New Book: Bread, Wine, Chocolate: The Slow Loss of Foods We Love

Bread, Wine, Chocolate, a book by Simran Sethi

Bread, Wine, Chocolate –part memoir of a journey to six continents in pursuit of delicious and endangered tastes, part investigation of the loss of agricultural biodiversity from soil to plate – tells the story of what we are losing, how we are losing it, and the inspiring and tireless people and places that are bringing back the foods we love.
Simran Sethi writes “The foods I selected – bread, wine, coffee, chocolate and beer – feed me in different ways. One wakes me up, another brings me down; one nourishes my heart, and the other tends to my soul. What ties them together is that they are my constants, woven into the fabric of my life. Through these five foods, and our five senses, we’ll look at stories of loss and interconnection, exploring what is disappearing and why, and learning how we can save agrobiodiversity through various forms of conservation and through the choices we make, with every sip and bite we take.”

IUSS Conference on Soil Functions and Climate Change, Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany , 23-26 September 2015

This International Union of Soil Sciences (IUSS) conference, which is organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015 and the 350th Anniversary of the Christian Albrechts University, will address the broad question: ‘Do we underestimate the consequences of new disequilibria in soil properties?‘. Titled SUSTAIN, the conference aims to increase understanding of […]

Happy 90th Birthday to Geneticist M.S Swaminathan!

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The PAR team joins the rest of the world in celebrating the life of the Indian Father of the Green Revolution! Swaminathan is known as “Indian Father of Green Revolution” for his leadership and success in introducing and further developing high-yielding varieties of wheat in India. He is the founder and chairman of the MS […]

Biodiversity and Human Health: new publication!

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Healthy communities rely on well-functioning ecosystems. They provide clean air, fresh water, medicines and food security. They also limit disease and stabilize the climate. But biodiversity loss is happening at unprecedented rates, impacting human health worldwide, according to a new state of knowledge review published on 4 June by the Convention on Biological Diversity and […]

Farming Matters – Soils for life

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The March 2015 issue of Farming Matters magazine talks about the experiences of farmers who are working successfully, together with others, to improve the health of their soil and their lives. There is an array of stories about how  healthy soils increase farmers’ autonomy and long-term productivity. Read the magazine: Soils for life

Tropentag 2015- Humboldt Universitaet, Berlin – September 17-19, 2015

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The theme for this year is : ‘Management of land use systems for enhanced food security – conflicts, controversies and resolutions’ The deadline for submission of abstract(s) is May 1, 2015. There will be no extension of this submission deadline. The conference language is English and high quality abstracts of original research (250-350 words) are […]