Food Crops News 006

Canadian Activism Not Monsanto’s Only Problem: Global Uprising Against the ...
Pacific Free Press
A farmer organization in India alleges that global seeds major Monsanto was
secretly running a signature campaign in rural Gujarat, asking farmers to
sign a letter to Prime Minister favouring introduction of GM food crops.
They allege Monsanto hired …
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Connecticut may become the first state to label genetically altered foods.
The Hour
… to pass legislation that would require all food manufacturers to label
foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs are
genetically engineered in labs and injected into crops to resist herbicides
or produce their own pesticides.
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Indian crop yields less than global average
Economic Times
NEW DELHI: Though India has registered a record wheat and rice output,
yields of major crops are much lower when compared with the production
developed countries. According to the latest report of UN’s food and
agriculture body FAO, India lags behind …
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Avondale farmer in national movement to preserve seed stock
Pueblo Chieftain
For Hobbs, 43, who has farmed on 30 acres at Avondale since 2000, there is
no direct threat to the types of food he grows, both as cash crops and for
seed: garlic, squash, beans and vegetables. In all, he and partner Jamie
Dunston raise seed for eight …
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Growing fruits, vegetables can lower grocery bill
Columbus Dispatch
“But this potential depends on the costs involved in growing the crops,
types and amounts of vegetables grown, and yields.” Food gardeners spend
an average of $70 a year on supplies to grow about $600 worth of produce,
according to a study by the …
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Food Task Force to present ideas for healthy living in Richmond
Richmond Times Dispatch
“I personally believe food needs to be at the forefront in making the city
a healthier place to live,” Darby said. Creating a food hub — a location
where farmers can take their crops for wholesale — was also high on the
list of some task force members.
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API offers analysis of domestic, int’l commodity-specific policies: APD chief
Business Recorder (blog)
In 2002, the government decided that the support price regime will only be
for wheat, because it is a staple food and the country has to be
food-secure. For the rest of the crops, like sugarcane, rice and cotton,
government would only set an indicative …
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Web – 1 new result for [food crops

GM food crops
GM food crops — Presentation Transcript. Genetically Modified Food; What
is a GM food crop?• Genetically-modified (GM) food is produced from
plants or …
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Food Crops News 005

Four Ways the Farm Bill Makes Me Crazy
Huffington Post
Nutrition spending like SNAP (formerly called food stamps), emergency food
assistance, and school feeding programs; 2. Subsidies for commodity crops
and income support for farmers; 3. Land, soil and ecosystem conservation.
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Ghana: New Project to Invest US $12 Million to Boost Yam Productivity
AllAfrica.com
These factors mean successful efforts to boost yields are likely to be more
sustainable and have a greater impact on food security by enhancing the
preferred crop staple with good untapped potentials. For example, creating
an abundance of a locally …
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Small grocery store fills gap in W. Minn. ‘food desert’
Minnesota Public Radio
Nestled in the heart of farm country, the town of Clinton is surrounded by
food — fields of corn and soybeans. Those crops aren’t consumed by area
residents though — most are processed into livestock feed or ethanol.
Residents have to drive more than …
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Analysis: Young US farmers coax crops from conservation lands
Reuters
US farmers tapping conservation land could lift crop acres in the world’s
top grains producer to a record next year. The trend could ease food supply
fears across the globe at the risk of disrupting wildlife including bald
eagles that migrate across …
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Specialty Crop Producers Applaud Senators(eqnx:) Support of Farm Bill Priorities
MarketWatch (press release)
WASHINGTON, Apr 02, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Specialty Crop Farm Bill
Alliance (SCFBA) today applauded a letter signed by 32 senators calling for
a 2012 Farm Bill that will build on previous specialty crop investments.
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Does Your Food Contain GMOs? Consumers Want Better Labeling
Huffington Post
And the only way to get that is to modify the genetics of the plants to
ensure that they’re stable, consistent–and basically always the same.
Which, according to food producers, isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
Advocates for their use, including the FDA …
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Busoga on the verge of food insecurity
Daily Monitor
Mr Hakim Baliraine, the chairperson of East and Southern Africa Small Scale
Farmers’ Forum (ESSAF), said many families in Busoga cut fruit trees to
plant sugarcane and have stopped cultivating food crops. “The people in
the Busoga sub-region don’t have …
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Maize futures rally on US crop reports
Independent Online
Corn plants are seen at a drought-affected farm near Rufino, Santa Fe
province, about 455 km (283 miles) north of Buenos Aires January 5, 2012.
In the agricultural heart of Argentina, one of the largest exporters of
food products, farmers are attending …
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AllAfrica.com
“Together with our partners, the Economic Community of West African States
and the International Crops Research Institute for Semi-Arid Tropics, we
have improved the access to high quality seeds for smallholder farmers in
the region and have trained …
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Food security depends on agricultural research
Calgary Herald
In the next 40 years, world food demand is expected to double again. And
with climate change, new crop varieties are needed that can adapt to
changing weather patterns and resist invasive plants, insects and disease.
Rising incomes also increase demand …
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Food Crops News 004

Moroccan Wheat-Crop Outlook Is Poor After Sowing Delay, UN Says
Bloomberg
Morocco’s prospects for wheat and coarse grains are “generally poor”
after rain in November delayed planting into December and January, the
United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization said. Unusually low
February temperatures may have damaged crops …
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USDA Puts Invasive Pests in Its Crosshairs
MarketWatch (press release)
… of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
(APHIS) today announced a new, multi-state, public education initiative to
enlist public support for preventing the spread of invasive species that
threaten food crops and trees.
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Global Crop Protection Industry Outlook to 2016 – Bio-pesticides: The Next …
MarketWatch (press release)
However, in the recent past, the government initiative to support
agricultural production in order to meet the rising demand for agricultural
food products in nations such as India, China and several other Southeast
Asian countries has encouraged the …
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6 Reasons Organics Can Feed the World
Huffington Post
Organic fields were more profitable than conventional, and while
conventional growers battle herbicide-resistant superweeds with bigger,
badder chemicals, the organic crops held their own against weeds, producing
just as much food as the conventional …
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Food for 9 Billion: Business Fund Puts African Farmers on Road to Market
PBS NewsHour
He not only has surplus food staples like maize, but also grows crops for
cash: peanuts and bananas. In the old days, Sitati had to rely on middlemen
in his local market here in Twele for everything: buying seeds, selling the
occasional surplus, …
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Food Security Practical Plan for States in Nation
AllAfrica.com
In conclusion, on its part South Sudan has every means to be self-reliant
in agricultural production for the achievement of food security. Of the
total area of South Sudan 80 per cent is arable and suitable for crop
production.
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Algeria Wheat Prospects Mixed on Early Halt to Rain, FAO Says
Bloomberg
… the United Nations’ Food & Agriculture Organization said. Satellite
observations indicate poor vegetation conditions in western regions as of
late March, while the center and east had enough moisture for growing crops
most of the season, …
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Who Decides Food Policy in Hawaii?
Honolulu Civil Beat
I grow organic crops on a two-acre piece of land Upcountry Maui. I grow
food because I love nutritious food for my family and I am good enough at
growing it that I can grow enough to sell. I study traditional farming
practices and I have learned to …
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Specialty Crop Producers Applaud Senators’ Support of Farm Bill Priorities
Business Wire (press release)
WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA)
today applauded a letter signed by 32 senators calling for a 2012 Farm Bill
that will build on previous specialty crop investments. In the letter to
Senate Agriculture Committee …
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PolicyMic
Farmers are encouraged to preserve the seeds from the fast-growing,
pest-free plants on their fields. They’re crucial to local nutrition, with
the vegetable lablab an integral part of the diet of Kenya’s Kikuyu tribe.
Indeed, the seed variety is so …
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Web – 2 new results for [food crops] food crops | Middle School Math and Science
Did you know there are about 1200 varieties of banana plants worldwide?
Only about half have been preserved. Other food crops exhibit thousands of
varieties …
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Lancaster scientists to develop drought resistant crops
Lancaster University researchers working at the forefront of agricultural
science have been awarded nearly half a million pounds to help keep food
crops …
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Food Crops News 003

Food inflation seen back on the table as prices rise
Reuters
By Svetlana Kovalyova | MILAN (Reuters) – World food prices are likely to
rise for a third successive month in March, and could gain further beyond
that, with expensive oil and chronically low stocks of some key grains
putting food inflation firmly …
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Kathryn Rem: Label genetically engineered foods
Norwich Bulletin
According to the Center for Food Safety, a Washington, DC-based
environmental group, the government has not done any long-term health or
environmental impact studies on GE foods or crops. The center says there is
laboratory and field evidence that GE …
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Root, Tuber Crops Developing Farmers Improving Food Security
AllAfrica.com
Addis Ababa — Farmers in Measo Woreda of West Hararghe Zone and Damot
Sire Woreda of Wolaita Zone embraced in Root and Tuber Crop Project said
they have managed to improve their food security and livelihoods. The
farmers who are living in food …
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‘We couldn’t even eat the seeds’: Drought affecting millions in Africa’s Sahel
CNN International
After locusts and droughts destroyed her crops, she wasn’t able to pay for
food. Every day, I am just thinking, ‘How am I going to get food?’ Adoum
resorted to feeding grass to her 4-year-old son Ahmed, who then died. “When
my son died, I was in shock.
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Mango trees help make food crops in Bangladesh more productive
Forests Blog, Center for International Forestry Research (blog)
Mango trees could help solve food security issues in Bangladesh. Photo
courtesy of cplbasilisk/flickr. DHAKA, Bangladesh (4 April, 2012)_Just
planting a few mango trees in and around different food crops is proving to
be an extremely effective …
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Sick of Being a Guinea Pig for GE Food? Call This Guy
Huffington Post (blog)
Genetically engineered foods have not been comprehensively tested for
long-term impacts on human and environmental health safety, but a growing
body of research is uncovering potential health and environmental risks
associated with GE crops such as …
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Monsoon Rain in India Seen More Than Normal for Third Year
Bloomberg
The country expects to have enough food grains for exports till 2014, Food
Minister KV Thomas said on March 21. Crop Sowing Sowing of monsoon crops
starts in June and harvesting starts in September. The monsoon typically
begins in the southern state of …
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‘Pink slime’ in your meat? Labels to tell you, USDA says
msnbc.com (blog)
It forced BPI to halt production at some of its plants last week, and this
week forced another processor, AFA Foods, into bankruptcy. That’s despite
protests from governors of beef-producing states who say the LFTB has been
maligned, and top food …
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Opposition to Biotech Giant Monsanto Growing Worldwide, New Report Shows
eNews Park Forest
The use of GM crops destroys essential crop diversity, homogenises food,
and eradicates associated local knowledge and culture. In this and other
ways social inequality, poverty and the exploitation of natural resources
are able to thrive within the …
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Research & Devt:Agriculture can overtake oil in revenue generation
Adegoke Vanguard
He said: “Nigeria Food Sufficiency Achievement studies with practical
demonstration on a 400-hectare farmland at LASU, Epe campus for five years
and it is now ready for government’s implementation.” Speaking on the
crops they have worked on, …
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Food Crops News 002

World food prices rise further, raising fears of unrest
Reuters
World food prices could fall in the second half of this year with new crops
easing market tension and driving full-year average prices below the record
levels of 2011, he said. The FAO raised its forecast for keenly-watched
world cereal carryover …
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X-Ray Technology Harnessed to Grow More Nutritious Crops                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    AllAfrica.com
By Aimable Twahirwa, 5 April 2012 Kigali — Agricultural researchers in
Rwanda have adapted a technology widely used in the mining sector to
analyse the mineral content of food crops such as beans and maize, with a
view to developing more nutritious …
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Less than One Month to Comment on Corn Resistant to Agent Orange Herbicide 2,4-D
Huffington Post
After receiving pressure from organizations like the Center for Food Safety
(CFS), the USDA extended its public comment period until April 27 — less
than one month from today. There is overwhelming public opposition to this
crop.
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New Crop Excels in Drought-Prone Areas
Laboratory Equipment
Researchers, including plant researchers from the Univ. of Copenhagen, have
developed a new type of the corn-like crop sorghum, which may become very
significant for food supplies in drought-prone areas. Unlike the
conventional drought-resistant …
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Alanna Clempson: Building a community around food
Chilliwack Progress
“It draws so much interest.” She and her family dug up the lawn
surrounding their Fairfield Island home to plant healthy food crops out
front. It’s part conversation starter, part teaching opportunity — and
all about food security.
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Rising Global Food Prices Cause Worry
Food and Drink Digital
The causes of this price increase has been linked to rising oil and energy
costs as well as decreasing crop production due to weather and demand
changes. “The food price index has an extremely high correlation to oil
prices and with oil prices up it’s …
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<http://news.google.com/news/story?ncl=http://www.foodanddrinkdigital.com/production/rising-global-food-prices-cause-worry&hl=en&geo=us>Bill would require labels on genetically engineered food
Twin Cities Planet
Genetically modified foods are foods that contain genetically modified
organisms (GMOs). These organisms are also referred to as “genetically
engineered” because their DNA has been altered by scientific techniques.
Genetically modified crops can have …
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MarketWatch (press release)
“We’re excited by the expansion of SERENADE SOIL into new crops,” said
Sarah Reiter, AgraQuest’s VP of Marketing – Agrochemicals & Food Value
Chain. “Growers of leafy vegetables, brassicas and bulb crops will now have
access to the soil disease and …
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CattleNetwork.com
The FAO also confirmed its earlier forecast for world wheat output to fall
1.4 percent from last year’s record crop to 690 million tonnes in 2012.
High oil prices have fanned inflationary concerns since the start of this
year. Consumer prices in the 17 …
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Growing Food Demand Strains Energy, Water Supplies
National Geographic
But for the past three decades, many crop and dairy farms have remained
green—even during the dry season. That’s because farmers have invested in
wells and pumps, using massive amounts of electricity to extract water from
deep aquifers.
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State Bank focuses on food security
The News International
“Pakistan is still facing food security challenges due to population
growth, substitution of food crop lands with bio-fuel crops and
inefficiencies in irrigation,” the SBP said. Research and effective
policies regarding agricultural resources, …
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What Can We Do Now?: Celebrate spring
Freeport Journal-Standard
Using soil, water, air, and sunshine, plants grow and animal life continues
its life cycle dependent on the food that plants provide. Earth appears to
be in control bringing new meaning to a saying attributed to Chief Seattle:
“This we know: The earth …
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‘Caterpillars Not a Threat to Food’
AllAfrica.com
Bucyanayandi said the caterpillars feed on leaves of perennial food crops
such as bananas, coffee, cassava but the leaves will regenerate. Briefing
journalists in Kampala on the outbreak of the pests, he added: “The whole
country is not affected.
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Drought – Policy Failure Worsens Situation
AllAfrica.com
Communal farmers in the Nyamuzuwe, Kawazva and Charehwa areas area have
given up on their crop. Estimates show that at least half a million
Zimbabweans would require food aid but the number could be higher as the
cost of the drought is still being …
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Monsanto threatens the sue the entire state of Vermont
RT
Lawmakers in Vermont are looking to regulate food labels so customers can
know which products are made from genetically modified crops, but
agricultural giants Monsanto say they will sue if the state follows
through. If the bill in question, …
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USDA science for farmers and ranchers
CattleNetwork.com
Thanks to this research, we can bypass generations of selective breeding to
make livestock and crop production more efficient and bring more abundant,
nutritious food to the American table. We have also worked to protect
staple crops from disease and …
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Food independence through modern homesteading in NJ
Newsworks.org
(Photo courtesy of Sarah Kirby) I wanted to practice skills like growing
our own food, canning, and bee keeping to make honey. Skills that are
slowly being forgotten as time goes by. Sarah Kirby, pictured, holds up one
of the chickens on her farm.
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Alabama chefs lend their culinary skills to second Atlanta Food & Wine …
The Birmingham News – al.com
By Bob Carlton — The Birmingham News The second Atlanta Food & Wine
Festival will include tasting tents that take guests on a culinary tour of
the South. (Photo courtesy of Atlanta Food & Wine Festival) BIRMINGHAM,
Alabama — The Atlanta Food & Wine …
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Root Vegetables and cooked food crops – 30 Bananas a Day!
I have a new garden this year and I’m not sure what to do Raw-wise with
some of the things I will be harvesting. Kolrabi, spaghetti squash, reg.
squash, swee…
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