"I think there needs to be a solution as soon as possible… Because these companies, they’re preying on the aquifer. And when the aquifer dries up, our future will be uncertain!"

-Dominga Rosario, who owns a patch of land in a neighborhood on the outskirts of Ica.

From The World, January 2012: Peru has become the world’s number one exporter of asparagus to places including Europe and the US. The boom there has pumped a lot of money into the economy, but it’s also pumped out a lot of water.

Peru’s Asparagus Boom Threatening Local Water Table

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It makes no sense from a scientific or agricultural point of view to refer to “GMOs” as if they were all the same. Just as apples are different from oranges, virus resistant cassavas grown in Uganda serve a different purpose and population than hybrid insect resistant corn grown in Kansas.
—   Pamela Ronald of UC Davis and author of “Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food,” in response to “GMO Lunch? Uganda Debates Disease-Resistant Cassava
Study Points to 10 Key Nutrition Interventions that Could Save the Lives of Children
new study in the journal The Lancet outlines 10 key nutrition interventions that could save the lives of almost a million children a year.

These interventions include giving vitamin A and zinc supplements to toddlers, and offering calcium to pregnant women.


Host Marco Werman speaks with the study’s lead author, Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta of the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan.

Cassava is a vital staple in Africa and one of the most climate-resilient crops anywhere. It’s also highly susceptible to viral diseases. In Uganda, scientists are testing a virus-resistant transgenic variety, which they hope to introduce for free. But it has run into a buzz saw of hostility towards genetically modified foods. Can this—or any—GMO succeed in the face of such determined opposition? Should it? http://ow.ly/m00cn 

"What’s for Lunch?" reporter Jon Miller is taking over our Facebook page on Friday to moderate a discussion about the idea of using genetically modified crops in a world affected by climate change. Come to PRI’s The World on Facebook from 12-1pm EDT to join in!

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Climate change is just the latest of many threats to the traditional culture of the pastoralist Maasai people of East Africa. But for many, it’s the one that’s finally forcing them to abandon their old ways, as repeated bouts of extreme weather lead them to give up their cattle.

"Droughts are coming, and climate change, and a lot of cows are dying during the droughts… So it’s making them to look for the other options."

-21 year old Johana Kariankei, from Kenya’s southern Rift Valley

Alt Staple Lunch: Mexicans Push Return of an Ancient Grain

Once as fundamental to Central and South American diets as corn and beans, amaranth virtually disappeared after the Spanish banned it because of its use in Aztec human sacrifice rituals. Now there are efforts to bring it back as a staple in Mexico, for its both superior nutritional qualities and its resistance to the pressures of a changing climate.


Costa Rica has become a laboratory for reducing the climate impact of agriculture since the country announced four years ago that it would become the world’s first carbon-neutral country by 2021. Scientists, small-scale farmers and industrial plantations are all taking part in the effort. Sam Eaton reports in the latest installment in our “What’s for Lunch” series on food and climate change. http://ow.ly/mBeRu