While the debate on GMOs rages in food-secure rich countries, one poorer nation has simply been forging ahead. In this "quiet GMO revolution" in Asia, Bangladesh - once thought of as a 'basket case' - is now in the lead, with a Bt brinjal (eggplant) that has dramatically reduced pesticide use and improved the livelihoods of some of the poorest farmers in the world. See the Jakarta Post, Indonesia for more:
The Maldives may look like paradise to tourists, but for people who live there it has become a nightmare. The current president Yameen (who staged a coup in 2012 against the democratically elected Mohamed Nasheed, my former boss) has taken corruption to a scale you can barely imagine - bags of cash taken around by moped to pay off Supreme Court judges, police given instructions to torch independent media, journalists disappearing... All this is revealed in shocking detail in this amazing Al Jazeera investigation - an absolute must-watch:
'Sustainable intensification' is the new agriculture buzzword, or rather buzz-phrase. But what if that's not enough? What if farming needs to be at the centre of a more radical environmental transformation? This is what's proposed in a new paper lead-authored by my scientific hero Johan Rockstrom - about which I've just published this blogpost over at the Cornell Alliance for Science.