Fish Farms Help Families In Africa Hit By AIDS
August 19, 2007 09:43 PM - Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent, Reuters

Tiny fish farms have helped 1,200 poor families hit by AIDS in Malawi to raise their incomes and improve their diets in a scheme being expanded to other African nations, a report showed on Monday. About $90 can enable construction of a small rain-fed pond that can be stocked with juvenile fish costing $10. Once the fish grow and reproduce, the ponds produce food with far less back-breaking work than subsistence farming.

Bat Breath Reveals The Identity of a Vampire’s Last Victim
August 19, 2007 03:15 PM - Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Vampire bats that live in Latin America have switched to blood meals from cattle instead of from rainforest mammals, Farmers are now observing vampire bats satisfying their need for blood by attacking their own livestock.

Ohio Orders New State Policy: Grow 'Local' Food Sales
August 18, 2007 06:50 PM - Organic Consumers Association

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland has signed an executive order to create a new policy for the state's $93 billion food and agriculture industry focusing on beefing up sales of local foods. Its mission will be to analyze food production, processing and consumption in Ohio, and link producers and consumers in local food systems to ensure citizens in need have greater access to fresh and nutritious food. The council also said it will assist farmers and businesses in marketing their products to encourage the growth of Ohio food products.

The Regreening Of The Himalayas - Community Forestry
August 17, 2007 07:46 PM - T. V. Padma, SciDevNet

Leafy forests replanted by communities in Nepal are flying in the face of accepted conservation practice. Now, something called "Community Forestry" aims to mix pine with more broad leaf plants and restore forests.

Dupont Presents Views To Wall Street On Its Ag And Biofuels Markets
August 17, 2007 05:24 PM - PRNewswire

The synergies among agricultural biotechnology, biofuels and biomaterials are creating potential game-changing solutions to the global challenges we face today and significant growth opportunities for DuPont.

Succesful Farming Launches TV Show Devoted To Farm Machinery
August 17, 2007 05:18 PM - Successful Farming News Release

Successful Farming will launch the first-ever agricultural program solely devoted to farm machinery for farmers and ranchers presented in high-definition (HD) television.

New Study: Whole Grains Lower Blood Pressure Risk
August 17, 2007 03:16 PM - Reuters

Women who get plenty of whole grains in their diet may lower their risk of developing high blood pressure, a large study suggests.

Brazil Gives Preliminary OK To Monsanto's GMO Corn
August 17, 2007 02:08 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

Brazil is one step closer to approving Monsantos controversial GMO corn for future use. Corn is the third most planted crop in the world and Brazil ranks third in the world based on harvested area. Critics and scientists worldwide emphasize that, while not required by law, genetically modified crops have never been tested for their impact on the environment or human health.

Federal Trade Commission Reveals 'Confidential' Whole Foods Plans to Dominate Market
August 16, 2007 05:18 PM - Associated Press

Federal regulators filed court documents Tuesday that revealed confidential details about Whole Foods Market Inc.'s proposed $565-million purchase of Wild Oats Markets Inc. The Federal Trade Commission, which opposes the merger on antitrust grounds, outlined concerns that stores in competitive markets would close and consumers would face higher prices for organic and natural foods if the deal goes through.

White Rice is Mutation Spread by Early Farmers, Researchers Say
August 16, 2007 05:05 PM - Cornell University, Chronicle

Researchers at Cornell and elsewhere have determined that 97.9 percent of all white rice is derived from a mutation (a deletion of DNA) in a single gene originating in the Japonica subspecies of rice.

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