In Case You Missed it: This Week in Review

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Nourishing the Planet continues to get exciting news coverage. This week, our research on the rising rates of global meat production and consumption was featured in CNN, The Atlantic and The Ecologist, and our two-pronged approach to address the challenges a 7 billion population brings was featured in Diario do Grande ABC.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

This week, we highlighted the recent Global Health Forum  where members of the health and nutrition community, including the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition, came together to discuss the multiple challenges that obesity presents. We also highlighted a recent event where NASA research scientist, Dr. Molly E. Brown discussed the potential for satellite imagery in predicting and preventing droughts and famines around the world.

In this week’s Citywatch post, guest author Wayne Roberts discussed the importance of the Occupy Wall Street movement and similar city movements in promoting public discussions on a wider platform, so that governments are forced to take action. And check out this post to learn about the Institute of Development Studiesresearch on Zimbabwe’s land reform.

Highlights from this past week:

As the global population surpasses 7 billion people sometime around the end of October, addressing the challenges associated with a still-growing world population will require a two-pronged response. The combined measures of empowering women to make their own decisions about childbearing and significantly reducing global consumption of energy and natural resources would move humanity toward, rather than further away, from environmentally sustainable societies that meet human needs.

Our innovation of the week looked at how farmers in Mali are using cell phones to not only find out more market information but also to advertise their products to potential buyers. This access to technology and the ability to advertize their products allows producers to reach a wider customer base, providing a steady and reliable source of income. This extra income helps them feed their families better, send their children to school, and pay for medical costs.

And in this interview, Assistant Executive Director of Ecology Action, Jake Blehm discussed the benefits of biointensive farming, a process which helps prepare the soil for crop production. According to Blehm, “By using biointensive techniques successfully, farmers are able to restore soil sixty times faster than rates found in nature, all while producing two to four times the amount of food as conventional agriculture in a given plot.”

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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