Farmers and Farming
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Farmers and Farming

SOURCE: Commercial Appeal, USA
AUTHOR: Jane Roberts
DATE: 30.03.2008

Herbicide's price growing with greater global demand

A decade after Monsanto introduced bio-engineered seed that made crops immune to Roundup -- and revolutionized farming -- the price of the herbicide in the last year has doubled.

The savvy began noticing the run-up last fall. By then Monsanto had instituted two price hikes, and Nos. 3 and 4 were on the way.

GM crops costly, Canadian warns

Farmers and Farming

SOURCE: Brisbane Times, Australia
AUTHOR: Daniel Lewis
DATE: 02.06.2008

FARMERS who embrace genetically modified crops will become slaves to biotechnology companies, the vice-president of Canada's National Farmers Union has warned Australia's agricultural sector.

Activist escapes jail

Farmers and Farming

Agence France-Presse (AFP), Dec 11 2007

MILLAU, France - French farmer-activist Jose Bove said he had been spared four months in prison on charges of ripping up genetically modified (GM) crops, after a judge converted his sentence to a fine.

Bove, the 54-year-old hero of France's anti-globalisation movement, was convicted on appeal earlier this year of destroying GM crops in the southern region of Haute-Garonne in July 2004.

The last days of Mexican corn

Farmers and Farming

November 22, 2007

By John Ross
Mexico City - The single, spindly seven foot-tall cornstalk spiring up from the planter box outside a prominent downtown hotel here was filling out with new "elotes" (sweet corn) to the admiration of passer-bys, some of whom even paused to pat the swelling ears with affection.
Down the centuries most of the population of this megalopolis migrated here from the countryside at one time or another over the course of the past 500 years and inside every "Chilango" (Mexico City resident) lurks an inner campesino.

Scientists Estimate That Pesticides are Reducing Crop Yields by ONE-THIRD Through Impaired Nitrogen Fixation

Farmers and Farming

July 2007

Read the full study Here

Over the last forty years nitrogen fertilizer use has increased seven-fold and nearly every acre of intensively farmed, conventional cropland is treated with pesticides. A team of scientists explored the impact of pesticides and other environmental toxicants on symbiotic nitrogen fixation (SNF) brought about by Rhizobium bacteria (Fox et al., 2007). Their findings were published June 12, 2007 in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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