Sex "switch" points way to smarter pest control
December 9, 2007 01:30 PM - By Ben Hirschler, Reuters
LONDON (Reuters) - Turning off a sex "switch" triggered when female insects mate may be a smart and green way of controlling pests in future.
Mainstream Renewable Energy Continues Double-digit Growth
December 9, 2007 09:36 AM -
In less than a decade since the Kyoto Protocol was adopted, renewable energy has evolved rapidly from an 'alternative' source of energy to a mainstream energy option, according to the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report 2007.
Compared to a total global power capacity of 4,300 GW, the report finds renewable energy (without large hydro) now provides about 240 Gigawatts (GW) of clean power, avoiding some 5 gigatonnes per year (Gt/year) of carbon emissions.
U.S. pork workers develop mysterous neorological condition
December 7, 2007 09:08 PM - By Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Eleven workers who removed brains from slaughtered pigs at a plant in Minnesota have come down with a mysterious neurological condition, company and U.S. health officials said on Friday.
Senators ask Bush for greater food safety funding
December 7, 2007 08:30 AM - Reuters
"Additional funding for (the Food and Drug Administration) is an important step toward improving our ability to protect human health and welfare," 23 senators from both parties wrote in the letter, also directed to budget director Jim Nussle.
Benin finds two bird flu outbreaks, suspects H5N1
December 7, 2007 07:08 AM - By Samuel Elijah, Reuters
COTONOU (Reuters) - Benin has discovered two outbreaks of bird flu among poultry which it believes to be the deadly H5N1 strain, the first such cases in the West African country, a senior health official said on Friday.
Kenya issues alert over desert locust invasion
December 7, 2007 03:28 AM - Reuters
NAIROBI (Reuters) - Desert locusts have invaded Kenya's arid northeastern region, threatening maize and wheat crops, but the Agriculture Ministry said on Friday it was well prepared to fight the pests.
The desert locust's destructive power stems from its gregarious nature that allows it to move in swarms, eating whatever vegetation it finds in its path.
A ministry statement published in local newspapers said the locusts were not aggressively feeding yet, but were in their last stage of development and laying eggs in the moist sandy soil of the hot region.
France suspends commercial GMO seed use, studies safety
December 6, 2007 01:34 PM - Reuters
PARIS (Reuters) - France formally suspended on Thursday the commercial use of genetically modified (GMO) seeds in the country until early February and ordered a biotech safety study.
Germany ends ban on Monsanto GMO maize type
December 6, 2007 12:07 PM - Reuters
Germany had in May this year imposed a temporary ban on commercial sales of MON810 citing concerns about safety of the maize (corn), which is resistant to several types of butterflies which are pests to the grain in Europe.
A Fishy Definition of Organic
December 6, 2007 10:03 AM - Barton Seaver and Rick Moonen - Sacramento Bee
As one of the busiest of all times for food professionals, the holiday season will make us work hard to put our best spatula forward.
And to keep our competitive edge, we depend on the freshest and healthiest ingredients available to keep our guests coming back for seconds.
Polluting Pulp Mill Draws Protest and Spurs World Court Case
December 6, 2007 09:17 AM - , Worldwatch Institute
Environmentalists from Argentina are continuing their more than two-year protest of an Uruguayan pulp mill along a river that separates the two countries. Protesters say the cellulose processing plant, which went into operation on November 9, will release pollutants into the Uruguay River and threaten local ecosystems and human health. Argentine authorities claim that the mill violates a bilateral treaty and have taken the issue to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, The Netherlands.