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#94620
2013-07-17

EU targets another insecticide linked to decline in bee population

The European Union added a pesticide made by German chemical firm BASF to its blacklist of substances suspected of playing a role in declining bee populations.EU governments banned the use of agricultural insecticide fipronil to treat maize and sunflower seeds, the European Commission said on Tu ...

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#94621
2013-07-17

Angry birders: Farm bill in flux imperils feathered friends

With the farm bill in flux, it’s looking more and more likely that the environment will take a hit. The Conservation Reserve Program, which recently accounted for 7 percent of farm bill funding, essentially pays farmers to produce wildlife, instead of producing crops. Since there’s no market tha ...

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#94605
2013-07-16

Biodiversity suffering from widespread agriculture

Biodiversity in Denmark is suffering because of the large and intensive agriculture industry, biologists and environmental organisations say.

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#94585
2013-07-15

Kenya: In Kenya, Small Is Vulnerable

Nairobi — With the country's food security and farmers' livelihoods at risk from climate change, Kenya has divergent policy options. One is reliant on deploying new technologies as well as improving and expanding use of fertilisers and pesticides; while the other would turn to indigenous knowled ...

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#94586
2013-07-15

Protecting our pollinators

Bees, so crucial to our food supply, are dying off at alarming rates. CALS researchers are taking a close look at everything from the microbes in their hives to the landscapes they live in to identify in what conditions bees thrive.

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#94599
2013-07-15

Caribbean Bananas: Organic Production vs. Disease Control

ROME, Jul 14 2013 (IPS) - FAO is currently supporting two seemingly contradictory projects in Caribbean countries: while one seeks to promote organic production, the other involves the use of chemical fungicides to fight black sigatoka, the worst enemy of this key food crop.

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#94568
2013-07-12

New Consortium Takes on the Chai Challenge

A nice cup of tea is the usual prescription for everything from severe shock to a tiring day. But the industry behind the restorative cuppa is facing some challenges of its own, which, if not addressed, could have a dramatic impact on the supply chain behind the world’s favorite drink.

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#94509
2013-07-08

Zimbabwe: Agriculture Under Threat

THERE is greater need today than ever before to radically revolutionise Zimbabwe's food production systems to align with the unprecedented present and future changes in climate.

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#94517
2013-07-08

European capacity to grow food is plateauing, scientist warns

Countries may not be able to increase food production because many staple crops are close to their physiological growing limits

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#94427
2013-06-27

Crop yields no longer keeping up with population growth

If the world is to grow enough food for the projected global population in 2050, agricultural productivity will have to rise by at least 60%, and may need to more than double, according to researchers who have studied global crop yields.

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#94390
2013-06-26

EU Nears Agreement on Farm Subsidy Reform

BRUSSELS—European Union negotiators are pushing for a final agreement Wednesday on a long-awaited overhaul of the bloc's €59 billion-a-year farm subsidy program that will cut funding to Europe's largest agricultural producers.

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#94396
2013-06-26

How to engage youth in agriculture

THE Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme – Knowledge, Information and Skills (CAADP-KIS) is a pan-African vehicle that translates the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA)’s vision into a workable framework to guide agriculture ...

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#94379
2013-06-25

Farming in the Mauritian Sea

PORT LOUIS, Jun 25 2013 (IPS) - “No fighting, please. Everybody will get their fish. Give us time to empty the crates and weigh today’s catch,” Patrick Guiliano Marie, leader of the St. Pierre Fish Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society, shouts at the crowd jostling impatiently at the fish landing st ...

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#94357
2013-06-21

Guinea's agriculture and mining sectors strive to complement not compete

As she ended her presentation to potential investors in London last week, Jacqueline Sultan, Guinea's agriculture minister, directed a plea to her colleague in charge of mining in the front row. "Please protect our red monkeys and our white toads," she said.

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#94359
2013-06-21

How to invest in a sustainable food future

The call to feed 9 billion people by 2050 is a common refrain among food industry leaders, held up as the ultimate, if elusive, goal of production and sustainability. Unfortunately, current approaches to address this challenge are unsustainable — from economic, ecological and social perspectives.

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#94370
2013-06-21

Growth in crop yields inadequate to feed the world by 2050 – research

If the world is to grow enough food for the projected global population in 2050, agricultural productivity will have to rise by at least 60%, and may need to more than double, according to researchers who have studied global crop yields.

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#94330
2013-06-20

Want to save the planet? Ditch meat, says study

A shift to plant-based diets is one strategy to help the world meet its food demands by the year 2050, according to a new study that says crop yields are improving too slowly to satisfy meat-eaters' appetites.

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#94331
2013-06-20

Feeding the World in Harmony with Nature

ROME, Jun 20 (IPS) - The world needs a more sustainable food production system based on knowledge that prioritises the conservation of natural resources to boost agricultural yields over the heavy use of pesticides and other chemical inputs, say experts promoting the concept of agroecology.

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#94313
2013-06-19

Agriculture's impact on malaria

Raising agricultural productivity is a priority in much of sub-Saharan Africa, where some 70% of people live in rural areas and rely on farming. But 90% of the estimated 660,000 global deaths caused by malaria in 2010 were also in Africa, and agricultural development can play a role in its trans ...

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#94295
2013-06-18

Bringing Home the Bacon the Green Way

The world can satisfy its growing appetite for meat and animal-based products without upsetting livelihoods, especially of developing country farmers, or worsening climate change.

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#94284
2013-06-17

Oyster farmers in Brazil embrace sustainability

Sustainable oyster farmers have turned Brazil's Bay of Guaratuba into a model of eco-friendly food production. They are producing some of the tastiest oysters in the world and educating locals about how to be green.

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#94254
2013-06-14

Do neonicotinoids harm organisms other than insects?

The threat posed to bees by neonicotinoid insecticides ‘may be just the tip of the iceberg’, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Ecology. Research conducted by the University of Sussex’s Professor Dave Goulson reveals that soil organisms, aquatic life and farmland birds ...

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#94208
2013-06-12

Good coffee threatened by disease outbreak

A disease called coffee rust has reached epidemic proportions in Central America, threatening the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of farmers and the morning pick-me-up of millions of coffee drinkers.

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#94185
2013-06-11

Supplying the Demand: Respectfully

Two neighbouring mosques mark the first October morning in rural north-east India. The united prayer calls of both Muslim and Hindu faiths capture the hope that surrounds the rice harvest.

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#94195
2013-06-11

Pollinators Easily Enhanced by Flowering Agri-Environment Schemes

June 10, 2013 — Agri-environment schemes aimed to promote biodiversity on farmland have positive effects on wild bees, hoverflies and butterflies.

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#94168
2013-06-10

Tanzania: Small-Scale Farmers Fault London 'Hunger Summit'

AS world leaders gather at the high profile "Hunger Summit" in London this week to endorse the spate of on-going initiatives to "modernise" African agriculture, farmers from 37 countries across the continent have slammed these efforts as "a new wave of colonialism".

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#94153
2013-06-07

Q&A: Dr. Vandana Shiva, social activist, on the importance of saving seeds

With a PhD in the foundations of quantum theory, Dr. Vandana Shiva has led an unusual life for a physicist in the 21st century.Thirty years ago, Dr. Shiva dedicated her life “to the seed.” She founded Navdanya, the movement for seed saving in India. And the movement has since gone global.

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#94103
2013-06-05

Putting the Culture Back in Agriculture: Reviving Native Food and Farming Traditions

"At one point 'agriculture' was about the culture of food. Losing that culture, in favor of an American cultural monocrop, joined with an agricultural monocrop, puts us in a perilous state..." says food and Native activist Winona LaDuke

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#94104
2013-06-05

Food security and sustainable farming are two sides of the same coin

Food security is a complex socio-economic issue, intricately linked to human health and sustainable economic development. Historically, large sections of the world’s population continued to experience hunger, exacerbated by human activities or natural phenomenon or a combination of both.

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#94105
2013-06-05

Peak water, peak oil... Now, peak soil?

Soil is becoming endangered.This reality needs to be part of our collective awareness in order to feed nine billion people by 2050, say experts meeting here in Reykjavík.

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#94086
2013-06-04

FAO report calls for food systems to improve nutrition

JOHANNESBURG, 4 June 2013 (IRIN) - Poor health and losses in productivity caused by malnutrition are costing the global economy US$500 per person per year, or a staggering $3.5 trillion annually, according to a new report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

News Headlines
#93929
2013-05-27

The biodiversity of food

With monoculture taking over, the only biodiversity that will remain will be stored inside the cold and controlled environments of gene pool labs

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#93930
2013-05-27

Cultivating food diversity in Indonesia

JAKARTA - The nation's heavy dependence on rice as the primary staple food has triggered the need for food diversification, but up to now it is still a work in progress.

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#93931
2013-05-27

Environmentalists see seeds as key to agricultural reform

FLORENCE—As the global agricultural sector is faced with ever-greater challenges, the question of how to reform and improve the sector is a controversial and difficult one.

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#93944
2013-05-27

UN Warns Of Decline In Farm Biodiversity

Conservationists have been warning about the loss of biodiversity in the wild for years, but according to Zakri Abdul Hamid, head of the United Nations’ new Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), diversity loss is also occurring under the watchf ...

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#93803
2013-05-22

Encouraging signs for bee biodiversity

Declines in the biodiversity of pollinating insects and wild plants have slowed in recent years, according to a new study.

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#93760
2013-05-21

Q+A: Committee on World Food Security chair urges use of forest foods in diets

Governments must ensure food security is top of the development agenda as global population expands from 7 billion to a projected 9 billion people by 2050, the chair of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) told Forests News at a conference in Rome.

News Headlines
#93762
2013-05-21

Environmentalists See Seeds as Key to Agricultural Reform

FLORENCE, May 20 2013 (IPS) - As the global agricultural sector is faced with ever-greater challenges, the question of how to reform and improve the sector is a controversial and difficult one. So Terra Futura, a three-day exhibition and conference on agricultural good practises held annually in ...

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#93713
2013-05-16

Feeding the world population sustainably and efficiently with ecologically intensive agriculture

Conventional methods of agriculture and cattle-breeding cannot feed the world population. They are not sustainable, pollute the environment, are responsible for reducing biodiversity and have a damaging effect on human health

News Headlines
#93714
2013-05-16

UN agency and Slow Food group partner to boost livelihoods of small farmers

15 May 2013 – The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and the international non-profit organization Slow Food today agreed to promote traditional cooking and locally produced food as part of a project to boost incomes for small farmers and rural communities.

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#93681
2013-05-15

South Asia rethinks pesticide use on farms amid concerns

The agricultural sector in South Asia needs to massively raise crop yields to feed its booming population. India has long used chemical pesticides and fertilizers to do that. But organic farming is slowly making inroads.

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#93629
2013-05-13

Rwanda: Farmers Urged to Limit Chemical Fertilisers

A RENOWNED regional expert has advised farmers to limit the use of chemical fertilisers in order to contribute to protecting the environment and climate against polluting agents.

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#93582
2013-05-09

SA urged to avoid disaster that has befallen European and North American bees

WHILE South Africa’s bees are still not in crisis, the agricultural sector should take steps to avert a predicament similar to that faced by bees and the crops they pollinate in Europe and North America, says Agricultural Research Council senior researcher Mike Allsopp.

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#93549
2013-05-07

Unearthing the Value of Soil.

Healthy soil could be our best hope in the face of climate change, food crisis and biodiversity loss. Soil is the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. Just one teaspoon contains as many as one billion bacteria, which provide vital services to support the growth of plant species and the myriad c ...

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#93520
2013-05-03

How Coffee Can Change the World -- Part 2 -- The Rainforest Alliance

Coffee production worldwide accounts for over 30 million acres of land use -- roughly the size of England -- giving the coffee industry a lot of space to either harm or benefit the environment.

News Headlines
#93521
2013-05-03

Eritrea: Water Resources in Goluj Sub-Zone Giving Impetus to Biodiversity - Report

Goluj — The Agriculture Ministry's branch in Goluj sub-zone indicated that water resources and agricultural infrastructures there have given rise to conducive environment for biodiversity.

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#93531
2013-05-03

Preserving the Soil and Reaping Greater Harvests

MOROGORO, Tanzania, May 3 2013 (IPS) - Smallholder farmer Peter Mcharo, from Morogoro Region in eastern Tanzania, has a reason to smile. His fields are full of green, healthy maize plants, he has richer soil and he spends less time farming now than he did two years ago.

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#93461
2013-04-29

Bee deaths: EU to ban neonicotinoid pesticides

A vote in the EU has paved the way for the European Commission to restrict the use of pesticides linked to bee deaths in scientific studies.

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#93423
2013-04-26

RI fights to add agro-products to APEC green list

Indonesia is maintaining its efforts to place two of its agriculture-based products — palm oil and rubber — on the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) list of environmentally friendly goods despite rejection by some members.

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#93402
2013-04-24

Bill goes bananas!

Nature has given us a cornucopia of biodiversity rich in nutrients. Malnutrition and nutrient deficiency result from destroying biodiversity. The Green Revolution has spread monocultures of chemical rice and wheat, driving out biodiversity fr­om our farms and diets.

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