FAO-OECD: Outlook grim for food prices over next decade

17 June, 2011 by (comments)

Global food prices have risen by 40% in the last year. This upward trend is here to stay, estimates the FAO and OECD in their new report Agricultural Outlook 2011-2020. According to the report, agricultural production is expected to rise by 1.7% annually, compared to the 2.6% growth rate of the past decade. Cereal prices could average as much as 20%Read More …

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Scientists home in on insect genome to debug sick plants

17 June, 2011 by (comments)

Pesticides that target only disease-vectors and not beneficial pollinating insects could be the outcome of a new genome-sequencing initiative, the BBC reports. The 5000 Insect and Other Arthropod Genome initiative, initiated by scientists from several important public and private research institutes from the US and the UK, aims to sequence the genomes of 5000 insects and other arthropods primarilyRead More …

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