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Humans are Gobbling Up a Quarter of Nature's Resources, Reveals Study

...Using UN Food and Agriculture Organisation data on agricultural land use in 161 countries, Helmut Haberl and his colleagues found that increasing consumption of resources by humans was leading to a gradual depletion of species and habitats. By comparing carbon consumption through human activity with the amount ...

For Bangladeshis, a Nutritious Diet Would Cost 1,700 Pounds Per Week

...uation is bleak, the future could be much worse as agricultural commodity prices surge around the world. Cereal prices are at a 10-year high, a combination of poor harvests in some climate-affected countries and the switch to growing crops for biofuels in others. And rice prices have been steadily creeping upward...

Organically Grown Food More Healthier

...had been collected as part of a long-term study on agricultural methods. They found that on average they were 79% and 97% higher respectively in the organic tomatoes than in the conventionally grown fruit.Recent research in Europe found that organic tomatoes contained more vitamin C, B-carotene and flavonoids ...

Top China Official Pessimistic on Fixing Food Safety Woes

...s widespread use of dangerous chemicals in China's agricultural and livestock industries and that such problems po...s exports. 'Food safety problems have suffocated agricultural and food exports and harmed the reputation of our exports and our national image,' he said. Report...

Prions Capacity can Be Aggrevated by Solid Particles

...t know what the agent is binding to" in natural or agricultural settings, Aiken says. "We do know that soil is not the only way it transmits. Animal-to-animal transmission is important, too." CONTACT: Judd Aiken, (608) 262-7362, jma@svm.vetmed.wisc.edu; Joel Pedersen, (608) 263-4971, joelpedersen@wisc.edu...

Global Warming: Lessons of History Help the Future

...temperatures this century will stress almost every agricultural region of the world, according to the latest repor...ther into an analytical tool to help predict if an agricultural system -- the complex web that includes food growing, trade, storage and distribution, inputs and fi...

Contamination of the Environment by Antibiotics Fed to Livestock

...als end up as manure, which is commonly applied to agricultural land to provide crop nutrients. Therefore, food crops grown on manure-altered soils are exposed to antibiotics. A study, funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is looking into the brunt of antibiotic feeding in livestock prod...

Urine is a Rich Source of Phosphorus

...h," she added. Phosphorus is a key component in agricultural fertilizers and a lack of phosphorus would affect future soil quality and production, according to the background information in the report published in the journal. Mitchell insists that the Government has failed to address the issue of recycling ...

Textile City Tirupur in Tamil Nadu Tops in Pollution Generation

...eland. Kalidass, an environmentalist, says: 'The agricultural lands will slowly become desert because of this sludge. Sludge will kill all the microorganisms in the earth. They will also contaminate water sources in the surroundings.' Environmentalists concerned over the deteriorating condition seek a scienti...

Groundwater Levels Depleting Alarmingly in India

...saline water ingress from the sea destroying prime agricultural land and sometime endangering the only available source of drinking water. In large parts of Delhi, saline water has crept close to the surface. Federal Water Resources Minister Saif-ud-din Soz told reporters in New Delhi that he had already wri...

Weizmann Researchers Developed Control Switch for Protein Activity

...e drug. Another potential future application is in agricultural genetic engineering. The method might make it possible, for example, to create genetically engineered plants in which the precise timing of fruit ripening would be controlled using a substance that increases the activity of proteins responsible for...

Israel Offers Help to India in Tackling Water Scarcity

... drip irrigation technology with 60 percent of its agricultural land using this process, compared with just 6 perc...S. "As of today only 1.2 million hectares of our agricultural land is cultivated wit drip irrigation system and sprinklers, whereas the potential is 690 lakh hect...

Global Climate Change and Toxic Chemicals: A Potentialy Lethal Combination

...hloripyrifos and phenol. The first two are used as agricultural pesticides, and phenol is a common industrial chemical and a component in plant extracts. Four fish species, dwelling in different habitats in Australia, were selected for the tests. As demonstrated in previous studies, exposure to sublethal concen...

One Fifth of Timor Needs Food Assistance: UN Report

...need of maize and rice seeds, fertilizer and other agricultural inputs to prepare for the next cropping season," s..., UN agencies will be seeking funding for critical agricultural inputs and food assistance....

Consume Less, Experts Advise as Malthusian Nightmare Returns to Haunt West

...nder whether cheap food is not a thing of past and agricultural commodity prices are skyrocketing . For those of...o one-tenth. But for the first time in generations agricultural commodity prices are surging with what analysts warn will be unpredictable consequences, warns Danie...

Taking Animals Out of Laboratory Research

...w consumer products, medicines, and industrial and agricultural chemicals must be adequately tested in order to identify potential hazards to human and animal health, and to the environment. Boots plc contributed to the official opening on July 6, a further gesture of support for FRAME and its research programm...

Organic Farms Provide a Clue for India's Struggling Farms

...a struggles to deal with stagnation in its crucial agricultural sector, small-scale organic farming initiatives ne...ultural Research study showed that the two percent agricultural growth rate masked a six percent growth rate in fruits and vegetables, Sud said. Even so, India, t...

Tibetans to Introduce Organic Farming

...nic village will be set up in each of the 12 major agricultural settlements spread across India," said Ngodup Dorje, head of the agriculture and cooperative division of the Tibetan government-in-exile here. The model villages will receive all inputs in the process of organic conversion ranging from training pro...

Human Trafficking Booming in Eastern Europe, but Governments Dont Seem to Care

...omy remains vulnerable to higher fuel prices, poor agricultural weather, and the skepticism of foreign investors. U.S. State Dept Trafficking in Persons Report, June, 2007, says Moldova is a major source, and to a lesser extent, a transit country for women and girls trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexu...

Desertification, a Major Threat, Says UN

...imperative that effective policies and sustainable agricultural practices be put in place to reverse the decline of dry lands," says Hans van Ginkel, a professor at the United Nations University, which produced the report. "Addressing desertification is a critical and essential part of adapting to climate chang...

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