharan Africa, 20 to 80% of corn yields may be lost because of a semi-parasitic plant, Striga. In areas infested with Striga, farmers may even lose their entire crops. In a new study, researchers from southern Africa identified several varieties of corn resistant or tolerant to Striga. Importantly, these varieties also have improved nutritional content, particularly protein.

Newswise: High Food Insecurity Found in a Sample of Adults on Probation in Rhode Island
6-Jun-2018 12:00 PM EDT
High Food Insecurity Found in a Sample of Adults on Probation in Rhode Island
Tufts University

A new study led by public health researchers at Tufts University School of Medicine reports significant food insecurity for adults on probation in Rhode Island. Nearly three-quarters of the participants experienced food insecurity over a 30-day period, with almost half having very low food security.

Newswise: Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, Other Ambassadors Highlight Indiana University’s “America’s Role in the World” Conference
Released: 27-Mar-2018 3:05 PM EDT
Former US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, Other Ambassadors Highlight Indiana University’s “America’s Role in the World” Conference
Indiana University

On March 28 and 29, former U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power and other foreign policy experts will be available for interviews on topics such as U.S. engagement abroad, democracy across the world, the rise of Asia, global food security, and refugees during Indian University's "America's Role in the World" conference.

Newswise: New Funding Supports Cassava Development in Africa
Released: 15-Feb-2018 3:05 PM EST
New Funding Supports Cassava Development in Africa
Cornell University

Cassava is vital to the food security of millions of Africans who eat some form of the root crop daily. Although cassava breeders are making progress, they face significant challenges in developing disease-resistant varieties that also increase yield and respond to the needs of smallholder farmers and processors.

Newswise: To Address Hunger Effectively, First Check the Weather, Says New Study
21-Nov-2017 12:00 PM EST
To Address Hunger Effectively, First Check the Weather, Says New Study
University of Vermont

Understanding the climate context is important is determining how to best respond to food insecurity, according to a study of nearly 2,000 smallholder farms in Africa and Asia. Rainfall patterns determined whether financial supports or agricultural inputs or practices were the most effective intervention.

Newswise: Penn State Team Wins $7M Award to Enlist Insects as Allies for Food Security
Released: 16-Nov-2017 2:05 PM EST
Penn State Team Wins $7M Award to Enlist Insects as Allies for Food Security
Penn State College of Engineering

A Penn State-led research team is hoping to enlist insects as allies in an effort to make crops more tolerant of environmental stressors, after the crops are already growing in the greenhouse or field.

Newswise: Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
8-Nov-2017 8:55 AM EST
Closing the Rural Health Gap: Media Update from RWJF and Partners on Rural Health Disparities
Newswise

Rural counties continue to rank lowest among counties across the U.S., in terms of health outcomes. A group of national organizations including the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National 4-H Council are leading the way to close the rural health gap.

Newswise: DuPont Pioneer and Danforth Center Collaborate to Apply Cutting-edge Technologies to Improve Crops for Smallholder Farmers
Released: 17-Oct-2017 1:00 PM EDT
DuPont Pioneer and Danforth Center Collaborate to Apply Cutting-edge Technologies to Improve Crops for Smallholder Farmers
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

The Danforth Center is applying CRISPR-Cas technology to staple food crops such as cassava and sorghum to produce planting materials with improved disease resistance, nutritional value and enhanced resilience to biotic stresses.

14-Sep-2017 2:30 PM EDT
Global Food Expert Martin Bloem to Lead the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Martin W. Bloem, MD, PhD, a leading expert in global food and nutrition research and policy, has been named director of the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future (CLF) at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Newswise: Partnering for Poultry: A Public-Private Partnership
Released: 25-Aug-2017 1:05 PM EDT
Partnering for Poultry: A Public-Private Partnership
University of Virginia Darden School of Business

Partnering for Poultry is one of five finalists for the P3 Award, which recognizes leading public-private partnerships that improve communities around the world. This award will be presented at the Concordia Annual Summit by the Darden School of Business’ Institute for Business in Society, Concordia and the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships.

Newswise: A ‘Bionic Leaf’ Could Help Feed the World
20-Mar-2017 8:00 AM EDT
A ‘Bionic Leaf’ Could Help Feed the World
American Chemical Society (ACS)

In the second half of the 20th century, the mass use of fertilizer was part of an agricultural boom called the “green revolution” that was largely credited with averting a global food crisis.


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