Tag Archives: legume

A GM soya for Europe?

A new soya (soybean, Glycine max) has been approved for growing in Europe. It’s a genetically modified (GM, genetically engineered) crop called MON87769 from the chemical and biotech giant Monsanto. This new crop has been engineered to adjust the fatty … Continue reading

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Rising levels of CO2 could exacerbate malnutrition

argylesock says… Climate change is happening. We humans caused it. Here’s yet another way that climate change threatens people, especially poor people. [Edit] I looked up the original paper (behind a paywall, but my University library has a subscription) and … Continue reading

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Green Rush to carve up Africa

‘There is a gold rush happening in Ethiopia, but it’s not a hunt for the yellow metal. It’s a quest for the green gold of fertile farmland.’ So says Richard Schiffman at Farmland Grab. ‘A nation more associated with periodic … Continue reading

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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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Monsanto completes acquisition of The Climate Corporation

Monsanto announced this week that it has acquired The Climate Corporation. Here’s Monsanto’s press release. Both of these companies are based in the United States but operate worldwide. Monsanto is about seeds, traits (genes and characteristics) and herbicides (weedkillers). You … Continue reading

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Making grass greener: CIAT breeds tropical pasture that suppresses greenhouse gas emissions

Originally posted on ILRI Clippings:
Guillermo Sotelo of CIAT’s entomology team, working with brachiaria grass in a greenhouse at the institution’s headquarters in Colombia (picture credit: CIAT/Neil Palmer). ‘. . . On 13 September, researchers announced that they have bred…

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“No seed, no green revolution”

Originally posted on ECO-opia:
  Written by Abraham Dereje “We are witnessing a faster pace of public and private investments in agriculture, in part because of improving national policies and regulatory measures. These include significant investment by AGRA and its…

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