Archive for June, 2011

  • New salmonella superbug passing from pigs to humans

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    The Soil Association is calling on the UK Government to take immediate action to limit the spread of a deadly new type of salmonella which is passing from pigs to humans. Known as ‘monophasic salmonella typhimurium’.
    The new superbug has enhanced ability to cause infections and ‘a particularly high attack rate [...]

  • Efficient Farming Improves Environment & Profits

    Thursday, June 30th, 2011

    Dairy farms in Galicia represent more than 37 per cent of Spanish milk production and 0.3 per cent of European production. But there is growing concern over the sustainability of the dairy industry and recognition of the need to evaluate its economic and environmental impacts in order [...]

  • EPA grants $3 million to support chemical toxicity research

    Monday, June 27th, 2011

    The US Environmental Protection Agency has awarded nearly $3 million to better understand how the liver responds to environmental toxicants. Four academic institutions will develop methods and tools to enhance what society knows about environmental contaminants and the liver, the body’s waste treatment organ.
    Among other things, these [...]

  • Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Food Production

    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

    For the farming sector, the target by 2020 is a reduction of 11 per cent.
    However, according to Chris Lloyd from the English Beef and Lamb executive, there are a great many myths that have been spread about greenhouse gas emissions and there is a common belief that CO2 is only greenhouse [...]

  • FAO calls for better monitoring of water use

    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

    Developing countries are failing to account for where water is going, how it is being used and how much of it remains, according to a major report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
    The report, ‘Climate change, water and food security‘, published earlier this month (9 June), aims to sum [...]

  • Pork Checkoff Launches Carbon Footprint Calculator Software

    Wednesday, June 15th, 2011

    The National Pork Board has unveiled a new computer program designed to help pork producers identify areas on their farms where they can reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
    The Live Swine Carbon Footprint Calculator, developed on behalf of the National Pork Board by the University of Arkansas’ Applied Sustainability Center, was unveiled yesterday [...]

  • NCBA Takes Beef With EPA To Social Media

    Monday, June 6th, 2011

    In order to elevate the importance of protecting farmers and ranchers from unnecessary regulation, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is turning to social media. The video, themed Over Regulation All Across the Nation, was launched yesterday on NCBA’s You Tube channel featuring EPA’s potential regulation of coarse [...]