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Chinese Use of Corn to Top USDA Estimates by 7.2%, FCStone Says - Businessweek

Chinese demand for corn may top a U.S. Department of Agriculture estimate by 7.2 percent as it is increasingly used to feed hogs, said Troy Lust, a West Des Moines, Iowa-based analyst at Intl. FCStone Inc.
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Uganda: Striga Weed, the African Farmer's Enemy

Uganda: Striga Weed, the African Farmer's Enemy | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Farmers specialising in growing cereal crops in Uganda and other parts of Africa have of late suffered low yields as a result of the striga weed invading their gardens

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Guardian UK: Food is the ultimate security need, new map shows

Guardian UK: Food is the ultimate security need, new map shows | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Damian Carrington: It is a graphic demonstration the sickening, symbiotic relationship between hunger and conflict and highlights other food supply problems from Somalia to India to Spain...
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More Corn is Used For Ethanol in U.S. Than For Food or Feed — The Top Five Reasons We Should Stop This Madness

More Corn is Used For Ethanol in U.S. Than For Food or Feed — The Top Five Reasons We Should Stop This Madness | MAIZE | Scoop.it

"Today, more corn is grown in America for ethanol than for food or for livestock feed. For every 10 ears of corn grown in the U.S., two are consumed by humans, and the other eight are used for feed and fuel."

Amazing figures from US corn farming: 4 times more corn used for fuel than for food.


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SouthAfrica: Pioneer Hi-Bred, Pannar deal turned down - South Africa | Moneyweb

SouthAfrica: Pioneer Hi-Bred, Pannar deal turned down - South Africa | Moneyweb | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Moneyweb - Breaking news, independent analysis, latest JSE share prices, exchange rates and data on investment, finance and business in South Africa...
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Zambia: Sata urge FRA to collect all maize and pay farmers without delay

Zambia: Sata urge FRA to collect all maize and pay farmers without delay | MAIZE | Scoop.it
PRESIDENT Michael Sata has warned that he will not take kindly to maize being soaked due to inefficiency and has tasked the new Food Reserve Agency director...
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Busting the GM myths: a view from Greenpeace

Busting the GM myths: a view from Greenpeace | MAIZE | Scoop.it

The Conversation recently published an article looking at the myths about genetic modification. This article is a rejoinder to that piece, and a contribution to the ongoing debate about whether there is any safe way to genetically modify our food.

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Kenya’s decision to import GMOs sends region into panic  - News |theeastafrican.co.ke

Kenya’s decision to import GMOs sends region into panic  - News |theeastafrican.co.ke | MAIZE | Scoop.it

Kenya’s decision to allow importation of GM foods has created a ripple across the East African region. According to sources, Tanzania and Uganda may be forced to fast-track their GM trials and bio-safety legislations in a bid to catch up with Kenya, which now seeks to allow in GM maize to deal with famine.

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Germany/Romania: Bayer AG : Expansion of germplasm-pool for wheat: | 4-Traders

Germany/Romania: Bayer AG : Expansion of germplasm-pool for wheat: | 4-Traders | MAIZE | Scoop.it
October 14, 2011 : Bayer CropScience acquires access to wheat germplasm from leading Romanian agricultural research institutionMonheim, October 14, 2011 – Bayer CropScience and the National Agricultural Research and...
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USA: World Food Prize laureate brings message of maize and meat to Morningside

USA: World Food Prize laureate brings message of maize and meat to Morningside | MAIZE | Scoop.it
SIOUX CITY -- Corn isn't simply king in the Midwest, where we find the Nebraska Cornhuskers, the Corn Palace and the...
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Bangladesh: Biofuel fuels food price

A steep rise in biofuel production and a highly concentrated export market coupled with export restrictions have contributed to the rising food prices across the world, badly affecting countries like Bangladesh.

Increasing and volatile prices of food left an estimated 80 percent of Bangladeshi households worse off, eroding on average 11 percent of their spending during the food price surge in 2007-08. The poverty rate in the country during that period rose five percent.

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China May Not ‘Rush’ to Buy Corn From U.S., Grains Council Says - Businessweek

China may not need to purchase corn from the U.S. after having a “successful” harvest, the U.S. Grains Council said.
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Food Prices Set to Rise Further - IPS ipsnews.net

Food price volatility featuring high prices is likely to continue and probably increase next year, making poor farmers even more vulnerable to poverty and food insecurity, the global report on food insecurity released Monday by the United...
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Uganda: Striga Weed, the African Farmer's Enemy

Farmers specialising in growing cereal crops in Uganda and other parts of Africa have of late suffered low yields as a result of the striga weed invading their gardens.

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Maize ‘Green Revolution’ in Nigeria underway

Nigeria aims to raise maize production to 20 million tons per annum up from the current 8 millions tons in the next few years.

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Ukraine to Reap Record Corn Harvest of 19 Million Tons, APK Says

Ukraine is to reap a record corn harvest of 19 million metric tons, agriculture researcher APK- Inform said.
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US: GM corn not a cause of Bt protein accumulation in soil | Management content from Western Farm Press

Long‐term corn cultivation does not result in an accumulation of Bt protein in the soil. ...
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SouthAfrica: Price volatility – causes and consequences | GantDaily.com

Johannesburg, South Africa (IRIN) - In the past four years, global prices of staples such as maize and wheat have twice hit record levels, driving hundreds...
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China corn purchase 1 of its largest ever

Chinese order for US corn signals long-term impact on global supplies, prices...
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Top five myths about genetic modification

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The Conversation asked CSIRO scientist, Richard Richards, to look at the top five myths about genetic modification (GM), and correct the public record.Myth one: GM is just haphazard, imprecise cross…...
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UK: Maize Watch - October 2011 | Information | Farmers Guardian

UK: Maize Watch - October 2011 | Information | Farmers Guardian | MAIZE | Scoop.it
?In the latest in our 2011 Maize Watch series, our two farmers are feeling the effects of the unseasonal weather on the maturity of their maize crops.
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Biofuel Fuels Food Price - HispanicBusiness.com

Biofuel Fuels Food Price - HispanicBusiness.com | MAIZE | Scoop.it
A steep rise in biofuel production and a highly concentrated export market coupled with export restrictions have contributed to the rising food prices across the world.
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Global news: US must stop promoting biofuels to tackle world hunger, says thinktank

Global news: US must stop promoting biofuels to tackle world hunger, says thinktank | MAIZE | Scoop.it
Global Hunger Index says US government support for corn ethanol was a factor in this year's food price spikes...
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US: Ethanol Futures Gain Most in Three Months as Corn Prices Climb - Businessweek

Ethanol gained the most in three months as corn prices surged the most in more than a year.
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US: Mutant Maize Genes May Help Harness Switch Grass for Biofuels - Businessweek

Mutant maize genes can be inserted into switch grasses to increase their viability as a biofuel crop, according to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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