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Food shortages could force world into vegetarianism, warn scientists

John Vidal

31st August, 2012

Water scarcity's effect on food production means radical steps will be needed to feed a population expected to reach nine billion by 2050, warns Stockholm International Water Institute more...
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The Ecologist July 1971: Britain’s water shortage

Henry Gass

1st July, 2011

Forty years ago this month F.N. Steele wrote about Britain’s water shortage and about the importance of addressing its causes immediately more...
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Desalination - pros and cons of a typically thorny issue.

Mark Anslow

1st June, 2008

The argument for desalination plants isn't won yet, reports Mark Anslow more...
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The end of food as we know it

Joanna Blythman

1st March, 2008

It’s 2008, and feeding ourselves has never been easier. We take for granted a supply of every agricultural commodity on the planet, 365 days a year. Food is cheap. Never in living memory have we spent less on it as a proportion of our total expenditure. Even our poorest citizens can afford the luxury foods of yesteryear, like salmon and chicken. more...
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Californian farmers abandon crops to sell water

News

28th January, 2008

As water shortages, and water prices, rocket farmers are leaving fields fallow to sell the irrigation water to cities where it is illegal for restaurants to give customers water unless they ask for it. more...
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Water, water, nowhere...

Maggie King

22nd March, 2007

March 22nd in World Water Day, an UN initiative to draw attention to the dreadful conditions in which many millions of the world's citizens draw their water. Maggie King reports more...

Engineering Hunger

Andrew Kimbrell

1st May, 2003

In the penultimate extract from Fatal Harvest’s demolition of agribusiness disinformation, The Ecologist assesses the claim that biotechnology will solve industrial agriculture’s ills. more...
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Food: the scarcity myth

Frances Moore-Lappe

20th March, 2001

Today, while hunger stunts the lives of hundreds of millions of people, grassroots movements in Kenya and Brazil are winning the war on want. Frances Moore Lappé investigates more...

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