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Drought conditions are spreading worldwide, and agriculture will be the first to suffer from freshwater cuts and shortages. At the same time, global food demand is expected to rise by up to 98% by 2050. Thankfully, scientists in one of the world’s driest places may have a solution. The International Center of Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is growing superfoods in the Dubai desert using saltwater.
After testing 1,200 types of quinoa, the team found five that thrived in salty conditions. They also planted Salicornia, a plant native to the southern U.S. that is considered a “desert superhero” because it can be used for food and, potentially, for biofuel. The ICBA team hopes to bring these salty farming methods to Central Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and more.
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer If climate change keeps temperatures rising, staple crops in eight East and Southern African countries could decrease by up to 80% by midcentury. According to a new report by the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), a 2-degree Celsius increase in temperature (which the world is currently on […]
By Natasha Lasky, ODP Staff Writer With drought continuing in the West, and the summer’s historic floods throughout Europe, the world is wondering how climate change will also affect the way we eat. This controversial question was addressed by agriculture experts, NGOs, government officials, and corporate leaders at Peas, Trees, and 1.5 Degrees, a Climate […]
By Ashira Morris, ODP Staff Writer In the lead-up to today’s United Nations Food Systems Summit, young activists spoke about their priorities for the global gathering at yesterday’s Food is the Future event. At the event, youth representatives from worldwide interviewed adult peers in the world of food system work. In an effort to […]
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