Agriculture

Challenges Remain In Reintroducing American Chestnut
August 22, 2007 01:24 PM - Douglas M. Main, Purdue University

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Researchers have developed a breed of American chestnut that is resistant to the fungal blight that decimated its population in the early 1900s. But the return of this "king of trees," so-called for its picturesque form and towering height of more than 100 feet, remains hampered by a slew of obstacles, said a Purdue University researcher.

Do Higher Corn Prices Mean Less Adherence to Ecological Principles?
August 22, 2007 10:58 AM - University of Illinois-Champaign

Expectations of higher corn prices are leading some farmers to neglect or ignore integrated pest management strategies, and their behavior could undermine the very technologies that sustain them, University of Illinois researchers report today at the American Chemical Society meeting in Boston.

Cow-Powered Fuel Cells Grow Smaller, Mightier
August 22, 2007 10:26 AM - Ohio State University

"Cows could one day help to meet the rise in demand for alternative energy sources," say Ohio State University researchers that used microbe-rich fluid from a cow to generate electricity in a small fuel cell.

Impacts on human health, agriculture to round out most comprehensive assessment of climate change on state
August 22, 2007 10:06 AM - UW Office of News

An assessment of the impact of climate change on the state, being launched this week by the University of Washington's Climate Impacts Group for the Washington Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, is the most comprehensive ever.

Stalk Burning Fuels China Pollution Woes
August 22, 2007 09:58 AM - Jia Hepeng, SciDevNet

A new study published in the August issue of the Chinese Science Bulletin, scientists estimate that farmers burning stalks produced 210.2 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2000, the most recent year for official figures on China's total carbon dioxide emissions. This was 6.1 per cent of China's total emissions that year.

Controversy Over GMO Corn Approval In Brazil
August 22, 2007 09:51 AM - Luisa Massarani, SciDevNet

Brazil's biosafety committee has approved two sets of guidelines governing the use of genetically modified (GM) corn, despite criticism from within its ranks. The Brazilian National Biosafety Technical Committee (CTNBio), which oversees the use of GM organisms in the country, last week (16 August) approved plans for monitoring and coexistence.

USDA to give $5.5 million to study E. coli in produce
August 22, 2007 09:34 AM - Reuters

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will held support new research on keeping fresh produce safe from deadly bacteria, officials said on Tuesday.

Organic Farmers Suffer Extensive Crop Damage after Flooding in Wisconsin, Minnesota
August 22, 2007 07:08 AM - Colin Fly, Associated Press

The damage from this week's floods could push some of Wisconsin's organic farmers out of business and affect the price of organic products nationwide. Only California has more certified organic farms than Wisconsin, and more than a third of the Badger State's 994 organic farms are in the five counties where rivers and streams overflowed.

Consumers Torn Between Buying Local and Buying Organic Food
August 21, 2007 06:19 PM - PRleap.com

In a recent study by Mambo Sprouts Mambo Track(tm) research services, when it comes to their grocery dollars, consumers are torn between buying local and buying organic food.

Imported Foods Concern Food Safety Experts
August 21, 2007 02:11 PM - University of Georgia

A University of Georgia expert says the challenges in ensuring a safe U.S. food supply will continue to grow to unprecedented heights unless solutions are provided quickly. "Although most foods Americans eat are safe, with odds of greater than 1 in 1 million of becoming hospitalized from a serving of food, the dynamics of the U.S. food system are rapidly changing," said Michael Doyle, director of the UGA Center for Food Safety. "Consumers are much more vulnerable now to large episodes of foodborne illnesses."

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