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Brazil gives GM sugarcane a go

Brazil gives GM sugarcane a go

Brazil, the world’s largest sugarcane producer, recently approved the commercial use of genetically modified sugarcane.
Extreme El Niño still expected, even if global warming halts

Extreme El Niño still expected, even if global warming halts

An international research group has found that the number of extreme El Niño events will increase, even if global warming stabilises.
Legal challenge for NZ predator eradication project

Legal challenge for NZ predator eradication project

New Zealand’s plan to be to predator-free by 2050, has suffered a blow, following a legal challenge from a small group of opponents.
EU farmers concerned at proposed agricultural budget cuts

EU farmers concerned at proposed agricultural budget cuts

Farmers across the EU are reportedly calling for the EU Commission not to implement any cuts in the bloc’s agricultural spending.
Asian long-horned beetle threatens sugar maples

Asian long-horned beetle threatens sugar maples

The Asian long-horned beetle (Anoplophora glabripennis), a Chinese invader, is threatening the multi-billion rand maple production industry in North America
EU farmers seek 15-year renewal for glyphosate use

EU farmers seek 15 year renewal for glyphosate use

Farmers in the European Union are concerned that the EU Commission intends to renew authorisations for using glyphosate (the active ingredient in some herbicides) for just 10 years, and not...
University wins court battle over its strawberry development.

University of California wins strawberry spat

A jury recently ruled against two former scientists employed by the University of California (UC) Davis in the US, after they sued their former employee over control of strawberry breeding...
India’s cattle slaughter ban strongly opposed

India’s cattle slaughter ban strongly opposed

The Indian government has banned the sale of cattle for slaughter at livestock markets
World’s seed bank safe after water scare

World’s seed bank safe after water scare

No damage has been caused to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault or its seed stock following reports of water intrusion into the doomsday storage facility in Norway.
Japan’s new approach to farming without soil

Japan’s new approach to farming without soil

Japanese experts have made a breakthrough in agricultural technology, using polymer film to grow food.
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Remote monitoring provides data on water quality

A satellite-based programme run by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is monitoring water productivity and identifying water productivity gaps, according to an FAO press release.
Glyphosate non-carcinogenic, but unsafe

Glyphosate non-carcinogenic, but unsafe

After evaluating scientific data, the European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has found that glyphosate is non-carcinogenic, but can cause eye damage and is toxic to aquatic life.

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