Tag Archives: Sustainability

Biotech Could Play a Big Role in Saving the Planet

New Scientist magazine carried a story in its September “Blueprint for a Better World” edition about how ag biotech can help grow enough food for our ever-expanding population (by 2040 there could well be 9 billion people on the planet) and do it without wreaking more havoc on the planet. Experimental crop plants that use nitrogen more efficiently provide the same yields as normal crops with less fertiliser. Such crops could reduce both nitrous oxide Read More >

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It’s Not Easy Being Green When It Comes to Technology

Being environmentally friendly can be difficult, particularly if you’re not sure which products are which. Now all that may change and being green may become easier. According to treehugger, a Discovery company, the USDA is proposing a “BioPreferred” label for biobased products. Treehugger writes, “Under the proposed plan, the label could be used on any product that is “wholly or significantly” made with renewable biological ingredients; in other words, anything made with “renewable plant, animal, Read More >

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America’s Food Crisis: Time Magazine Has No Clue

How disappointing to read Bryan Walsh’s uninformed and inaccurate article (“America’s Food Crisis and How to Fix It,” August 31, 2009).  Not only is he clueless as to what sustainable agriculture is, he doesn’t even get organic right.  Organic is defined in U.S. law and regulations and does allow the use of chemicals (yes, they tend to be “natural” chemicals, but they are still chemicals.)   Sustainable agriculture also is defined in U.S. law, and the Read More >

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India Threatens European Union: ‘Don’t Stop Flow of Illegal Drugs’

India’s Commerce Ministry drew attention to the “plight” of producers of infringing copies of vaccines last week, highlighting a need to quell the dangers of swine flu, whose vaccine is in legal hyper-production and distribution as we speak.

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Sharing & Promoting Innovative Technology in Public-Private Global Development Partnerships

This year, CropLife International is assembling a diverse panel with substantial experience to offer their views on innovative solutions to critical global agricultural problems on Tuesday, September 29 (16:30-18:30) in Geneva.

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