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You’ve probably heard that honeybees in America had a particularly difficult time this winter, with hive losses surpassing 50 percent in some areas. Colony collapse disorder or CCD is blamed for doubling or tripling the usual rate of winter hive ...
What if the agricultural revolution has already happened and we didn’t realize it? Essentially, that’s the idea in this report from the Guardian about a group of poverty-stricken Indian rice and potato farmers who harvested confirmed world-record ...
"GMO Opponents Are the Climate Skeptics of the Left," declares the headline of a recent piece by Keith Kloor in Slate. The argument goes like this: Just as certain conservative writers flout science by denying the urgency of climate change, there ...
The U.S. is suffering the worst drought in 50 years. But crop damage may well have been avoided if high quality non-GM (genetically modified) varieties were available to farmers. Further evidence is emerging that glyphosate-tolerant crops are ...
Nearly 40 years ago, while teaching environmental studies at California State University in Sacramento, Wes Jackson began reflecting that something about the country’s agricultural practices wasn’t quite right. Soon that instinct grew into a ...
Opponents of genetically engineered food
s on Wednesday blocked shipments and deliveries at Monsanto
Co's vegetable seed company in California that developed a new genetically modified sweet corn that will hit stores this fall.
Seed is the first link in the food
chain. Seed sovereignty is the foundation of food
sovereignty. If farmers do not have their own seed or access to open pollinated varieties that they can save, improve or exchange, then they have no seed ...
For years now, people have wondered how climate change will affect farming. How will humanity feed itself during a time of rising temperatures and recurring drought?
Here in the US, we're starting to get a taste of things to come—and ...
In a column last month, New York Times food
writer Mark Bittman wondered, "Why Aren't GMO Food
s Labeled?" After laying out some of the basic arguments in favor of labeling -- most obviously, the contradiction between the USDA finding that ...
A New York federal court today dismissed a lawsuit against agribusiness giant Monsanto
brought by thousands of certified organic farmers. The farmers hoped the suit would protect them against infringing on the company's crop patents in the ...
Industrial globalised agriculture is heavily implicated in climate change. It contributes to the three major greenhouse gases: carbon dioxide (CO2) from the use of fossil fuels, nitrogen oxide (N2O) from the use of chemical fertilizers and ...
The Department of Agriculture's decision to fully deregulate biotech alfalfa will delay, but not forestall, a day of reckoning between the rising organic industry and the coalition of farmers, agribusinesses and biotech firms that support the ...
Biodiversity, already decaying fast as a result of climate change and intensive farming, is under further threat by genetic modification (GM) of seeds, says a leading German ecological activist.
Genetic modification of seeds is ...
She is, in the eyes of the law, America's most dangerous eco-terrorist: a self-confessed serial arsonist who resorted to fire and destruction to register her opposition to the fur industry and genetically modified crops.
But to those who ...
Consumers in rich countries feel it in supermarkets but in the world's
poorest ones people are starving. The reason - soaring food
prices, and it's
triggered riots around the world in places like Mexico, Indonesia, Yemen, the ...
Sugar cane genetically modified for greater ethanol and sugar production
could be developed in three to five years but strict Brazil biotechnology
regulation could keep it off the market for as much as seven years, companies
said on ...
The United States and European Union are in talks to resolve their dispute
over the EU's ban on genetically modified (GMO) crops, diplomats said on
But Washington reserved its right to seek sanctions against Brussels by ...
Outside the headquarters of Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc, the pavement
is iced over and workers arriving for the day are bundled up against the cold.
But inside a laboratory, a warm, man-made drought is in force, curling the ...
The time is right for a renewed push for biotech wheat, leading US wheat
industry players said this week, as tight world wheat supplies and high prices
underscore strong global demand for the key food
"We in the wheat ...
The European Union is likely to authorise imports of four separate
genetically modified (GMO) crop products next week for sale across its 27
national markets for the next 10 years, officials said on Monday.
The decision, ...
"Even the most resourceful housewife cannot create miracles from a pantry
that lacks rice."
Famine was still a scourge a generation ago when farmers in this dusty region
received the first ...
As the world's richest and most powerful nations meet in France this week,
the questions they should be asking are the ones which matter most: who rules
our world? What forces are we going to allow to shape our future?