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  • Composter Bioganix split in half as assets sold

    Two composting sites belonging to failed composter Bioganix have been snapped up by rivals in an assets sell off. New Earth Solutions has bought the in-vessel composting plant in Gloucestershire, while Countrystyle has taken over the IVC facility in Suffolk. Bioganix was forced to sell the sites in a pre-pack arrangement with administrators to avoid insolvency. In a statement it said: “The ...

  • First Estonian prawn fishery certified sustainable

    After a year-long scientific assessment, the Estonian prawn fishery has achieved certification to the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standard. Prawns from the Barents Sea fishery, sold in Scandinavia, throughout Europe, Russia, Japan and China, will now be eligible to bear the MSC ecolabel.  “This is the first Estonian fishery to achieve MSC certification and we look forward to ...

  • International tractor survey

    Participate in this survey and help improve tractor brands to better interact with their customers online. With a bit of luck you can also win an exclusive ticket to Agritechnica 2015. The survey is conducted by Jyväskylä University School of Business and Economics. Participate ...

  • COP19: new public-private forest protection initiative receives $280m pledge from Norway, UK, and US

    The new "BioCarbon Fund Initiative for Sustainable Forest Landscapes" aims to advance forest protection efforts up until 2020. The multi-million dollar initiative, designed to protect some of the world’s most valuable forest habitats, was announced at the United Nations Summit in Warsaw today. Ministers from the UK, Norway, and the US have jointly announced that they will be providing a ...


    By Climate Action

  • Nestle first to sign supply chain code for fair practices

    Nestle, the world’s largest food company, is the first to sign on to a voluntary European Union effort to create fairness in the trading relations of food suppliers and retailers. The EU Framework for the Implementation and Enforcement of the Principles of Good Practice in the Food Supply Chain is a set of good practice ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • NFU Represented on USDA Beginning Farmers and Ranchers Advisory Committee

    U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Krysta Harden announced Thursday the appointment of 20 members to serve on the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Beginning Farmers and Ranchers. National Farmers Union Director of Education Maria Miller and New England Farmers Union member Michelle Conner were selected to sit on the committee. The committee will provide guidance ...


    By National Farmers Union

  • DRI CO2 study chosen as most interesting by Faculty of 1000 Biology

    A study by DRI scientists in the Division of Earth and Ecosystem Sciences that was a cover story in the journal Nature has been chosen by the online research service Faculty of 1000 Biology as one of the most interesting papers published in 2008.Faculty of 1000 Biology highlights and evaluates papers published in the biological sciences based on the recommendations of more than 2,300 ...

  • Towards a new European agricultural and agri-food product promotion policy

    The European Commission today presented a draft reform of the information and promotion policy for European agricultural and food products. This new promotion policy, which benefits from a more substantial budget and will in the future be supported by a European executive agency, is intended to act as key for opening up new markets. With the slogan 'Enjoy, it´s from Europe', the policy aims ...


    By Europa Press Room

  • FAO calls on countries to adapt to food price volatility

    The world’s food price problems are not over despite a current market lull, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva told a ministerial meeting on international food prices today attended by some 30 agriculture ministers. The Director-General acknowledged that this year’s meeting was taking place in a less troubled climate than the first event in October 2012, when ministers ...

  • Speech by Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP Deputy Executive Director at the International Conservation Caucus Foundation Meeting

    Dear Excellences, Dear Ambassadors, Dear Representatives, Dear Colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, Last night, as some parts of the world were darkened by once-in-33 years lunar eclipse, Collet, 30 and Felicia, 27, who had never set foot outside of their native South Africa, were shining under the spotlights of New York as they accepted the top UN environmental accolade, The Champions of the Earth. ...

  • Global Agricultural Equipment Industry - Market Environment, Industry Structure

    World demand to rise 6.7% annually through 2016 World demand for agricultural equipment is expected to increase 6.7 percent per year through 2016 to $173.5 billion. Growth will be driven primarily by sales gains in rapidly developing nations -- particularly China, Brazil, and India -- as these countries continue to mechanize their agricultural sectors. Population expansion and strong economic ...


  • New Full Line Hydro Mulch - Verdyol Virgin

    Cascade is proud to be a full line distributor of the Verdyol Virgin product line as well as the already stocked Verdyol Biotic Earth products. This is the most comprehensive hydro mulch system available today, with proven case studies to prove their success! We are pleased to offer a new line of hydro-seeding products, Verdyol Virgin, a 100% virgin wood fiber hydraulic mulch plus tack thermally ...


    By Cascade Geotechnical Inc.

  • Indian science academies rebuked in Bt brinjal debate

    An attempt by India's science academies to contribute to the heated debate on genetically modified (GM) crops appears to have backfired after the country's environment minister rejected their controversial report. The inter-academy report, published last week (24 September), has been swiftly followed by a note of apology from the country's leading science academy for copying portions of the text ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • New Calculator Can Help Soybean Farmers with Seed Decisions

    Facing lower soybean cash prices this year, farmers are looking for opportunities to add to their bottom lines. Growing identity-preserved (IP) soybeans is one option for additional profit opportunities, but the costs can seem overwhelming to farmers thinking about getting started. U.S.-soy-industry-led board QUALISOY developed a calculator that can help farmers determine how much profit they can ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Dot Eco Makes Front Page of the Washington Post

    The momentum and excitement around the possibility of a .ECO domain that belongs to the sustainability community and is carefully managed in the public interest continues to grow. The team working for .ECO was humbled to be mentioned in yesterday’s ‘Super Bowl Edition’ of the Washington Post ( ...

  • Greenland Arctic whitefish fisheries enter MSC assessments

    Greenland’s cod, haddock and saithe fisheries in the North East Arctic area of the Barents Sea have entered MSC assessment. If successful, and subject to traceability certification, products from the fisheries will be eligible to bear the MSC’s blue Certified Sustainable Seafood ecolabel. The fishery, representing three Greenland boats - Sisimiut, Polar Princess and Ilivileq - first ...

  • Fisheries leaders set their sights on a more sustainable future for African oceans

    Fisheries leaders from across government, NGOs and industry have gathered in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss solutions to over fishing. The meeting marks the first time that the Marine Stewardship Council’s (MSC) international Stakeholder Council has met in Africa and coincides with ...

  • Syngenta appoints new regional director for Latin America

    Syngenta announces today the retirement of Antonio Carlos Guimarães, Regional Director Latin America effective December 31, 2013, after 14 successful years at Syngenta. As Regional Director since 2005, Antonio has led a business that has more than tripled in size. He also played an important role in the development of the integrated crop strategy in the region. Antonio was ...


    By Syngenta

  • Soybean farmers prepared for phase out of partially hydrogenated oils

    Trans fats have been an active part of the soy industry’s vernacular for decades. And, for the past decade, the industry – including the farmers who grow soybeans – have been working on solutions to meet food-customer needs for a stable oil without partial hydrogenation, which causes trans fats. The FDA’s recent announcement to phase out partially hydrogenated vegetable ...


    By United Soybean Board (USB)

  • Heineken N.V. grows net profit (beia) by 19.7% organically in a transformational year

    Amsterdam, 16 February 2011 - Heineken N.V. today announced:On an organic basis, a net profit (beia)[1] increase of 19.7%, driven by solid EBIT (beia) growth and lower interest expense; Net profit was up 41% to €1,436 million partly due to changes in consolidation ...


    By Thomson Reuters

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