Food prices: Leaders warn of “economic war”

28 January, 2011 by (comments)

With supply fears looming, some countries are racing to stockpile crops like wheat and rice, sending prices through the roof, the Financial Times has reported. Countries are reacting to the various fires, floods and droughts of the last few months that have affected global crop yields, as well as to the current social unrest about food prices occurring in NorthRead More …

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Filed Under: Agro-ecology and Economics @en

China keen for public approval on GM

28 January, 2011 by (comments)

The Chinese Ministry of Agriculture is funding research into a public debate around the issues of GM food crops, in an effort to allay recent civil protests to farmers having the right to plant GM rice and corn, reported SciDev. The Government is considering the use of GM crops to feed the country’s growing population. Prime Minister Wen JiabaoRead More …

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Ants recruited to defend African farmers’ livelihoods

28 January, 2011 by (comments)

Ants could save fruit and nut farmers in Africa millions of dollars, and help them gain access to lucrative organic food markets. The African weaver ant is a highly effective predator of fruit flies and other fruit-hungry insects, that routinely destroy fruit crops. While the use of these ants as a form of biological control is not new –Read More …

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Filed Under: Africa @en, Regions