New book is an argument for biotech - good one to know about and, if you're wary of GMO (as I am), a good one to read. Important to understand the thinking behind an ag tech industry that dismisses concerns as just so much anti-science drivel.
According to several food pantries, elderly recipients of free food disbursements are turning around and selling the donations at various locations throughout the city. Those who work in the business of handing out food say that the practice is a sign of how bad the economy has gotten for seniors trying to survive in the city. Others agree, but add that at some food pantries the desperation has intensified the competition for food.
WASHINGTON — Corn and soybean farmers are pushing for – and Congress is moving to create – a whole new subsidy that could maintain farm incomes at a nearly four-decade high should prices fall or crops be destroyed by weather.
The Budget Visualizer is a web-based application that allows visual analysis of Farm Bill spending since 2009. Developed in partnership with the Hive Group, the Budget Visualizer uses “treemap” technology, a method of displaying spending data as nested rectangles, which allows you to “see” the proportion of federal funding received by Farm Bill programs.
A systems agronomist, Garrity has focused on the development of small-scale farming in the tropics.
Speaking with IPS correspondent Manipadma Jena over telephone from Melbourne, Australia, Garrity outlined steps the UNCCD and governments need to take on issues such as land-grabbing, climate change vulnerability, and loss of biodiversity through genetically modified (GM) seeds.
We all know we live in a watershed, the one that begins in the Sierra and ends in San Francisco Bay. Some, with hillside homes and/or tall trees, may be all too familiar with the word "viewshed." "Foodshed" is a less...
In March 2010, the European Commission approved BASF's genetically modified Amflora potato for cultivation in the European Union. CEO has investigated the background to this decision, including the controversial scientific advice provided by the European Food Safety Authority on the use of antibiotic resistant marker genes. CEO found that more than half of EFSA's GMO panel had conflicts of interest, as defined by the OECD. Their advice, which contravened WHO guidelines, contributed to the approval of the GM potato - and is likely to lead to the approval of similar GM crops in the near future.
A major manufacturer of infant formula is being permitted to make health claims on product labels even though the federal government says there's no "acceptable scientific evidence" to back them up, Postmedia News has learned.
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