In Case You Missed It: The Week in Review

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This week we are in Aspen, Colorado participating at the Aspen Environment Forum. Stay tuned for more updates from this event throughout the week!

(Photo credit: Bernard Pollack)

Some highlights from the past week: The Chicago Council on Global AffairsSymposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security took place this week. Check out our coverage of the event and see what speakers, including USAID’s Rajiv Shah, USDA’s Ann Veneman, Bill Gates, and others  had to say about global agricultural development.

This week we highlighted vegetables and fruits that are relatively unknown, but that are helping to reduce hunger and poverty around the globe. These include vegetables, including the dogon shallot and the spider plant, which are delicious, packed with nutrients, and often better adapted to local climate conditions than most staple crops.

This week’s innovation highlights the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), a group working with farmers in South Asia, South America, and West and Central Africa, to promote sustainable cotton cultivation that is less damaging to the health of farmers and the environment. The organization is teaching farmers how to protect themselves from the harmful effects of pesticides by utilizing integrated pest management systems.

To purchase your own copy of State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet, please click HERE. And to watch the one minute book trailer, click HERE.

 

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