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EU and global policy concerning the production, distribution, and consumption of food
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Current and Potential Trade in Horticultural Products Irradiated for Phytosanitary Purposes

Current and Potential Trade in Horticultural Products Irradiated for Phytosanitary Purposes | Food Policy News | Scoop.it

Life Sciences Social Network highlights the research, which examined the trade in horticultural products irradiated for phytosanitary purposes and market growth potential for the irradiated horticultural products per commodities and regions, since regulatory conditions become more favorable.

 

The paper "Current and Potential Trade in Horticultural Products Irradiated for Phytosanitary Purposes" describes strategies for enhancing trade in irradiated fresh fruits such as mango, papaya, citrus, grapes, and vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, asparagus, garlic, and peppers from Asia and the Americas, which show the greatest potential for the application of this phytosanitary treatment method. 

 

The reason for phytosanitary treatments are frequently intercepted fruits and vegetable in international trade due to the fact that these commodities harbour very harmful pests and diseases, which can spread in the country of destination and be harmful for plants and nature there. Interception is usually done at border inspection post of country of import and in case of suspicion goods are kept in quarantine pending laboratory confirmation of regulated harmful organisms. Goods are released, if the lab results are negative, or after effective phytosanitary treatment. Since pests and diseases, which are invasive in Europe, often come with plant goods of Asian or American origin, pre-shipment phytosanitary treatment is good solution for logistics in international trade. The international standard ISPM 28 presents in its Annexes phytosanitary treatments evaluated and adopted by the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures.

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Healthy plants give healthy food.


Forks Over Knives - Official Trailer:


http://www.forksoverknives.com/ | For showtimes, updates, newsletter sign up and more information. The feature film Forks Over Knives examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the degenerative diseases that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. 

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International Scientific Symposium on Food & Nutrition Security Information

International Scientific Symposium on Food & Nutrition Security Information | Food Policy News | Scoop.it

International Scientific Symposium on Food & Nutrition Security Information is held 17-19 January 2012 at FAO headquarters, Rome, Italy.

"From valid measurement to effective decision-making" oriented talks are given as a contribution to EC-FAO Food Security Programme. 

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Food Security to 2050 Forum

Food Security to 2050 Forum | Food Policy News | Scoop.it

This Forum will focus on 'reframing the food agenda'. It will promote thought leadership and high-level dialogue on a multi-sectoral level by bringing together international experts and decision-makers across academia, industry, government, international aid agencies and Non-Government Organisations working within food systems. Topics covered will include food production, consumption, storage and trade as well as environmental, health and nutrition issues.

 

This 'meeting of minds' will serve as a catalyst to inform and influence researchers and research decision-makers. It will help foster the development of cross-disciplinary research, and help shape economic decision-makers and those forming and reforming policies. It will deal with challenges facing local and international food systems and with how to design effective policy responses (including public and private R&D expenditures and focus) which require a clear understanding of the issues facing world agriculture.


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FAO-EU project to promote climate-smart farming

FAO-EU project to promote climate-smart farming | Food Policy News | Scoop.it

FAO Media Centre, @FAOCLIMATE:

FAO and the European Commission announced today a new €5.3 million project aimed at helping Malawi, Vietnam and Zambia transition to a "climate-smart" approach to agriculture.

 

See: Smallholder Adoption and Implications for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation

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Mozambique: Better seeds for better crops

Mozambique: Better seeds for better crops | Food Policy News | Scoop.it
With financial support from the European Union, FAO has assisted Mozambique in stepping up quality seed production to increase crop yields, something that is crucial to unlocking the country’s vast agricultural potential.
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World hunger report 2011: High, volatile prices set to continue

World hunger report 2011: High, volatile prices set to continue | Food Policy News | Scoop.it
Food price volatility featuring high prices is likely to continue and possibly increase, making poor farmers, consumers and countries more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity, the United Nations' three Rome-based agencies said in the global...
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EESC video challenge 2012

The European Economic and Social Committee gives a message to European citizens between the ages of 18 and 30. They are invited to participate in the 2012 Video Challenge and follow the hashtag #EESC_video.

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FAO, IFAD and WFP reach 22 million people with massive EU investment in agriculture

FAO, IFAD and WFP reach 22 million people with massive EU investment in agriculture | Food Policy News | Scoop.it
In just two years FAO, IFAD and WFP have assisted over 22 million people hardest hit by the global food price crisis thanks to generous funding from the European Union’s Food Facility — providing tangible evidence that investing in agriculture and...
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EU legislation threatens US agriculture export?

EU legislation threatens US agriculture export? | Food Policy News | Scoop.it

Photo: Fusarium disease on wheat, Endure-network.eu


All about feed.net (Dick Ziggers) reported on how EU legislation threatens US agriculture export.


The European Union (EU) legislation affects US agriculture export only, if products do not comply with the EU food and feed safety legislation. This is why the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) begun testing initiative with an audit conducted by the EU's Food and Veterinary Office in October 2011. The results of the prior EU testing showed that the feed from United States was not in compliance with several of the group's antibiotic regulations. 


The testing requirements for all imported agricultural products are listed on the EU's Food and Veterinary Office (FVO)'s website.  After feed is eaten, it becomes our food; and for EU Member States the same level of safety is required as for the import.


In the original article the author describes also a scientific opinion of European Food Safety Agency of tolerance levels for mycotoxins produced by various Fusarium species (plant disease) and their risk to human and animal health posed by grains and grain-based foods.

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Discovery of plant 'nourishing gene' brings hope for increased crop seed yield and food security

Discovery of plant 'nourishing gene' brings hope for increased crop seed yield and food security | Food Policy News | Scoop.it

InDaily: January 17th 2012: University Warwick scientists discovered "nourishing gene" which controls transfer nutrients from plant to seed - significant step which could help increase global food production. The original research paper was published in Current Biology under the title Maternal control of nutrient allocation in plant seeds by genomic imprinting.

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Food safety at risk with budget cuts expected

Food safety at risk with budget cuts expected | Food Policy News | Scoop.it

CBC News, Health: Expected budget cuts could mean less safety in the food Canadians eat, the union representing food inspectors said Monday.

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$2 million to fund research on African vegetable crops

$2 million to fund research on African vegetable crops | Food Policy News | Scoop.it
Small-farm operators in Africa and parts of Asia are intended to reap the benefits from two $1 million grants supporting seed-related research for indigenous African vegetables, awarded by the Horticulture Collaborative Research Support Program in UC Davis’ Department of Plant Sciences.

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FAST seed-testing network for Africa

FAST seed-testing network for Africa | Food Policy News | Scoop.it
FAO is supporting the creation of a network of seed testing laboratories in Africa that will cover indigenous African crops important for the food security of millions.
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CFS moves on important food security issues

CFS moves on important food security issues | Food Policy News | Scoop.it
A set of recommendations aimed at reducing food price volatility and enhancing vulnerable populations' resilience to price shocks has been agreed upon by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS).
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Agricultural cooperatives are key to reducing hunger and poverty

Agricultural cooperatives are key to reducing hunger and poverty | Food Policy News | Scoop.it
Smallholder farmers gain big benefits from agricultural cooperatives including bargaining power and resource sharing that lead to food security and poverty reduction for millions, the three Rome-based UN food agencies stressed today on the occasion...
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EUROPA - European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations - European Year 2012 Opening Conference:

EUROPA - European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations - European Year 2012 Opening Conference: | Food Policy News | Scoop.it
Opening conference for the European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations 2012.

 

The Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2012 is holding a high level Conference on Active Ageing and Solidarity between Generations on 18th and 19th January. The conference will inaugurate the European Year 2012. The event is organised by the Danish Ministry of Employment, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Integration and the Ministry of Health in close cooperation with the European Commission.

The main theme is innovation and how innovation can bring new solutions to the pending challenges of an ageing society in Europe within the fields of employment, social affairs and health.

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