Agriculture (Livestock, Farming)

Fish farms spark green debate in New Zealand

As a flock of seagulls swoops on a salmon farm in New Zealand's Marlborough Sounds, attracted by the thrashing fish within, tour boat operator Peter Beech sighs and says: "I'm not sure this is a fight we can win."

Scientists: ‘Super’ Wheat To Boost Food Security

Scientists say they’re close to producing new “super varieties” of wheat that will resist a virulent fungus while boosting yields up to 15 percent, potentially easing a deadly threat to the world’s food supply.


Hong Kong bans trawling to save fish stocks

Hong Kong has banned trawl fishing in its waters, a decision welcomed by conservationists Friday as a crucial move to save fish stocks and revive the city's depleted marine environment.

Feral chickens have proliferated in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina

Katy Reckdahl, The Times-Picayune Nola.com 12.04.2011
Feral chickens have proliferated in New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina

Since Hurricane Katrina, Ruby Melton's 9th Ward enclave has welcomed a new species of neighbor: clucking, crowing, prancing chickens that dart across streets and nest in the trees.


Sustainable Agriculture - What Ants Knew 50 Million Years Before We Did

One of the most important developments in human civilization was the practice of sustainable agriculture, but we were not the first - ants have been doing it for over 50 million years.

HK tree guide published

news.gov.hk 19.07.2008
HK tree guide published

The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department has published a new field guide featuring 196 species of trees in Hong Kong's countryside.


The old man who farms with the sea

Marla Dickerson Los Angeles Times 10.07.2008
The old man who farms with the sea

Carl Hodges is growing salicornia, a crop nourished by ocean water that holds the potential to provide food and fuel to millions.

G8 leaders discussing the world food crisis in Japan raise their glasses ahead of an 18-course dinner

Just two days ago, Gordon Brown was urging us all to stop wasting food and combat rising prices and a global shortage of provisions.


Indian scientists use cow urine for better rearing of honeybees

Pantnagar, July 9 (ANI): Scientists in Uttarakhand are making use of cow urine to save bees from contacting microbial diseases during the rearing process. Researchers at the Govind Ballabh Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in Pantnagar...

Poorer households are now spending up to 15 per cent of their incomes on food as cost of necessities rises sharply

Gordon Brown has urged families to make saving food as important as saving energy as he arrived for a crunch G8 meeting with world leaders.


Climate change may cut South Africa corn crop sharply

SAPPORO, Japan (Reuters) - Climate change could cut South Africa's maize crop by 20 percent within 15 to 20 years as the west of the country dries out while the east is afflicted with increasingly severe storms, its environment minister said on Su...

Hong Kong vegetable prices may rise because of floods

Vegetable prices in Hong Kong may rise as much as 20 per cent in the next two weeks should continued rain in China spoil harvests, an industry group said.


Agriculture relief applications extended

The registration period for farmers suffering agricultural losses caused by the June 7 rainstorm to apply for a grant from the Emergency Relief Fund has been extended to June 27.

Local farms confirmed avian flu-free

The three local farms which supply chickens to Po On Road Market and Cheung Sha Wan Temporary Wholesale Poultry Market have been confirmed avian flu-free, Assistant Director of Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Dr Thomas Sit says.


From Spam sales to rice riots – the food crisis bites

Peter Popham The Independent 08.06.2008
From Spam sales to rice riots – the food crisis bites

Spam flies off the shelves of American supermarkets; looted shops burn in Port-au-Prince, Haiti; and the food crisis elbows climate change off the UN's agenda at a summit that draws more heads of state and media than any in recent memory – yet rea...

Graphic showing consumption of biodiesel by region

ROME (AFP) — World leaders meeting in Rome were to focus Wednesday on the roles of biofuels, trade practices and global warming in the food price crisis that is threatening more hunger, poverty and conflict worldwide.


A worker winnows rice at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. Photo: Reuters.

The United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, has called for a 50 percent increase in world food production by 2030.

Challenges for the food summit

Roger Harrabin BBC News 03.06.2008
Challenges for the food summit

Politicians struggling to solve the current world food crisis need to find long-term solutions that feed the poorest without reproducing the ills of the recent "cheap food era".


SKorea asks US to limit beef imports

Kwang-Tae Kim AP 03.06.2008
South Korean protesters stage a candlelight vigil in the rain against U.S. beef imports in front of the Seoul City Hall, South Korea, Monday, June 2, 2008.  (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea said Tuesday it has asked the U.S. to make a key change to a beef import agreement, following large-scale protests by South Koreans concerned over mad cow disease.

Climate change could trim corn yields

Timothy Gardner Reuters 28.05.2008
Climate change could trim corn yields

Warmer temperatures brought on by climate change could trim output of some U.S. crops like corn in coming decades, but increase yields from other crops like soybeans, government scientists said on Tuesday.