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  • Research links pesticides with ADHD in children

    05/17/2010 4:39:43 AM PDT · by DJ MacWoW · 23 replies · 554+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Sunday, 16 May 2010
    CHICAGO (AP) - CHICAGO (AP) — A new analysis of U.S. health data links children's attention-deficit disorder with exposure to common pesticides used on fruits and vegetables. While the study couldn't prove that pesticides used in agriculture contribute to childhood learning problems, experts said the research is persuasive. "I would take it quite seriously," said Virginia Rauh of Columbia University, who has studied prenatal exposure to pesticides and wasn't involved in the new study.
  • Insects devastate Thailand's rice crop, institute says

    02/14/2010 8:34:34 AM PST · by hennie pennie · 11 replies · 447+ views
    Earth Times ^ | February 8, 2010 | dpa
    Bangkok - Excessive use of fertilizers and pesticides and other poor farming practices have led to an insect plague in Thailand's rice fields that was predicted to reduce yields by 30 per cent in vast areas, the International Rice Research Institute warned Monday. "This is the worst outbreak of brown planthoppers I have seen in my career since 1977," said Manit Luecha, director of the Chainat Rice Seed Center. "Most of the paddy fields - probably more than 1 million hectares - will suffer rice yield losses of more than 30 per cent," he predicted. Thailand is the world's largest...
  • Jim Rogers: Brace Yourself For Food Shortages, Thanks To The Banks Hoarding Cash

    01/15/2010 9:21:42 AM PST · by FromLori · 71 replies · 3,189+ views
    The Business Insider ^ | 1/15/10 | Vincent Fernando
    Jim Rogers is sounding the alarm -- buy agricultural commodities ahead of the riots. The financial crisis has cut off investment in agriculture, with many farmers unable to get loans for fertilizer according to Mr. Rogers. Of course, this means agricultural commodities will make a killing: CNBC: "Sometimes in the next few years we're going to have very serious shortages of food everywhere in the world and prices are going to go through the roof." Cotton and coffee are good buys because they are very distressed, while sugar, despite the fact that it has gone up a lot, is still...
  • Cold temperatures threaten seed potato crop

    10/11/2009 9:22:42 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 782+ views
    Missoulian ^ | 10/11/09
    Cold temperatures threaten seed potato crop By the Associated Press | Posted: Sunday, October 11, 2009 2:30 pm BOZEMAN - Record-low temperatures in southwestern Idaho are threatening to destroy at least a portion of this season's crop of seed potatoes. Spuds still in the ground could be saved by a layer of snow; a dusting had fallen on Bozeman and the surrounding region by Sunday.
  • Impoverished areas of Africa and Asia face severe crop losses from climate change in 20 years

    02/01/2008 4:00:07 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 37 replies · 181+ views
    Physorg ^ | 01/31/08
    Impoverished areas of Africa and Asia face severe crop losses from climate change in 20 years Many of the world’s poorest regions could face severe crop losses in the next two decades because of climate change, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University’s Program on Food Security and the Environment (FSE). Their findings will be published in the Feb. 1 issue of the journal Science. “The majority of the world’s 1 billion poor depend on agriculture for their livelihoods,” said lead author David Lobell, a senior research scholar at FSE, which focuses on environmentally sustainable solutions to...
  • Angry farmers force closure of China plant (20,000 peasants stormed the factory)

    07/20/2005 6:15:15 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 709+ views
    Reuters ^ | 07/19/05
    Tuesday July 19, 4:43 PM Angry farmers force closure of China plantBEIJING, July 19 (Reuters) - Chinese farmers have attacked a pharmaceutical plant and forced it to close, angered that its chemical waste was ruining their village's crops, polluting its river and harming their health, the factory and officials said. The Jingxin Pharmaceutical Company in Xinchang county in the eastern province of Zhejiang has been closed since July 4 when a group of villagers stormed it, a company statement said, giving no details of how many were involved in the siege. But a posting on a stock exchange online message...