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Global Food Security Index a Call to Action

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Five years ago, DuPont commissioned the Economist Intelligence Unit to develop the Global Food Security Index (GFSI). While the Index seeks to answer a simple question – how food secure is a country? – in reality, it presents a clarion call to action for governments, farmers, non-governmental organizations and agricultural companies alike. 

The Index findings send a clear message: ending food insecurity is impossible without strong investments in agricultural research and development, outreach and education, and technology transfer.

David Nabarro: Malnutrition Problem Requires Multi-partner Solutions

by Helen Morgan
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The Nutrilite™ Power of 5 is a global campaign from Amway Corporation that focuses on raising awareness on the issue of childhood malnutrition. Currently the program has launched in 14 countries and serves more than 14,000 children, and is committed to educating the public on the critical issue of malnutrition. A large portion of the campaign’s success is linked to the strength of its NGO partnerships.

Recently, Helen Morgan with Devex sat down with David Nabarro of the U.N. to discuss this vital issue.

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The Nutrilite™ Power of 5 is a global campaign from Amway Corporation that focuses on raising awareness on the issue of childhood malnutrition. Currently the program has launched in 14 countries and serves more than 14,000 children, and is committed to educating the public on the critical issue of malnutrition. A large portion of the campaign’s success is linked to the strength of its NGO partnerships.

Recently, Helen Morgan with Devex sat down with David Nabarro of the U.N. to discuss this vital issue.

2016 Global Food Security Index Released

Food Security Improves in Most Countries, EIU Report Says
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On June 9th, 2016 the Economist Intelligence Unit released its 2016 Global Food Security Index (GFSI).  The GFSI, sponsored by DuPont, is an annual benchmarking index that provides a common framework for understanding the root causes of food insecurity by examining the dynamics of food systems around the world. Through this framework, the GFSI has created a unique country-level food-security measurement tool that addresses the issues of affordability, availability and utilization in 113 countries.

The 2016 GFSI found that:

A New Kind of Climate Change Graphic

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Urgency. Not panic, but a healthy sense of urgency. That’s what we need.

Remember a couple of posts back when I talked about the linkages between food waste and climate change? I wrote in that post that everything we can do to reverse climate change, we should do. I also wrote that I was going to say that a lot more often.

It’s Full Speed Ahead for the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge Accelerator Teams

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Reprinted from Biomimicry Institute Blog

It’s been a busy six months for the 2015 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge finalists. Last October, eight teams from around the world were chosen to be part of the first-ever biomimicry food systems accelerator. After pitching and getting feedback on their design concepts in-person during SXSW Eco in Austin, TX, these intrepid innovators began working furiously to test and prototype their nature-inspired design concepts.

The Land Institute Adds $1,000 Prize to Biomimicry Global Design Challenge

A call for bold ideas for a new agricultural paradigm
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March 9, 2016 /3BL Media/ - The Land Institute has dedicated the past 40 years to researching a new way to grow our food that mimics the fertility and resilience of natural systems like prairies.

Brightening Our Corner

Winter 2016
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Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2016 is Open until May 11th

Resilient Ranch in Texas

Water, food security and land stewardship are just as important as energy independence for this Texas ranch house.
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Family and community are the focus of this ranch, creating a space where the homeowners could age in place surrounded by family, food and the Texas countryside. Nestled on 100 acres in Texas Hill Country, this artist’s compound is a colorful gem of self-sufficient living and connection with nature.

In the past few years, Texas has been plagued with drought and wildfire; the homeowners built this passive solar home in response to the changing landscape. A preliminary Wildfire Defense assessment was incorporated into the building site to minimize risk of loss.

Ecocentricity Blog - November 16, 2015

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Maybe I shouldn’t write this post at all. Honestly, I don’t know. I’m conflicted. For the past couple of days, I have struggled to determine whether or not using this medium to write about the Paris attacks is appropriate. These words seem so insignificant, almost meaningless, compared to the scope of this injustice. I worry that using an environmentally-themed blog to offer sympathy, even genuinely felt sympathy, might cheapen the gravitas of Friday’s tragedy.

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Green Builder Magazine’s Celestia Project Takes Top Editorial Honors in 2015 FOLIO Awards

Winning series highlights a sustainable, joyous life in the year 2100 with plans for Celestia to “come to life” as a built project in 2016.
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The judges have spoken: Green Builder's nine-part series on life in an “Ecotopian” future received one of journalism’s most prestigious awards, winning an Eddie in the national Folio competition, up against top entries from several of the construction industry's biggest publishing companies.

"It really gives you hope that the public is ready for a new direction, a vision that is not dystopian, but positive, constructive and hopeful," says series author Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief of Green Builder magazine.

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