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NEWS via: Reuters: Asia-Pacific failing to save forests, grassland loss

March 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Asia-Pacific failing to save forests, grassland loss BY STIAN REKLEV ULAN BATOR, March 11 Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:32am EDT (Reuters) – Asia-Pacific nations are failing to halt the loss of natural forests and grasslands, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said on Tuesday, robbing people of their livelihoods and worsening environmental problems like desertification and climate change. Forests and grasslands make up 58 percent of the region’s land mass, but each year 2 million hectares (20,000 square kms) are degraded and rendered useless, Patrick Durst, a FAO senior forestry officer told a food conference in Ulan Bator. Across the Asia-Pacific, 400 million hectares (4 mln sq kms) – an area equal to the combined size of India and Myanmar – are now in bad need of restoration, he said. “We are already seeing strong negative impacts,” Durst told Reuters at the conference. In China and Mongolia, over-grazing and poor land management mean [...]

News via India.com: As the world population increases, eating insects could soon become mainstream

March 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

As the world population increases, eating insects could soon become mainstream Agencies March 9, 2014 at 7:31 pm How would you react if your neighborhood restaurant serves you a menu that only lists cuisines prepared from caterpillars or termites? People would soon have no choice but to consume insects as it would be increasingly difficult to feed the burgeoning world population — close to 8 billion now — in near future, warned the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). A latest FAO report, titled ‘Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security’, lists ‘entomophagy’ — a diet supplemented by insects that has health and environmental benefits. How can these insects satiate your palate in years to come? Mopane caterpillars is one such insect. It is traditionally boiled in salted water and dried in sun before eating. It can last for several months without refrigeration. According to FAO, these are a good source of potassium, sodium, [...]
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