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09 March 2015
Investment in On-farm Food Safety Projects
CANADA - The Canadian and Manitoba governments are to invest nearly C$1.5 million in 289 on-farm food safety projects....
05 March 2015
Dry Soils Exacerbated 2006 Heatwave in Northern France
FRANCE - New areas of land suitable for agriculture will open up under climate change’s effects, new research predicts, particularly in far northern regions of the world. However, the overall...
Politicians Need to Ensure Food Chain Works
UK - Politicians need to ensure that the food chain works and the farming sector is given unhindered access to futures markets....
04 March 2015
Antimicrobial Resistant Foodborne Bacteria Levels Rising
ANALYSIS - Salmonella and Campylobacter show significant levels of resistance to common antimicrobials in humans and animals....
03 March 2015
Cutting Food Waste Could Save Global Economy $300 Billion
GLOBAL - Reducing consumer food waste could save between $120 billion and $300 billion a year by 2030....
Economic Models Give Insights Into Global Sustainability Challenges
US - Combining global economics, geography, ecology and environmental sciences is essential to understanding how changes in trade and natural systems in one part of the world affect those in...
02 March 2015
Agriculture Key to Caribbean Food Security and Coping with Climate Change
BAHAMAS - Agriculture, particularly family farming, is crucial for Caribbean countries to achieve food security as they face climate change and other challenges, and can also spur their economic...
World Wheat Production Pointing to Larger Surplus
GLOBAL - Latest estimates from the International Grains Council (IGC) again saw increased production estimates for the 2014/15 world wheat harvest....
Strategy Laid out to Make British Farming More Competitive
UK - A four point strategy has been laid out by the British government to make British farming more competitive, more productive and more resilient....
European Commissioner Promises to Simplify CAP
UK - The Common Agricultural Policy provides the agricultural sector a massive boost to economic growth and jobs in rural areas and all the way up and down the food supply chain....
27 February 2015
Do Lower Prices Mean Fewer Acres?
US - Lower energy prices, lower transportation costs, the appreciation of the US dollar, drought intensification in the West, and the Farm Bill implementation will affect the agricultural economy...
Polish Farmers March for Land Rights and GM Issues
POLAND - Around 6000 farmers marched in Warsaw recently to protest the Polish government's failure to address their longstanding demands. After failed talks between Union leaders and the prime...
26 February 2015
EU Vote on Biofuels ‘Undermines Food Security’
EU - The latest vote by the European Parliament’s Environment Committee signifies a bad day for sustainable biofuels and damages renewable energy policy across Europe, the NFU has said. ...
USDA Announces Funding for Research, Education, Extension
US - The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced more than $160 million in funding for food and agriculture research, education and extension....
25 February 2015
Center for Food Integrity CEO to Discuss ‘Big Food’
US - Charlie Arnot, CEO of the Center for Food Integrity, will present, “Size Matters: Why We Love to Hate ‘Big Food.’” The presentation examines the relationship development and pattern...
Drought-Stricken Cape Verde Receive Animal Feed, Crop Seeds
CAPE VERDE - The FAO will provide food crop seeds, animal feed and drip irrigation equipment to help thousands of people in Cape Verde whose food security and livelihoods are at risk following...
24 February 2015
Report Reveals Alarming UK Self-Sufficiency Figures
UK - A new report published by the National Farmers Union (NFU) has revealed disturbing new figures relating to the UK’s self-sufficiency in food. It states that at current rates, just 53 per...
Agricultural Production 'Not Suitable' for Food Challenges of the 21st Century
GLOBAL - While the numbers of the chronically hungry have been reduced by 100 million over the past decade, 805 million still go without enough to eat on a regular basis....
23 February 2015
US Soybean Area Estimates Surprise Analysts
US - US soybean plantings are expected to be lower in 2015 compared with last year, the USDA announced at its annual outlook conference last week. ...
Understanding the Impact of El Niño on the World's Agriculture
GLOBAL - During El Niño episodes the normal patterns of tropical precipitation and atmospheric circulation become disrupted triggering extreme climate events around the globe: droughts, floods...
Bee Diversity Higher in Urban Areas Compared to Farmland
ANALYSIS - When you think 'bee' you often picture lush farmland and open fields. However new research suggests that bees and other pollinating bugs actually thrive as well in towns and cities...
19 February 2015
How Do We Determine the Winners and Losers in Global Land Use?
GLOBAL - The United States added around 7.6 million acres of forests between 1990 and 2010 - but at what cost?...
Importance of Farming Highlighted Ahead of General Election
UK - The National Farmers Union (NFU) will launch a national campaign next week to highlight the importance of food and farming ahead of the general election....
18 February 2015
Corn Plants Per Acre Continue to Grow in Indiana
US - Indiana corn farmers could raise a record number of plants per acre in 2015, mostly due to new seeding technology and hardier hybrids....
17 February 2015
Opportunities and Barriers to Feeding the World’s Growing Population
US - "Feeding the World 2015” is an excellent vehicle for promoting critical dialogue about the implications of the tremendous increase in food demand and changing food patterns, a topic that...
16 February 2015
Strengthening Food Safety in Europe
EU - An upcoming conference on food safety hopes to build upon the high levels of cross-border cooperation achieved by the EU-funded FOODSEG project....
12 February 2015
‘Stressed’ Young Bees Could be the Cause of Colony Collapse
GLOBAL - Pressure on young bees to grow up too fast could be a major factor in explaining the disastrous declines in bee populations seen worldwide....
09 February 2015
China Eyes Sustainable, Strong Agriculture
CHINA - Despite old land and unfavorable weather, farmer Xu Jianmin managed to double his harvest in central China last year, in some cases increasing the value of produce 10 fold....
06 February 2015
USDA Grant Helps Purdue Support New Farmers
US - A team of Purdue University faculty, staff and Extension educators will lead a US Department of Agriculture effort in Indiana aimed at supporting new and beginning farmers and ranchers....
FAO Food Price Index Falls Again
GLOBAL - The FAO Food Price Index averaged 182.7 points in January 2015, down 3.6 points (1.9 per cent) from its revised* (reduced) December 2014 value....
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