Agriculture

Seeking Africa's green revolution
October 8, 2008 11:20 AM - BBC

By applying a mixture of crop breeding, soil management, irrigation and diversification, agro-science experts are helping subsistence farmers to cope with climate change and buck the trend in neighbouring African countries.

Biotechnology 'no cure-all' for food insecurity
October 7, 2008 09:44 AM - , SciDevNet

[NAIROBI] Biotechnology is no panacea to the food insecurity and poverty problems in Africa and other developing countries, warned scientists at the first All Africa Congress on Biotechnology in Nairobi, Kenya, this week (23 September). "This is no silver bullet to the food insecurity in Africa and the rest of the developing world, but it must be looked at as one of the most important tools that will contribute to increased food production and thus, poverty reduction," said Clive James, chairman of the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications.

Indian farmers should go organic: Prince Charles
October 6, 2008 09:54 AM - The Financial Express

With a view to mitigate the ongoing climate change Prince Charles of UK appealed the Indian farmers to join the global organic club. Delivering the Albert Howard lecture to the Indian audience through video-conferencing, he said that worldwide organic farming has proved to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to the extent of 35%, both directly and indirectly.

U.S. City Dwellers Flock to Raising Chickens
October 6, 2008 09:37 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

In the backyard of a suburban home in Denver, Colorado, 22 chickens are hiding out from the law. They arrived when a member of BackyardChickens, an online forum, ordered the birds in the mail this past May. "I actually get my chicks in today hopefully, and I am worried that animal control will be at the post office waiting for me with hand-cuffs," the new poultry farmer wrote.

90,000 Homes To Be Powered By Chicken Manure
October 3, 2008 09:45 AM - , MetaEfficient

The world’s largest biomass power plant running exclusively on chicken manure has opened in the Netherlands. The power plant will deliver renewable electricity to 90,000 households. It has a capacity of 36.5 megawatts, and will generate more than 270 million kWh of electricity per year.

VIETNAM: Heeding Climate Change Warnings
September 29, 2008 10:24 AM - IPS

With a predicted sea level rise of one metre by 2100, Vietnam may end up being one of the nations worst hit by climate change. Such a rise would affect five percent of the land area, 11 percent of the population and seven percent of the agriculture. With worsening storms and flooding already lapping at its shores, this South-east Asian country is heeding the dire warnings.

Biofuels in India

OUTSIDE his village in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, Sudarshan Dhrube inspects a field of jatropha, planted in rust-red soils, heavy with iron.

FDA issues rules for genetically modified animals
September 19, 2008 09:05 AM - Christopher Doering, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Genetically engineered animals moved closer to the dinner table on Thursday as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration made the process it will use to review new proposals public.

Ethanol makers hit by cash crunch
September 18, 2008 10:02 AM - Reuters

SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Shares of U.S. ethanol makers took a beating on Wednesday as they wrestle with unpredictable corn prices and dwindling cash piles at a time when capital markets look unlikely to provide easy financing.

Old-growth forests important carbon sinks, says study

EurActiv.com, 16 September 2008 - The Commission has rejected the notion that farmers should implement river basin management schemes in exchange for agricultural subsidies, despite increasing fears over water shortages and droughts.

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