GMO Contamination Sometimes Not So Obvious
August 29, 2007 05:18 PM - Ken Roseboro, The Organic and Non-GMO Report

IOWA - In spring 2000, Greg Matteson was preparing documents for the annual inspection of his organic farm in Shelby, Montana, when he noticed something disturbing. The label on a seed inoculant called “Dormal PLUS” that he had used on yellow blossom sweet clover said “genetically modified.”

Zambia Rejects GMO Crops
August 29, 2007 02:12 PM - Sci Dev Net

The Zambian government has rejected calls to use GM crops in the fight against poverty and hunger in the southern African nation.

Spilled GM Canola Takes Root, Spreads In Japan
August 29, 2007 02:01 PM - The Non-GMO Report

A recent survey of spilled canola (oilseed rape) shows that genetically modified canola contamination is much wider than expected throughout Japan. NO!GMO Campaign published its findings in July after surveying 43 of Japan’s 47 prefectures from March 2007 onwards. The citizen survey produced 1617 samples, of which 37 showed up GMO positive. Samples were not restricted to obvious industrial locations (ports, factories, transportation routes), but were taken on farmland and some urban locations as well.

Organic More Profitable For Farmers
August 29, 2007 01:17 PM - The Organic Non-GMO Report

A study the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has shown that Minnesota grain farmers could reap higher profits by switching to organic grain crops. The four-year study was conducted at the Swan Lake Research Farm near Morris, MN. While other studies have compared the cash values of organic versus conventional crop, the Minnesota study analyzed the economic risks and transition effects of switching to organic farming.

Biofuels Must Be Made Sustainably, Says European Commission
August 29, 2007 07:19 AM - Worlwatch Institute, Alana Herro

European Commission is developing legislation that will require minimum sustainability standards for biofuels development. "It is, of course, essential to ensure that this increase is fulfilled in a sustainable way; we cannot just sit back and assume this will happen automatically," Piebalgs said.

Drought Catastrophe Stalks Australia's Food Bowl
August 28, 2007 07:48 PM - Rob Taylor, Reuters

MOULAMEIN, Australia - A thin winter green carpets Australia's southeast hills and plains, camouflaging the onset of a drought catastrophe in the nation's food bowl. Sheep and cattle farmer Ian Shippen stands in a dying ankle-high oat crop under a mobile irrigation boom stretching nearly half-a-kilometer, but now useless without water. "I honestly think we're stuffed," he says grimly.

Brazil Trys To Calm Europe's Environmental Concerns
August 28, 2007 08:50 AM - Reuters

Delegates from Brazil's farm sector will visit Europe next month on a mission to convince customers that the expanding agricultural business is not harming the environment. They intend to show that many of the accusations made by green activists against Brazilian agriculture -- for example, that increased cane planting is destroying the Amazon rain forest -- do not reflect reality, Carlo Lovatelli, president of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (Abag), said on Monday.

Afghan Opium Crop Soars To "Frightening Levels" Says U.N.
August 27, 2007 05:58 PM - Jon Hemming, Reuters

KABUL - Opium production has soared to "frightening record levels" in Afghanistan, which now has more land producing drugs than Colombia, Bolivia and Peru combined, the United Nations said on Monday. Afghanistan is locked in a vicious circle where drug money feeds both the Taliban insurgency and official corruption which in turn weaken the government's hold of large parts of the country and allows more opium to be produced. The area of Afghan land where opium poppies are grown rose by 17 percent to 193,000 hectares in 2007 from 165,000 last year and this year's harvest was 8,200 tonnes, up from 6,100 tonnes in 2006, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said.

Compounds That Color Fruits And Veggies May Protect Against Colon Cancer
August 27, 2007 03:59 PM - Ohio State University

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Understanding the molecular structures of compounds that give certain fruits and vegetables their rich colors may help researchers find even more powerful cancer fighters, a new study suggests.

UK Ministers Rush To Protect Priority Species And Habitats
August 27, 2007 02:58 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

UNITED KINGDOM - Britians Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is pushing to protect species and habitats. The British government intends to halt any further biodiversity loss by 2010. The environment ministers approved a priorities list that will guide future conservation action.

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