In Case You Missed it: This Week in Review

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This week, we highlighted  the Just Label It! campaign’s new infographic  which shows that although 92 percent of Americans are in favor of labeling genetically engineered foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has failed to make labeling mandatory. In this post we highlighted Jonathan Bloom’s recent book event, where he discussed the economic and environmental costs of food waste and the efforts consumers and policymakers need to take to reduce waste.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

And in this post, we examined the Union of Concerned Scientists‘ recent findings that Monsanto does not meet the advocacy group’s criteria for sustainability.

Highlight from this past week:

Our indigenous livestock of the week is the Alpaca, a species of South American two-toed herbivore similar to the llama. Alpaca have been domesticated for many centuries in the high Andean Plateau of western South America. And while post-Columbian arrivals in the New World introduced new breeds of livestock, alpaca retained their place in Andean culture and play an important economic role in modern Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Chile.

The 6th World Water Forum, which gathered stakeholders from around the world to discuss local, regional, and global water issues, took place in Marseille, France last week. To commemorate the forum, we published two guest posts authored by the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics‘ Marketing Communication and Multi-media Specialist, Jerome Bossuet. The first post discusses the importance of green water, or rainwater captured by the soil; the second post highlights the Indian village of Kothapally, which has overcome its water-shortage problems to become a green and prosperous place, with healthy crops and high vegetable yields.

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!

To purchase 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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