User: flenvcenter Topic: Food-National
Category: Food Production :: Industrial Agriculture
Last updated: Jan 23 2015 22:35 IST RSS 2.0
 
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Deere to lay off more than 1,000 workers in Iowa, Illinois 23.1.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories
Deere will lay off about 910 workers indefinitely from factories mostly in Iowa and sideline another 500 employees in Illinois until late summer, as the agricultural equipment maker continues its adjustment to demand for its products.
Deere to lay off more than 1,000 workers in Iowa, Illinois 23.1.2015 AP Business
Deere is laying off about 910 workers indefinitely from factories mostly in Iowa and will sideline another 500 employees in Illinois until late summer, as the agricultural equipment maker adjusts to demand for its products....
Investment Fund Pours Cash Into Cleaner, Greener Fish Farming 23.1.2015 NPR Health Science
Aqua-Spark is the world's first investment fund for sustainable aquaculture. So far it has bet on an alternative fish feed that could take pressure off the oceans and a tilapia farm in Mozambique.
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From fork to farm: Startup recycles grocery store food waste into organic fertilizer 22.1.2015 TreeHugger
In just 3 hours, California Safe Soil turns fresh food waste into a liquid fertilizer which promises to boost yields, cut costs, and reduce water pollution in agriculture.
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The U.S. Meat Animal Research Center and the Agro-Industrial Complex 22.1.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The front page of yesterday's New York Times revealed a house of horrors at the U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, situated on the plains of western Nebraska. In a superb but deeply disturbing piece of investigative, long-form journalism, Times reporter Michael Moss told the story of scientists performing ghoulish experiments on farm animals, trying to get cows to produce twins or triplets, and pushing sows to produce even more young, with all too apparent disregard for the animals' welfare. The scientists there have been trying to make the animals grow even faster, so that factory farmers can send them off to slaughter even sooner, even though so many animals on factory farms already suffer chronic pain and premature death from absurdly fast growth rates. Among the hideous experiments Moss documented were pigs locked in steam chambers until they died, calves born with "deformed vaginas" and tangled legs, and sheep bred to produce lambs without any human assistance, with the newborns left to starve, ...
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'Seedy Business': New Report Digs Beneath Agrichemical Industry's High-Cost PR Machine 21.1.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Device saves money, time 21.1.2015 The Minnesota Daily
By: Allison Kronberg

Agriculture education senior Jared Luhman’s organic family farm in Goodhue, Minn., ships soil samples off to a lab once every few years to determine how much fertilizer is appropriate for the 200-acre cropland — a costly and timely process that often doesn’t deliver detailed results.

But a portable device being developed at the University of Minnesota could help with that.

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Special Report: For Islamic State, wheat season sows seeds of discontent 20.1.2015 World
By Maggie Fick ARBIL, Iraq (Reuters) - As the season for wheat planting in Iraq wound down early last month, farmers in areas under the control of Sunni militant group Islamic State grew worried. More than two dozen farmers told Reuters they had not planted the normal amount of seed, because they could not access their land, did not have the proper fertilizers or adequate fuel, or because they had no guarantees that Islamic State would buy their crop as Baghdad normally does. The breakaway al Qaeda group, which declared an Islamic caliphate across parts of Syria and Iraq last summer, has killed thousands and forced hundreds of thousands from their ...
SEC reversal may aid investors in challenges to companies 20.1.2015 Seattle Times: Top stories
With the reversal of a ruling that kept corporate-governance questions from being put to a company’s investors, the Securities and Exchange Commission has potentially cleared the way for such challenges to spread at annual shareholder meetings.
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SEC reversal may aid investors in challenges to companies 20.1.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
With the reversal of a ruling that kept corporate-governance questions from being put to a company’s investors, the Securities and Exchange Commission has potentially cleared the way for such challenges to spread at annual shareholder meetings.
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EPA Report Finds Pesticide Poses Risk to Workers, Spurs Calls for Ban 19.1.2015 Truthout - All Articles
An insecticide used on corn and other U.S. crops poses health risks to workers who mix and apply it and also can contaminate drinking water, according to a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency report released this week. The report is an update, based on new research, to a 2011 assessment of the health impacts of the pesticide chlorpyrifos (pronounced KLOR – pie -ra – phos), which remains one of the most commonly applied organophosphate pesticides. It has been banned for more than a decade for household use but is still used commercially on corn, soybeans, fruit and nut trees and some golf courses. The findings may mean more restrictions to protect worker's health and drinking water sources as the pesticide undergoes its registration review, a licensing process required of pesticides by the EPA. Industry maintains chlorpyrifos is safe at levels currently in the environment and greatly benefits farmers. But some environmental organizations say that increasing restrictions will not do enough to protect ...
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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers 19.1.2015 Seattle Times: Business & Technology
Karunawathie isn't hungry for breakfast. She rarely is these days, but she forces herself to choke down a few bites of rice, dried fish and a simple coconut mix. The doctors say it's better to have something in her stomach before the four-hour dialysis treatments.
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How the People Can Outwit the Global Domination Plans of Agribusiness 18.1.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers 18.1.2015 AP Top News
KONKETIYAWA, Sri Lanka (AP) -- Karunawathie isn't hungry for breakfast. She rarely is these days, but she forces herself to choke down a few bites of rice, dried fish and a simple coconut mix. The doctors say it's better to have something in her stomach before the four-hour dialysis treatments....
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Mystery kidney disease killing Sri Lankan farmers 18.1.2015 World
KONKETIYAWA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Karunawathie isn't hungry for breakfast. She rarely is these days, but she forces herself to choke down a few bites of rice, dried fish and a simple coconut mix. The doctors say it's better to have something in her stomach before the four-hour dialysis treatments.
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Making a good cup of joe, plus fertilizer and soap, from a coffee bean 18.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
One Faribault coffee roaster wanted to stop wasting the bean husks ­— and expects to make $5 million in the next five years with his consumer products.
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Bowing to Monsanto, USDA Approves New GMO Soy and Cotton Crops 16.1.2015 CommonDreams.org Headlines
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Did Palm Oil Expansion Play A Role In The Ebola Crisis? 16.1.2015 Environmental News Network
TThe Ebola outbreak in West Africa may have been the result of complex economic and agricultural policies developed by authorities in Guinea and Liberia, according to a new commentary in Environment and Planning A. Looking at the economic activities around villages where Ebola first emerged, the investigators analyzed a shift in land-use activities in Guinea's forested region, particularly an increase in oil palm (Elaeis guineensis) cultivation.
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Cargill takes the lead in urging end to Cuba trade restrictions 16.1.2015 Star Tribune: Business
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USDA Says “Yes” to Pesticide Drift, Approves Dicamba-Tolerant Crops
 16.1.2015 Commondreams.org Newswire
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