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February 20, 2013

Golden rice is no silver bullet: hunger needs a political solution

20 February 2013 Golden Rice has recently made international headlines following the Philippine Government’s decision to allow the plant to be released throughout its jurisdiction. Golden rice is genetically modified (GM) to have a higher content of vitamin A than other rice varieties, and Bangladesh and India are also considering adopting it. The Philippines' decision comes hot on the heels of the “confession” by high-profile anti-GMO campaigner Mark Lynas that he was wrong to have…

Explainer: how are vaccines used in Australian agriculture?

February 20th, 2013 Ian Colditz (Research Scientist in Livestock Approximately 140 vaccines are registered for use in livestock and companion animals in Australia. Many more animals are vaccinated each year than humans. Vaccines are used in farm animals: to protect livestock against endemic diseases to modify reproductive performance (for instance by preventing sexual maturity in young males) to improve food quality (for instance to reduce boar taint in pork) to reduce the…

Poultry farming: Industries identify recovery at the beginning of the year

After a challenging year for the poultry, experts projected moderate relief in the first three months of 2013. The more costs scenario accommodated must stimulate the industry and promote the recovery of the sector, expectations that already confirmed at the beginning of the year. In January, the poultry farmer's purchasing power has increased in almost all regions of the country, since the main inputs suffered devaluation in the period, according to the Center for advanced studies in…

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