In Case You Missed It: This Week in Review

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As part of our ongoing coverage of the drought that is sweeping the United States, and in hopes of preventing or mitigating future droughts, Nourishing the Planet highlights twelve innovations to combat drought, improve food security, and stabilize food prices. Improved irrigation systems, diversified livestock breeds, and increased research and development can all make agriculture more resilient to natural disasters.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

We also released a Vital Signs Online report, Women Farmers in Agriculture. Women farmers produce more than half of all food worldwide and currently account for 43 percent of the global agricultural labor force, yet few extension or research services are directed at women farmers, according to the report.

We examine the food served at the Olympics in our post, Going for the Gold in Sustainability at the London Olympic Games. More than 14 million meals will be served at over 40 different locations at the Games, and Olympic organizers have acknowledged that feeding athletes and their fans is an enormous task that can have an enormous environmental impact.

And we analyze the most recent figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which suggest that that the frequency of foodborne illness outbreaks have not improved over the past decade. According to the figures, outbreaks of salmonella, vibrio, campylobacter, and listeria have all remained steady or increased in prevalence since 2007.

Further highlights from the past week:

Our Saturday Series interviewee is Rowen Jin, Project Manager in Haiti for World Water Relief (WWR). Jin discusses WWR’s disaster relief efforts in Haiti and the importance of including youth and schools in development projects.

Our Indigenous Vegetable of the Week is Carissa, a shrub or small tree cultivated for its plum-like fruits. Not only is the crop a valuable source for nutrition, it can became a huge source of income for African farmers and has the potential to do well in a global market.

And as part of our Five Series, we highlight five Indigenous livestock breeds you have (probably) never heard of, including Ankole, Red Maasai, and Molo Mushunu.

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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