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Thin Lei Win

Farming insects may solve one problem but create others, scientists warn

Jan 14 2019

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Insects have great potential as an alternative source of protein, but further research is urgently needed before mass production begins in order to avoid environment disaster, Swedish researchers warned Monday.

Breakthrough in plant engineering could boost productivity, feed millions more

Jan 03 2019

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The yield of many staple crops could be boosted by 40 percent by a new process that adjusts the way they turn sunlight into energy, potentially feeding hundreds of millions of more people, American researchers said on Thursday.

From obese to starving, nutrition crisis prompts SOS call for new approach

Dec 27 2018

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - With billions of people either starving or obese, poor diets have become a leading cause of disease and death, prompting calls for a new approach in 2019 to how food is produced to stem rising rates of malnutrition.

Farming's tech revolution to have losers as well as winners

Dec 21 2018

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Smart technologies such as robotics could revolutionize farming and even solve a post-Brexit labor shortage, but risk having a negative social impact unless handled properly, researchers said on Friday.

Poor man of Europe lures home wannabe millionaires

Nov 30 2018

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - In a bid to kickstart hope and growth, the poorest country in Europe has found a way to lure home migrant workers and embed a small pocket of entrepreneurship in once communist Moldova. 

Iceland harnesses hot springs to power year-round farming

Nov 29 2018

HUSAVIK, Iceland (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - For half the year, the temperature on Pall Olafsson's remote farm in Iceland often dips below freezing and the sun barely makes an appearance.

'What we're eating is killing us': global nutrition report

Nov 29 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Poor diets are among the top causes of ill health globally, accounting for nearly one in five deaths, according to a study published on Thursday that called on governments and businesses to do more to improve eating habits. 

Governments must step up efforts to meet deadline to end hunger – U.N.

Nov 28 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World governments will need to lift 185,000 people out of hunger each day for the next 12 years in order to meet global goals to end hunger and malnutrition by 2030, a United Nations expert said on Wednesday. 

France is most food sustainable country, U.S. and U.K. faltering - report

Nov 27 2018

BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - France's aggressive measures to tackle food waste, promote healthy lifestyles and adopt eco-farming techniques helped it top a ranking of nations, published on Tuesday, which assesses their food sustainability.

Millions of small Asian farmers miss out on seeds resilient to climate change: study

Nov 12 2018

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Millions of smallholder farmers in South and Southeast Asia are missing out on new, resilient seeds that could improve their yields in the face of climate change, according to an index published on Monday.

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