Feb 18, 2016

Flies threatening Florida's fruit industry have been eradicated

A type of fruit fly that all but shut down south Florida’s $1.6 billion agricultural industry when it was discovered in the state last year has been “successfully eradicated,” authorities said Wednesday. Officials quarantined 97 square miles (250 sq. km) of farmland after the ...

In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hunger

Feb 12, 2016

In southern Africa, an illusion built on aid heralds hunger

As she walks along a dirt road in central Malawi, Louise Abale carries her precious corn wrapped in a brightly colored cloth and balanced on her head. Because of drought in Malawi and across southern Africa the grain has doubled in price in the ...

Jan 28, 2016

Chinese man stole protected seeds major U.S. firms

A Chinese man pleaded guilty in a U.S. court Wednesday to stealing patent-protected corn seed from agribusiness giants Monsanto and DuPont to take back to China for commercial use. Robert Mo Hailong, 46, participated in a plot to steal inbred corn seeds from the ...

U.S., Mediterranean face extreme warming: study

Jan 21, 2016

U.S., Mediterranean face extreme warming: study

Once the world as a whole has warmed by 2 degrees Celsius, top temperatures in the United States and Mediterranean basin will have climbed by even more, according to a study released Wednesday. A global rise of 2 degrees (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above mid-19th ...

Drought hits global cereals output, study finds

Jan 8, 2016

Drought hits global cereals output, study finds

Droughts and extreme heat have cut national cereal production by 9 to 10 percent on average around the world in the last half-century, and the impact has worsened since the mid-1980s, researchers said. Cereal production losses averaged 13.7 percent in drought years from 1985, ...

Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

Jan 7, 2016

Chinese farmers are illegally growing GMO corn: Greenpeace

Farmers are illegally growing genetically modified corn in China’s northeast, said the environmental nonprofit Greenpeace on Wednesday in a report that may generate further distrust of the government’s ability to ensure a safe food supply. Beijing has spent billions of dollars to develop GMO ...