Agriculture

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.

China to crack down on unlicensed production, sale of food
December 31, 2007 11:11 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Beijing - China will launch another nationwide campaign on Jan. 1 next year to crack down on unlicensed production and sale of food, in a fresh effort to ensure food safety, the country's top quality inspection watchdog said.

Bhutan's Green Postage Stamp, A Mini CD ROM
December 31, 2007 10:43 PM -

PITTSBURGH - The tiny nation of Bhutan, whose national credo is "Gross National Happiness," has launched an innovative postage stamps to support its economic development-and to preserve its pristine Himalayan environment-at the same time. The CD stamps are the latest in a series of postage stamp "firsts" by Bhutan since the 1960s. The stamps are mini-CDs that fit into exquisitely decorated self-adhesive envelopes. When affixed to a larger envelop, the CD stamp can be used as postage.

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