In Case You Missed It: This Week in Review

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This week, we released our Vital Signs Online report on global grain production and use—despite this summer’s extreme drought and other climatic events, grain production is expected to reach a record high of 2.4 billion tons in 2012. Read more about the implications of grain production on the global economy and environment here.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) also released a report about the critical need to conserve biodiversity. According to the IUCN, half of the world’s most important sites for biodiversity still remain unprotected. Read our blog discussing the report here. And read this week’s “What Works” post about seed-saving and the farmers’ groups around the world that are taking biodiversity conservation into their own hands.

We also offer five tips for city growers to overcome the challenges of urban agriculture, including tight space, uneven sunlight, and unhealthy soil. In recent years, cities have become places where anything from rooftop pumpkin patches to herb-crowded windowsills can flourish.

And our Citywatch guest blogger Wayne Roberts analyzes the recent Stanford University study that discounts the nutritional benefits of organic food. Roberts points out that neither organic nor conventional foods necessarily have more nutrients than their counterparts; instead, nutrient levels vary according to when a crop is harvested from the field, how long it is kept in a truck or store, under what conditions it is stored, how it is prepared, and other factors. Read the full Citywatch post here.

Further highlights from the past week:

Support food workers by signing the Real Food Real Jobs Pledge! Whether you’re an activist, advocate, farmer, or foodie, signing the Pledge can help show your support and commitment to working together for real food, real jobs, and real transparency throughout our food chain.

Read our profile of the Oxfam Action Corps, an initiative of Oxfam International. The Corps is working to enact change by educating people about better living habits, as well as lobbying government on issues such as water conservation, food security, aid reform, and workers’ rights.

Take a look at this interesting infographic from The Christensen Fund that evaluates the major differences between agroecology and industrial agriculture. Agriculture contributes roughly one third of global greenhouse gas emissions, and industrial agriculture can also be a tremendous user and polluter of the world’s water resources.

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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