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03.12.2009 16:30

FAO POLICY BRIEF - Harvesting agriculture’s multiple benefits: Mitigation, Adaptation, Development and Food Security

03.12.2009 16:30

Today 1 billion people, out of a world population of 6.5 billion, live in chronic hunger. Every six seconds a child dies from hunger. The future demands placed on agriculture will be no less daunting: feeding a population that is estimated to number 9.1 billion in 2050 (FAO projects that a 70 percent increase in food production will be needed); providing income, employment and economic growth in many developing countries, most Least Developed Countries, and livelihoods for 75 percent of the poor.

29.11.2009 18:12

From Food Stamp Program to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (links)

29.11.2009 18:12

As of Oct. 1, 2008, SNAP is the new name for the federal Food Stamp Program. It stands for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
http://www.frac.org/html/federal_food_programs/programs/fsp.html (see also --> other links)

18.11.2009 09:57

CBOT To Change Settlement Rules On Agriculture Futures

18.11.2009 09:57

The first two contract months other than the lead contract months in corn and the soy complex will settle to spread relationships established in the pit, while the remaining contract months will settle based on spread relationships established on the electronic system at 1:15 p.m. CST, according to the exchange. Deferred month contracts beyond the first two contract months in corn and soy complex futures settlements are currently determined by spread relationships in the trading pit.

17.11.2009 07:48

Carried Away with the Carry Trade

17.11.2009 07:48

Oil prices rebound as the G-20 pledges to keep money rolling off the global printing presses and China warns of a carry trade bubble.

10.11.2009 17:07

The fight over the future of food

10.11.2009 17:07

At first glance, Giuseppe Oglio's farm near Milan looks like it's suffering from neglect. Weeds run rampant amid the rice fields and clover grows unchecked around his millet crop. Oglio, a third generation farmer eschews modern farming techniques -- chemicals, fertilizers, heavy machinery -- in favor of a purely natural approach. It is not just ecological, he says, but profitable, and he believes his system can be replicated in starving regions of the globe. Nearly 5,000 miles away, in laboratories in St. Louis, Missouri, hundreds of scientists at the world's biggest seed company, Monsanto, also want to feed the world, only their tools of choice are laser beams and petri dishes.

Monsanto, a leader in agricultural biotechnology, spends about $2 million a day on scientific research that aims to improve on Mother Nature, and is positioning itself as a key player in the fight against hunger.


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