Agriculture

Government pesticide and fertilizer data dropped
July 31, 2008 07:48 AM - Environmental Science and Technology.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has eliminated the only federal program that tracks the use of pesticides and fertilizers on American farms. The move has left scientists, industry groups, and public advocates surprised and confused about how to carry on their work without this free information.

Organic Agriculture, World Hunger and Global Warming: Report from the IFOAM Organic World Congress
July 30, 2008 11:32 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Organic Agriculture is a production system that sustains the health of soils, ecosystems and people. It relies on ecological processes, biodiversity and cycles adapted to local conditions, rather than the use of inputs with adverse effects. Organic Agriculture combines tradition, innovation and science to benefit the shared environment and promote fair relationships and a good quality of life for all involved.

Stricken boat off the coast of Bali underscores the threats from unregulated fishing.
July 28, 2008 09:59 AM - WWF

This discovery highlights that efforts to prevent illicit fishing activities from occurring have been unsuccessful, activities that make it all but impossible to manage fish stocks and ensure that fishing boats are sound and secure from oil leaks. The region, site of many key WWF projects, is widely recognised as the most important area of marine biodiversity on the planet, and is often referred to as the nursery of the seas.

Small Farmers Pushed to Plant GM Seed
July 23, 2008 02:22 PM - , Organic Consumers Association

Baphethile Mntambo has been farming organically for the past five years because she knows that avoiding chemicals will in the long-term benefit her yield. She decided not to plant genetically modified seeds because she has heard that they cannot be saved for the next season and will eventually deplete her soil. But she is not entirely sure how and why.

Japan feeds animals recycled leftovers
July 23, 2008 10:19 AM - Reuters

With animal feed and fertilizer prices at record highs, Japan's food recycling industry is seeing greater demand than ever before for pellets for pigs and poultry made from recycled leftovers. Japan disposes of some 20 millions tonnes of food waste a year, five times as much as world food aid to the poor in 2007. The leftovers used to be dumped in land fills where they decomposed and produced the greenhouse gas methane.

Training tree fellers helps cut carbon emissions
July 23, 2008 08:58 AM - , SciDevNet

Improved management of tropical forests can substantially reduce global carbon dioxide emissions and should be given high priority in negotiations for the 2009 Copenhagen Climate change agreement, write Francis E. Putz and colleagues in PLoS Biology.

Kenya pushes traditional crops for food security
July 21, 2008 10:47 AM - Reuters

Kenya's government began giving farmers seeds for traditional food crops on Monday, hoping to shore up stocks in the face of rising prices and shortage fears.

Non-GMO Soybeans Show 10% Greater Yield
July 18, 2008 09:50 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Pioneer Hi-Bred, a Johnston-based unit of DuPont, launched Thursday what it is calling "a new generation" of soybean varieties designed to increase soybean yields by 40 percent during the next 10 years. Pioneer president and DuPont vice president and general manager Paul Schickler said the new Y series soybeans, as Pioneer has named the 32 newseed varieties, will "deliver unprecedented productivity gains to North American soybean growers." Pioneer intends to sell enough of the new seed from the Y series to cover about 9 million acres for the 2009 growing season.

AFGHANISTAN: 1.5 million "severely" hit by drought - minister
July 17, 2008 01:26 PM - IRIN

At least 1.5 million people in 19 of Afghanistan's 34 provinces - mostly farming communities in the north - have been severely affected by drought and are in need of urgent humanitarian relief, an Afghan minister told IRIN.

China to urgently boost GM crop development
July 11, 2008 11:41 AM - , Environmental Health News

China has said it must urgently step up the development of genetically modified crops as it faces mounting challenges to feed its 1.3 billion people due to shrinking arable land and climate change.

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