food staples

First Seeds Placed in Arctic Global Seed Vault

Article: First Seeds Placed in Arctic Global Seed Vault

LONGYEARBYEN, Norway, February 26, 2008 (ENS) – The Svalbard Global Seed Vault opened today on a remote island in the Arctic Circle, receiving the first shipments of what will be a collection of 100 million seeds from more than 100 countries. Unique varieties of the African and Asian food staples maize, rice, wheat, cowpea, and…

INSIGHTS: Why Ethanol Production Will Drive World Food Prices Even Higher in 2008

Article: INSIGHTS: Why Ethanol Production Will Drive World Food Prices Even Higher in 2008

By Lester R. Brown WASHINGTON, DC, January 25, 2008 (ENS) – We are witnessing the beginning of one of the great tragedies of history. The United States, in a misguided effort to reduce its oil insecurity by converting grain into fuel for cars, is generating global food insecurity on a scale never seen before. The…