Agriculture

Low prices seen threat to UK organic beef
January 5, 2008 02:17 AM - Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - British retailers must pay more for domestically produced organic beef because current prices are unfair and unsustainable, a leading organic food certification body said on Friday. The Soil Association said in a report issued on Friday that some key supermarkets are not paying enough to cover production costs and choosing to import organic beef even though there could easily be enough supply in Britain.

Mexican Farmers Protest NAFTA
January 4, 2008 10:14 AM - CommonDreams.org

MEXICO CITY - Farmers in this country organized scattered protests Tuesday and Wednesday as the final trade barriers on U.S. corn, beans, sugar and milk fell with the full implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement on New Year's Day. Corn and beans are staples of the Mexican diet and subsistence crops for millions of farmers. Opponents of NAFTA said the free entry of relatively cheap U.S. corn would devastate rural Mexico and help spur more immigration.

Food for thought: delivering the promise of food processing
January 4, 2008 10:09 AM - European Science Foundation

Humans have transformed raw ingredients into food since prehistoric times. But scientists are still looking for new ways to make food taste better and survive longer. Presenting their findings at a recent European Science Foundation (ESF) and European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical Research (COST) conference, scientists show how new food technologies are changing European diets.

Las Vegas to Build World’s First 30 Story Vertical Farm
January 4, 2008 08:53 AM - nextenergynews.com

Las Vegas the tourist mecca of the World is set to begin development of the World’s first vertical farm. The $200 million dollar project is designed to be a functional and profitable working farm growing enough food to feed 72,000 people for a year and provide another tourist attraction to the city that does everything in a larger than life way.

FDA to clear cloned livestock for consumers: report
January 3, 2008 10:58 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) is expected to declare as early as next week that meat and milk from cloned animals and their offspring is safe to eat, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday. The FDA had previously asked producers of cloned livestock not to sell food products from such animals pending its ruling on their safety, the Journal said on its Web site.

Handling Pesticides Associated With Greater Asthma Risk In Farm Women
January 3, 2008 10:13 AM - American Thoracic Society

"Farm women are an understudied occupational group," said Jane Hoppin, Sc.D., of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and lead author of the study. "More than half the women in our study applied pesticides, but there is very little known about the risks."

Loosing more than we gain from Autumn warming in the north
January 2, 2008 02:04 PM -

Gif-sur-Yvette, France - An international study investigating the carbon sink capacity of northern terrestrial ecosystems discovered that the duration of the net carbon uptake period (CUP) has on average decreased due to warmer autumn temperatures.

European conference aims to create global commodity market for non-GM soy and feed
January 2, 2008 01:15 PM -

Brussels, Belgium - Ensuring a reliable, global supply of non-GM soy for feed was the focus of a two-day conference held in December in Brussels, Belgium. The conference, “Non-GM Feedstuffs, Quality Productions and European Regional Agricultures’ Strategy,” was organized by Europe’s GMO-Free Regions Network and the European Committee of Regions, which hosted the event at its Brussels headquarters.

Study: Growing more rice with less water
January 1, 2008 01:01 AM - WWF

Tripura, India — A new method to grow rice could save hundreds of billions of cubic metres of water while increasing food security, according to a study by WWF published today. With a focus on India — a country which faces a major water crisis, yet has the world’s largest rice cultivated area — the study found that the system of rice intensification (SRI) method has helped increase yields by over 30% — four to five tonnes per hectare instead of three tonnes per hectare, while using 40% less water than conventional methods.

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