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Daily update⋅July 31, 2015
NEWS
KSL.com

Survey: Utah residents want crops, not homes on prime farm land

A new poll shows that Utah residents resoundingly place high value on locally produced crops and other food, with a significant majority who indicate …
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Chinese potatoes to chip in as water shortages hit staple crops

Beijing has begun this year to promote the potato as more of a staple food, particularly as a substitute foodstuff for grain, an idea that has taken on …
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Reboot Illinois

Locally grown food: a way to produce more food and boost Illinois economy

Cash crops. A wide variety of food products have been produced and marketed through such outlets, including primarily fruits and vegetables, but …
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Business Insider

This painting shows how much humans have changed watermelons

People have selectively bred crops for specific traits since modern agriculture began 10,000 years ago. Food crops are selected for size, taste, and …
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Co.Exist

The Case For Transparent Food Labeling&&And Not Just For Genetically Modified Food

For those who know about the GM controversy, the first crop to come to mind might be something like Monsanto’s Roundup-ready corn, which is …
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Norwood News

Bringing Healthy Food to Norwood

There members of the Norwood/Bedford Food Cooperative Community … He utilizes cutting edge techniques such as growing his crops in food …
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Race to meet EU biofuel targets could put human health at risk

The race to meet carbon-neutral biofuel targets could put human health and food crop production at risk unless it is carefully planned, according to …
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Andhra Pradesh mulls Karnataka model Crops Control Act, says minister

… 1980s and it restricts crop areas of all agricultural crops based on the supply and demand of various food products and commercial crops, he said.
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Food Dive

Inside cutting-edge protein alternatives — algae and insects

Growing algae uses far fewer resources than most traditional food crops. Algae are also vegan, contain no known allergens, and can add dietary fiber, …
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Brookings Institution (blog)

Bioscience will accelerate East-West convergence in the century ahead

Bioscience is enabling major cereal crops such as wheat, rice, and corn to … Even with the powerful tools of food crop bioscience–marker-assisted …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 30, 2015
NEWS
Farmers Advance

Planning can help save vegetable crops from floodwaters

WEST LAFAYETTE, IN — Purdue Extension food safety specialist Scott … The Food and Drug Administration considers all food crops that have come …
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rabble.ca

Good Food Isn’t Cheap, Cheap Food Isn’t Good

Farmers could continue growing crops based on the corporate agenda or … Consumer buying power was imperative to changing the way food was …
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E&T magazine

Too much biofuel crops puts human health at risk

Growing too much biofuel crops too close to human settlements may put human health at risk as well as jeopardise food production, a new study has …
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Ghana Business News

New vegetable lab launched to boost food security

According to the WACCI, food security initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa have largely focused on producing more staple food crops, neglecting …
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Christian Science Monitor

How West Africa is ramping up food security after Ebola outbreak

The FAO is currently partnering with the WFP, governments and other partners to assess crops and food security in the hardest-hit countries.
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Huffington Post

We Are Literally Farming Ourselves Out of Food

Today, respected organizations like Lloyds, the Food and Agriculture … suitable soil, adequate freshwater and a climate that food crops can endure.
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TriValley Central

Arizona Gardeners: Local food production offers benefits

It will also require a good food storage system because not all food crops will grow all through the year, and because the total volume of product …
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To Save Bees, Some States Take Aim At Pesticides

Of the 100 crops that supply about 90 percent of the food for most of the world, 71 are pollinated by bees. Pollination has a direct effect on the quality of …
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KBIA

Excessive rain is causing problems for wheat crops, MU Extension says

… has struck much of the crop, according to Pat Westhoff, director of the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri.
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Nature.com

Policy: Define biomass sustainability

Non-food crops, such as switchgrass (Panicum virgatum), are the main focus, as well as agricultural and forestry residues and waste materials and …
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Crop Biotech Update
July 29, 2015

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences researcher Chuanxin Sun and team from different institutions developed rice plants producing higher yields and lesser greenhouse-gas (GHG) emissions. The results of their study were published in Nature.

The new rice variety was engineered to express a gene from barley, which makes the plant produce lesser methane and yield 43% more grain. According to Dr. Sun, three years of field trials have shown positive results. Highest decrease in methane emission was observed during the summer, reaching 0.3 to 10% less than the control. The GM rice reduced emissions less dramatically in autumn, due to lower temperatures.

Read the news article from MIT Technology Review. For more details, read the research article in Nature.

More than a hundred farmers and agriculture stakeholders from the Cagayan Valley region of the Philippines affirmed their support for Bt eggplant during the Public Dialogue on Bt Eggplant held on July 22, 2015 at the Department of Agriculture’s (DA) Cagayan Valley Regional Experiment Station in Isabela.

The farmers signed a declaration of support for the commercial planting of Bt eggplant, acknowledging that the Bt eggplant project followed the national biosafety regulatory protocols, and that modern biotech and its products in the market have passed international standards, among others. Long-time eggplant farmer from Isabela, Mr. Manuel Espiritu, expressed that he has no doubts on the safety of Bt eggplant and said that he wholeheartedly supports the said technology. He asserted that fruit and shoot borer damage indeed significantly decreases his income.

The public dialogue clarified the issues on the science, safety, and potential benefits of Bt eggplant in the Philippines. ISAAA Senior Program Officer Dr. Rhodora R. Aldemita gave an overview of agri-biotech and its global adoption status. Bt eggplant study leaders from the University of the Philippines Los Baños, Dr. Lourdes Taylo and Mr. Mario Navasero, introduced the Bt eggplant technology. Other topics tackled were an ex ante study on the socioeconomic benefits of Bt eggplant, the food and environmental safety of biotech crops, and the Philippine biosafety regulatory system, and safety assessment of biotech crops.

The activity was organized in response to the farmers’ request to know more about Bt eggplant. It was spearheaded by the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture – Biotechnology Information Center (SEARCA BIC), DA – Regional Field Office 2, Regional Agricultural and Fishery Council 2 (RAFC 2), and Asian Farmers Regional Network (ASFARNET) Region 2.

For more information about Bt eggplant in the Philippines, visit the SEARCA BIC website.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 with a 275-150 vote on July 23, 2015. The following day, the bill was received in the Senate. The Act states that the Food and Drug Administration must allow, but not require, GMO food to be labeled as GMO. Once passed as a law, it will set up a harmonized, science-based, voluntary food labeling standard.

Several organizations involved in agriculture approved the result, including the American Seed Trade Association (ASTA). “The American Seed Trade Association is pleased to be among more than 400 organizations representing all parts of the food chain in applauding the swift consideration and passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by the House of Representatives,” said Andy Lavigne, President and CEO of ASTA. “We are glad to see the House of Representatives recognize that genetic engineering is an important tool for American agriculture,” he added.

Read more information at U.S. Congress website and Seed World.

A special feature on Women in Biotechnology Law and Regulation was published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. as part of their Biotechnology Law Report. This is the first of the series listing the key women with significant contributions in the fields of biotechnology law and regulation.

One of the 23 featured women is Dr. Mahaletchumy Arujanan, Executive Director of the Malaysian Biotechnology Information Center (MABIC). She serves as the editor-in-chief of  MABIC’s The Petri Dish, the first biotech paper in Malaysia, which is also distributed in other countries. According to the Report, Dr. Arujanan deals with all areas of biotechnology to facilitate its growth, particularly in regulations, human capital development, public understanding, bioeconomy, and commercialization. She also organized several dialogues with scientists and religious scholars to ensure that GM food is accepted as halal.

Other women biotechnologists included in the list are Drs. Pamela Ronald and Alison Van Eenennaam of University of California Davis, who have significant contributions in the field of agricultural biotechnology.

Get a copy of the report at Liebert Publisher.

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Daily update⋅July 29, 2015
NEWS
Jakarta Post

Water sources dry up as drought takes hold, threatens food crops

Feeling the pinch: Residents of Kalipaten hamlet in Banyumas, Central Java, collect drinking water provided free of charge by the local Natural …
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Daily Times

‘Horticulture to curb food insecurity’

‘Horticulture to curb food insecurity’ … However, horticultural crops can play a vital role in solving the national micronutrient crisis and in return boosts …
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Farm and Ranch Guide

Researchers working to develop cow peas in northern climates

Cow peas have been and currently are a huge food crop in many parts of the world. “People eat the leaves and they actually make cake out of cow …
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Missouri researchers search for ways to reduce N needs

Farmers are often required to apply nitrogen fertilizers to their crops to … “Further studies may explore a similar relationship in those food crops and …
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Food Dive

FDA issues import alert for cilantro from Puebla, Mexico

Food safety concerns about crops and products imported from other countries are one of the principle points debated in trade pacts, as food safety …
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Huffington Post

Gazette opinion: What’s in your food? An anti-labeling bill by another name

“Zinke votes to strengthen food labeling laws,” U.S. Rep. … Most of the U.S. corn, soybeans, canola and sugar beet crops are grown from GMO seeds, …
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Bloomberg

Farmer’s Prayers Heeded as Indian Monsoon Defies El Nino Danger

The monsoon’s revival from mid-July has boosted rice and soybean crops, curbing food price gains and easing concerns of shortages. India’s central …
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Grist

To make meat greener, make it more efficiently

U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization statistics as presented in One Billion …. or residues (like rice straw), that don’t compete with human food crops.
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agprofessional.com

Funds flow into agriculture as El Niño threatens crops

Funds are flowing back into agricultural commodities for the first time since 2012 as investors look to capitalize on cheap prices, bullish demand and …
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Inhabitat

Bubble Desalination Latest Effort to Boost Crop Growth

… of water produced – which might be enough to grow up to 10 kilograms of food – means the concept may be uneconomical for growing staple crops.
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WEB

Uganda govt. allows families displaced for oil exploration to plant food crops pending relocation

“Those (families) who are not resettled are encouraged to grow food crops and try to live life as normal as possible. Government will not use forceful …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 28, 2015
NEWS
agprofessional.com

Grass plant could lead to healthier food crops and less nitrogen runoff

Fernanda Amaral, coauthor and MU postdoctoral fellow, found that less dependence on nitrogen could start with a simple type of grass and its …
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Capital press

Scientists and the public far apart on safety of GMO food

“GMO crops are not a silver-bullet technology that will solve world food problems single-handedly,” he said. “Nor are they a frightening threat to health …
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Christian Science Monitor

Growing crops inside a sack boosts yields

Sack farming allows people to grow food in places with limited access to good land and with little water. It’s already making a difference in dry regions …
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A food fight in Congress

Oregon’s Jackson County approved a measure banning GMO crops in 2013, … GMOs have had a growing presence in the nation’s food supply for two …
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Daily Record

On four continents, historic droughts wreak havoc

… worst drought in a century, and the U.N. is warning of mass starvation, as many of the areas affected by the dry conditions produce staple food crops.
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The Globe and Mail

Funds flow into agriculture as El Nino threatens crops

Renewed capital inflows have also been driven by a recent shift away from the perception that investing in agriculture leads to a spike in food prices, …
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Bubble desalination latest effort to boost crop growth

… water produced — which might be enough to grow up to 10 kilograms of food — means the concept may be uneconomical for growing staple crops.
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Tour to cultivate green thumbs

Food produced by the garden is donated to the York County Food Bank. York County … The garden grows flowers and crops. Food produced by the …
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AG Week

Buckwheat: Old crop finds new life

It’s new wave of popularity includes everything from pillows to pet food, and its … And like other small-market or “niche” crops, farmers should line up …
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The Hindu

Planning committee to seek incentive for foodgrain growers

In Kerala, with a view to promote food crop cultivation, the State government had started providing Rs. 20,000 as incentive an acre of land as incentive.
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 27, 2015
NEWS

Why everyone who is sure about their food philosophy is wrong – The Washington Post

And they’re wrong for the simple reason that food and philosophy don’t mix. [In defense of corn, the world’s most important food crop]. Here’s why.
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Salon

New transparency for food – Midland Daily News

In my younger years, I never worried about where my food came from or … This has been made possible by new farming methods that allow crops to …
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The Albany Herald

Georgia congressional delegation votes | Albany Herald

#RESERVATIONS AND GMO FOOD CROPS: The House has rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Jared Huffman, D-Calif., to the Safe and …
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11 new food processing projects to boost state’s horticulture sector – The Times of India

DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand’s food processing industry is going to contribute in a … of seed infrastructure of an international grade for horticulture crops.
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VietNamNet Bridge

Rice crops dwindle as a result of climate change – News VietNamNet

Many have often talked about Vietnam becoming a ‘food bowl’ for Asia, but climate change is a major threat to food security and complicates …
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Biotechin.Asia

Experts Say Endocrine-Disrupting Chemicals Exposure Pose Global Health Threat & Costs > €150

… can linings), certain phthalates (various plastic products and cosmetics), and pesticides su
food crops

Daily update⋅July 26, 2015
NEWS
VOA Learning English

Experts: Let Produce Dry Out to Avoid Bacteria

They say gathering the crops at least 24 hours after rainfall increases food safety. They say it also may be enough to protect those eating from fresh …
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Medical Daily

House Passes Anti-GMO Labeling Law – Medical Daily

… any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops, including pre-empting a state law set to take effect next year in Vermont.
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Oryza

TABLE-India’s summer crop sowing up 26 pct y/y so far | Reuters

TABLE-India’s summer crop sowing up 26 pct y/y so far … wilt crops across the country, raising fears of lower yields and surging food prices in a mostly …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 25, 2015
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ANINEWS

Climate change has resulted in decrease of nutritious and quality food crops – The Financial Express

The Amity School of Natural Resources and Sustainable Development (ASNRSD) organized a two-day national workshop on “Climate Change Impact …
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Memphis Business Journal

West Tennessee has a well-established business in crops like cotton, corn, soybeans and sorghum

Farm local, think global. Jul 24, 2015, 5:00am CDT. Industries & Tags: Food, · Agriculture. Share. Order Reprints · Save Article · Print. Share.
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Huffington Post

State Rights, or Big Government and Monsanto Run Amok? House Republicans Will Choose

It requires that only federal law can govern issues surrounding genetically engineered (GE) crops, certain farm practices, seed and food labeling, and …
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Niagara Gazette

GUEST VIEW: Local food is growing business in New York – Niagara Gazette: Opinion

As demand for local food grows, so do the supporting businesses. … They are growing traditional crops and new varieties, organic produce, and …
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Media Matters for America

Soil Association defends Not In Our Bread campaign – British Baker

If the Federation of Bakers knows of any other food crops sprayed with … programme that has highlighted bread as the food in which glyphosate is …
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Bangor Daily News

The yeas and nay: How Maine’s congressional representatives voted this week – Bangor Daily News

RESERVATIONS AND GMO FOOD CROPS: The House has rejected an amendment sponsored by Rep. Jared Huffman, D-California, to the Safe and …
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Salisbury Post

Pollinator garden will bring in bees, birds we need | Salisbury Post

… Tolliver/For Cooperative Extension A clear wing moth feeds on a flower and is one of many insects that aid in pollination of flowers and food crops.
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Thomson Reuters Foundation

Kenyan women boost health and wealth by growing crops in sacks – Thomson Reuters Foundation

“Being in an environment where food was scarce and lacking in nutrition, I had to find an alternative way to survive,” said Kathurima, who is …
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AG Week

Fargo company buys HIllsboro processor | Agweek

Anchor will process pearled barley, peas, flaxseed, chickpeas, oat groats, ancient grains, organics and other specialty crops for food and pet markets.
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Daily update⋅July 24, 2015
NEWS
Devex

Better crops for better nutrition

The Green Revolution’s increased crop yields made it easier for the poor to fill their plates with food staples to keep from going hungry. More calories …
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Over the Garden Fence | Potato had long journey to become staple food crop

This book will help me craft a Penn State course next spring, where we delve into world food crops. We’ll take a trip with the students to Ireland to study …
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Forecast for More Monsoon Rain in India Bolsters Crop Prospects

The area under various monsoon crops are 63 percent higher this year. … A bumper harvest may curb food prices and put pressure “on the Reserve …
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Purdue Exponent

Estimate of Indiana grain damage rises to $500 million; Purdue educator teaches solution for field

With two months of continuous rain, farmers in Indiana are not seeing any relief on their crops, which could take a toll on food prices if weather patterns …
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Chron.com
The Ecologist (blog)

Keep health-damaging weed killer out of our bread!

Spraying weed killer on food crops to kill them so they can be harvested faster – it sounds ridiculous! But it’s happening all across the UK on the wheat …
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International Business Times UK

Climate-change friendly GM rice also produces more grain

Methods to reduce methane emissions from food crops include increasing yields, eliminating rice straw from flooded fields which become fodder for …
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Food delivered to another hail struck area of Papua

… hit 26 villages in Kuyawage, Goa Baliem and West Wano districts of Lanny Jaya earlier this month, frosting over food gardens and ruining crops.
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Daily update⋅July 23, 2015
NEWS
Purdue Agricultural Communications

Genetically Engineered Foods: AQ & A on the Mandatory Labeling

Most, if not all, cultivated food crops have been genetically modified. Data indicate that consumers do not have a good understanding that essentially …
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Get Real About Food

Obama’s order will attempt to work on issues like cloned milk and meat products, gene editing, yet put most procedural focus on food crops that have …
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FreshPlaza

Jamaica: Domestic crops bounce back from major declines

Production of domestic food crops in the first three months of the year in Jamaica have bounced back from major declines in 2014, giving the …
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Columbia Daily Tribune

In defense of corn, our most indispensable crop – Columbia Daily Tribune | Columbia Missouri: Food

There’s a strong case — which I’m going to make — that field corn, used as a grain, is the single most important food crop on the planet. That case is …
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AlterNet

How One Farm Is Growing Food and Biofuels While Helping to Save the Environment

And then there’s the risk of coming under attack if farmers cease growing food for people and start growing biofuel crops for cars. This food versus fuel …
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The Australian

Seed crops in FNQ helping overseas farmers, grow to big business

“It’s about our family wanting to take our food and crops right from the farm direct to the people,” Ms Salvetti says, inspecting their flowering 50 hectares …
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Jefferson Public Radio

Rainy summer takes toll on crops, farmers markets

“We grow so many different things, we’re still able to get food to food … With crops that are flooded out, supply may be tough to come by and may result …
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NPR

Marijuana Growers Hit A Snag: Toxic Pesticides

Attempts to regulate marijuana production often hit another problem, as the plant’s wide range of uses sets it apart from many traditional food crops.
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WEB

Planning can help save vegetable crops from floodwaters

Purdue Extension food safety specialist Scott Monroe points out that crops exposed to floods from waterways cannot be legally sold. (Purdue …
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Crop Biotech Update
July 22, 2015

Two genetically modified (GM) crops have received endorsements to be approved for import in the European Union. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have deemed the herbicide tolerant GM soybean Mon87708 × Mon89788 and the herbicide tolerant GM maize NK603 × T25 safe for food or feed use. In its scientific opinion, EFSA said that both crops are as safe as their non-GM comparators and non-GM conventional maize varieties with respect to potential effects on human and animal health and the environment in the context of its scope.

For more information, read the scientific opinion for GM soybean and GM maize at the EFSA Journal.

USDA Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) released the Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN) Reports on Agricultural Biotechnology for several countries. Here are the highlights of the reports:

  • Czech Republic: The country follows a scientific approach towards agri-biotech. Bt corn is currently planted in the country. Revised legislation removed the requirement for farmers to notify the government about GM crop planting intentions.
  • Indonesia: In 2014, the Indonesian National Biosafety Commission for Genetically Engineered Products was reauthorized and the Biosafety Commission members were reappointed. It is expected that GE sugarcane and corn will be commercialized soon.
  • Malaysia : No GE crops are approved for planting. Research on GE papaya was allowed in 2013 and currently in confined trials.
  • Mozambique: At the end of 2014, the Council of Ministers approved the amendments in the Biosafety Regulations of the country, paving the way for start of research on GE crops.
  • Netherlands: The Dutch government and its agricultural sector use pragmatic approach towards GE products importation. Stringent regulations and threats from biotech critics prevent GM crop trials and commercial cultivation in the country.
  • Serbia: The current “Law on GMOs” strictly bans importation, production, or commercial growing of GM crops. This Law hinders Serbia’s accession to the World Trade Organization.
  • Singapore: No major import barriers to GE products are imposed in Singapore. The Genetic Modification Advisory Committee revised the Biosafety Guidelines Research in 2013 and there have been no changes since.
  • Spain: It is the largest grower of Bt corn in EU Member states and has followed the science-based approach to agri-biotech. The poultry and livestock industries have high demand for feed, driving Spain’s open approach to planting and importation of GM crops.

Download the reports from USDA FAS.

Why is there show adoption of GM crops in Africa? Dr. Jennifer Thomson, Professor of Molecular Biology  from the University of Cape Town in South Africa provide reasons in an article published on The Conservation.

According to Dr. Thomson, South Africa have been planting GM crops since 2000. They are currently growing GM maize, soybean, and cotton. Burkina Faso started planting Bt cotton in 2007. Of the 648,000 hectares planted in Burkina Faso in 2014, more than half or 73% were GM. Sudan started planting Bt cotton in 2012, being the latest biotech country in Africa. No other country in the continent has adopted GM crops since then. Dr. Thomson explains that the main reasons for such condition are political and economic. She said that the negative attitude towards GM in Europe have influenced African politicians. Many African countries are also afraid that adopting GM crops would affect trade with other countries, especially in Europe where a number of countries have banned the importation of GM products.

Read the complete article from The Conversation.

The USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) released the draft environment assessment (EA) and preliminary plant pest risk assessment (PPRA) of genetically engineered corn (MON 87403) developed by Monsanto. The documents are available for public comment and review from July 21 to August 20, 2015, as a response to the developer’s petition to deregulate the GE corn.

The GE corn under review was developed to have increased ear biomass at the early reproductive stage compared to conventional corn varieties. A gene (AtHB17) from Arabidopsis was inserted to corn through Agrobacterium-mediated transformation to confer desired trait. Multiple years of field testing exhibited that the GE corn produced more yield than the control at majority of locations tested.

The EA, PPRA, and Federal Register Notice are available at the USDA APHIS website.

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Daily update⋅July 22, 2015
NEWS
Farm Industry News (subscription)

Researchers work toward less reliance on nitrogen in crop production | Crop Protection content

Farmers often are required to apply nitrogen fertilizers to their crops to … Further studies may explore a similar relationship in those food crops and …
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DAWN.com

Higher production cost, lower crop prices

If farmers keep losing money even on cash crops, their investment on food crop would naturally plummet, threatening the country’s food security.
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Moneycontrol.com

Kharif crop output likely to be better than last year: Report | Business Standard News

Kharif grains represent 49.6 per cent of the total food grain output in the country and the sowing of this crop was 63 per cent higher by mid-July this …
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Sudan Tribune

Eastern Equatoria state official warns of looming hunger

“The first phase of harvest has gone without food crop yields. In greater Kapoeta, the area is completely dry as if we are in dry season,” he said.
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A Real and Ready Solution for Climate Change – Counterpunch

Using organic farming practices like cover crops, residue mulching, … all food crops studied including corn, wheat, rice, soybean and sunflower.”.
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When El Nino returns – The Nation

… the El Nino weather phenomenon is again rearing its ugly head across Asia Pacific, raising fears of significant crop losses, increased food prices …
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WEB

Managing Potential Diseases in Organic Seed Crops

This webinar is hosted by The Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security. Following the 2014 webinar “Keeping Seed Crops Healthy”, this …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 21, 2015
NEWS
The Indian Express

From the lab: Helping seeds of superfoods chia and quinoa take root in India for nutrition security

The most important was the desire to introduce and popularise food crops that are high on nutrition. Countries generally grow crops for meeting food …
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Moneycontrol.com
Jamaica Observer

Gov’t reports rebound in agriculture

PRODUCTION of domestic food crops in the first three months of the year have bounced back from major declines in 2014, giving government signs of …
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Plattsburgh Press Republican

The past, present and urgent future of plant breeding

Almost all food has been genetically modified through selective breeding or … Now that the genetic codes for food crops are known, scientists can …
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TakePart

How One Farm Is Growing Food and Biofuels While Helping Save the Environment | TakePart

A new study shows that growing biofuel crops on marginal farmland is a triple win for food production, wildlife and climate change. Corn and willow, a …
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The Tico Times

5 health-boosting ways to improve your garden’s soil Home Gardening

Food crops that are nutritionally inferior and laced with chemical residues. A growing number of concerned farmers and gardeners are changing the …
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FG Insight

Soil Association calls for clamp down in use of maize for renewable energy

Part of the association’s national soils campaign, the report claims the crop could threaten the future of farming and food security in the UK.
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Stuff.co.nz

All eyes on bumblebees as bee peril deepens

“We breed bees for people who grow different horticultural crops and we can … play an increasingly important role in the wild pollination of food crops.
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Daily update⋅July 20, 2015
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Topeka Capital Journal

KU, K-State bring local food to campuses

Kopsa is among the faculty, staff and students who signed up earlier this year for Crops to Campus, a partnership between KU and Common Harvest …
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Is organic food that you eat free of synthetic pesticides & chemical fertilisers?

One of the most vocal proponents for domestic certification of organic food is Crop Care Federation of India, an association representing pesticide …
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Morrow County Sentinel

Agriculture briefs – July 18

How to deal with vegetable crop diseases is the focus of Vegetable Crops … of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences at The …
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Moneycontrol.com

India staring at another drought, high food inflation yr?

“At this point of time after mid-July the propensity for growers to continue to plant their traditional crops very sharply declines. Therefore, even if it were …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 19, 2015
NEWS
Hindu Business Line

Mahyco optimistic on GM food crops

Field trials have been approved for food crops besides other cotton varieties. Also, Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his speech at the launch of …
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TakePart

The Decline in Bees Will Cause a Decline in Healthy Food

It’s the near future, and the world’s bees, butterflies, bats, birds, and other species of animals that help pollinate more than a third of food crops have …
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Uncommon Wisdom Daily

The Great Organic Food Debate

Plus, I feel better knowing I’m ingesting food that’s got less of what I don’t … By reducing waste and prioritizing crops as food, organic could feed the …
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CSRwire.com (press release)

Mars Wants Industry, Government and Charity Sector “to Work Together to Address Global Threat

As a global food business, we have the tools, expertise and commitment to … Aflatoxins contaminate 25%1 of world food crops, exposing billions2 of …
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Duluth News Tribune

‘A LAND LAB’: UMD garden engages students and faculty to grow food for the university’s dining

Kevin Moris grew up in rural Pine County around cattle and row crops. … Moris directs students to projects around the farm that grow food for the …
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Federal bill will hurt family farmers and consumers

The so-called “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (H.R. 1599), … a range of local laws aimed at protecting farmers and communities from GE crops.
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Agriland

Two GM crops get the green light to be imported into Europe

Two genetically modified (GM) crops have received the green light for import into the EU from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
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UCSC’s specialty crops project will benefit emerging farmers and home gardeners

Documenting the growing of cut flowers and other speciality crops at … are part of a specialty crops grant from the California Department of Food and …
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Inadequate Rainfall In EES To Affect Food Production

With a grim prospect of sufficient food production, the State is now facing … Kapoeta, Budi, Lafon, Imehejek may suffer from shortage of food crops.
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Growing For The Poor And The Hungry

A small farm where volunteers raise healthy organic food for those who … The first year of crops, 6,000 pounds of produce were donated to the food …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 18, 2015
NEWS

Scientists find new research models to study food crops – MarshfieldMail.com: News

Farmers often are required to apply nitrogen fertilizers to their crops to maintain quality and improve yields. Worldwide, farmers used more than 100 …
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NDTV

Dry Spell Wilts Crops, Stokes Food Inflation Concerns – NDTVProfit.com

Sarve: Farmers in India run the risk of planting too much, too fast in the current monsoon season as an unexpected dry spell starts to wilt crops across …
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Dry spell wilts crops, stokes food inflation concerns

Farmers in India run the risk of planting too much, too fast in the current monsoon season as an unexpected dry spell starts to wilt crops across the …
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Deccan Chronicle

Dry spell wilts crops, stokes food inflation concerns | The Asian Age

Mumbai: Farmers in India run the risk of planting too much, too fast in the current monsoon season as an unexpected dry spell starts to wilt crops …
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LubbockOnline.com

Muleshoe dairy finds rooty new food choice | Lubbock Online | Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

That traditional grain crop, though, demands roughly twice the water as its new … When cows eat starchy food such as corn, they convert it to sugar.
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Advocates: Local food could help Kansas rural areas, budget – Washington Times

That would drop if the tax rate for food falls as planned in the future. … would need new equipment and have to know they could sell their crops quickly.
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Coast church raises spirits and crops – WLOX.com – The News for South Mississippi

“What our hope is, that we’ll get more participation in the community that will come out and actually own this garden, and the food goes to anyone who …
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Daily Mail

3 photosynthesis hacks to feed the planet – Futurity

And as the harvest index approaches its theoretical limit, gains in crop … the ultimate source of all food, unless you’re a chemosynthesizing bacterium.
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FoodNavigator.com

Climate change – food industry innovation fights drought – Food Navigator

Related tags: Water crisis, Drought-resistant crops, Prickly pears, Water … The water crisis affecting the food industry is set to get worse – but food …
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UCSC’s specialty crops project will benefit emerging farmers and home gardeners

The cut flowers are part of a specialty crops grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The $283,000, three-year grant, titled …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 17, 2015
NEWS
The Sun Daily

Dry spell wilts Indian crops, stokes food inflation concerns

Poor output of summer crops would further lift food prices, restricting the central bank from cutting lending rates, crucial to boosting Asia’s third-biggest …
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Justmeans (blog)

SolutionLab Creates “Light Bulb” Moments Around Food

Some of them, along with many U.S. consumers, think simply that farmers plant seeds, crops grow and the food from these crops ends up in the …
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Genetic Literacy Project

Andrew Kimbrell vs Nina Fedoroff: Should GMO foods be labeled? | Genetic Literacy Project

Andrew Kimbrell, the executive director of the Center for Food Safety, … Genetically engineering crops involves trial and error, mostly resulting in …
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Wisconsin Rapids Tribune

Amish farmer reports possible poisoning of well, crops

An Amish farmer first noticed something was wrong when some of the crops began dying in his garden, Becker said. When he began harvesting food, …
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Telegraph.co.uk

Genetically engineered moths could be released in Britain to save crops

Diamondback moth caterpillars can devastate crops. Prof Joe Perry, Chair of the European Food Safety Authority GMO panel which decides on …
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Huffington Post

The True Cost of Cheap Food | Laura Turner Seydel – Huffington Post

Understandably, for decades the focus has been on how to increase crop yield more efficiently and cheaper. At first glance, this seems intuitive. And in …
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Journal and Courier

Wettest June pressures crops, livestock

MUNCIE At least a fourth of the state’s corn and soybean crops are in … Hurt says consumer food prices will not increase noticeably because of the …
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Statesman Journal
Grist

Slate: Anti-GMO activists say the darnedest things

For instance: The toxin produced by the bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis is great when it’s sprayed on crops, but suspicious when engineered to be …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 16, 2015
NEWS
FG Insight

Industry-wide approach needed to ensure future of UK food production

Chief executive of the Crop Protection Association, Nick Von Westenholz, added food crops competed with 10,000 species of plant-eating insects, …
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VOA Learning English

UN: Drought Affected North Korea Cuts Food Rations

In her words, “spring crops are vital for food security, being an important food source for the lean season, which stretches from May to September.”.
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Treehugger

Wildfire smoke from Canada shouldn’t cause significant crop damage

GRAND FORKS — Growing crops need sunlight and heat — and smoke … Conditions were so severe that some farmers lost their crops, with food …
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Science World Report

Seawater Greenhouses: Structures Help Crops Survive In Harsh Desert Conditions

Researchers estimate that by 2050, global agricultural output will need to be increased by 60 percent on current levels to meet demands for food, …
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Crop Biotech Update
July 15, 2015
This year’s World Food Prize goes to Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and head of the Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee (BRAC). Sir Fazle was awarded by the WFP Foundation with US$250,000 and honored his excellent achievements through BRAC, which is known as the most effective anti-poverty organization in the world. BRAC’s headquarters is in Bangladesh, but it also operates programs in 10 other countries around the globe.  BRAC has engaged women in science, technology, engineering, agriculture, and math, benefitting local and global communities, and providing opportunities for about 150 million people worldwide. Thus, Sir Fazle and  BRAC’s efforts have enhanced food security and led people out of poverty through dynamic and effective development programs.
“Being selected to receive the 2015 World Food Prize is a great honor. I consider this award recognition of the work of BRAC, which I have had the privilege to lead over the last 43 years. The real heroes in our story are the poor themselves and, in particular, women struggling with poverty. In situations of extreme poverty, it is usually the women in the family who have to make do with scarce resources. When we saw this at BRAC, we realized that women needed to be the agents of change in our development effort. Only by putting the poorest, and women in particular, in charge of their own destinies, will absolute poverty and deprivation be removed from the face of the earth,” said Sir Fazle upon receiving his award at the ceremony presided over by U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Tom Vilsack.
Sir Fazle’s award was announced shortly after the United Nations reported that Bangladesh has successfully achieved the Millennium Development Goal to decrease hunger by half in 2015.
Read the news release from the World Food Prize Foundation for more details.

Scientists at Rothamsted Research have announced the first year results of the field-scale trial of Camelina oilseed plants genetically engineered (GE) to make omega-3 fish oils in their seeds. The new data demonstrate an important proof of concept that a plant can be engineered to synthesize beneficial fatty acids in seeds, providing hope for sustainable land-based sources of omega-3 fish oils, and decreasing pressure from the oceans.

Rothamsted scientists have successfully engineered Camelina sativa plants to produce non-native EPA and DHA, by introducing genes based on the DNA sequences found in photosynthetic marine organisms. Although previous experiments showed positive indications for the performance of this trait, the trial demonstrated its stability and the ability of the GM Camelina plants to synthesize useful quantities of fish oils without any negative effects on yield. The GM plants grown in the field did not show any phenotypic differences in the growth, flowering or seed-set when compared to the non-GM control plants.

For more information about the trials, read the news release at the Rothamsted Research website, or download the paper published in the journal Metabolic Engineering Communications.

A genetically modified soybean is on its way to being the world’s first soybean with a stress tolerance trait. Bioceres S.A., Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., and Tropical Melhoramento e Genética Ltda., have agreed to develop new soybean varieties based on the HB4 stress tolerance trait. HB4 enables plants to adapt to multiple environmental stresses and achieve higher yields. It was developed by Verdeca LLC, a joint venture between Bioceres and Arcadia.

The HB4 stress tolerance trait has undergone extensive field-testing in soybeans, including six seasons of multi-location field trials in Argentina and the United States, and two years of regulatory field trials. The results of these trials have shown that the HB4 trait provides up to 14 percent greater yield under multiple stress conditions, including drought.

In April of this year, Argentinian authorities granted regulatory approval to the HB4 stress tolerance trait in soybeans. It was the first approval for HB4 and the world’s first regulatory approval of an abiotic stress tolerance trait in soybeans.

For more information, read the news release at the Arcadia Biosciences website.

Confined field trials of Bt cotton in Northern Ghana show positive results, according to scientist Dr. Emmanuel Chamba from the Yam and Cotton Breeding Program of the Savanna Agricultural Research Institute (SARI).
The Bt cotton field trials were conducted at six locations in three northern regions of Ghana. Bt cotton plants were grown alongside non-Bt cotton plants. The non-Bt cotton plants were sprayed with insecticide six times, while the Bt cotton plants were sprayed only twice. With the positive results, these indicate that Bt cotton could help farmers decrease their insecticide use, and incur costs, time, and labor savings. Furthermore, farmers will be less exposed to toxic chemicals, reducing risks to their health and to the environment.
“The farmers are eager for the seeds to plant because of the high yields and the cost-effectiveness involved, but ours is to do the investigations and present the findings to the National Biosafety Authority for advice on the way forward,” Dr. Chamba said. Although the confined field trials showed positive results, necessary procedures are still needed to accomplish before Bt cotton will be commercialized in the country.
Read the original article from Biosciences for Farming in Africa.
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 15, 2015
NEWS

In defense of corn, the world’s most important food crop

There’s a strong case (which I’m going to make) that field corn, used as a grain, is the single most important food crop on the planet. That case is …
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Wall Street Journal

Should Companies Be Required to Label Genetically Modified Foods?

Virtually all commercialized genetically engineered food crops have novel bacterial, viral and/or other DNA never before seen in foods, often creating …
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Wall Street Journal

Can Organic Food Feed the World?

While still a tiny portion of food production overall, organic products have … By reducing waste and prioritizing crops as food, organic could feed the …
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Capital press

Researcher seeks new markets for crops

New uses for quinoa, a popular gluten-free crop. … The lab indirectly helps farmers by creating more markets for their crops, … “We have confidence, from Dr. Ganjyal, that our products will remain safe food products,” she said.
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The News

Why Genetically Modified Crops Have Been Slow to Take Hold in Africa

The crop being tested is genetically modified (GM) insect-resistant cowpea, an important, high-protein, drought-tolerant food legume grown widely in …
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Columbus Dispatch

Sustainable gardens displayed as benefit for wildlife, crops

She was impressed by how much storm water his property absorbs, the amount of food it generates and the habitat it provides for butterflies, bees and …
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Wall Street Journal

Should Washington End Agriculture Subsidies?

The problem with subsidized crop insurance is that it allows farmers to … As a land-rich nation, the U.S. is a net exporter of crops and food products …
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Treehugger

The death of bees, in a nutshell: 6-minute video explores colony collapse disorder

… food system, as they are responsible for the fertility of large numbers of our food crops, and without which our food choices would rapidly dwindle.
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WANE

Floodwaters drowning out Indiana crops

Floodwaters are devastating many crops in northeast Indiana. … He thinks if the crops continue along the same path this year, food prices could rise by …
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Manufacturing.net

Canada Could OK Low Levels Of GMOs In Food Imports

According to a report in Just-Food, however, the agency is considering … Canadian officials expect the number of GMO crops to increase worldwide …
food crops

Daily update⋅July 13, 2015
NEWS
East Grinstead Courier & Observer

FROM OUR ARCHIVES: Anger and fear at GM crops

GENETICALLY modified food was a controversial issue back in 2003, and there was standing room only in Forest Row Village Hall in July of that year …
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U-T San Diego

Agriculture takes root at Carlsbad’s North Forty

“We’re moving from just flowers to food crops,” said Chris Calkins, CEO of Carltas, the company that owns the Carlsbad Ranch property between …
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Forbes

A GMO Food We Can All Love: Age-Defying Celery

Among them: genetically engineered crops promote biodiversity and … farming – agreed the demand for more natural, sustainable food products is …
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Morris Daily Herald

Grundy County-area farmers debate GMO benefits

The debate about GMO crops and labeling has picked up in the past two years after the Food and Drug Administration said GMO crops, which have …
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Allsup: Iron chlorosis could be behind yellowing leaves

Some food crops like apple, blackberry, blueberry, cherry, grape, pear, plum and strawberry can show symptoms of iron chlorosis. Iron is integral in the …
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Farmers threaten to launch protest drive

With cash crops turning into a loss-making effort, the food crops are bound to suffer and generate bigger social crisis in the country by threatening food …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 12, 2015
NEWS
BlackburnNews.com

Favorable Worldwide Conditions For Cereal Crops

According to the latest release of the agency’s monthly Food Price Index and the new edition of the quarterly Crop Prospects and Food Situation report …
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just-food.com (subscription)

Canada mulls changes to GMO import requirements

Food containing GMOs is only allowed into Canada if it has been assessed … agricultural productivity and make other useful improvements to crops.
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Times Gazette

Plummeting Bumblebee Territory Might Lead To Food Shortage In North America

The decline in this ecosystem service of pollination could cause lower crop harvests and increasing food prices, Leif Richardson, biologist from …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 11, 2015
NEWS
Mother Earth News

Late Summer and Fall Intercropping of Cover Crops in Vegetable Crops, aka Undersowing

The principles of intercropping can apply here too. Instead of tilling up the soil after the last food crop, in some cases you can sow your cover crop …
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Alberta Express

Ready to launch: Why pulses are the future of food »

Next year, 2016, is the United Nations’ International Year of Pulses (IYoP) and there is a fistful of good reasons why these crops could become the …
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UN News Centre

Forecasting positive 2015 world crop prospects, UN agency warns of food insecurity ‘hotspots’

9 July 2015 – Favorable worldwide conditions for cereal crops will lead to better-than-expected production this growing season at the global level, …
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International Policy Digest

China, Africa and Food Security

Some of the statistics used refer to agriculture generally and do not distinguish between food crops and cash crops such as cotton, sisal, and tobacco.
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The Economist

Something fishy

But the new crop should be cheap and can plausibly brand itself as … unfortunately for the animal at the end of this particular food chain (ie, Homo …
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Voice of America

UN: Drought-hit North Korea Cuts Food Distribution

“Spring crops are vital for food security, being an important food source for the lean season, which stretches from May to September,” said Coslet.
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AOL News

Heavy Rains Across Midwest, Eastern US May Cause Surge in Food Prices Later This Year

“Fieldwork at Last” read the headline in the July 6 edition of the Ohio Crop Weather bulletin issued by the National Agricultural Statistics Service …
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16 Idaho specialty crop projects share $1.7 million in funding

The Idaho Preferred program will receive $198,000 to promote all Idaho specialty crops through advertising and retail and food-service promotions.
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India’s Food Inflation Likely To Decelerate: Morgan Stanley

Keep in mind that with nearly 54% of the crop area dependent on rains, monsoons still influence growth in agriculture in India. The following table sets …
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Los Angeles Times
food crops

Daily update⋅July 10, 2015
NEWS
R & D Magazine

Integrating biofuels and food crops on farms

Image: Patty Campbell We ask a lot of the land: feed the world with crops, power the world with bioenergy, retain nutrients so they don’t pollute our …
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The Hindu

Mallapur to be seed bank for indigenous crops

They had sown about 24 native varieties of food grains and food crops during the last two years and harvested enough to discontinue purchase of …
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UN News Centre

Use of inferior crop seeds lowers food output

CONTINUAL use of unimproved and inferior quality seeds by most Tanzanians is seemingly plaguing the country’s production of food and cash crops.
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Farm Futures

Researchers integrate biofuels, food on farms

For example, planting bioenergy crops like willows or switchgrass in rows where commodity crops are challenged – that provides an energy feedstock …
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The Guardian

Farm-grown fish oil a step closer following GM crop trial

The first GM oilseed crop harvest at Rothamsted Research that could … It is primarily aimed at finding a plant-based sustainable food source for …
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The Chattanoogan

Rains Drestoy Many Acres Of Cropland In Tennessee

Despite the monetary losses and the lost efforts of TWRA employees, crops … WMA provides open waters and naturally occurring cover and food.
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Bangkok Post

UN sees smaller rice harvest as El Nino parches crops

Milled output will reach 499.3 million tonnes this year, compared with 499.9 million tonnes forecast in April, the UN’s Food & Agriculture Organization …
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Lusaka Times

Stakeholders Say GMOs Not Lasting Food Security Solution

AGRICULTURAL experts and stakeholders are against genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in crop production, arguing that the technology is not a …
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The Epoch Times

Land: Is It Still Our Common Ground?

These new and ruthless players are financial speculators stalking shrinking farmland, that they would then replace food farm crops with high-profit …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 9, 2015
NEWS

Permaculture: Growing Prosperity

Because Malawi has a 12-month growing season, access to water, and a large genetic base of local food crops, the incorporation of permaculture has …
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Crop Biotech Update
July 8, 2015

With the increasing number of genetically modified (GM) crops, approval of these technologies may vary depending on the needs, demand, and trade interest. ISAAA established the GM Approval Database to document approvals of biotech crops. Based on the approval documents, ISAAA conducted a study on the trends and factors that affect GM approvals in the last 23 years (1992-2014). The study also provides the rationale for factors affecting approvals, and their implications in GM crop adoption. The results of the study are published in GM Crops and Food.

In the second decade of commercialization (2004-2014), there was a significant increase in the number of approvals for food, feed, and cultivation compared to the first decade (1992-2003). The increase in approvals could have been the effect of countries developing their regulatory framework in the first decade and taking effect in the latter decade. Other international incidents, including the 2012 US drought, were also inferred to have been factors that directly of indirectly affected the global GM approvals.

These findings may provide better understanding and acceptance of GM crops as well as the desire of countries to enhance regulatory capability to be able to benefit from GM crops. The paper provided information on the trends in the growth of the GM crop industry in the last 23 years, which may be vital in predicting future GM crops.

This research paper is authored by Dr. Rhodora R. Aldemita, Ian Mari Reaño, Dr. Renando Solis and Dr. Randy Hautea.

For more information on the study, read the full article published online as an accepted manuscript before final Version of Record in GM Crops & Food.

The Agricultural Outlook 2015-2024 report was released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The report contains an annual assessment of prospects for the coming decade of national, regional, and global agricultural commodity markets.

According to the report, prices of crops and livestock products have varying trends in 2014. For the crops, two years of high production placed pressure on the prices of cereals and oilseeds. This year, further changes are expected, before the medium term factors affecting supply and demand take hold.

The report also includes a special feature for Brazil, where continued increase in production is evident and supports rapidly growing exports. These developments could also help decrease poverty, especially in rural areas. To date, Brazil is one of the world’s ten largest economies and the second largest global supplier of food and agricultural products.

Read the report at the OECD-FAO Agricultural Outlook website.

India‘s Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi calls for a second Green Revolution, saying it should start immediately as Indian agriculture has been lagging in several areas including inputs, irrigation, value addition and market linkages. The Prime Minister said his government is committed to modernizing the sector and making it more productive. He also emphasized the need in using the scientific method for farming to increase productivity.

During an event at the Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) at Jharkhand, Mr. Modi said, “Unless we prepare a balanced and comprehensive integrated plan, we will not be able to change the lives of farmers.” The scientists and experts feel that technology and improvement in infrastructure are key to higher agricultural production.

In an exclusive interview with the Press Trust of India (PTI) the experts quoted, “Conventional cultivation will not be able to meet the food demand of our growing population. Shrinking land, declining water level, and environmental problems can only be addressed through technological intervention. This is where biotechnology, genetically modified (GM) crops and marker assisted breeding technology will help,” said Dr. G Padmanaban of Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore. Dr. K C Bansal, Director of the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) said the ‘second green revolution’ is essentially required to meet the growing demand of people both due to increase in population and income levels. “With the advent of modern tools of biotechnology, it has become possible to address those challenges of agriculture like climate change, control of pests or malnutrition, which have been difficult to be overcome by conventional plant breeding methods.”

More details are available at the ICAR website and in The Economic Times article.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has ordered a review of the Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology. The Framework, issued in 1986 and updated in 1992, outlined a comprehensive Federal regulatory policy for ensuring the safety of biotechnology products.

In a White House blog post co-written by John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, it states that while the current regulatory system for biotechnology products effectively protects health and the environment, advances in science and technology since 1992 have been altering the product landscape. The complexity of the array of regulations and guidance documents developed by the three Federal agencies with jurisdiction over biotechnology products can make it difficult for the public to understand how the safety of biotechnology products is evaluated, the blog post said.

The review aims to ensure public confidence in the regulatory system and improve transparency, predictability, coordination, and, ultimately, the efficiency of the biotechnology regulatory system. As part of the review, the Administration will hold three public engagement sessions over the year in different regions of the country, with the first listening session to be held in Washington, DC in the fall of 2015. The update to the Coordinated Framework will undergo public notice and comment before it is finalized.

For more information and details, read the White House blog post.

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food crops

Daily update⋅July 8, 2015
NEWS
Phys.Org

Scientists study ways to integrate biofuels and food crops on farms

We ask a lot of the land: feed the world with crops, power the world with bioenergy, retain nutrients so they don’t pollute our water and air. To help …
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Huffington Post

Can gene editing provide a solution to global hunger?

Gene editing crops to be more productive, nutritious or hardy could help, but …. More gene editing in food crops makes sense, but only with prudent …
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Voice of America

Listeria Risk Found in Harvesting Damp Produce

Food poisoning with the pathogen Listeria monocytogenes can cause a … or irrigation before harvesting crops so a field has enough time to dry out.
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The Guardian

Winds of climate change blast farmers’ hopes of sustaining a livelihood in Burkina Faso

In Burkina Faso in late May, as they waited anxiously for the next crop, more than 330,000 people faced food insecurity. In Gnagna province, with an …
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Sedalia Democrat

Rain and flooding affecting crops

Some of the crops in the county are beginning to show signs of strain from … Once it gets pasts its prime, the food value goes down each day.
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Local foods suffering from hot weather

Record warm weather means blueberry crops are ripening quickly, with … The food grown is sold into the school community via school cafeterias, food …
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GhanaWeb

Parliament urges increased agric sector support

Members have thus urged government to put in the necessary emergency interventions to enable increased food crop production to nip the threat of …
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Interior approves $360K for A. Samoa, RMI, FSM

“Strengthening youth, collaborating with NGO’s, building food security, … food processing facility for preparing local taro and breadfruit food crops for …
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Capital press

Researchers weigh winter pea option for dryland farmers

Winter pea market options are currently limited to cover crops, because most are feed quality. Food quality winter peas would open up readily …
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Philly.com

Why we?re scared of GMOs: This man would know

When Chipotle announced earlier this year it would no longer serve food … There was some interest when the first biotech crops hit the market in the …
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food crops

Daily update⋅July 7, 2015
NEWS
McClatchy Washington Bureau

Food fight! Congress, consumers battle over GMOs

… modification to create herbicide-resistant crops, at its Chesterfield Village Research Center near St. Louis, Mo., Jan. 8. 2015. A fierce food fight has …
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MetroWest Daily News

Summer yields fresh crops for Hudson community garden

Gardeners take turns weeding, watering, and caring for the charity crops, but Hoffmann would like to see the food pantry’s patrons become more …
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PoliticsHome.com

Owen Paterson: Ignore EU scaremongering, the case for GM food is clear

In a free market, farmers and consumers should have a choice about which crops to grow and which foods to eat. Farmers in the UK, however, are …
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h+ Magazine

Can GMO Foods End World Hunger?

… daring solutions across the agricultural food chain, including the gene modification of crops. While genetically modified (GM) crops could be our best …
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Delta Farm Press (blog)

A frozen Garden of Eden: Cary Fowler, consummate seed saver

It has been called “a frozen Garden of Eden,” and holds the seeds of many tens of thousands of varieties of essential food crops such as beans, wheat, …
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Telegraph.co.uk

Video: We can feed the world

Outdated agricultural machines, economic problems, lack of knowledge… the result is that farmers cannot sustain their own food needs. Crop yields in …
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The Fashion Spot

Model Robyn Lawley on the Problem with Food

Half the world is literally starving for food and the other half is completely … Well, unforgivably toxic farming practices mean our crops are completely …
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Inter Press Service

Financial Inclusion Key to Climate Risk Reduction for Zambia’s Smallholders

Zambian farmer Neva Hamalengo (right) knows what it means to lose crops to the … but he also suffered maize crop failure due to a month-long drought. … more resilient to climate variability and shocks, the World Food Programme …
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Daily update⋅July 6, 2015
NEWS

Ornamental gourds make the list of Texas farmer’s favorite crops

Food crops come and go; flowers wither. But ornamental gourds last, and they can be made into beautiful, useful items. Other uses for ornamental …
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Sudan Tribune

FEATURE: Jonglei farmer urges Murle to embrace farming

“I call on the rest of my tribe mates to adopt mixed life of keeping cattle and food crop production in fertile area,” proudly says Lokila. Her farm is …
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Wall Street Hedge

White House Wants to Review Rules for GMO Crops

White House Wants to Review Rules for GMO Crops Genetically modified food has been an issue of debate for quite a long time now. This has …
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WBAY

Green Bay Group Trying to Bring New Life to Former Armory

“The production of a variety of food crops that could include leafy greens, mushrooms and other things, all grown in an indoor environment so we’ve …
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Reducing moisture can help control population of damaging slugs

Products with this ingredient cannot be used around food crops and pose a hazard to dogs. Newer products with iron phosphate or ferric phosphate …
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FarmersWeekly

Fears of mass grab of farmland rejected

For example, ensuring arable land used as energy crops could be easily switched to grow food crops. In 2012, farmland remained the most dominant …
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Daily update⋅July 5, 2015
NEWS
MTPR

How Mark Lynas Got Converted To G.M.O. Food

Moreover, this is among the first genetically modified food crops to be grown by farmers anywhere in the developing world. Virtually every crop, in …
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Islands in focus: 650 ha paddy fields at risk of harvest failure

MATARAM: The West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Food Crops and Horticulture Agency has said that at least 650 hectares (ha) of paddy fields in the …
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Gazette Newspapers

PINCH OF SALT: Demon Farmers Not So Devilish

Turns out that salt and food crops don’t mix like salt and broccoli does at the dinner table. Mostly, they asked why it was okay for Southern California …
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Barbados Today

We must buy regional, says PM Skerrit

… a Food Security Facility announced by Trinidad & Tobago in 2012, aimed at utilizing land available in Guyana to produce a range of food crops.
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The Hindu

‘Entire tobacco crop to be procured by Sept 30′

Tobacco cannot be compared with food crops, she pointed out. Ms. Sitharaman clarified that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) was permitted for …
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Call to Implement Thenpennai-Palar project

… said thousands of farmers sacrificed their lives agitating against cultivation of cash crops as against traditional food crops insisted upon by the British …
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TheSouthAfrican

Africa Vision Malawi has presented a garden for the future at the RHS Hampton Court Palace

… local rural communities to encourage sustainable gardening to ensure food security. With most Malawi people relying on a single crop being maize, …
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Daily update⋅July 4, 2015
NEWS

Rodd Moesel: Plants, crops play significant role in country’s development

Plants and crops have always played a significant role in our country’s development. After the pilgrims’ arrival, they struggled to produce food with the …
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Los Angeles Times

Cities’ food supplies are eating into groundwater reserves, study finds

For each system, the researchers examined how much groundwater was withdrawn for agricultural irrigation, how many crops were produced using …
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MendoLake Food Hub opens; effort supports local farmers

The MendoLake Food Hub is a project initiated by North Coast Opportunities and is funded by a three-year USDA Specialty Crop Block Grant.
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Biobased Digest

Why such a struggle to advance renewable fuels?: The (non-cooperative) games people play

Yet, economic actors all over the world have abandoned the “use of food crops to make fuels” while almost no-one is seriously tackling the wealth …
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NDTV

Food Ministry Proposes 10% Import Duty on Wheat

Mr Paswan said that quality norms were relaxed on wheat procurement as crops got damaged due to unseasonal rains, but asserted that the “quality …
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Saskatoon StarPhoenix

Bees are harbingers of environmental change

By carrying life-giving pollen from plant to plant, they complete the life cycle for an estimated 30 per cent of the food crops we eat, including apples, …
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Food for thought, a religious perspective

For people of faith, food is more than a social treat; it’s a part of worship. … God saved the people from famine by inspiring Joseph to save food crops …
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Malay Mail Online

Penang launches RM42m food industry project in Juru

The project covering 284.62 acres (115.2ha) features all three agriculture components of livestock, aquaculture and crops and said to be the first of its …
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The Scottish Farmer

Glyphosate in the spotlight

“Whatever the MRL, research into public opinion shows that the presence of any chemicals in food is one of the main health concerns for consumers, …
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El Niño encourages rise of rice alternatives

Adlai is considered a key crops of the Subanen indigenous people in the Zamboanga Peninsula, where the commodity enjoys the backing of the Food …
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Daily update⋅July 3, 2015
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Big News Network.com

Bumper cereal crops outlook drive food prices to five year low

WASHINGTON If cheap edible oil contributed to abundant global supplies of food in 2014, prospects of a bumper crop for wheat, maize and rice in …
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Quartz

White House Orders Review of Rules for Genetically Modified Crops

The framework parceled out responsibility for regulating crops and some … Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration.
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BusinessDay
Hilton Head Island Packet

FARM restaurant to open in Old Town Bluffton in 2016

The FARM partners aim to instill that understanding of food and crops in their staff. Williamson hopes to encourage all servers to work at Lowcountry …
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FoodManufacture.co.uk

Ukraine and Russia to be Europe’s GM springboard

He noted that GM crops were already being grown extensively around the world in regions such as North and South America and South Africa, and …
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Education World

Education World Resource Roundup: Teaching About GMOs

Despite the researchers’ attempts at making the world’s third most important food crop more available, public fear is changing the way these food …
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Genetic Literacy Project

UK GM wheat trial highlights costs of violent activism

Upon learning of the outcome of the trials, those opposed to GM cropsfood staple from falling into the hands of transnational GM food companies.
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Taranaki Daily News

Preaching the miracles of hemp

But this renewable crop’s uses are many and varied. …. Hemp Technologies is growing 1214 hectares of hemp after which non-food crops are planted.
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News Nation

Technology, Infrastructure Key to Second Green Revolution: Experts

“Conventional cultivation will not be able to meet the food demand of our … herbicides and enhanced nutritional quality in several crops,” he added.
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Daily update⋅July 2, 2015
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UN News Centre
Irish Times

William Reville: Fears about GM crops are not backed up by the facts

Many practical applications followed, including the development of genetically modified food in the 1990s. GM foods have always encountered …
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Otago Daily Times

Time to embrace oil palm as food source

Oil palm is a uniquely efficient edible crop that is essential for food security, Denis J. Murphy writes. If you happen to mention oil palm to most people …
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National Geographic

How Will We Feed a World of Nine Billion People?

[Laughs] I’m not a fan of the current system, which uses food crops like soybeans, corn, sugar cane, rapeseed, canola and palm oil grown on arable …
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Genetic Literacy Project

Can a skeptical public be persuaded to embrace GMO foods? Yes, if we want sustainable agriculture

What is the trajectory of the global anti-technology food movement? … modified crops that reduce chemical usage or nutritionally enhance foods.
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Crop Biotech Update
July 1, 2015

Tanzania’s Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives, Mr. Godfrey Zambi, said that Tanzania cannot afford to ignore the benefits of biotechnology in developing various sectors of the economy, especially in agriculture. He said this during the launch of the ISAAA Brief 49: Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops 2014 in Dar es Salaam, on Wednesday June 16, 2015.

Hon. Zambi informed participants that the responsibility of the government is to partner with other stakeholders to ensure that the country has capacity for safe and progressive use of agri-biotech. The Deputy Minister said that this would help diffuse doubts of the people about the technology. He outlined the benefits of agricultural biotechnology such as improved nutrition, better animal health, competitive industries, and environmental conservation.

The Minister discussed various measures put in place by the government that ensure regulation of agri-biotech initiated in the year 2010 with an aim of strengthening capacity for the country in its quest to adopt GM crops. Hon. Zambi further stressed that the national government policy on agriculture 2013 identifies low public understanding of biotechnology as a key hindrance to adoption, adding that the policy aims at increasing awareness given that the agriculture sector is important to Tanzanians.

Speaking at the meeting, Dr. Emmarold Mneney, chief agricultural researcher of Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) said the main problem that researchers are experiencing in Tanzania is lack of adequate finances to conduct research, giving Uganda and Kenya as examples where considerable support has been channeled towards successful research on GM maize, cotton, and cassava.

For more information on the event, contact Dr. Nicholas Nyange, Deputy Director of Knowledge Management at the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) at nyange@costech.or.tz.

Results of the GM wheat field trial conducted by Rothamsted Research in 2012-2013 show that GM wheat producing aphid alarm pheromone did not repel aphids in the field. Their findings are published in Scientific Reports journal.

Aphids are known to be a destructive pest of wheat, transmitting viruses and decreasing yield. Farmers turn to insecticides to address aphid infestations. Thus, scientists at Rothamsted Research developed GM wheat that produces aphid alarm pheromone (E)-β-farnesene (Eβf). Laboratory studies showed that aphids were successfully repelled by the pheromone. Then the scientists tested the GM wheat expressing the pheromone in open field conditions. However, no significant differences in aphid infestation were found between GM wheat and conventional wheat.

“The research project overall provided us with fascinating results. We now know that in order to repel natural aphid populations in the field, we may need to alter the timing of release of the alarm signal from the plant to mimic more closely that by the aphid, which is a burst of release in response to a threat rather than continuous…This may require altering release rates of alarm pheromone from the plants, but also engineering the wheat plant to release the pheromone only when the aphid arrives, ” said Professor John Pickett, one of the authors of the study.

Read the news release from Rothamsted Research and the journal article from Scientific Reports.

Researchers from University of York and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Australia conducted a study which led to the discovery of the gene in poppy plants that is necessary in morphine production. Morphine is a natural compound found in poppy plant and used in painkillers.

The researchers discovered that the gene, STORR is the one producing morphinans and evolved with two other genes that result in morphine production. This was identified when the researchers examine the poppy plant varieties that were unable to produce morphine or codeine. These plants carry mutations in STORR gene that serve as a barrier in morphine production pathway in poppy plants.

STORR gene discovery in poppy plant will help in developing breeding of poppy plant varieties targeting the production of anti-cancer compound such as noscapine and aid in genetic engineering of morphine production in microbes.

Read the whole story of their study at the University of York’s website.

Canada Agriculture Minster Gerry Ritz announced the ratification of UPOV ’91 treaty to enhance plant variety protection system in the country. This action marks as completion of key measures for the recently-passed Agricultural Growth Act, which have modernized legislation around breeders’ rights, allowing Canada to finally ratify UPOV ’91.

The instrument of ratification was submitted to the World Trade Organization in Geneca, Switzerland on June 19, 2015.

UPOV ’91 or Act of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants aims to provide and promote an effective system of plant variety protection to encourage the development of new varieties of plants, for the benefit of society. Plant breeders usually take 10-12 years in developing a new plant variety. With the ratification of the UPOV ’91, plant breeders now have more protection and farmers would have more access to a wider range of plant varieties. This also allows Canada to be more competitive in the global marketplace.

Read the news release from the Government of Canada.

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food crops

Daily update⋅July 1, 2015
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The Conversation AU

Palm oil: scourge of the earth, or wonder crop?

The oil palm tree has been cultivated as a source of food and fibre by … But palm oil is also a uniquely efficient edible crop that is essential for food …
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CNNMoney

The man who wants to save the bees

“Most people don’t realize that without bees, many plants and food crops would die off,” said entrepreneur Guillaume Gauthereau, who plans a …
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No, it’s not your imagination — food prices are sky high

Retail food operations rarely have the same options as wholesalers. … “There’s these problems in a lot of crops right now that have food suppliers …
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TIME

How Draining Global Groundwater Supplies Could Harm the Food Supply

The agricultural sector could also grow different crops that rely on less … says policymakers still need to weigh the costs of changing food production …
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Red and Black

New Food Bank hub construction begins

Early Friday morning, the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia held a ground … more for the new food hub due to its ability to freeze and preserve crops.
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New online tool for seed selection in Kenya

Joyce Malinga, director of KALRO Food Crops Research Institute, urged farmers to adopt new varieties of seed such as the KK8 bean seed which are …
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Indian Country Today Media Network

5 Things You Didn’t Think of as Native Technology

… South America Indigenous Peoples experimented with farming techniques, resulting in many of the world’s most widely consumed food crops today.
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Observer-Reporter

Greater Washington County Food Bank buys former Country Fresh Market

The property, which the food bank is buying for $1.1 million, includes 22 acres of land the group said can be developed into food crops to add to the …
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National Post

Save the bees

Bees pollinate one third of our global food crops. … and herbicides that destroyed the flowering plants we call weeds, but which bees call food.
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ABC15 Arizona

New York entrepreneur wants to save the bees

Quite possibly the food on your plate. “Most people don’t realize that without bees, many plants and food crops would die off,” said entrepreneur …
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food crops

Daily update⋅ June 30, 2015
NEWS
Royal Society of Chemistry

Water-efficient crops offer solution to food versus fuel debate

Traditional biofuels such as bioethanol are made from food crops like corn and sugarcane that require prime agricultural land – a commodity in …
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MassLive.com

Grow Food Northampton to quadruple pounds of produce donated to local soup kitchens, food

Volunteer gardeners farm crops at Grow Food Northampton’s Giving Garden, which yields produce that is later donated to local shelters and soup …
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Is thriving sugarcane crop responsible for Maharashtra’s Marathwada and Vidarbha’s water woes?

“Once you plant sugarcane, unlike food crops like pulses or oilseed, you get locked in it for 17 months,” he says. The sugar factories in the …
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MIT Technology Review

At a Crossroads, Biofuels Seek a New Path Forward

“The current first-generation biofuels mainly use food crops as feedstock and are either expensive or have modest [greenhouse gas] improvements …
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Sacramento Bee

Here’s How U.S. Groundwater Travels the Globe Via Food

“By unsustainably using these aquifers, we are trading off future food … Those crops provide not only 18.5 percent of the U.S. cereal supply but also …
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Voice of Journalists

Self-sufficing in Oilseed Crops Production: A Need of the Day

Similarly, vegetable oil is utilized by food and chemical industries for the production of a number of goods. Moreover, oilseed crop is more …
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Trinidad & Tobago Express

Commercialising breadfruit for food and nutrition security

It also has few pests and diseases and is compatible with many other crops. “Today, the total food import bill of Caricom countries stands at $US 4.5 …
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‘MSP hike can boost pulses production’

Low yields on the one hand and relatively more lucrative MSP for other food grains makes pulses an unattractive crop for farmers. For example, one …
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GMOs: Fighting Earth’s Hunger

The scientist believed that using GMOs was the only way to increase foodcrops is the insertion of modified virus and insect virus genes into crops.
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food crops

Daily update⋅June 29, 2015
NEWS
International Business Times UK

Societies will collapse amid food shortages if world remains on current course, says study

Just three catastrophic weather events could lead to huge shortfalls in the production of staple food crops, the study finds, leading to huge price hikes …
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Balochistan and KP agricultural budgets

… agricultural economy including food and non-food crops, livestock and fisheries,” says an official of Balochistan agriculture department. He adds that …
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Anadolu Agency

Fearing hunger, Malawi eyes maize from Tanzania, Zambia

Malawi has seen a fall in production of other staple food crops as well, including rice, cassava and sorghum. Other crops, however, including sweet …
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Queensland Country Life

Tale of two crops thriving

COFFEE and papaya sounds like an odd beverage and food combination … The two different crops are interplanted together to give a total yield per …
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A vegetable patch in every garden?

“Today, home gardening, community gardening and organic gardening of food crops is promoted in developed nations at the government level, but …
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Kikwete urges Prisons to double food production

PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete has advised Tanzania Prisons Department to embark on valuable crops production to solve challenges related to food …
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food crops

Daily update⋅June 28, 2015
NEWS
U-T San Diego

False food fears

From apples that won’t brown when you slice them to soybean and corn crops used as animal feed, GMO foods are used worldwide. The World Health …
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Forbes

Who Controls The Food Supply?

The farmers who have been granted the opportunity to grow biotech crops … The food supply for the poor is certainly being “controlled,” but by the …
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OregonLive.com

Marijuana regulations must cover pesticide use (OPINION)

It is then labeled for use on specific crops at specific rates that have been … far above the levels considered as acceptable by the EPA on food crops.
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Agronomist helps improve Uganda’s coffee production

A smallholder farm mostly will use the family for labor and grow various crops for food and sale to generate cash income. Kandel was in Uganda from …
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Nottingham Post (blog)

Jo Swann: Getting to know your weeds is vital

For now, we’ll dig out what we can without disturbing the crops too much. … pollinating insects and predators helping to keep my food crops healthy.
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food crops

Daily update⋅June 27, 2015
NEWS
NPR

Missouri Food Pantries Help Clients Grow Their Own Produce

In the U.S., 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger. Food pantries across the country pass out food to help these people put meals on the table. But what if …
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DesMoinesRegister.com

Growing greens for those in need

Growing up, Decker himself didn’t have much food, so he learned to grow crops to feed himself. Later on in life, he worked as a commercial sprayer …
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Voice of America

Skeptics Wonder if North Korea is Exaggerating Drought Impact

The U.N.’s Food and Agriculture Organization estimates that harvests of staple crops like potato, wheat and barley could be cut in half. This week, at …
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Helping Pollinators: From The White House To Your Yard

Collectively, animal pollinators pollinate between 75 percent and 80 percent of all flowering plants, and approximately 35 percent of our food crops.
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food crops

Daily update⋅June 26, 2015
NEWS
Genetic Literacy Project

GMO ‘Right to Know’ movement takes food off of plates of hungry in Africa, Asia

Unsubstantiated fears about the safety of GM crops in developed countries with an over-abundance of food has spread anti-biotech sentiment to the …
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CBS Local

Bay Area Company CropX Uses Sensors And App To Maximize Water Use For Crops

“The world is running out of water, and, therefore, food. … and restricted water supplies, while trying to decrease water waste and increase crop yields.
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Bloomberg

El Nino Threatens Modi Inflation Hopes as Monsoon Stymied

It poses a risk to the global economy in the second half as it threatens to hurt crops and boost food prices, according to Citigroup Inc.
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Daily News & Analysis

Conspiracy against mustard

After all, there is no desperate reason to genetically modify a food crop that has traditionally been a part of the daily cuisine. Moreover, there is no way …
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Capital Press

Wash. ecology proposes rules for irrigating with reclaimed water

“Public perception could have such a dramatic ability to market your crops,” he said … To water food crops that are processed to destroy all pathogens.
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WYSO

Coffee, Beer And Climate Change

And the lucrative (for some, at least) possibility of replacing other food crops with biofuel crops exerts pressure on developing new strains of …
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The Raw Food World News

New study shows that organic farming is more profitable than conventional farming!

Organic crops cost more to grow and therefore the researchers examined … The survey also reported that 63 percent of Americans buy organic food …
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Norfolk Eastern Daily Press

Defra secretary Elizabeth Truss says data giveaway will help food and farming businesses

The South West Norfolk MP said harnessing this open data will give food … “We will be able to survey the country’s crops without tramping the fields, …
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The Phnom Penh Post

Complaint calls Vietnamese crop-spraying ‘chemical weapons’

… weapons to defoliate and destroy food crops in contested border communities of Cambodia for the purpose of forced and unlawful land evictions”.
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ABC Online

Innovation for the industry on show at National Horticulture Convention

Skyscraper farms, growing crops in the desert, value adding to food waste, and using smart phone apps to arrange immediate transport for produce …
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food crops

Daily update⋅June 25, 2015
NEWS
Tech Times

ESA Sentinel Satellite To Help Scientists With Food Crop Data Gathering

ESA has launched the Sentinel-2A satellite, which will send back data that will help experts monitor food crops worldwide. The mission could help …
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New York Times

GMO Dilemma: Swaying a Wary Public

Genetic food modification worked out well the first time it was tried. … detected any significant hazards directly connected with the use” of G.M. crops.
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The Guardian

Will Greece go hungry if it exits the euro? That’s a question for the insurance industry

A systematic shock to global food could cause riots, food price hikes and … A major crop failure in top exporting countries like the US, Ukraine, …
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Sydney Morning Herald

Green Energy Steals from the Biosphere

The most obvious example is the ethanol industry, which takes food crops like corn, sugar and palm oil and uses a lot of hydrocarbon energy to …
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Phys.Org

Sensors and drones: Hi-tech sentinels for crops

The legume is a presidium of Slow Food, the global organisation that supports the principles of organic agriculture, reducing pesticides, using …
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Chicago Tribune

Church, school gardens fill Deerfield food pantry

Brian Roots talk about crops in the garden at Deerfield’s First United … The South Park families also bring the food washed, bagged and on time, …
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Sioux Falls Argus Leader

Fossil fuels jeopardize delicate ecosystems

As any farmer knows, food production is dependent on the weather and as extremes are reached in weather patterns, crops may be prevented from …
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Gospel of slow food

When he talks about slow food, he is talking about root crops, vegetables and fruits from an organic garden or chicken and other livestock that grow …