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As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides?

As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides? | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
Beekeepers lost 42 percent of their hives last year. NPR and PBS NewsHour investigate what's behind the plight of the pollinators. Some scientists say pesticides called neonics are being overused.

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It's only our food supply at risk.

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Protecting produce: ten African countries get biosecurity investment

Protecting produce: ten African countries get biosecurity investment | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
An Australia-Africa initiative is sowing nearly $1m in training, mentoring and action plans to combat pests' threat to agriculture, writes Caspar van Vark (Protecting produce: ten African countries get biosecurity investment
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From Tainted Food to Painted Food: China's Latest Food Scandal - Wall Street Journal (blog)

From Tainted Food to Painted Food: China's Latest Food Scandal - Wall Street Journal (blog) | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
Wall Street Journal (blog) From Tainted Food to Painted Food: China's Latest Food Scandal Wall Street Journal (blog) Even by the standards of China's many food-safety scandals, one recently reported incident involving a cook in eastern China's...
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Climate, Resilience & Food Security (with images, tweets) · feedthefuture

At a signature event during the 2014 U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, U.S. and African leaders discussed the interconnected issues of resilience, food security and climate change and how, by working together, we can effectively address them.
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Egypt Country: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Food Security

Egypt Country: RRP6 Monthly Update - July 2014: Food Security | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
US$3.2 million injected into the local economy through food vouchers in July HIGHLIGHTS: • In July, WFP’s food voucher distribution reached over 110,000 beneficiaries or 97 percent of the operational plan, including over 71,000 in Greater Cairo,...
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Reconciling With Real Food - U.S. News & World Report (blog)

Reconciling With Real Food - U.S. News & World Report (blog) | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
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I had comparably larger-than-life encounters with Wolfgang Puck, Bobby Flay and other celebrity chefs better known to Food Network devotees than to me.
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Let's change the food security conversation on aquaculture

Let's change the food security conversation on aquaculture | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
In many parts of the developing world, aquaculture has been touted for quite some time as an excellent way to advance food security, especially in communities lacking a sustainable source of animal protein in regions such as sub-Saharan Africa.
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Farmers Battle Texas Drought With Sustainable Farming - KAGS News

Farmers Battle Texas Drought With Sustainable Farming - KAGS News | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
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Lack of rain frequency can pose an even bigger issue for farmers. One group of aggies at “Howdy Farm” showed us methods they're using to battle the more than three year Texas drought.
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The Futuristic Farming at the 1939 World’s Fair - Modern Farmer

The Futuristic Farming at the 1939 World’s Fair - Modern Farmer | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
A 1939 World's Fair was a celebration of American innovation and ingenuity set atop 1,200 acres of former swampland and an ash dump.
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Backyard Innovator

Micro farming method to provide your family with fresh meat, vegetables and clean water. (Backyard Innovator: Micro farming method to provide your family with fresh meat, vegetables and clean water.
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German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security

German NGO says TTIP will undermine global food security | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
The German aid organisation Brot für die Welt warns that a planned EU-US free trade agreement known as TTIP will undermine local support for smallholders in developing countries and exacerbate the global food crisis. EurActiv Germany reports.

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The planned Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the EU and the US threatens the concept of sustainable food security, the development NGO Brot für die Welt announced at a presentation of its annual report, in Berlin.

Development politicians agree: The key to fighting world hunger is strengthening smallholders in developing and newly industrialised countries.

 

"With the planned TTIP agreement, the EU and US are not only defining rules on trade between each other, but indirectly also respective trade with third states," said Cornelia Füllkrug-Weitzel, President of Brot für die Welt.

The two large trade powers "could intensify pressure on states outside the agreement to give up protection and support for their own markets," the aid worker said.

 

Support for regional food products under question

Füllkrug-Weitzel indicated Brazil’s national local procurement programme as an example, which supplies preschools and schools with regional food products for their meals.

If TTIP comes into force, international food corporations could sue such a cafeteria programme due to "illegal, trade distorting measures" that contradict the interests of free trade, Füllkrug-Weitzel explained. Local farmers would lose purchases guaranteed through such programmes and, in the worst case, even be left with no land in the end.

 

As of now, Füllkrug-Weitzel said there is no precedent case. But TTIP is not yet in force, she stated. "Adding one and one together" is enough to predict something like this will occur, said the organisation president. After all, the agreement aims at penetrating local markets, the NGO chief indicated.

"Through the free trade agreement, the EU and the US want to make it possible for large food companies and agribusinesses to penetrate small, local markets that have been protected so far", said Füllkrug-Weitzel, referring to a confidential paper from the US Congress that was leaked to the public recently.

 

Local farmers disadvantaged

Another, and perhaps more prominent risk is the disadvantage created for agricultural goods from developing countries on the international market.

 

TTIP negotiators hope to bring about a decrease in tariffs between the EU and US on agriculture products. If this occurs, imports from newly industrialising and developing countries are likely to lose a portion of their market share to the United States for products like cotton, sugar, fresh produce, and fish, says Brot für die Welt.

The development aid organisation is calling for a "development policy check" for TTIP, which would evaluate the free trade agreement regarding the right to food and human rights in general.

In addition, all international trade agreements negotiated by the EU should include a human rights clause. This should offer the possibility of omitting or changing certain terms of the agreement when they threaten to violate human rights.

 

National economies involved promise TTIP will intensify trade activities, spur economic growth and lead to higher employment.

These expectations would be fulfilled, says a recent study published by the Munich-based Ifo Institute in partnership with the Bertelsmann Foundation, but third countries should also expect certain disadvantages. In addition to an expected increase in prosperity for the US and the EU, the study predicted considerable real losses in revenue for Asian economies.

"The increase in prosperity for Western industrialised countries should be reason enough to compensate those expected to lose out in the agreement and to be open to compromise in multilateral negotiations", said Thieß Petersen from the Bertelsmann Foundation.

 

TTIP: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

Germany's Federal Development Ministry (BMZ) is keeping a watchful eye on TTIP. For the time being, however, there is no evidence of possible effects TTIP could have on parallel negotiations with developing countries – neither positive nor negative, explained Daniela Zehentner-Capell at an event in Berlin.

Two current studies reached differing results, she said, but it is still too early to refer to a "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde dimension" of the TTIP agreement.

 

Meanwhile Füllkrug-Weitzel is cautiously optimistic that the German government will consider the criticism voiced by Brot für die Welt over the TTIP negotiations.

"The government is taking notice of our arguments," she said.

Two days ago when she spoke with German Minister of Economic Affairs Sigmar Gabriel again Füllkrug-Weitzel said he was open to listen.

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Now What? Scientists Call for a Better Way to Invest in the Future of Agriculture - The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog)

Now What? Scientists Call for a Better Way to Invest in the Future of Agriculture - The Equation: Blog of the Union of Concerned Scientists (blog) | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
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Ethiopia to Eliminate Leakages in Supply Chain to benefit Farmers

Smallholder farmers in Ethiopia are gearing up for a windfall, literally, following a government initiative aimed at reducing leakages in the supply chain. While these farmers have traditionally...
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Man-made nitrogen could cause damage worth $441 billion — International Society for Agricultural Meteorology

“When reactive nitrogen from human activities leaks into the environment, it causes damage – many studies document the effect on human health, on ecology and on the environment. There are inevitably costs associated with mitigating this damage or putting it right, for example losses incurred by a fishing industry affected by eutrophication of water, or costs involved in the number of hospital visits due to respiratory illnesses. In the first study of its kind, researchers in the US have quantified these costs of anthropogenic nitrogen on a national scale by combining nitrogen-loading data with economic data for the US.”
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NYC Has More Food Waste-To-Energy Tricks Up Its Sleeve

NYC Has More Food Waste-To-Energy Tricks Up Its Sleeve | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
If you're hearing a loud buzzing right now, that would be the tubes heating up with news that New York City is set to expand its new food waste-to-energy pilot program this fall from a somewhat measly two tons per day straight on up to 50 tons per...
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Plant genetic engineering, climate change and food security | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security

Plant genetic engineering, climate change and food security | CCAFS: CGIAR research program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
This paper explores whether crop genetic engineering can contribute to addressing food security, as well as enhancing human nutrition and farming under a changing climate.
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From Food Security to Food Sovereignty

From Food Security to Food Sovereignty | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
It’s an exciting time for the good food movement. Sometimes it can feel as though the efforts to make agriculture more sustainable are the most visible and active component of the broader environmental movement.
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Towards food security for Maharashtra

Towards food security for Maharashtra | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
The unprecedented rise in prices over the past two months has underscored the criticality of food security.To achieve food security while keeping prices in check requires a combination of regulations, good execution and political will.
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'Breakfast pies' all the rage in Dundee, says baker

'Breakfast pies' all the rage in Dundee, says baker | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
A fry-up in a pie being served in a hospital canteen in Scotland for £1.50 has caused national outrage - but you can already get them in most bakeries in Dundee, one pie producer says.
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Food security can be achieved without damaging global environment

Food security can be achieved without damaging global environment | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
By Tim Radford | Agriculture is responsible for somewhere between 30% and 35% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but much of this is because tropical forests are being cleared for farmland.
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CDC anthrax lab head resigns after several biohazard mishaps. Here's a timeline.

CDC anthrax lab head resigns after several biohazard mishaps. Here's a timeline. | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
The departure comes after safety issues at more than one federal agency. (CDC anthrax lab head resigns after several biohazard mishaps. Here's a timeline.
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Family Farming Campaign :: Family Farming :: In figures

Family Farming Campaign :: Family Farming :: In figures | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
RT @IIED: #IYFF14 in numbers – 70% of world’s food is produced by family farmers --> http://t.co/wBcPDMGUFh (via @StrausOrganic)
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Georgetown Wants to Offer Rural Entrepreneurs With Smart Startup Ideas $30,000

Georgetown Wants to Offer Rural Entrepreneurs With Smart Startup Ideas $30,000 | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business Global Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative's StartUpHoyas announced a new partnership Thursday with the...
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Roush named new dean of College of Agricultural Sciences - Penn State News

Roush named new dean of College of Agricultural Sciences - Penn State News | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
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Payback time for soil carbon from pasture conversion to sugarcane ...

Payback time for soil carbon from pasture conversion to sugarcane ... | Agriculture and Farming | Scoop.it
The reduction of soil carbon stock caused by the conversion of pasture areas into sugarcane plantations – a very common change in Brazil in recent years – may be offset within two or three years of cultivation.
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