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Monsanto Admits: 1. We Don’t Need Genetic Engineering, 2. We Don’t Need Monsanto

Originally posted on Volatility:
> Recently Wired magazine ran a Monsanto infomercial touting its alleged change of strategic course on vegetables. Monsanto, through its subsidiaries Seminis and others, is selling a line of high-end conventional vegetables dolled up as some kind of high-tech breakthrough. Contrary…

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Agricultural biodiversity and climate change

Smallholders around the world favour diversity as they face changing, unpredictable climates. Bioversity International tells us how smallholders use biodiversity to adapt. ‘Given the prevalence and effectiveness of planting new crops and varieties as a coping mechanism, ensuring access to … Continue reading

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Climate change did not cause 2012 US drought, says government report

Originally posted on LEARN FROM NATURE:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the U.S. logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Scientists blame Central Great Plains drought on failure of Gulf jet stream but critics say study was too narrow. The Guardian reports…

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Livestock herders in northern Kenya and southern Ethiopia insured against drought for first time

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Cattle herders at Goraye in Ethiopia’s lowland Oromiya region (photo on Flickr by Andrew Heavens). ‘The drylands of East Africa are home to millions of pastoralists, herders who move from place to place in search…

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Genetically modified rice

Rice (Oryza sativa) is a staple food for many millions of people. No surprise, then, that rice is of interest for research into genetic modification (GM). GM rice isn’t yet grown commercially but that time may come. Adam Barclay and … Continue reading

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International Year of Water Cooperation

The United Nations (UN) has named 2013 the International Year of Water Cooperation. This is huge. Without water none of us would be here. Last year, didn’t we notice water? Or the lack of water? We in Britain suffered terrible … Continue reading

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Food for Britain when in drought

Here’s my entry for last year’s Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize. The deadline was 25 April 2012. As you can see, I wrote about the way things were in the spring and I assumed that when my article would win, … Continue reading

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The year that was and the years that will be

Today many people in the rich world will tear single-use wrapping paper and plastic from unwanted gifts. They’ll look at plates of unwanted food. Most of this stuff will go to landfill. If you enjoy the magic of a perfect … Continue reading

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North American drought leaves people hungry

Much of the North American continent is suffering drought. I’ve mentioned before the inevitable, but horrible, effect on corn prices. That’s one of the reasons why as a fellow WP blogger, petrel41, points out some Americans are going hungry this … Continue reading

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Corn prices in the Midwest drought

Much of the North American continent is suffering drought. So this bad news is no surprise: Price of corn surges by 20 per cent.

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