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Massive ice sheets melting 'at rate of 300bn tonnes a year', climate satellite shows

Massive ice sheets melting 'at rate of 300bn tonnes a year', climate satellite shows | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
A satellite that measures gravity fluctuations on Earth due to changes in the massive ice sheets of Greenland and Antarctica has detected a rapid acceleration in the melting of glacier ice over the past decade, which could have a dramatic impact on...
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Bristol University scientists using the Grace satellite that measures tiny fluctuations of the Earth’s gravity field resulting from the loss of ice into the seas, have detected a rapid acceleration in the melting of glacier ice over the past decade, which could have a dramatic impact on sea levels, land and agriculture around the world
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Rare Cornish bee creating a buzz

Rare Cornish bee creating a buzz | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
A rare Cornish bee species could save dwindling populations from a disease that has wiped out millions of colonies worldwide, scientists have said.
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New research suggests the Cornish Black honey bee is better at dealing with varroa mites, which carry a strain of a disease called deformed wing virus
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Air Pollution Responsible For Shocking Number Of Deaths, New Study Finds

Air Pollution Responsible For Shocking Number Of Deaths, New Study Finds | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
By Rachael Rettner, Senior LiveScience Writer: Air pollution may be responsible for more than 2 million deaths around the world each year, according to a new study.
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Climate change is impacting on every area of life and we cannot ignore these warning signs
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Resistance gene offers prospect of better black-grass control | News | Farmers Guardian

Resistance gene offers prospect of better black-grass control | News | Farmers Guardian | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
SCIENTISTS have discovered a gene which plays a key role in controlling herbicide resistance in black-grass and rye-grass.
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Scientists from the York and Durham Universities have discovered a gene producing an enzyme called glutathione transferase (GST) is responsible for switching on herbicide resistance. Professor Edwards’ team is also developing a genetic test for the resistance gene which could provide the first reliable diagnosis of resistance - an important step in deciding on the right weed control strategy.
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"Agent orange" au Vietnam : Monsanto condamné

"Agent orange" au Vietnam : Monsanto condamné | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
La justice sud-coréenne a donné raison à 39 vétérans affirmant être tombés malades à cause du défoliant utilisé par les Américains.
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Monsanto and Dow heading for some choppy PR water as Korean court decides they should compensate Agent Orange victims from the Vietnam War
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Kenya puts Brazil biofuel offer on the back burner

Kenya puts Brazil biofuel offer on the back burner | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
The government is yet to follow up on an offer by Brazil to support Kenya’s search for biofuel energy solutions three years since the partnership was signed.
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The government is yet to follow up on an offer by Brazil to support Kenya’s search for biofuel energy solutions three years since the partnership was signed. Brazil offered technical and financial support in a bid to ramp up local sources of alternative energy and reduce over-reliance on hydroelectric power generation. “Brazil is still ready to offer that support but we are yet to be approached by the Kenyan government,” Brazil’s ambassador to Kenya Marcela Nicodemus said at the embassy in Nairobi on Thursday.
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Italy moves to ban growing of genetically modified maize type

MILAN (Reuters) - Three Italian ministries have signed a decree banning the cultivation of a type of genetically modified maize, citing environmental concerns, the agriculture ministry said on Friday.The...
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Europe is so out of touch with regard to agricultural technology - now the dogma behind the Italian government looks likely to lead to a ban on MON810 in Italy - ridiculous given the other stories in this 'scoop'
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Insight: Smuggling rice to Thailand - like coals to Newcastle

Insight: Smuggling rice to Thailand - like coals to Newcastle | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
SA KAEO, Thailand/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Hidden in 18-wheeler trucks, carts and pick-up vans, hundreds of thousands of tonnes of rice are being smuggled from Cambodia and Myanmar into Thailand, although...
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With heavy rice growing subsidies in Thailand, farmers in Cambodia and Myanmar are smuggling rice into Thailand to capitalise on these guarantees
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China Boosts U.S. Grain Imports for Animal-Feed Inventory

China Boosts U.S. Grain Imports for Animal-Feed Inventory | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
China, the world’s biggest hog producer, bought 2.04 million metric tons of grain from U.S. exporters this week to bolster inventory of livestock feed amid a shortfall in domestic supplies and increasing meat demand.
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China's emerging middle class eat more meat, have diets that mimic those of their US and western European cousins. They need to import more and more animal feed grain to keep up with this incredible growth the population in south east Asia is facing
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GrainCorp takeover buy ADM a win for all

GrainCorp takeover buy ADM a win for all | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
AUSTRALIA stands at the cusp of a defining agricultural opportunity.
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If Australia is to achieve its goal of becoming south-east Asia 'food bowl' and capitalising on the dramatic modernizing, growth in population and shooting up of demand for all comestibles - it needs investment - a deal like this brings the capital firepower to the land of Oz
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South Africa’s Competition Commission Clears ADM Acquisition of GrainCorp

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The Competition Commission of South Africa notified ADM of its approval of the company’s proposed acquisition of GrainCorp Ltd, bringing the total of government agencies in favour now to four
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Sea snails show impact of more acidic ocean

LONDON (Reuters) - The shells of some marine snails in the seas around Antarctica are dissolving as the water becomes more acidic, threatening the food chain, a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience...
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Glyphosate-resistant weeds marching north - The Western Producer

Glyphosate-resistant and in-vasive weeds are spreading east, south and west of the central Prairies, leaving weed control officers anxiously awaiting their appearance. No one is [...]...
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Following reports of an unknown disease in Tanzania, the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CMMYT) joined Tanzanian scientists in a task force to confirm reports of a new maize disease that has been spreading and causing alarm among farmers.
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Madagascar battling worst locust plague since 1950s

Madagascar battling worst locust plague since 1950s | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
Locusts threaten food security and livelihoods of 60% of population, and have already destroyed a quarter of Madagascar's food crops. Mark Tran reports
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Madagascar is under the cosh from the worst locust plague for sixty years - with both livelihoods and the forthcoming harvest now at risk
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Wachsender Welthunger: Der Wettlauf der Landwirtschaft

Wachsender Welthunger: Der Wettlauf der Landwirtschaft | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
Bis 2050 müssen sich die Ernten verdoppeln, damit der wachsende Hunger der Welt gestillt wird. Es gibt Zweifel, dass das gelingt....
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By 2050, harvests will have to double to accomodate potential population growth if we are to quell growing world hunger. Sustainability is the key to ensure growth is balanced, practical and driven by technology and inclusive development
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OGM : Philippe Martin ne se prononcera pas avant la décision du Conseil d'Etat

OGM : Philippe Martin ne se prononcera pas avant la décision du Conseil d'Etat | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
Le Conseil d'Etat pourrait casser l'arrêté d'interdiction de cultiver le maïs transgénique MON810 de la firme Monsanto. Il y a un peu plus d'un an, Philippe Martin s'était...
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French Ecology Minister Philippe Martin in a fix as French State's Public Rapporteur decides the government moratorium on MON810 is "disproportionate" and that Minister's should think again - says he and Stephane Le Foll will declare their position when the decision is officially published
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S Korea court raps US firms over Agent Orange mess

S Korea court raps US firms over Agent Orange mess | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
SEOUL: South Korea's highest court on Friday upheld a ruling ordering two US Agent Orange makers to compensate 39 Vietnam War veterans, while sending another decision back to a lower court for...
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South Korea opens up a can of worms for Monsanto and Dow over an Agent Orange ruling to compensate veterans in a South Korean court. Practically may mean little - but heaps of bad PR
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ANALYSIS-New EPA rules could cripple Brazil-U.S. ethanol trading | Reuters

NEW YORK, July 12 (Reuters) - Importing cheap Brazilianethanol into the United States could become much less profitablenext year if a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agencyto expand tough documentation...
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Adding layers of bureaucracy will raise costs, making it harder to export cheaper ethanol to the USA, leading to power in this market becoming concentrated in a tiny number of hands. The opposite of empowering farming coooperatives seeking to trade to increase the lot of local smallholder farmers.
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NAB China deal to grow agriculture

NAB China deal to grow agriculture | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
NATIONAL Australia Bank has formed a landmark relationship with China's biggest agricultural group to help farmers tap into the booming nation's growth, in a sign the banks are upping efforts to cash in on Australia's next potential boom in food.
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As Australia lines itself up to become the food bowl of south-east Asia the banking industry (National Australia Bank) is signing a deal with the Chinese's biggest agriculture conglemerate to provide the money to grease the wheels
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Congo Seeks to Lure Investors for $5.7 Billion Farming Plan

Congo Seeks to Lure Investors for $5.7 Billion Farming Plan | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
Democratic Republic of Congo will modify a law that restricts foreign ownership of agriculture projects as it seeks to raise financing for a proposed $5.7 billion expansion plan, the Agriculture Ministry said.
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The Congolese government want to loosen laws that protect the market and make it easy for investors to buy land and create a dynamic thriving agricultural industry in this troubled country
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Brazil Ethanol Producers Get $167 Million Aid to Combat Drought

Brazil Ethanol Producers Get $167 Million Aid to Combat Drought | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
Brazil is preparing to disburse 380 million reais ($167 million) of subsidies to ethanol mills in the northeast by 2014 to renew sugar-cane crops and help growers recover from the worst drought in five decades.
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With the most advanced ethanol/biofuel market in the world - drought plays havoc with farmers. Brazil needs to 'keep them in the game' and get them to carry on growing and supplying this fast growing market - so the subsidy makes sense
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Nufarm chair says 'the worst is behind us'

Nufarm chair says 'the worst is behind us' | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
NUFARM chairman Donald McGauchie says the agricultural chemicals supplier has reached a turning point in its troubled history after being hit by the loss of key distribution agreements, a worldwide collapse in the prices of glyphosate, a herbicide,...
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Nufarm chairman, Donald McGauchie said the agricultural supplier had reached a turning point in its recent troubled history after being hit by the loss of key distribution agreements, a worldwide collapse in the price of glyphosate and poor weather, and McGauchie said that “the worst is now behind us.”
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Scientists eye nanotechnologies to boost crop yields

Scientists eye nanotechnologies to boost crop yields | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
SPECIAL REPORT [1]/ Nanotechnologies that deliver fertilisers to plants offer
promising ways of improving farm productivity while reducing the risk of
water contamination.
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Asian honeybees and Varroa mites detected and destroyed in Sydney

Asian honeybees and Varroa mites detected and destroyed in Sydney | Agrochemicals | Scoop.it
Thousands of Asian honey bees have been detected and destroyed on a ship at Kurnell in southern Sydney.
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