Fresh Produce Articles

  • How is Ethanol Produced?

    What is ethanol? Ethanol is an alternative fuel made from corn, sugarcane, wheat, and other agricultural products, and is produced by the fermentation of carbohydrates such as sugar, starch, and cellulose. Ethanol Feedstocks All plants contain sugars that can be fermented to make ethanol in a process called biochemical conversion. Plant material can also ...

  • Bi-On, a product suitable for use in organic agriculture

    Bi-On, a product suitable for use in organic farming Ecological, organic or biological agriculture is a cultivation system based on the optimum use of natural resources without using synthetic chemicals or genetically modified organisms (GMOs), thus being able to produce organic foods, as well as preserving the fertility of the soil and respecting the environment. All this in a ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Ethylene Control in the distribution Chain of non-Climateric Fresh Produce

    A scientific study carried out in Australia by the prestigious professor of post-harvest, Dr R.B.H. Wills, has concluded that most non-climacteric fresh produce is kept in the distribution chain in atmospheres with an ethylene level that causes losses of between 10% and 30% of their potential post-harvest life. During the study more than 700 measurements were made of the ethylene level ...


    By Bioconservacion SA

  • Case study - Guangdong Academy of Agricultural Sciences (GDAAS)

    There are 13 research institutes under the GDAAS, including specific foods and crops and fertilizer research. The main mission of the institution is to carry out non-profit research around agricultural science and techniques.  As one of the most important agricultural crops institutions, the Crops Research Institute has been focusing on the development of new varieties of crops, cultivation ...


    By Geotech

  • Brazil’s agriculture minister optimistic about a Mercosur/EU trade accord by end of the yea

    Brazil’ minister of agriculture Katia Abreu said she was very optimistic about Mercosur reaching a trade agreement with the European Union, and if there are problems look to Europe, because Mercosur members have almost agreed and finished their proposal. Ms. Abreu is probably the strongest political woman in Brazil currently, not only because president Dilma Rousseff is much debilitated ...


    By TractorExport

  • USDA Invests In Rural Energy For America Program

    On August 7, 2015, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $63 million in loans and grants to be distributed through its Rural Energy for American Program (REAP). The $63 million is divided among 264 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects throughout the nation, in primarily rural communities. In addition to creating jobs and ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Evaluation of water demand and supply in the south of Iraq

    This paper presents results from the first study that focuses on water resources availability and demand for different purposes in the four oil-rich provinces of southern Iraq. The region accounts for 23% of the surface area and 18% of the country's population, but holds 88% of its oil. A water shortage of 430 Mm3/year for 2010 is estimated for this region where irrigation accounts for 81% of ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Debate: Why aren’t farmers using agricultural tech?

    Take part in our online debate that will take place on this page on 9 June starting at 1pm British Summer Time (GMT+1). Over two hours, our expert panel will help steer a discussion on why farmers in developing countries are not improving productivity by adopting a greater number of innovative technologies. Delivering food security for everyone on the planet is a monumental challenge. The global ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • USDA announces energy efficiency and renewable energy grants

    On April 22, 2015, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack celebrated Earth Day by announcing that USDA "is providing more than $112 million in loans and grants to help rural communities build and upgrade their water and energy infrastructure systems." The funding for the energy ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Marginal value of natural water in agriculture: a study in the suburbs of Mekelle City, Ethiopia

    In areas where markets for natural water are lacking, information on its marginal value can be an important tool for proper pricing to achieve efficient allocation of the resource. This article investigates the marginal value of natural water (rainwater used as a proxy) in agricultural crop production in the suburbs of Mekelle City, Ethiopia, by econometrically estimating individual value ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Environmental sustainability, sustainable livelihood and poverty reduction: the case for tribal agricultural technology

    Environmental degradation is very closely associated with economic growth, which leads to the popular concept of sustainable development. The idea of sustainable development also has a component of damage to the environment, though it is minimum. However, there is one thing that has the potential of promoting development along with poverty reduction with the true spirit of the idea of ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Convert Agriculture Waste Into Energy

    India is mainly an agricultural county and is also the largest contributors in the GDP of the country. Agriculture provides employment to a huge population of the rural India. This was not the case suddenly post-independence in India. Various steps were taken to make India as a reliable agricultural country. Steps such as green revolution were taken in several five years plan. This has made India ...


    By Jay Khodiyar Machine Tools

  • Tackling change: Future-proofing water, agriculture, and food security in an era of climate uncertainty

    In 1950 the global population was just over 2.5 billion. Now, in 2013, it is around 7 billion. Although population growth is slowing, the world is projected to have around 9.6 billion inhabitants by 2050. Most of the population increase will be in developing countries where food is often scarce, and land and water are under pressure. To feed the global population in 2050 the world will have to ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Integrated modelling of a coupled water-agricultural system using system dynamics

    An integrated System Dynamics Model for the water-stressed Rosetta region, Egypt, assessing water balance, and agricultural yield and revenue to 2050, is presented. The study uses 57 simulations to better understand impacts on water, food and economic security and their interactions, in order to highlight potential pathways towards a more sustainable future for the Rosetta region. Current water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Persistence of the tricyclic antidepressant drugs amitriptyline and nortriptyline in agriculture soils

    Amitriptyline and nortriptyline are widely‐used tricyclic antidepressant drugs. They have been detected in wastewater, surface runoff, and effluents from sewage treatment plants. As such, they could potentially reach agriculture land through the application of municipal biosolids or reclaimed water. In the absence of data on their fate in the environment, the persistence and dissipation ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • Response of biomarkers in amphibian larvae to in situ exposures in a fruit‐producing region in North Patagonia, Argentina

    The authors evaluated biomarker responses in caged larvae of the amphibian Rhinella arenarum in water channels during fruit production season, and compared them with those elicited by a transient exposure to azinphos methyl (AzM) (0.02–2 mg/L; 4 h), the main pesticide applied in the Alto Valle region, Patagonia, Argentina, taking into account the maximum environmental concentration detected in ...


    By John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  • How to create resilient agriculture

    Durable food security and agricultural growth depend on development strategies with resilience built in from the start, says Gordon Conway. Economic growth with resilience to environmental threats will be central to the agenda of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in June this year, which aims to map out a pathway of sustainable development for the planet. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Water for agriculture and the environment: the ultimate trade-off

    Global population is projected to increase over year 2000 levels by 30% in 2025 and by 50% in 2050. Producing sufficient food to feed a more populous Earth will be a challenge requiring additional developed water supplies. Existing supplies are unevenly distributed around the planet. Some developing countries lack sufficient water to grow the food necessary to feed the growing population. With ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Building social capital for agricultural innovation experiences with farmer groups in Sub-Saharan Africa

    1 Introduction 1.1 Rationale Ever since the general adoption of the Farming Systems Approach (FSA) in agricultural service delivery in SSA, research and extension have been working with different types of informal and formal FGs. Experience of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the International Federation of Agricultural Producers ...

  • Massive freshwater gains from producing food at sea

    Water scarcity may be the most limiting factor to increasing world food production. Irrigation water is already overdrawn beyond sustainable levels and to increase reliance on rainfed agriculture is risky, even more so with climate change. However, to promote deliberate food production at sea, both fished and farmed, and both plant and animal, requires no freshwater or land. The thousands of ...


    By IWA Publishing

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