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  • ALERT: USDA Says 'Raw' Foods Can Be Pasteurized With Suspected Carcinogen

    WASHINGTON - Under pressure from industrial agriculture lobbyists, the USDA has quietly approved a new regulation that will effectively end distribution of raw almonds, while putting many family farmers out of business. The regulation is scheduled to go into effect in just a few short days on September 1st, unless thousands of consumers take action now. >> Read the Full Article
  • Chinese Scientist To Lead Global Agriculture Agency

    The appointment of a leading Chinese scientist at the world's major agricultural research body is expected to better apply Chinese resources and expertise to the global fight against poverty. Wang Ren was this week (22 August) announced as the first Chinese scientist to be appointed director of the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), a major agricultural research consortium launched by the World Bank to help the poor countries. >> Read the Full Article
  • Organic Sugar Company Selected To Build A New Fla. Ethanol Plant

    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - The University of Florida selected Florida Crystals Corporation's Okeelanta facility as the site to build a cellulosic ethanol research and demonstration plant in Palm Beach County. In a unanimous vote on Tuesday the university selection committee chose Florida Crystals from a list of bidders to construct a cellulosic ethanol plant that will produce 1 million to 2 million gallons of ethanol a year. >> Read the Full Article
  • Earth Conservancy Receives Pa. Governor's Environmental Award

    HANOVER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - They transformed a Pennsylvania waste dump into a beautiful green space. And today, the environmentalist group Earth Conservancy was honored with recognition from the state's top environmental official. >> Read the Full Article
  • "Eat Well" Tour Finds Americans Hungry For, And Serving Sustainable Food

    Sustainable Table Founder and Director Diane Hatz set off on her 38-day Eat Well Guided Tour of America earlier this month from California to New York, she suspected she'd be meeting far more interesting people than recent media caricatures of America have suggested. But Hatz reports that she and her fellow travelers on the bio-fueled bus have been surprised that "nearly everyone we've met" seems to share the deeper hunger that inspired the trip: "for food that satisfies our palates and helps sustain our environment, all while helping us to re-connect with community." >> Read the Full Article
  • Pakistan: Unknown Virus Attacks Cotton Crop

    The Sindh cotton crop is hit by an unknown virus as both growers and Agriculture Department are finding ways to tackle it. The virus has come inspite of using pesticides and is expected to further worsen the situation due to the recent rains. The virus is seen to be flourishing in moisture. >> Read the Full Article
  • EU Relaxes Ban on British Meat Exports

    The European Union on Thursday relaxed a ban on exports of British livestock, meat and dairy products that was imposed after an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in southeastern England earlier this month. >> Read the Full Article
  • Climate change goes underground

    Climate change, a recent “hot topic” when studying the atmosphere, oceans, and Earth’s surface; however, the study of another important factor to this global phenomenon is still very much “underground.” Few scientists are looking deep enough to see the possible effects of climate change on groundwater systems. Little is known about how soil, subsurface waters, and groundwater are responding to climate change. >> Read the Full Article
  • Challenges Remain In Reintroducing American Chestnut

    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. >> Read the Full Article
  • Do Higher Corn Prices Mean Less Adherence to Ecological Principles?

    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. >> Read the Full Article