Food and Agriculture : Newsfile

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  • New study reveals rice harvests affected by global warming

    30 June 2004

    Global warming could severely diminish rice yields, warns a new study from the Philippines.

  • Europe cultivates organic foods and organic farmers

    16 June 2004

    The circle of stars EU logo is about to blossom on packages of organic fruits, vegetables, breads, meat, dairy products, and possibly, even on wine bottles, following the adoption by the European Commission of the European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming. In the event, this has created 21 concrete policy measures to get more people to produce and eat organic foods.

  • Farmers' right to use their own seeds protected by treaty

    7 April 2004

    The advent of genetically engineered patented plants has resulted in an international treaty to protect the rights of farmers to save, use, exchange and sell seeds and cuttings produced on their farms.

  • Soil erosion as big a problem as global warming, say scientists

    14 February 2004

    Tim Radford in Seattle learns how soil loss is threatening humanity.

  • SUCCESS STORY: Vietnam farmers cut pesticides, increase yields

    18 November 2003

    The huge cost to farmers and the environment of the over-use of pesticides, is highlighted by an award-winning research project that has encouraged millions of Vietnamese rice farmers to reduce their use of pesticides. Maya Pastakia reports.

  • World harvest falls as heat rises

    22 September 2003

    This year's world grain harvest is falling short of consumption by 93 million tons, reducing world grain stocks to the lowest level in 30 years. As rising temperatures and falling water tables hamstring farmers' efforts to expand production, prices of wheat and rice are turning upward.

  • Agricultural projects in Afghanistan at risk

    29 May 2003

    Long-term agricultural development activities in Afghanistan are under threat unless urgently needed donor funds are provided, the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) warned today.

  • Growth in food production will be higher than population growth, says FAO

    5 March 2003

    The world's population will be better fed by 2030, but hundreds of millions of people in developing countries will remain chronically hungry, warns a new report published by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

  • Science's last frontier lies just beneath our feet

    16 December 2002

    Scientists have launched a systematic study of the last great unexplored territory of the globe: the few inches of soil beneath our feet.

  • World unable to cope with famine, UN says

    28 October 2002

    Global warming is helping to cause an unprecedented series of famines which is pushing the world beyond its ability to cope, according to the United Nations.