Agriculture

US Beef Back on Shelves of South Korean Supermarkets
December 1, 2008 09:32 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea's supermarket chains resumed selling U.S. beef Thursday, nearly five months after the government lifted an import ban imposed over fears of mad cow disease. South Korea banned American beef in 2003 after a case of mad cow disease was discovered in the U.S. The government lifted that ban in June - a move that sparked weeks of violent protests by South Koreans concerned about the health risks of eating U.S. meat.

“Efficient” Irrigation Tool May Deplete More Water
November 26, 2008 10:02 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

An Israeli water engineer was sitting under a tree one day when he noticed a leaking faucet slowly drip water to the tree's roots, a nearly 50-year-old irrigation tale says. The idea inspired the invention of modern drip irrigation, also known as micro-irrigation. The method runs water through plastic tubes that release the flow through small holes directly to crop roots or stems.

Warm winter 'major threat' to crops
November 26, 2008 09:52 AM - China Daily

Prolonged periods of drought resulting from China's 23rd consecutive "warm winter" will pose a serious threat to the country's crop yields, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) said in a report published Tuesday. Some regions could experience droughts until the spring, the report said, adding that the warm weather might even continue until summer.

As ethanol shipments grow, safety remains a concern
November 18, 2008 08:14 AM - Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Surging U.S. ethanol production may force the industry to step up transport safety measures in the face of growing concern that communities are ill-prepared to deal with the volatile, flammable liquid.

New bacteria discovered in raw milk
November 17, 2008 08:27 AM - Society for General Microbiology

Raw milk is illegal in many countries as it can be contaminated with potentially harmful microbes. Contamination can also spoil the milk, making it taste bitter and turn thick and sticky. Now scientists have discovered new species of bacteria that can grow at low temperatures, spoiling raw milk even when it is refrigerated. According to research published in the November issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, the microbial population of raw milk is much more complex than previously thought.

Fruit and veg boom needed to feed Britain
November 17, 2008 08:15 AM - http://www.guardian.co.uk

It is an image worthy of a Keats poem or a Constable landscape: great orchards bursting with fruit, fields crammed with ripening vegetables and hillsides covered with sheep and cattle. But this is no dream of long-gone rural glories. It is a vision of the kind of countryside that Britain may need if it is to survive the impact of climate change and higher oil prices, according to leading agricultural experts.

OPINION: Chinese Farms A Growing Challenge
November 11, 2008 09:08 AM - , Worldwatch Institute

For decades, researchers and policymakers have raised a worrying question about the world's most populous country: "Who will feed China?" Today, while concern about reaching 1.3 billion mouths remains paramount, the phrasing has changed slightly: "Who will feed China'spigs?"

Study Leaves Decision On Asian Oyster to States
November 10, 2008 09:17 AM - Washington Post

A U.S. government study of the risks and rewards involved in seeding the Chesapeake Bay with an Asian oyster has found, after four years and $15 million, that the plan could have both -- punting the controversial question back to officials in Maryland and Virginia.

Eight nations warn EU over biofuel barriers
November 6, 2008 09:19 AM - http://www.reuters.com

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Eight developing countries warned the European Union on Thursday they could file a World Trade Organization complaint over what they see as unfair barriers being raised against their biofuels. A draft letter seen by Reuters called on the EU to refrain from agreeing legislation that would instruct developing nations on which parts of their territory they could use for biofuels.

Bill Clinton: "We Blew It" On Global Food
November 3, 2008 10:45 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

Today's global food crisis shows "we all blew it, including me when I was president," by treating food crops as commodities instead of as a vital right of the world's poor, Bill Clinton told a U.N. gathering on Thursday.

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