Europe

Post image for France , Germany agriculture ministers lock horns over food aid

France and Germany went head-to-head at a meeting of European Union agriculture ministers Tuesday over food aid for the poor, hampering a decision over an extension of the programme, reported dpa. The food aid, which has been funded through the EU’s agriculture budget since 1987, was started to funnel overproduced goods to the poor with [...]

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Post image for Can Organic Feed the World?

Can organic farming produce enough food to feed the world? Yes, according to a new book by a German agricultural expert. But many skeptics, including Germany’s development minister, aren’t convinced. The question of whether organic food can help tackle world hunger is a subject of heated debate. It’s also the topic of a new provocatively-named [...]

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Post image for EU Court rules on GMO contamination; opens door to biotech liability

By Rady Ananda On Sept. 6, the European Union’s top court paved the way for farmers and beekeepers to recoup losses when their crops or honey become genetically contaminated from neighboring GM fields. The European Court of Justice ruled that all food products containing GMOs – whether intentional or not – must undergo an approval process. This marks [...]

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Post image for Turkish experts due to visit Somalia to find permanent solutions

Turkish experts and journalists will travel to famine-stricken Somalia on Monday to find permanent solutions to the country’s problems. Turkish experts and journalists will travel to famine-stricken Somalia on Monday to find permanent solutions to the country’s problems. A delegation comprised of 170 people including experts of several Turkish institutions and journalists would fly to [...]

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Post image for Phosagro 1H 2011 net income surges more than 150% on strong demand

Russian phosphate fertilizer producer, Phosagro, has posted a 1H 2011 net income of 12.291 billion roubles under IFRS. The net result is up more than 156% year on year from the 4.798 billion rouble net profit posted for 1H 2010, with EBITDA up 106% year on year to 17.752 billion roubles, on the back of [...]

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Post image for FRENCH FARMERS PROTEST OVER FOREIGN FRUIT

Fruit and vegetable growers in southern France recently intercepted trucks from Spain and Italy carrying cheap fruit shipments. They are protesting against supermarkets importing cheaper foreign produce. “An unprecedented crisis sees prices collapsing,” said a senior official of the farmers’ union, FDSEA, which is demanding that the government implement a rescue plan for the sector. [...]

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Post image for Who Controls Our Seed And Therefore, Our Food And Farming?

Increasingly, big corporations are taking control over Seed! 64 years after India attained its Independence, not many might remember the insidious ways in which colonization of this country actually took place, to gradually subjugate our communities in a variety of ways. Not many might recall the East India Company making commerce and trade the means [...]

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Post image for Bright prospects for seed potatoes – despite the rain

THE financial prospects for Scottish seed potato growers may be sunny but the past month has been anything but, with field inspections of the crops being hampered by strong winds and heavy downpours. Physical conditions for those who walk the growing crops looking for disease have been very difficult, being soggy underfoot with shaws straggled [...]

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Post image for Germany Accuses China Of Causing ‘Catastrophic’ Starvation In Africa

Germany’s Africa policy chief Guenter Nooke said that the destructive drought in the Horn of Africa is a man-made “catastrophe.” According to Agence France-Presse, he blames Chinese land buy-ups there for greatly exacerbating the already tremendous humanitarian crisis and causing social conflicts and conditions that rob small farmers of their livlihoods. “In the case of [...]

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Post image for Poland seeks EU support for biomass from agriculture

Poland is an ardent supporter of the use of agricultural biomass, which it intends to promote in the forthcoming negotiations on reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and in the context of cohesion policy. At a conference, on 16 July in Sopot, Poland, experts from the 27 member states held an initial exchange of [...]

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Post image for Both Fruits and Vegetables Are Among Most Popular Food Products

Lots of customers, but few buy really big quantities. GfK Hungária has conducted a survey unique in Hungary about the fresh fruit and vegetable category. The recently published study jointly conducted with Agrár Európa Kft has found that this is the second largest food category as regards spending, on which Hungarians spend HUF226 billion annually. [...]

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Post image for Russia – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin meets with Agriculture Minister Yelena Skrynnik

Vladimir Putin: What is the current situation with the harvest? Yelena Skrynnik: Mr Putin, we have worked for six months, and the overall figures in the context of the state programme show a growth trend: up 0.7% for the entire agriculture sector. There is a marked increase in agricultural production. As for harvesting, we have [...]

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Post image for Seeking more open and innovative agriculture

Swiss farmers have been reluctant to open up to foreign competition, but the new head of the Federal Agriculture Office tells swissinfo.ch opportunities exist abroad. Bernard Lehmann, a professor of agricultural economics, has taken over one of the higher-profile government jobs on July 1 at the age of 57. He will have to convince one [...]

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Post image for Sesame set for second year of success for growers

Seed grower Nick Wilson, who farms near Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, achieved an overall yield seed of 4.6t/ha (1.9t/acre) from his Sesame oilseed rape last season, with yields touching the golden number of 5t/ha on the main parts of his field. This season, Nick’s crop looks set fair to equal or exceed that yield and he [...]

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