In Case You Missed it: This Week in Review

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This week, Nourishing the Planet received some exciting press coverage. Our piece on the World Food Prize winners was featured in Afrique en Ligne, Angola’s Agencia Angola Press, Russia’s Voz da Russia, Idaho’s Ag Weekly and Iowa’s Wallaces Farmer. And our research on rising global meat production and consumption was featured in TreeHugger, Yale Environment 360, and Kenya’s Coastweek.

Photo credit: Bernard Pollack

Check out our post on Howard G. Buffet ‘s call for a “Brown Revolution” in Africa to help address hunger and poverty in the region at the recent Borlaug Dialogue in Des Moines, Iowa earlier this week. And our Nourishing the Planet TV episode this week discussed how using human waste as a fertilizer can provide a solution to crowded urban areas’ problems of lack of sanitation and food security

Highlights from this past week:

Our indigenous vegetable of the week is the shalakh apricot from the Araret Valley in Armenia. Named after its distinctive pineapple aroma – shalakh means pineapple in Armenian – the fruit is celebrated for its balance of sugar and tartness, and has a juicy and creamy texture. The shalakh tree is well-adapted to the country’s arid climate, has regularly high yields, and provides wood that can be used for furniture and seeds that can be turned into oil or the basis for a liqueur.

And in honor of today being World Food Day, we highlighted some of the events taking place around the globe that are increasing awareness and understanding and encouraging year-round action to alleviate hunger. This year’s World Food Day theme is “Food prices – crisis to stability,” to shed light on how food price volatility is impacting nutrition and what can be done to mitigate its impact on the poor.

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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