• Climate And Biodiversity Crisis: The Gap Between Research And Policy Should Be Filled

    With global diversity increasingly at risk, a mechanism like the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is required, argues Michel Loreau. Biodiversity has received increasing attention from scientists, governments and the public since the 'Earth Summit' at Rio de Janeiro and the establishment of the international Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in 1992. There are local conservation successes to celebrate as a result, but global threats to biodiversity are still on the rise. The CBD has failed to reverse this trend for several reasons, but here I focus on one that I believe could be relatively easily addressed. >> Read the Full Article
  • U.S. farm groups deflect pressure on Doha cuts

    U.S. farm groups bristled this week at calls for deeper cuts to American agriculture subsidies, just as trade negotiators urged the United States to do more to break a stubborn stalemate in world trade talks. >> Read the Full Article
  • Novel insecticidal toxins from bacteria

    For further information contact Mrs Michelle Hares, University of Exeter in Cornwall, tel: 01326 253740, fax: 01326 253638, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; >> Read the Full Article
  • Eco-Tilling Detects Resistance

    A new molecular tool developed by Australian and Japanese researchers is expected to help farmers address what has become one of the major threats to conventional agricultural practices - herbicide resistance. More than 305 types of weed in more than 50 countries have been reported to be resistant to at least one herbicide, and an increasing number of weeds owe their success to their genetic diversity. >> Read the Full Article
  • Mo. Wineries Expect Tiny Harvest

    A combination of the Easter freeze and hungry birds has left Missouri's wineries predicting a tiny harvest this year and big economic losses. Vineyards across the state are reporting 85 to 100 percent losses of certain types of grapes, while the overall loss is estimated to be around 60 percent. Agricultural officials are still assessing the damage, but they say losses could total $2 million to $3 million. Wine enthusiasts likely won't see much difference because wineries said they'll buy grapes from other states to make up the difference. But that does little to assuage the economic bite. >> Read the Full Article
  • Lettuce, leafy greens and E. coli

    The rise in year-round consumption of fresh leafy greens such as lettuce and baby spinach is increasing the difficulty of keeping produce free from contamination by food poisoning bacteria, according to US scientists speaking today (Monday 3 September 2007) at the Society for General Microbiology’s 161st Meeting at the University of Edinburgh, UK, which runs from 3-6 September 2007. >> Read the Full Article
  • Environmental effects kept in check on farms

    Environmental activists have long criticized pharmaceutical use by hog farmers and veterinarians in treating swine disease, saying pharmaceuticals are being overused and errantly contaminating the environment. But new research from the University of Guelph has shown that environmental contamination from antibiotics does not pose appreciable risks to soil and aquatic organisms. >> Read the Full Article
  • Experts Urge Gene Bank of Rare Livestock Breeds to Ensure Healthy Diversity

    Precious genetic material that could protect farm animals from future threats posed by disease and climate change might be lost unless action is taken to protect rare breeds from extinction, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said Monday. >> Read the Full Article
  • Climate change and N. America farms to be studied

    Iowa State University researchers will join a study of climate change to produce mid-century projections by late next year of the likely regional effects on North American farms from global warming. "There is no question now that the climate is changing on a global scale," said Gene Takle, an Iowa State University professor of geological and atmospheric sciences who will lead a study to project North American climate from 2040 to 2070. Iowa and Illinois are the epicenter of the U.S. Midwest farm belt, which produces the world's largest exportable surpluses of corn, soybeans and wheat and vast amounts of meat, dairy products, poultry and vegetables. >> Read the Full Article
  • Update on the Global Fight Against Genetically Engineered Foods & Crops

    LONDON - This compilation of stories, provided by the British organization called GM Freeze, providing stories about people successfully holding back the GM tide around the world. From Cyprus to South Korea, Venezuela to Zambia, GM food and crops are finding it increasingly difficult to gain headway unchallenged. Adding these advances to our momentum starts with sharing the stories. We hope you find them inspiring. As always, if you'd like more information or references for any of the items, please get in touch. >> Read the Full Article