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Crop-destroying armyworm 'major threat' to world farming

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Crop-destroying armyworm 'major threat' to world farming

A crop-destroying caterpillar native to the Americas is "spreading rapidly" in Africa and threatens farming worldwide, the Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International (CABI) warned on Monday. Two species of the fall armyworm, which can devastate maize production, have been found in Ghana, and could spread to Asia and the Mediterranean, according to the Britain-based not-for-profit group. "This is the first time it has been shown that both species or strains are established on mainland Africa" CABI chief scientist Matthew Cock said after analysis was conducted in the group's labs. "Urgent action will be needed to prevent devastating losses to...

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Thailand Begins Planting Millions of Trees by Dropping Seed Bombs

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Thailand Begins Planting Millions of Trees by Dropping Seed Bombs

(ANONHQ) As a result of deforestation, only 6.2 million square kilometers remain of the original 16 million square kilometers of forest that formerly covered Earth. Apart from adversely impacting people’s livelihoods, rampant deforestation around the world is threatening a wide range of tree species, including the Brazil nut and the plants that produce cacao and açaí palm; animal species, including critically-endangered monkeys in the remote forests of Vietnam’s Central Highlands, and contributing to climate change instead of mitigating it (15% of all greenhouse gas emissions are the result of deforestation). While the world’s forest cover is being unabashedly destroyed by...

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Maps reveal US “hotspots” where crops could fail in the future

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Maps reveal US “hotspots” where crops could fail in the future

In the first-ever study that uses data modeling to track the populations of wild bees in the US, scientists have uncovered a disturbing trend. Bee populations are dropping in the regions of the country that need them most. Dozens of staple foods depend on bees for pollination, including almonds, apples, berries, onions, and broccoli. Because of declining bee populations in the past decade, farmers have come to depend more on domestic honey bees to keep their crops thriving. But as University of Vermont environmental planner Inso Koh and his colleagues point out in a new paper in the Proceedings of...

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Study Finds GMO Corn Contaminates Non-GMO Varieties up to 2.8 Miles Away

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Study Finds GMO Corn Contaminates Non-GMO Varieties up to 2.8 Miles Away

The United States has absolutely no buffer zones to protect non-GMO crops from GMO crops, and this simply won’t work considering a newly published, 10-year risk assessment study that has found that GMO corn can contaminate non-GMO corn varieties up to 2.8 mile away. This is exactly what organic farmers, and non-GMO supporters warned us about decades ago. In 1998, just two years after the introduction of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) on a grand scale, many farmers received letters from Monsanto stating that they were illegally growing their ‘patented’ seed varieties – even those who never purchased a single Monsanto,...

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