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Is a Federal GMO Labeling Compromise Looming?

Baylen Linnekin | October 5, 2013 Recent developments point to a possible federal compromise on mandatory GMO labeling. Sadly, the potential unintended consequences of this federal labeling scheme are so terrible and obvious that they appear to make for the perfect Washington compromise. Like it or not—and I’m in the not camp—a mandatory, uniform national GMO labeling scheme appears increasingly likely. A number of factors make that so. On the one hand, activists who support mandatory…

Seed Sowing and Methods of Seed Sowing

Sowing (or seed sowing) is defined as the process of placing the seed in soil to germinate and grow into plant. In comparison, planting is the putting the plant propagules in soil for growing plants. Propagules can be seedlings, roots, tubers, leaves, or cuttings. And transplanting is term used for the planting the seedling grown into nursery to different field, pot or plot for different purposes. Methods of Sowing Seeds may be sown directly or transplanted. For transplanting, the…

FOOD: USDA Approves 2nd Generation GMOs

The USDA has just approved a new generation of GMOs for use with more deadly herbicides than the toxic glyphosate that currently taints farms across America. You won’t hear about this on the mainstream though – it was all done very quietly in the hopes that no one would notice. Bayer has developed a soybean that can withstand applications of the toxin isoxaflutole (IFT). IFT is classified as a probable human carcinogen. That’s right – they KNOW that it causes cancer and they…

Technology woes: Agriculturists fear food shortage with blind dependence on hybrid seeds

By Hidayat Khan / Basar Ali / Creative: Jamal Khurshid PESHAWAR: While farmers are eager to use hybrid seeds to increase production, agricultural experts say the replacement of conventional seeds and blind dependence on hybrid can lead to heavy crop losses. “We have not received even half of the production from the three-acre hybrid maize crop this year,” said a farmer Muhammad Ayaz. In Pakistan hybrid seeds are more popular in maize, tomatoes and potatoes. Recently, however, they…

Food Minister for ensuring quality seed supply to farmers

ISLAMABAD, Sep 7 : Federal Minister for National Food Security & Research, Sikandar Hayat Khan Bosan here on Friday directed the Central Seed Testing Lab (CSTL) for accelerating quality seed monitoring to ensure quality seed supply and availability in the market. The minister inaugurated the renovated and upgraded Central Seed Testing Lab  at Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department to ensure seed testing and certification to enhance per acre crop out in the country.…

Pakistan Government-Backed Incubator Seeds Local Investor Appetite

September 06, 2013 Mahesh Sharma Ali Rehan and his university cohorts had just won Pakistan’s Startup Weekend hackathon when they decided to quit their PhD research project to build a photography app. Weeks later they were offered a $100,000 investment for 60 percent equity in Eyedeus, as their fledgling startup is called. The money on its own was a tantalising offer in Pakistan’s nascent ecosystem, but it would mean ceding control from a very early point. So the almost-PhD-grads from…

Everything you need to know about the Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO) in our Foods!

1. What are GMOs? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organism and is most often referred to when it comes to our foods. The DNA from other plants, viruses, animals and bacteria are injected into the cells of existing species. This is supposed to make them more resistant to the rain, drought, pests, etc. Up until this point, these viruses and bacteria have never been a part of the human food supply. 2. What’s so bad about them? At face value this might sound great, but there are…

Sowing the seeds of sustained growth

By Hu Yongqi Agricultural cooperation between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is expected to get more impetus from the increased seeds and technology exchanges between the two sides in the next few years, experts said. Long Jiang, director of the Yunnan Provincial Science and Technology Department, said that the agriculture technology transfer agreement signed between the two sides in 2002 would be the framework for future agricultural cooperation and for…

Research sows seeds of life

28 Aug, 2013 MELISSA PARKE OPINION: Minister for International Development Melissa Parke writes about her visit to Timor-Leste in August with the Seeds of Life Program. FRANCISCA de Jesus Leite is a widow and lives with her children in the village of Ulmera, in Liquica district, Timor-Leste. Like many Timorese subsistence farmers, Francisca struggled to grow enough food to feed her family until Australia commenced the Seeds of Life program in 2000. Since then, Francisca and…

Global Seed Treatment Market – Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast, 2012 – 2018: Transparency Market Research

August 25, 2013 According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Global Seed Treatment (Insecticides, Fungicides, Other Chemical and Nonchemical Treatment) Market For Corn, Soybean, Wheat, Canola, Cotton and Others – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth and Forecast, 2012 - 2018," the global seed treatment market was valued at USD 2.43 billion in 2011 and is expected to reach USD 4.45 billion by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 9.2% from 2012 to 2018. The…

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