In Case You Missed It: The Week in Review

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Nourishing the Planet spent the week in Washington, D.C., where we continued to meet with researchers, food activists and journalists, to share the innovations featured in State of the World 2011: Innovations that Nourish the Planet. We are also looking out for US/Canadian agricultural innovations to highlight, so send us your suggestions to dnierenberg@worldwatch.org.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

Some highlights from the past week: This week, we interviewed food policy analyst and writer Wayne Roberts who discussed global food policy issues and ways to get people more involved in a local food movement. As a former manager of the Toronto Food Policy Council, Roberts has been heavily involved in national policies addressing food security.

This week’s what works post highlighted the advantages of growing trees on the farm. With their nitrogen fixing properties, trees have the ability to provide important nutrients that can improve the quality of the soil. And, they provide seed pods that can serve as fodder for livestock

In this week’s Nourishing the Planet TV episode, we discuss how improving access to water can increase harvests, incomes, and improve nutrition and the overall quality of life. With the majority of people surviving off agriculture in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, better access to this important resource means better food security.

Now it’s your turn: What were your favorite posts from the week? What do you hope we’ll write about next week? Let us know in the comments!

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