Category Archives: Agricultural news

Monsanto sentenced to pay $289 million damage following claims that one of its herbicides causes cancer

Monsanto was forced to pay $289 million in compensation to a former gardener claiming to have cancer because of an herbicide produced by the company, reports CNN. The case of Dewayne Johnson, a former gardener in a school, was the first to judge in court that Roundup, the glyphosate-based herbicide causes cancer. Monsanto, a unit… Read More »

New Zealand’s attempt to eradicate a bacterial disease will cause the killing of more than 150,000 cows

The government of New Zealand announced recently that it will sacrifice over 150,000 bovine heads to eradicate the Mycoplasma bovis bacterial disease after reaching an agreement with the zootechnics sector. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described as “difficult” the decision to implement this plan over the next 10 years and it will cost about 526 million… Read More »

Preserving water resources – one of the major challenges for agriculture in the 21st century

Water represents one of the greatest current global challenges. Torrential rains are more frequent due to climate change, causing sewer overflows, but at the same time, water scarcity in other parts of the world threatens public health and reduces food production. By 2050, the world’s population will have grown from 7 to 9 billion. This… Read More »

China is on the verge of becoming world leader in environment conservation thanks to its massive tree planting campaign

The Chinese government recently announced that it will plant trees on a territory equivalent to the surface of Ireland over the course of 2018. That’s about 6.6 million hectares. As the United States loses its leadership in the field of the environment conservation, after withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, China is eager to take… Read More »

EU approves the use of glyphosate for the next 5 years in agriculture

After 2 years of negotiations and debates, the European Commission grants a new five-year license for the use of the controversial glyphosate chemical, the most widely used herbicide in the world. The use of this substance has divided ecologists and farmers who have held different opinions on the glyphosate ban. The European Union has approved… Read More »

Chinese government wants to import more GMO crops amid controversy

Chinese authorities planned to organize a national survey recently to find out to what extent the public would accept genetically modified food. China is the world’s fourth largest producer of GMO cotton and a top soy importer, most of which is genetically modified and used to produce cooking oil or as feed for pigs and… Read More »

European program to promote sorghum launches in the summer of 2017

After the first European Sorghum Congress in 2016, which was held in Bucharest, Romania, the main priority of the participating experts and people actively working in the sorghum industry was to establish a European sorghum sector. Their goal is to have a strategic plan for the development and promotion of this grain in Europe. The… Read More »

New GMO potatoes obtain approval for human consumption in 2017

GMO foods began to be increasingly more present in our lives, whether we realize it or not. Genetically modified crops are specifically designed for human or animal consumption, using the new technologies of molecular biology. Most of them have a modified DNA structure (adenosine triphosphate, the substance that holds genetic information) in order to win… Read More »

Oversupply of cocoa may affect the price of chocolate

The International Cocoa Organization draws the attention to the crisis of overproduction of cocoa on the world market. The Organization’s estimates show that cocoa production would rise this year by 15%, leading to a surplus of about 264,000 tons. It is just the beginning of a crisis that could spill over into subsequent years. The… Read More »