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Each day the CBD Secretariat conducts a global Internet search for relevant news stories. The following stories collected over the last seven days relate to agriculture and biodiversity.

17 January 2019

BBC News, 2019-01-17
The first full assessment of risks to the world's coffee plants shows that 60% of 124 known species are on the edge of extinction. More than 100 types of coffee tree grow naturally in forests, including two used for the coffee we drink.
Mongabay (India), 2019-01-17
Brazil’s “Agricultural Miracle” credits industrial agribusiness with pulling the nation out of a recent economic tailspin, and contributing 23.5 percent to GDP in 2017. But that miracle relied on a steeply tilted playing field, with government heavily subsidizing elite entrepreneurs.

16 January 2019, 2019-01-16
Water is becoming a scarce resource in many parts of the world. Water tables have been falling in many regions for decades, particularly in areas with intensive agriculture. Wells are going dry and there are few long-term solutions available —a common stopgap has been to drill deeper wells.
Food Business News, 2019-01-16
The future of food is often defined by cutting-edge technologies like lab-grown meat or blockchain. Mike Lee, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based food product developer and co-founder of Alpha Food Labs, argues for a simpler solution — we need to grow and eat different plants.
Farmers Weekly (UK), 2019-01-16
Arable farming needs to change in order to halt declines in biodiversity and prevent one of the worst mass extinction events in history, a leading US entomologist has warned.

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