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October 31, 2014
Himalayan Viagra fuels caterpillar fungus gold rush
St. Louis MO (SPX) Oct 31, 2014
Overwhelmed by speculators trying to cash-in on a prized medicinal fungus known as Himalayan Viagra, two isolated Tibetan communities have managed to do at the local level what world leaders often fail to do on a global scale - implement a successful system for the sustainable harvest of a precious natural resource, suggests new research from Washington University in St. Louis. "There's this mistaken notion that indigenous people are incapable of solving complicated problems on their own, but thes ... read more

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World losing 2,000 hectares of farm soil daily to salt damage
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Salt-loving plants key to sustainable food production
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No-till agriculture may not bring hoped-for boost in global crop yields
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Chewing too much hassle? Japan's got just the thing
Are you worried that you're just not chewing enough to keep your mind and body in tip-top condition? Then never fear: Japan has invented something to help you count your bites. ... more
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Plant communities produce greater yield than monocultures
Although monocultures can be cultivated efficiently, they are anything but sustainable: environmental damage to soil and water caused by monoculture cultivation is becoming increasingly evident. ... more
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Building a bridge from basic botany to applied agriculture
One of the planet's leading questions is how to produce enough food to feed the world in an increasingly variable climate. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations predicts that f ... more
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Stomping out grape disease one vineyard at a time
Cracking the genetic code of a common disease affecting grape production could improve vineyard management and help protect the multibillion-dollar industry that includes raisins, juice, jam/jelly, ... more
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Are there enough fish to go around?
Scientists from the University of York have released a report highlighting the gap between declining wild fish supplies and healthy eating advice recommending more seafood. While the health benefits ... more
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Money grows on trees with great walnuts of China
Grinning with pride, a Chinese farmer held out two precious walnuts - globes so precisely symmetrical that consumers in search of hand massages value them more highly than gold. ... more
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Drop in China, HK demand dries up Bordeaux wine sales
A dramatic decline in demand from China and Hong Kong has dried up sales of France's famous Bordeaux wine, data from the professional association published on Tuesday showed. ... more
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Centuries-old 'Chinese' fishing tradition fades on Indian shores
Tugging ropes and bellowing chants, five men hoist from the water a huge spidery frame gripping a web of fishing net - a centuries-old custom on the southern Indian coast. ... more
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Brazil beef exports soar on Chinese, Russian demand
Brazil beef exports jumped seven percent this year so far, in part due to rising Russian demand as Moscow turned away from US and European sources in retaliation against sanctions, an industry group said Friday. ... more
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Price gap between more and less healthy foods grows
A new study, published in the journal PLOS One, tracked the price of 94 key food and beverage items from 2002 to 2012. Its findings show that more healthy foods were consistently more expensive than ... more
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Automated imaging system looks underground to help improve crops
Plant scientists are working to improve important food crops such as rice, maize, and beans to meet the food needs of a growing world population. However, boosting crop output will require improving ... more
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Malaysia's Sime Darby to acquire PNG palm oil leader
Malaysian palm-oil giant Sime Darby said Thursday it had made an offer to acquire Papua New Guinea's UK-listed New Britain Palm Oil (NBPOL) in a $1.7 billion deal. ... more
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NMSU researchers address water sustainability for viable farming
With a persistent drought, New Mexico is in need of effective water conservation methods that allow farming and ranching to be viable. New Mexico State University has long been an advocate of susta ... more
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New estimates for carbon emissions from cropland expansion in China
The conversion of forests, grasslands, shrublands and wetlands to cropland over the course of three centuries profoundly changed the surface of the Earth and the carbon cycle of the terrestrial ecos ... more
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China food giant buys into Italian olive oil maker
China's state-owned Bright Food said it has agreed to buy a majority stake in Italian olive oil producer Salov as it seeks more targets overseas. ... more
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Costa Rica promises to compensate sickened banana workers
Costa Rica has agreed to pay the medical bills and other compensation for some 12,000 banana workers and their relatives suffering lingering effects of exposure to pesticides in the 1960s and 1970s. ... more
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Study: Genetics drive coffee habits
Caffeine fiends are off the hook. Their espresso dependency isn't entirely voluntary, they were just born that way. And those who get the jitters after half a cup of joe can't help it either. Coffee habits and caffeine tolerance are the product of our genes - specifically eight genes. ... more
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The Shebaa Farms, a tug-of-war Mideast conflict zone
The Shebaa Farms, where the Lebanese militia Hezbollah claimed a Tuesday attack on Israeli forces that slightly wounded two soldiers, is a mountainous sliver of land rich in water resources. ... more
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Natural gene selection can produce orange corn rich in provitamin A for Africa, U.S.
Purdue researchers have identified a set of genes that can be used to naturally boost the provitamin A content of corn kernels, a finding that could help combat vitamin A deficiency in developing co ... more
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Ivory Coast buoyed by record agricultural harvest
Good news is pouring in from plantations in Ivory Coast, the west African country is racking up record harvests for cocoa and cashew nuts of which it is a top global producer. ... more
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No sign of health or nutrition problems from GMO livestock feed
A new scientific review from the University of California, Davis, reports that the performance and health of food-producing animals consuming genetically engineered feed, first introduced 18 years a ... more
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Ex-rubber tapper Silva out to land Brazil presidency
Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva only learned to read at 16 and endured a tough childhood as a rubber tapper in the Amazon before considering whether to become a Catholic nun. ... more
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Sri Lanka seeks to trademark cinnamon spice success
Ten years after the Asian tsunami devastated Sarath Kumara's cinnamon plantation in Sri Lanka, forcing him to start over with nothing, the farmer faces a new threat from further afield. ... more
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'Crazy' climate forces Colombian farmers to adapt
Once upon a time, farming was a blissfully low-tech business on Colombia's northern plains. ... more
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