In many parts of the world, agriculture has been marked by increased productivity. And yet, that alone has not been enough to eradicate hunger globally.
There's also been a backlash against the external environmental impact of conventional agriculture, leading to powerful movements in favor of organic and sustainable farming.
Brittany is famous for its beautiful beaches. But in recent years that reputation has been tainted by green algae. Algae thrive on nitrates used in fertilizers that run off agricultural land and end up in rivers, lakes and coastal waters. Farming is one of Brittany's biggest industries. Experts say a drastic cut in nitrate fertilizer use is needed to combat the plague but farmers are reluctant.
Originally, Dutch authorities insisted their eggs contained harmless levels of the insecticide Fipronil. Now, they're coming clean following tests, saying the eggs could be harmful to human health, forcing farmers to destroy their now-worthless eggs.
Belgium's agriculture minister has accused Dutch authorities of keeping reports of Fipronil use a secret. The allegations come after Belgian officials admitted they knew back in June that eggs had been contaminated.
Aldi has taken further precautionary measures to prevent the sale of eggs tainted by the insecticide fipronil. Millions of contaminated eggs have made it to the market in Germany, according to the Agriculture Ministry.
The Italian government has announced a controversial new decree that requires all pasta and rice packages sold in Italy to be labelled with the country of origin of the product inside. The agriculture ministry says the move to protect Italian farmers should be adopted by the entire EU. But as Megan Williams reports, foreign wheat and rice producers, local millers and pasta producers are worried.
From GMO crops to synthetically produced milk that eliminates animal welfare concerns, bio-hackers are reprogramming nature. Is synthetic biology the exciting scientific frontier that will ensure we can feed the planet? DW spoke to Swedish bio-hacker Hannes Sjoblad.