Bill Gates Gets into Farming

In Farming, International by Cindy

In the spirit of “teach a man to fish,” the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced Friday that it would greatly increase agricultural grants designed to reduce hunger and poverty in Africa and South Asia. “If we are serious about ending extreme hunger and poverty around the world, we must be serious about transforming agriculture for small farmers,” Bill Gates, …

Biotech Education Efforts Paying off in Spain

In Biotechnology, International, Trade by Cindy

While the French were busy banning the production of biotech corn last week, their neighbors to the south were importing more US corn than they have in almost a decade. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign and Agricultural Service reports that the United States sold 2.5 million bushels of corn for shipment to Spain the week ending January 11 – …

Activists Get Their Way in France

In Biotechnology, Farming, International, Trade by Cindy

When European activist wackos act like spoiled children, they get their way. That’s basically what happened when French President Nicolas Sarkozy made a “political” decision this week to ban the only genetically modified crop grown in France, Monsanto 810 – better known here as YieldGard Corn Borer. The variety produces a naturally occurring toxin, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), that kills corn …

World Ethanol Leaders United

In Current News, Ethanol, Food vs Fuel, International by Cindy

Ethanol trade association leaders from the United States, Canada, Europe and Brazil got together last week at the F.O. LICHT´S World Ethanol 2007 conference in Amsterdam and united against a common enemy – the United Nations … at least the recent interim report issued by United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food, Jean Ziegler and some choice comments …

United Nations “Expert” Has Some Explaining To Do

In Audio, Current News, International by Chuck

I don’t know what you think of the United Nations but I can tell you what I think of their “independent expert on the right to food” Jean Ziegler, which is not very much. The guy’s got some serious explaining to about some outrageous statements he made public. The big one is his claim that food crops for biofuels are …