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Alternative agricultural practices combine productivity and soil health
The progressive degradation of useful soils for agriculture and farm animal husbandry is a growing environmental and social problem, given that it endangers the food safety of an increasing world population. View News Article (2009-07-27)

ICSU Releases Synthesis Report On GMOs
The International Council for Science (ICSU) today announced the release of a new report entitled New Genetics, Food and Agriculture: Scientific Discoveries - Societal Dilemmas. A synthesis of more than 50 science-based reviews, the report assesses the risks and benefits of applying new genetic discoveries to food and agriculture. The report was commissioned by ICSU's Advisory Committee on... View News Article (2003-06-11)

Global commission delivers food security policy recommendations
A new report published by an independent global commission of eminent scientists states that the world's food system needs an immediate transformation to meet current and future threats to food security and environmental sustainability. View News Article (2011-11-17)

Deadly fish virus now found in all Great Lakes
A deadly fish virus that was first discovered in the Northeast in 2005 has been found for the first time in fish from Lake Superior, report Cornell researchers. That means that the virus has now been documented in all of the Great Lakes. View News Article (2010-01-28)

Grasshoppers signal slow recovery of post-agricultural woodlands, study finds
Sixty years ago, the plows ended their reign and the fields were allowed to return to nature -- allowed to become the woodland forests they once were. View News Article (2014-11-25)

The Middle East Crisis - 2200 BC @ the London Catastrophes conference
Around 2200 BC, something strange happened in the Middle East. An abrupt change in climate caused the sudden collapse of rain-fed agricultural societies in Egypt, the Aegean, the Levant, Mesopotamia and the Indus valley of India. According to Professor Harvey Weiss, people returned to pastoral nomadism or swamped adjacent areas where agriculture was fed by artificial irrigation. In turn, the... View News Article (2002-08-17)

Growing crops in the city
A case study published in the 2010 Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education by professors at Washington State University studies the challenges one organization faced in maintaining an urban market garden. The journal is published by the American Society of Agronomy. View News Article (2010-10-26)

UMaine researcher puts new date on early agriculture
Research by UMaine researcher Dan Sandweiss places cornmeal on the menu for native Americans much earlier than previously believed. View News Article (2006-03-02)

Review calls for national strategy for crop science research
An independent review panel is calling for a national strategy for crop science research in order to help UK agriculture benefit from breakthroughs in the laboratory. In a review commissioned by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the UK's largest funder of plant science, and published today, the panel proposes a stronger national focus on research underpinning... View News Article (2004-05-12)

Developing biocontrols to contain a voracious pest
U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists are playing a key role in efforts to contain the emerald ash borer's destructive march through the nation's forests.  View News Article (2011-04-27)

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