Agriculture

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Heavy rain, floods ravage Bangladesh rice planting area

Heavy rain and floods that hit Bangladesh this year have hurt prospects for rice area and production in the nation, forcing the country to brace itself for another season of highly probable less productive rice season. Bangladesh, once major rice produced, has...

November 12, 2017

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2017 EU wine harvest at historic low due to extreme weather

New estimates show that 2017 EU wine harvest is at historic low due to extreme weather events ranging from frost to drought. According to figures released by Copa and Cogeca in Brussels on October 10, 2017, the European Union suffered one of the lowest wine harvests...

October 12, 2017

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Models suggest unusually significant cold outbreak in Europe

Both GFS and ECMWF models are suggesting Europe will be hit by two unusually significant cold outbreaks for this time of year starting next week. If this happens, below freezing temperatures would result in a lot of damage to agriculture and push the storm season...

April 10, 2017

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The most extreme drought in 115 years strongly affects food production in Cuba

The 2015 ongoing drought in Cuba has now severely affected about 87 000 tons of country's year rice production, the Ministry of Agriculture (MINAG) stated on December 14, 2015. The drought conditions of this year have now been regarded as the worst over the last...

December 18, 2015

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EU's GMO revolution: More than half of EU member states opt out of GM crop usage

In the US, farmers have been cultivating GMOs since the 1990s and their consumption is by today widespread across the country. In the EU, on the other hand, usage of GMOs has taken a revolutionary turn after a directive passed in April 2015, which now allows EU...

November 30, 2015

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Northern China facing soil drying issues: Increased farming activities a leading cause

Newly published research, investigating the relationship between increased food production and soil drying issues in northern China, suggest the increase in agricultural activities may be responsible for the strong decreasing trends of soil moisture. The research sugges

July 23, 2015

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Continued destruction of Earth’s plant life places humankind in jeopardy

If humans continue destroying plants at the current pace, the lack of irreplaceable biomass may soon endanger present human civilization and make it unsustainable - according to a paper published recently by University of Georgia researchers in the Proceedings of the Na

July 17, 2015

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Humanity rapidly depleting one third of Earth's largest aquifers

In two new studies led by the University of California, Irvine (UCI), scientists mapped 37 of the world's largest underground basins using NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites and concludes that humanity is rapidly depleting one

July 12, 2015

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North Korea hit by the worst drought in a century

North Korea is facing its worst drought in a century, according to state media. South Hwanghae, North Hwanghae, South Pyongan and South Hamgyong, the country's main rice growing provinces are already heavily affected, and the fear of food shortages is increasing.&qu

June 18, 2015

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Satellite mapping reveals agricultural slowdown in Latin America

For the first time, satellite mapping of Latin America shows that the continent's agricultural expansion has waned in the wake of the global economic downturn, according to UBC research."Nearly every agricultural region across Latin America slowed down in

May 14, 2015

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United Nations urged to ensure open plant genomes

A plant scientist from The Australian National University (ANU) has called for the United Nations to guarantee free and open access to plant DNA sequences to enable scientists to continue work to sustainably intensify world food production. Dr Norman Warthmann, a plant

March 23, 2015

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Can organic crops compete with industrial agriculture?

A systematic overview of more than 100 studies comparing organic and conventional farming finds that the crop yields of organic agriculture are higher than previously thought. The study, conducted by UC Berkeley researchers, also found that certain practices could furth

January 16, 2015

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Agricultural practices play a big role in seasonal swings of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere

New study from Boston University, the University of Michigan and other institutions identifies a new, direct fingerprint of human activity on Earth as agricultural crops play a big role in seasonal swings of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.Modern agricultural

November 25, 2014

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World is losing 2 000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage

Salt-spoiled soils worldwide: 20% of all irrigated lands — an area equal to size of France. Extensive costs include $27 billion+ in lost crop value/year. UNU study identifies ways to reverse damage, says every hectare needed to feed world’s fast-growing popu

October 28, 2014

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Open Source Seed Initiative aims to keep seeds free from patents

In a public ceremony on April 16, a coalition of farmers, scientists and sustainable food advocates launched the Open Source Seed Pledge, a parallel licensing system designed to keep seeds in the hands of the public and prevent them from being patented by private intere

May 04, 2014

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Sri Lanka bans glyphosate herbicide to avoid kidney disease risk

Sri Lanka, the large island south of India, is home to more than 20 million people who are now saying "no" to Monsanto's Roundup. Sri Lanka's president has suddenly issued a ban on glyphosate herbicide, as new studies suggest that the chemical is a

March 18, 2014

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Industrial agriculture has reached its 'peak,' say scientists; time for a return to small-scale organics

The era of large-scale monoculture, with all of its toxic pesticides and untested genetically modified organisms (GMOs), could finally be coming to an end. Researchers from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) discovered recently that yield expansion rates for most

January 24, 2014