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‘Science’ Special Issue On Food Security

March 9, 2010 | By |

A special collection of articles in the February 12th issue of Science (the weekly journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science) examines a wide range of topics on the subject of Food Security.

If you just have two minutes, check out the short promo video “Feeding the Future” on the introductory page of this issue.  If you have 30 minutes, you may be interested in the special audio podcast.

Science has made access to this special section free, though non-subscribers are required to fill out a simple registration.  You may find it useful to complete the basic free registration to AAAS anyway if you’re not already a member, as it gives you full access (hoorah!) to all Science journal articles (after 1997) over one year old.  For those who might not feel like using the registration process, I’ve starred the few titles from this special issue where you can access the article in full, just by clicking on the “Read the Full Text” tab at the end of the summary paragraphs.

If you only have time to skim through one article, I’d suggest the excellent review article Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People.  And if you’re looking for an interesting Dorothy (who is Dorothy?) story in this issue, do check out the news story From One Farmer about Winifred Omoding, a farmer in Olagara, Uganda.

Here’s the listing of articles:

News

From One Farmer, Hope – and Reason for Worry  Gaia Vince
Getting More Drops to the Crops  Gaia Vince
China’s Push to Add by Subtracting Fertilizer  Mara Hvistendahl
*Sowing the Seeds for the Ideal Crop  Elizabeth Pennisi

*Armed and Dangerous  Elizabeth Pennisi
Holding Back a Torrent of Rats  Dennis Normile
Spoiling for a Fight with Mold  Dennis Normile
*Dialing Up Knowledge – and Harvests  Richard Stone
*What It Takes to Make That Meal
Could Less Meat Mean More Food?  Erik Stokstad
For More Protein, Filet of Cricket  Gretchen Vogel

Reviews

* Food Security: The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People  H. C. J. Godfray et al
Breeding Technologies to Increase Crop Production in a Changing World   M. Tester and P. Langridge

Perspectives

Smart Investments in Sustainable Food Production: Revisiting Mixed-Crop-Livestock Systems  M. Herrero et al
Measuring Food Insecurity  C. B. Barrett
Precision Agriculture and Food Security  R. Gebbers and V. I. Adamchuk
African Green Revolution Needn’t Be a Mirage  G. Ejeta
*Radically Rethinking Agriculture for the 21st Century N. V. Fedoroff et al