Friday, April 26, 2013

Food Crops News 147

GE crops could help meet increasing global food demands
Cape Breton Post
Both the protests and the regulatory hurdles were based on the notion that genetically engineered plants are “unnatural,” which automatically raises the question: Which human food crops are actually “natural,” in the sense that you will find them ...
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Looming hunger as drought hammers central regions
Daily News
DODOMA and Singida regions are bracing for food shortages due to a severe drought that afflicted the central part of the country, damaging food crops and resulting into tumbling yields and soaring cereal prices. Regional authorities, however, have ...<> See all stories on this topic: <>

Aid groups to US: Send cash, not food
News Sentinel
Sending crops abroad has long been a profitable enterprise for American farmers and shippers, and those groups are strongly opposing any changes to the program. But several food aid groups say times have changed and argue that shipping bulk food ...
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Professor: Southeast Mo. will fill global food demand
Southeast Missourian
But to produce food in enough abundance to satisfy the world demand, using plants that have been modified to increase productivity and decrease vulnerability, such as Monsanto Co.'s "Roundup Ready" crops, which are engineered to be resistant to the ... <> See all stories on this topic:<>

Malawi to continue experiencing acute food insecurity, says report: MZUZU--A ...
The Maravi Post
"With food needs being met through consumption of own produced crops and livelihoods protection needs being met through the sale of cash crops, acute food insecurity is expected in the South and throughout the rest of the country from April to June.
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Biotech food giant Monsanto announces massive profit increases
The company's genetically engineered corn, cotton and soybean seeds have dramatically increased sales in the last quarter; sales of their crop chemicals, like the herbicide Roundup, which kills weeds, are also on the rise. Food safety advocacy groups ...
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UN report says malnutrition more widespread in Haiti after heavy storms ...
Washington Post
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — The United Nations said Tuesday that a growing number of people in Haiti are not getting enough to eat following a heavy storm season that damaged food crops. The humanitarian department of the U.N. mission in the Caribbean ...
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From Saccharin to GE Seed, Report Profiles Monsanto's History Peddling ...
eNews Park Forest
“The chemical pesticide industry, with Monsanto leading the way, took over U.S. seed industry and engineered bacterial genes into food crops with the primary purpose of selling more weed killer that contaminates our food,water and bodies," said David ...
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UF researchers improve process to create renewable chemicals from plants
University of Florida
The process uses no food crops or petroleum as raw materials. In contrast, most currently produced succinic acid is petroleum derived. The research is detailed in a study in the March 5 issue of the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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Farmer-leader backs wider propagation of biotech corn
Business Mirror
THE Philippines continues to be a leading player in the full commercialization of biotech food crops, beating such giants as China and India, both of which are promoting the cultivation of Bacillius thuringiensis (Bt) corn. At the International ...
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Open Sourcing Food Security
There are few topics as polarizing as genetically-engineered (GE) crops and
this is not going to be another discussion of the reasons for or against. Suffice it to say there have been plenty of concerns voiced over the years and that many of them (see ... <> See all stories on this topic: <>

UN: Haitians aren't getting enough food
The Seattle Times
UN: Haitians aren't getting enough food. The United Nations said Tuesday that a growing number of people in Haiti are not getting enough to eat following a heavy storm season that damaged food crops. The Associated Press ...<> See all stories on this topic: <>

Monsanto Protection Act Undermines U.S. Food Security
eNews Park Forest
A recent study found that the dramatic loss of Monarch butterflies can be tied to the expansion of GE crops. Historically, milkweed has been the key source of food for Monarch butterflies. The weed was typically found in several key states where the ... <> See all stories on this topic: <>

Cooking contest pushes new thinking on pulse crops
A unique food competition is underway at the University of Saskatchewan that has students using their culinary prowess to make kitchen classics out of pulse crops. Called Mission:IMPULSEible, Tuesday's competition aimed to get people thinking ... <> See all stories on this topic:

Corn Joins Crop Bear Market on Slow Demand, More Planting
The USDA said in February that food inflation would ease later in 2013 as larger crop inventories reduce cost pressures. The effects of the 2012 drought will decline this year as grain harvests replenish supplies and agribusinesses worry less about ...
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Commemorating World Health Day 2013
Imperial Valley News
Many essential nutrients come from the soil, making soil health critical to producing nutritious food. Intercropping with legumes, including alfalfa or peas, helps return nitrogen to the soil and support healthy plant growth. Using cover crops, which ... <> See all stories on this topic: <>

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Thursday, April 25, 2013

Food Crops News 146

Climate change to affect Mekong production
BANGKOK, April 1 (UPI) -- Climate change will have a significant effect on major industrial and food crops in the Lower Mekong basin countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam, says a new study. The study, conducted by the Mekong Adaptation and ...
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JIN:The Global Land Rush for Food and Fuel
Cornell University The Cornell Daily Sun
These agribusiness schemes exacerbate the problem in areas of chronic hunger and malnourishment and have farmers growing cash crops for export, rather than food crops for consumption. As the Brazilian-Japanese partnership ProSavana shows, it's no ... See all stories on this topic:

Costly farm inputs could lead to food shortage, say experts
Daily Nation
The farmers are faced with challenges of planting this season's maize crop at a time when the Early Warning System (EWS) has forecast food scarcity in the country from last month until June this year. Other African countries
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SU Farm Club plants crops for campus dining halls
The Slate Online
Shippensburg's Farm Club met last week to plant a new crop of seedlings for the spring. The food will be eaten by many Shippensburg students on-campus. Chartwells, the food service company at SU purchases some of the yield to be used in dining halls.
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Fish farming in Detroit's future?
Royal Oak Daily Tribune
And should the campaign succeed, Food Field farmers will be able to grow crops year-round, because an aquaponics system can moderate temperature in greenhouses and provide extra fertility for the plants it sustains. That means fresh, local Food Field ... See all stories on this topic:

GMO food labels would benefit Minnesota consumers
Minneapolis Star Tribune
The United States is the biggest producer of biotech crops, and Americans who choose not to eat genetically engineered foods are reasonably asking for information that takes the guesswork out of buying groceries. Companion bills introduced in the state ...
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Modified crops get boost from budget deal
Columbus Dispatch
“This unprecedented and egregious effort guts the necessary review process put in place for public safety and leaves consumers unprotected from potential health consequences by introducing untested crops into our food system,” Bailey said in an emailed ...
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Can we completely avoid genetically modified foods?
Monsanto has a one year lease to grow and harvest genetically modified crops with the passage of H.R. 933. In the United States, as long as the genetically modified crop is legal, producers don't have to inform consumers that the foods are GM. 75 ...
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Obama signs bill that protects makers of genetically engineered crops from ...
Fox News
The biotech rider was included in spending bill HR 933 and signed Tuesday by Obama, despite White House protests and at least two petitions, including one by the group Food Democracy Now that got more than 250,000 signatures. Critics have also ... See all stories on this topic:

Rice to supplement maize and sugarcane in Mumias
The Star
Keya said the ministry intends to use the upland rice species as an alternative food and cash crop so that farmers don't over-rely on maize as food crop and sugarcane as cash crop. He said the district targets to harvest 15 to 20 bags of rice per acre ... See all stories on this topic:

Saturday, March 30, 2013: Food labeling, obstructionism and online pharmacies
Bangor Daily News
Five main genetically modified commodity crops — corn, soy, cotton, sugar beets and canola — have byproducts, such as high fructose corn syrup, soybean oil, vegetable oil and canola oil, in an estimated 75 percent of processed foods sold in grocery ...
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Monsanto Protection Act, Put Into Law, Lets GMO Crops Have Free Reign
One thing we should get straight however, is that Monsanto is not the only beneficiary to this bill opening up the floodgates to genetically modified crops and seeds being used in the US food system. Other companies that will benefit from the “Monsanto ...

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Plague of Locusts in Madagascar Threatens Crops
The Epoch Times
Locusts now threaten around 60 percent of Madagascar's rice crops, a staple in the country, it said. Madagascar is a poor country, with more than 80 percent of the population living on less than $1 per day. As the locusts eat up crops, the food agency ... See all stories on this topic:

Small-scale producers and traditional crops key in fighting hunger: FAO
He said that the Green Revolution of the 1960s had increased per capita availability of food by over 40 per cent, but at the cost of a loss of food diversity because of a focus on a few crops and significant impact on the environment from intensive use ... See all stories on this topic:

Chicory is flexible summer food crop
A recent Bainesse dairy farm day seminar was all about the benefits of the crop chicory and was held at Robert Ervine's Manawatu farm. A farm adviser with Feilding-based Dairy Consult, Tim Ferguson said chicory crops were becoming more popular. He said ...
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Connecting the Dots: GMOs and Our Food Future
Huffington Post
Much like bees, the monarch butterfly provides essential pollination for many of our food crops -- this pollination is the foundation of our food supply. According to a study by researchers at UC Berkeley, one third of the world's food supply is ...
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Food costs to rise as lambs and crops hit
The Times (subscription)
Sharp frosts and heavy snow have disrupted the lambing season and hit many crops, in the fields, raising fears that food prices could rise again. Thousands of animals have been killed by the cold, with reports of livestock buried under several feet of ...
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Anybody for baingan and bhindi? 'Ethnic' cash crops tops in Ontario
Experts suggest the planned increase in such 'ethno-cultural' crop acreage holds the potential “to address the issues of access to culturally appropriate food of an expanding population in Ontario”. The collaboration between Vineland and the BBFG will ...
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Almost 50 AD plants now treating food waste
According to the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) and National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC), over 100 (106) anaerobic digestion (AD) plants are currently operating outside of the water industry – including
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Reporter's notebook: Declining nutrition in U.S. crops concerns food ...
A study from a University of Texas researcher has found significant declines in the nutritional value of today's crops versus those grown 50 years ago

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