Global Food Supply

6:00am

Fri May 16, 2014
Agriculture

National Geographic's 5 Steps To Feed The World

On the Vulgamore farm near Scott City, Kan., each combine can harvest up to 25 acres of wheat an hour—as well as real-time data on crop yields. Most of the food Americans eat is now produced on such large-scale, mechanized farms, which grow row after row of a single crop, allowing farmers to cover more ground with less labor.
Credit © George Steinmetz / National Geographic

With the world’s population exploding, we’ll have many more mouths to feed in the near future. But agriculture already uses up tons of resources and land. So how can we grow more food and how can we limit its damage to the environment?

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12:48pm

Thu April 24, 2014
National

Vermont Set To Label GMOs, Colorado Might Not Be Far Behind

A 2013 rally against genetically modified foods brought hundreds to the steps of the Colorado capitol.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

6:00am

Thu March 6, 2014
Agriculture

New Rules Seek To Protect Food Supply From Terror Attack

This feedlot in Ordway, Colo. wouldn't be covered under new rules from the FDA meant to limit risk of a terror attack on the food industry. But the rules could spur the agriculture industry to consider their vulnerabilities to attack.
Credit Peggy Lowe / Harvest Public Media

In the wake of Sept. 11, the U.S. government spent years, and billions of dollars, fortifying various industries against possible terrorist attacks. Now, government regulators are turning their attention to our food supply.

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1:50am

Tue March 4, 2014
The Salt

In The New Globalized Diet, Wheat, Soy And Palm Oil Rule

Originally published on Wed March 5, 2014 7:21 am

The world is increasingly relying on a few dozen megacrops, like wheat and potatoes, for survival. Above, a wheat field in Arkansas.
Danny Johnston AP

These days you can fly to far corners of the world and eat pretty much the same food you can get back home. There's pizza in China and sushi in Ethiopia.

A new scientific study shows that something similar is true of the crops that farmers grow. Increasingly, there's a standard global diet, and the human race is depending more and more on a handful of major crops for much of its food.

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1:13pm

Tue December 3, 2013
Agriculture

The Push For GMO Labeling Comes To Colorado

Protesters in Denver rallied this past summer at the state capitol, asking legislators to act on a GMO labeling rule.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

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