August 28, 2013

28/08/2013: Soybean damage in Russian floods; Indian agriculture minister for GM crops; new grain website

Soybean harvests have been damaged as a result of severe flooding in the Amur region of Russia.

Losses have hit at least 20 billion rubles, Anatoly Ustyuzhanin, president of the Russian Soy Union told Russian news agency Itar-Tass.

The floods have damaged 45,000 hectares of seedlings out of a total 642,000 hectares. According to Union estimates, the minimum losses of farmers and farmsteads may exceed seven billion rubles. 

Sharad Pawar, Indian agriculture minister has appealed to stakeholders, including activists and policy makers in light of the controversial issue of GM foods in India. 

Speaking recently at the lower house of the parliament of India, Pawar stated that India needs to take a sensible approach in order to solve the problem of food security in the country.

A new interactive website targeting consumers has been launched by The Grain Foods Foundation (GFF).

With several nutrition and health related video clips, the new site aims to arm consumers with common sense strategies for living well, backed by nutrition experts and evidence.
Visit website.  

 

Colorized electron micrograph of soybean cyst ...
Colorized electron micrograph of soybean cyst nematode (Heterodera sp.) and egg (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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