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Agriculture and Fisheries
Uganda: Farmer's Diary - Effects of Climate Change On FarmingAllAfrica.com | 04 Jan 2012
Monitor (Kampala)-Farming may be described as the process of caring for plants, insects, and animals that are valuable to us. It is a process that depends on many factors such as climate which has to do with the weather conditions of the location where we practice farming over a long period of time.
Climate change spawns the incredible shrinking antReuters | 16 Oct 2011
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Plants and animals are shrinking because of warmer temperatures and lack of water, researchers said on Monday, warning it could have profound implications for food production in years ahead.
Nitrogen footprint warning from European agencyGuardian Unlimited | 10 Apr 2011
New study says nitrogen pollution costs every person in Europe £650 a year in damage to water, climate, health and wildlife. Nitrogen pollution is costing every person in Europe up to £650 a year in damage to water, climate, health and wildlife, a study warns. Scientists behind the research said nitrogen was needed as fertiliser to help feed a growing world population - but suggested that eating less meat could reduce the amount of pollution caused by agriculture.
China to ban imports of farm products from JapanReuters | 08 Apr 2011
China will ban the import of farm produce, including food, edible agricultural products and feedstuff, from 12 areas in Japan, the country's quarantine authorities said, as concerns about radiation contamination mount.
Honeybees 'entomb' cells to protect hiveGuardian Unlimited | 04 Apr 2011
By sealing up cells full of contaminated pollen, bees appear to be attempting to protect the rest of the hive. Honeybees are taking emergency measures to protect their hives from pesticides, in an extraordinary example of the natural world adapting swiftly to our depredations, according to a...
Sales of organic products in UK fall by 5.9%Guardian Unlimited | 04 Apr 2011
Sales of organic food, drink and textiles fall as producers battle against the downturn in demand, say Soil Association. Sales of organic products have fallen by 5.9% in the UK over the past year as producers continued to battle against the downturn in consumer demand and challenging trading...
World's race for economic growth threatens Greenland's pure white wildernessGuardian Unlimited | 02 Apr 2011
The ancient way of life of Polar Eskimos faces meltdown from the global population explosion and industrial pollution. Even environmentalists are part of the problem as they suppress a hunting culture. Part of the appeal of coming to the north of Greenland, I have no qualms in saying, was to discover the remnants of a way of life that might be labelled "exotic". However, it would be misleading to suggest that all the Polar Eskimos here belong to a culture which could be called "hunter-gatherer".
Saving bats could prevent huge U.S. farming lossesReuters | 31 Mar 2011
America's bats are dying in their hundreds of thousands due to a mysterious illness called white-nose syndrome, and efforts to save them could prevent billions of dollars in agricultural losses, scientists say.
EU wants freeze on Libya's bluefin tuna catchReuters | 31 Mar 2011
The European Union's fisheries chief has called for the suspension of Libya's fishing rights for the Atlantic bluefin tuna, fearing the endangered fish could be further depleted amid the confusion of war.
Gas emissions reduced by changing farm animal diet says studyGuardian Unlimited | 30 Mar 2011
Research shows how to reduce the amount of methane produced by cows and sheep belching and breaking wind. A change of diet could help flatulent farm animals reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, a study has said. Government funded research aimed at helping farmers cut their contribution to climate...
Great Lakes barrier may be too weak to stop carpReuters | 25 Mar 2011
Voltage coursing through electrical barriers designed to keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes may need to be raised to keep out juvenile fish, U.S. officials said on Friday.
Ethiopia at centre of global farmland rushGuardian Unlimited | 21 Mar 2011
Locals move out as international contractors seize opportunities offered by government to lease farmland at knockdown rates. It's the deal of the century: £150 a week to lease more than 2,500 sq km (1,000 sq miles) of virgin, fertile land - an area the size of Dorset – for 50 years. Bangalore-based food company Karuturi Global says it had not even seen the land when it was offered by the Ethiopian government with tax breaks thrown in.
Untapped crop data from Africa predicts corn peril if temperatures riseScienceDaily.com | 15 Mar 2011
Researchers have found a valuable, untapped resource in historical data from crop yield trials conducted across sub-Saharan Africa. Combined with weather records, they show that yield losses would occur across 65 percent of maize-growing areas from a temperature rise of a single degree Celsius, even with sufficient water. Data from yield tests in other regions of the world could help predict changes in crop yields from climate change.
Asia to test Japan food imports for radiationReuters | 14 Mar 2011
South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines will test Japanese food imports for radiation, officials said on Monday, and other countries may also step up monitoring as Japan tries to contain a nuclear crisis.
Britain adds voice to criticism of EU GM crop plansReuters | 14 Mar 2011
Britain became the latest European Union country on Thursday to raise serious doubts over proposals to let EU governments decide individually whether to grow or ban genetically modified (GM) crops.
2010 Russia heat wave due to natural variability: U.SReuters | 09 Mar 2011
The 2010 Russian heat wave that killed thousands and cut into that country's grain harvest was primarily due to natural variability, not human-spurred climate change, U.S. scientists said on Wednesday.
Eco-farming can double food output by poor: U.N.Reuters | 08 Mar 2011
Many farmers in developing nations can double food production within a decade by shifting to ecological agriculture from use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides, a U.N. report showed on Tuesday.
Disappointing rains fall in Plains wheat beltReuters | 08 Mar 2011
Overnight rains in the U.S. Plains wheat belt were disappointing, with more moisture needed especially in the far western areas to boost development this spring, a forecaster said on Tuesday.