Food

Up to Half of Global Food Production Wasted

Up to Half of Global Food Production Wasted

  LONDON, UK, January 11, 2013 (ENS) – Four billion tonnes of food a year are produced globally. Yet, due to poor practices in harvesting, storage and transportation, as well as market and consumer wastage, between 30 and 50 percent...

 

Genetically Engineered Salmon Closer to U.S. Approval

Genetically Engineered Salmon Closer to U.S. Approval

  WASHINGTON, DC, December 26, 2012 (ENS) – Genetically engineered salmon are likely to appear on American dinner plates for the first time in the near future, following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s finding that they...

 

Brazil’s First Case of Mad Cow Disease Hidden for Months

Brazil’s First Case of Mad Cow Disease Hidden for Months

  BILLINGS, Montana, December 7, 2012 (ENS) – Brazil has notified international animal health regulators of its first case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, BSE, commonly called mad cow disease. The cow died two years ago, but...

 

Peanut and Almond Butters Recalled for Salmonella

Peanut and Almond Butters Recalled for Salmonella

  PORTALES, New Mexico, September 28, 2012 (ENS) – Due to salmonella contamination, Sunland, Inc. has announced a voluntary recall of 76 types of peanut butter and almond butter, cashew butter, tahini and roasted peanuts after a product...

 

Tuna-Loving Kids at Risk of Mercury Poisoning

Tuna-Loving Kids at Risk of Mercury Poisoning

  MONTPELIER, Vermont, September 20, 2012 (ENS) – Children who love to eat tuna fish may be at greater risk of mercury poisoning than anyone has realized, finds the first study on mercury in school lunches published Wednesday by...

 

Obesity Linked to Bisphenol A Urine Levels

Obesity Linked to Bisphenol A Urine Levels

  NEW YORK, New York, September 18, 2012 (ENS) – Obese children and teens have higher levels of the chemical bisphenol A in their urine, researchers at New York University School of Medicine have found. The synthetic chemical has...

 

UN Officials Seek Cooperation to Prevent World Food Crisis

UN Officials Seek Cooperation to Prevent World Food Crisis

  ROME, Italy, September 4, 2012 (ENS) – Soaring prices for grains and soybeans could harm tens of millions of people around the world in the coming months, the three officials most directly responsible for feeding the world’s...

 

Quarter of World’s Freshwater Used to Grow Wasted Food

Quarter of World’s Freshwater Used to Grow Wasted Food

  STOCKHOLM, Sweden, August 29, 2012 (ENS) – “More than one-fourth of all the water we use worldwide is taken to grow over one billion tons of food that nobody eats,” Torgny Holmgren, executive director of the Stockholm International...

 

Malawi Fears Hunger as Lake Chilwa Dries

Malawi Fears Hunger as Lake Chilwa Dries

  By Charles Mkoka ZOMBA, Malawi, August 24, 2012 (ENS) – Malawi’s Lake Chilwa could dry up completely in 2013 or 2014, scientists warn. The prediction has created fears of hunger and economic ruin among the more than one million...

 

Fins of Endangered Sharks Found in U.S. Soup Bowls

Fins of Endangered Sharks Found in U.S. Soup Bowls

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 14, 2012 (ENS) – Genetic testing of shark fin soup from cities across the United States has found DNA from eight endangered and threatened shark species. In the first nationwide analysis of shark fin soup,...

 

First U.S. How-To Guide for Food, Water Risk Assessments

First U.S. How-To Guide for Food, Water Risk Assessments

  WASHINGTON, DC, August 1, 2012 (ENS) – Federal food and water safety regulators have issued the nation’s first Guideline for conducting meaningful assessments of the risks to Americans posed by pathogens in food and water. The...

 

Crop-Damaging Drought Will Raise Food Prices: USDA

Crop-Damaging Drought Will Raise Food Prices: USDA

WASHINGTON, DC, July 25, 2012 (ENS) – Retail food prices are predicted to rise as soon as this fall due to the high temperatures, low rainfall and 70-year record drought across the Midwest that have boosted commodity prices for corn,...

 

Judge Revokes Approval of Pesticide That Could Harm Bees

  NEW YORK, New York, January 4, 2010 (ENS) – A pesticide approved just 18 months ago must be taken off the market because it could be toxic to America’s honey bees, already in steep decline. In an order issued December 23,...

 

Drought Blights Syrian Villages, Residents Dying of Hunger

  DAMASCUS, Syria, January 27, 2010 (ENS) – A severe shortage of rainfall that has lasted more than three years has crippled agriculture in northeastern Syria, where residents say conditions are still deteriorating in the absence...

 

Disaster Declared: Alaska’s Yukon River Chinook Salmon Run Fails

  WASHINGTON, DC, January 18, 2010 (ENS) – There has been a commercial “fishery failure” for Alaska’s Yukon River Chinook salmon due to low salmon returns, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has formally determined. “Communities...

 

Azeri Fishermen Lament Vanished Shrimps

By Idrak Abbasov PIRALLAHI ISLAND, Azerbaijan, November 24, 2009 (ENS) – The fishermen perched on the beached boats on the Azerbaijan coast watched Faiq Balayev as he threw out his net, drew it in and trudged back to the shore. They need...

 

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quota Cut, Conservationists Urge Trade Ban

RECIFE, Brazil, November 17, 2009 (ENS) – Fishing pressure on bluefin tuna in the Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea will be reduced this coming year, but conservation groups are concerned that that the agreed reduction in fishing...

 

Bumper Wheat Crop Brings Cheer to Northern Afghanistan

  By Abdul Latif Sahak BALKH, Afghanistan, November 9, 2009 (ENS) – Majid can hardly believe his good fortune. He harvested so much wheat this year that he can feed his family and even sell a few kilos in Mazar-e-Sharif, the economic...

 

Rich Countries Feeding on Poor Countries’ Farmland

  By Haider Rizvi NEW YORK, New York, November 2, 2009 (ENS) – Investors from capital-rich nations that cannot produce enough food for their own consumption are squeezing small farmers in poor countries off their lands, new research...

 

Sorghum Master Gebisa Ejeta Wins 2009 World Food Prize

  DES MOINES, Iowa, October 16, 2009 (ENS) – The 2009 World Food Prize has been awarded to Dr. Gebisa Ejeta of Ethiopia, whose sorghum hybrids resistant to drought and the devastating Striga weed have increased the production and...

 
 
 
 

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