Archive for August, 2012

  • Drought Highlights Need to Better Manage Water

    Friday, August 31st, 2012

    This is one of the key messages that FAO is transmitting this week at World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden. The annual event brings policy makers and experts from around the globe together to discuss pressing issues related to water and its management.
    In a speech made today at the Week’s opening ceremony, FAO Director-General José [...]

  • America Wastes 40 Per Cent of Food Supply

    Friday, August 31st, 2012

    “As a country, we’re essentially tossing every other piece of food that crosses our path – that’s money and precious resources down the drain,” said Dana Gunders, NRDC project scientist with the food and agriculture programme.
    “With the price of food continuing to grow, and drought jeopardising farmers nationwide, now is the time to embrace all [...]

  • Drought raises nitrate levels in pig’s corn feed, warns prof

    Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

    The drought that is hitting the US Midwest is causing corn to concentrate nitrates, forming a potential health hazard for livestock. Early harvesting of corn could mean a poisoned meal.

    These were the messages of Tim Evans, an associate professor of veterinary pathobiology and toxicology section head at the Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory at the University [...]

  • Antibiotics linked to fat buildup

    Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

    Antibiotics may plump up cows, pigs, chickens, mice and humans alike, new research suggests.
    For decades, low doses of antibiotics have been given to livestock to make the animals grow and bulk up faster, but no one really knew how the drugs promoted growth. Now, researchers led by microbiologist Martin Blaser at the New York University [...]

  • Global fish production reaches all-time high

    Monday, August 20th, 2012

    Total global fish production, including both wild capture fish and aquaculture, reached an all-time high of 154 million tons in 2011, and aquaculture is set to top 60 percent of production by 2020, according to new research conducted by the Worldwatch Institute.
    Wild capture was 90.4 million tons in 2011, up 2 percent from 2010. Aquaculture, [...]

  • Composting Manure Improves Nutrient Release

    Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

    CANADA – A researcher with the University of Manitoba says by ensuring liquid swine manure has been fully composted, farmers can maximise the fertiliser value of that material.
    As part of research being conducted by the University of Manitoba, scientists have been separating the solids from liquid hog manure then adding [...]

  • US: EPA removes discharge permit requirement

    Monday, August 13th, 2012

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has eliminated the requirement that a Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) owner or operator that “proposes to discharge” must apply for a permit, according to the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC).
    The announcement was made Friday after EPA issued a final revised [...]