• Worldwatch Perspective: With the 2007 Farm Bill, the Local Goes Global

    The 2007 Farm Bill, a critical piece of legislation that highlights America’s agricultural priorities, has been on lawmakers’ agendas this fall. With the authority of the 2002 Bill due to run out by the end of the year, more than 65 proposals put forward by the U.S. Department of Agriculture are in need of extension or reauthorization. The Farm Bill is also seen as evidence of the U.S. government’s commitment to rural areas, and is recognized for its investments in alternative energy sources and food production. >> Read the Full Article
  • Australia's drought may cut wine vintage by half

    Australia's drought could cut the 2008 wine grape vintage by more than half, industry groups said on Monday, cutting into a A$3 billion ($2.6 billion) a year export business and possibly forcing hundreds of winemakers out of business.

    The 2008 vintage is likely to fall to between 800,000 tones and 1.3 million tones, compared with a normal seasonal crop of about 1.9 million tones, according to Wine Grape Growers and Winemakers' Federation of Australia.

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  • Palm prices seen falling if U.S. cuts biofuel subsidy

    PANAJI, India (Reuters) - Global palm oil prices, which have been on the boil for the last couple of months, could ease from January if the United States cuts incentives it gives to biofuel producers, a leading analyst said.

    "Palm oil prices are likely to reach 2,000 to 2,100 ringgit per tonne by March, down from the current levels of around 2,600 ringgit per tonne," James Fry, managing director of London-based LMC International, told reporters at a conference in India.

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  • Nutrient levels in conventional foods declining

    The title of a newly-released report from The Organic Center tells a sad but timely story: “Still No Free Lunch: Nutrient levels in US food supply eroded by pursuit of high yields.” >> Read the Full Article
  • A year later, GM rice remains a problem

    An unapproved genetically modified rice that was discovered in US long-grain rice supplies in August 2006 continues to cause problems for US rice farmers. There are concerns this year’s rice harvest may again contain traces of unapproved GM LibertyLink trait known as LL601. Rice farmers are suing the rice’s creator, Bayer CropScience, due to millions of dollars in lost revenue. A German food producer recently sued two Arkansas rice millers, claiming shipments to the company were contaminated by LL601. A Filipino court issued a restraining order preventing the Philippine government from approving another Bayer GM rice, LL62.

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  • Bt corn more susceptible to aphids

    Research into the environmental impact of genetically modified crops appears to be accelerating. Among several recent investigations, a Swiss study published in the journal PloS ONE has documented greater susceptibility to aphids among GM maize lines than among their conventional counterparts. >> Read the Full Article
  • Amid Big Promises, Plans Proceed For First GMO Foodcrop Release In India

    India - India is about to serve as host to a newly developed GMO eggplant, the first ever GMO foodcrop for India. The plant has been genetically modified to contain a pesticide that promoters hope will make it resistant to the fruit and shoot borer. Researchers admit, many questions about the new GMO food remain unanswered. No human trials have been conducted in the US or India. 

     

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  • Australia To Give Farmers More Drought Help

    CANBERRA  - The Australian government will provide more drought aid for farmers, Prime Minister John Howard said on Friday, after a report showed dwindling water inflows in the nation's food bowl around the Murray-Darling rivers.  Farmers had hoped early winter rains from April to June would mark the end of six years of drought, but low rainfall and high temperatures in August have led to below average flows into the river system, where water storage remains near record lows >> Read the Full Article
  • New guidelines set to improve standard of cows' milk allergy care

    New guidelines on the diagnosis and management of cows’ milk allergy (CMA), published today in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, are set to improve the standard of care of infants with CMA, the most common food allergy in children >> Read the Full Article
  • Court Halts Introduction Of GMO Rice In The Philippines

    PHILIPPINES - A Philippine court has temporarily halted an application to bring genetically modified (GM) rice to the country, pending a study of possible health and environmental effects.

    A temporary restraining order was issued yesterday (18 September) after Greenpeace, together with other nongovernmental organisations, challenged the Philippine government's right to approve Bayer Crop Science's LL62, a herbicide-tolerant type of hybrid rice.

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