• Spilled GM Canola Takes Root, Spreads In Japan

    A recent survey of spilled canola (oilseed rape) shows that genetically modified canola contamination is much wider than expected throughout Japan. NO!GMO Campaign published its findings in July after surveying 43 of Japan’s 47 prefectures from March 2007 onwards. The citizen survey produced 1617 samples, of which 37 showed up GMO positive. Samples were not restricted to obvious industrial locations (ports, factories, transportation routes), but were taken on farmland and some urban locations as well. >> Read the Full Article
  • Organic More Profitable For Farmers

    A study the US Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) has shown that Minnesota grain farmers could reap higher profits by switching to organic grain crops. The four-year study was conducted at the Swan Lake Research Farm near Morris, MN. While other studies have compared the cash values of organic versus conventional crop, the Minnesota study analyzed the economic risks and transition effects of switching to organic farming. >> Read the Full Article
  • GMO To You, May Not Be For Them, Organic Co's Debate "Non-GMO" Thresholds

    US organic and non-GMO grain suppliers say an initiative to verify the non-GMO status of organic and natural foods is worthwhile, but express concerns about GMO thresholds, costs, GMO testing, and impacts on organic farmers. Many suppliers of organic and non-GMO grains support The Non-GMO Project, but are concerned about the details. “Non-GMO verification is certainly doable and practical,” says Rick Brandenburger, president, Richland Organics, Breckenridge, MN. “The key is ‘what defines Non-GMO’?” >> Read the Full Article
  • Biofuels Must Be Made Sustainably, Says European Commission

    European Commission is developing legislation that will require minimum sustainability standards for biofuels development. "It is, of course, essential to ensure that this increase is fulfilled in a sustainable way; we cannot just sit back and assume this will happen automatically," Piebalgs said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Drought Catastrophe Stalks Australia's Food Bowl

    MOULAMEIN, Australia - A thin winter green carpets Australia's southeast hills and plains, camouflaging the onset of a drought catastrophe in the nation's food bowl. Sheep and cattle farmer Ian Shippen stands in a dying ankle-high oat crop under a mobile irrigation boom stretching nearly half-a-kilometer, but now useless without water. "I honestly think we're stuffed," he says grimly. >> Read the Full Article
  • Brazil Trys To Calm Europe's Environmental Concerns

    Delegates from Brazil's farm sector will visit Europe next month on a mission to convince customers that the expanding agricultural business is not harming the environment. They intend to show that many of the accusations made by green activists against Brazilian agriculture -- for example, that increased cane planting is destroying the Amazon rain forest -- do not reflect reality, Carlo Lovatelli, president of the Brazilian Agribusiness Association (Abag), said on Monday. >> Read the Full Article
  • Afghan Opium Crop Soars To "Frightening Levels" Says U.N.

    KABUL - Opium production has soared to "frightening record levels" in Afghanistan, which now has more land producing drugs than Colombia, Bolivia and Peru combined, the United Nations said on Monday. Afghanistan is locked in a vicious circle where drug money feeds both the Taliban insurgency and official corruption which in turn weaken the government's hold of large parts of the country and allows more opium to be produced. The area of Afghan land where opium poppies are grown rose by 17 percent to 193,000 hectares in 2007 from 165,000 last year and this year's harvest was 8,200 tonnes, up from 6,100 tonnes in 2006, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said. >> Read the Full Article
  • Compounds That Color Fruits And Veggies May Protect Against Colon Cancer

    COLUMBUS, Ohio – Understanding the molecular structures of compounds that give certain fruits and vegetables their rich colors may help researchers find even more powerful cancer fighters, a new study suggests. >> Read the Full Article
  • Back To The Future: Eco-Friendly, Local Farms

    Contaminated food imports, billions in misguided subsidies for industrial agriculture, a massive biofuels boondoggle, a destabilized climate spawning drought and pest infestations, the end of cheap oil and cheap food, degraded soils and contaminated waterways, a spiraling epidemic of diet-related obesity, heart disease, and cancer. >> Read the Full Article
  • UK Ministers Rush To Protect Priority Species And Habitats

    UNITED KINGDOM - Britians Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is pushing to protect species and habitats. The British government intends to halt any further biodiversity loss by 2010. The environment ministers approved a priorities list that will guide future conservation action. >> Read the Full Article