Monday, October 6, 2014

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Update of Food Crops News from  30 Sep. to 6 Oct., 2014.

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Daily update October 6, 2014


Center for Research on Globalization
GMO Crops Accelerate Herbicide and Insecticide Use While Mainstream Media Gets It Wrong
Michael Specter's recent articles bashing Vandana Shiva and the labeling of genetically engineered foods in the New Yorker (Seeds of Doubt and The ...
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East African Business Week
Uganda inflation dip due to South Sudan
KAMPALA, Uganda – The decline of Uganda's food crop exports to the regional market such as South Sudan has led the Country's Annual Headline ...
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Poughkeepsie Journal
Climate change could jeopardize food supply
The global food supply is already under intense pressure. By the ... Crops differ in whether they're more vulnerable to temperature or ozone pollution.
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Press Herald
Maine Voices: Chemical lawns a formula for trouble
The problems are already manifest with Roundup Ready food crops, and will escalate when crops are genetically modified to withstand massive ...
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GMO studies examine 4 crops
Mr Withoon, who opposes GM agriculture, said GM crops will have a big impact on the food export industry as many foreign countries have yet to ...
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Proposition 105 fails to inform, and raises costs
105 would require misleading food labels: it would not give you "the right to ... and FAIR members who grow a combination of GE and non-GE crops.
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Farmers Must Start Preps for 2014-15 Agricultural Season
Now that winter is gone, farmers have a major role to play in preparation for the next cropping season which is just a door step from now. Preparations ...
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UPLB develops edible landscaping
... kit on “edible” landscaping to help health buffs who wish to have a healthy lifestyle through beautiful gardens planted with nutritious food crops.
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VietNamNet Bridge
GM crops targeted to make up 30-50% of cultivation
Pham Van Toan, head of the Vietnam Academy of Agricultural Sciences ... Despite differing opinions around the use of GM crops for livestock and ...
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food crops
Daily update October 5, 2014


Economic Times
Korea beyond Kimchi: Popularity of Korean food in India on the rise
Korea's rulers created authoritarian states to repel these invasions, and one side effect was effective dissemination of new crops and food information ...
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food crops
Daily update October 4, 2014


National Geographic
Here's Why We Haven't Quite Figured Out How to Feed Billions More People
Smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia are a key focus for increased agricultural research efforts to improve harvests of food crops. Mariam Kéita (left) ...
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High-yielding crops are a double-edged sword for tropical forests
Improving crop yields is often seen as a popular solution to the increasing demand for food productivity to meet the needs of a growing global ...
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Stray Hippos Destroying Winter Crops in Nsanje
"Hippos are destroying our crops and we fear for food shortage as most of us rely on the winter cropping. Therefore, if hippos continue destroying our ...
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OPB News (blog)
Finding Common Ground In The Controversial GE Food Labeling Effort
Kitzhaber assembled the task force in April after some Oregon counties proposed banning genetically engineered crops. The task force's goal is to ...
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ALJASSAR: Living locally
One month ago, I penned a column titled “The merits of GMOs” in which I sought to dispel the notion that “naturally” grown food crops are superior to ...
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Cocoa Farmers To Benefit From Phase Two Of WCF
The CLP will afford cocoa-producing households in Ghana the opportunity to produce food crops, alongside cocoa, thereby accessing important ...
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Tobacco plant may be key to Ebola drugs
But there are no treatments currently developed through tobacco plants that have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. That may ...
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UN News Centre
Locust Plague in Madagascar Halted, But Possible Resurgence Due to Lack of Funds
UNITED NATIONS, Oct 2 2014 (IPS) - The Food and Agriculture ... that a locust plague in Madagascar, that threatened the main staple food crops and ...
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Current rules on GM crops 'create conflict', says European Commissioner-designate
The European Commissioner-elect for health and food safety has said he intends to review rules on GM crop cultivation and broker compromise on ...
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Proud to be from Pittsburgh: Corn Glean
Local farmers are making sure their extra crops get from the farm to the ... volunteers to harvest the crops so the fresh food gets to families in need.
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food crops
Daily update October 3, 2014


Austin Business Journal
Whole Foods crops its produce prices in Austin stores, report says
Whole Foods Market Inc. is testing a rigorous price-cutting strategy in all five of its Austin-area locations, part of a pilot program that could eventually be ...
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Network World
Cooling and crops: US offers $60 million for radical new energy technology
If successful, the program will enhance land use efficiency, reduce competition between bioenergy and food crops, improve environmental ...
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In Israel, growing crops under biblical land laws
To accommodate the small minority of ultra-Orthodox soldiers in the army, the IDF initially decided to purchase only imported food as well as food ...
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Will GMO Labeling Raise Food Prices?
While opponents of the measure warn labeling costs will increase food ... For starters, in the United States, over 90% of corn and soybean crops are ...
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BBC News
Crop project wins Google science fair prize for Kinsale teenagers
The discovery could increase efficiency in global food production. ... The technique has significant potential for increasing yields of food crops and ...
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Diversify crops, change diets
According to a separate presentation by the UN World Food Programme ... Experts, however, noted that if crops are diversified and social safety net ...
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Eat. Drink. Better.
California's Neighborhood Food Act is in Effect
And start reserving some grey water that you can use for your food crops. For example: catch the cold water before the shower gets hot. When washing ...
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food crops
Daily update October 2, 2014


Can the world keep up with soaring global food demand?
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), which supports ... by creating food crops with greater yields and more resistance to disease.
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London Free Press
Patricia Barrett, Special to The Free Press
A new tax credit for farmers who donate crops to food banks is already paying dividends in Southwestern Ontario's farm belt, with farm donations to the ...
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China Launches Media Campaign to Back Genetically Modified Crops
A stream of negative reports this year on certain biotech foods, has dragged on ... China has spent billions of yuan developing its own GMO crops and ...
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Manitoba Co-operator
Study: Can Manitoba crops reverse prediabetes?
The Manitoba Agri-Health Research Network (MaHRN), in partnership with Minnesota-based Step One Foods, leads the study, funded by Manitoba ...
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Bill Gates Has Given Australia's CSIRO $14.5 Million To Improve Crops In Africa
“Sorghum and cowpea originated in Africa and are important staple food crops, but suffer from low yields,” says CSIRO Project Leader Dr Anna ...
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Bdesh can reap benefit of GM crops: IFPRI
The visiting expert from of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) made the ... "There is a misconception that GM crops benefit.
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More Crop for the Drop
But, in the long term, the greatest boon of all, for both food security and the environment, will likely be the ability of new crop varieties to tolerate ...
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Agriculture - The Key to Africa's Development
What are the main food crops and cash crops that can help the continent address its food security and reduce poverty? What are the Bank's future ...
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Zambia Daily Mail
State stakes $100m for grain silos
“As Government, we are encouraging our farmers to diversify into growing other food crops to enhance food availability in the country,” adding that it is ...
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Crop Biotech Update
October 1, 2014
The 7th meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity, which also serves as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COM-MOP7), opened on September 29, 2014 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Participants of the 5-day meeting include representatives from government, civil society, and industry.
One of the objectives of the meeting is to adopt further decisions to ensure safe transfer, handling and use of living modified organisms (LMOs). It will also advance the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol through the Strategic Plan for the Cartagena Protocol (2011-2020). The delegates will also discuss issues relating to the financial mechanism and resources for the implementation of Cartagena Protocol, the Nagoya – Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol; risk assessment and risk management; socio-economic considerations concerning LMOs; assessment and the review of the effectiveness of the Cartagena Protocol.
For more details, visit
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN-FAO) Director General José Graziano da Silva is urging support for science-based options to attain global food security. Speaking at the opening of the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) in Rome, da Silva called for a 'paradigm shift' in global attitudes on agriculture, adding that only by decreasing the amounts of agricultural inputs, such as water and chemicals, could the sector move towards a more sustainable and productive long-term path.
He said that options including agro-ecology, climate-smart agriculture, biotechnology and the use of genetically modified organisms, would help meet the expected demand from an anticipated world population of nine billion by 2050.
According to da Silva, the previous input-intensive model cannot be used anymore as the solutions of the past have shown their limits. "We need to explore these alternatives using an inclusive approach based on science and evidence, not on ideologies," he added.
For more details, read the FAO news release at:
A scientific review article titled "Prevalence and Impacts of Genetically Engineered Feedstuffs on Livestock Population" shows the impact of GM crops as a feed component for animals. This review study is led by Alison Van Eennaam and Amy Young, animal scientists from the University of California, Davis. The article summarizes the influence of GM crops used as a feed component in the performance and health of animals consuming it from its first introduction in year 1996 up to 2013. Their study also involved examining the livestock feeding studies over 30 years and encompasses about 100 billion animals.
Their findings show that GM feeds did not affect the health and productivity of livestock animals. The products of animals fed with GM feeds showed the same nutritional component as the products of animals fed with non-GM feeds.
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University of Adelaide research scientist Matthew Tucker is changing the developmental path of grain in cereal crops to better influence yield and quality. Tucker will be taking advantage of plant cells' ability to change identity as the plant develops, to determine how to create cereal grains that are healthier to eat and produces more yield.
Tucker said, "I'm trying to identify the pathways that drive cells to become different. We'll be looking to identify natural variants in these pathways that can be used to purposely change cell types in the developing cereal grain."  A potential outcome of Tucker's work could be increased antioxidant levels in wholegrain or wholemeal flour. He added that there is tremendous potential to bring the healthy compound-making ability to cereals, which would also help develop a sustainable way of growing healthier foods.
For more, read the news release at
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Time to break free from the ‘yield gap trap’

CIATs new strategic initiative to reduce yield gaps for sustainable intensification of agriculture is kicking-off by stepping back and asking some vital questions to help us rethink yield gaps and consider socio-economic constraints and whole system productivity. 
Who wants to close the gap and why? Specifically whose yield gap do we want to address? Are we asking the right questions to the right people? Do we have the idea of “closing” the gap and limiting the discussion to a “yield” gap all wrong?
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UN awards "big data" project

CIAT scientists wielding big data tools to blunt the impacts of climate change on Latin America’s rice production have been named one of two winners of the Big Data Climate Challenge, awarded at the United Nations Climate Summit that took place on 23 September in New York City. The other winner is the World Resource Institute’s Global Forest Watch.
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Haiti: Pathways to adaptation

There is broad consensus that climate change is having serious effects on agricultural production in Haiti. Now is the time to take strategic measures to avoid immediate and future economic losses, and detrimental social and environmental impacts. By bringing together key stakeholders, CRS seeks to initiate a dialogue aimed at promptly adapting the country’s agricultural sector.
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Saving the ugly cousins

“Crop wild relatives are like the ‘ugly cousins’ of the crops as we know them, with differentiating traits useful for agriculture”. Understanding them is important for agriculture as these species can have characteristics useful for improving the crops that we depend upon, especially under challenging conditions including climate change and reduced availability of inputs like water and fertilizers.
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Climate-proofing rice in Vietnam

Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA) was a major topic at Climate Week NYC from 22-28 September 2014, where a number of events took place in support of the UN Climate Summit. This post is part of a wider initiative to bring Climate-Smart Agriculture under the spotlight, spearheaded by the CGIAR’s Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) program, led by CIAT, as one example of CSA in action. 
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Up to more good in the Amazon

A CIAT-led project in the Colombian and Peruvian Amazon supported by Germany will launch next month as part of the International Climate Initiative. The Amazon represents a major sustainability challenge. Germany’s strategic investment will help put the two nations on a pathway towards sustainable development and empower people to better manage natural resources.
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Feeding Rwanda's livestock revolution

More than 200,000 Rwandan farmers have received free cows under the Governments’ One cow per poor family programme since 2006. The move has kick-started small scale milk production, bringing new incomes, manure for crops, and meat and milk. Scientists from CIAT, BecA and KARI are working with farmers and the Rwanda Agricultural Board to identify drought adapted forages to increase yields.
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CIAT develops multipurpose forage genotypes that possess high nutritional value and good adaptation to major pests, diseases and physical constraints. Improved livestock feed has enabled farmers in Xiang khouang Province, Laos, to earn a better income.
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