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August 18, 2015
Norwegian fund excludes four Asian companies over palm oil
Oslo (AFP) Aug 17, 2015
Norway's gigantic sovereign wealth fund announced Monday it was divesting from four large Asian companies over the environmental damage their palm oil activities have on tropical forests. The world's largest public investment fund, managing 7.15 trillion kroner (785 billion euros, $872 billion), said its decision to exclude four groups - including South Korean group Daewoo International - from its portfolio was based on "an assessment of the risk of severe environmental damage" from their conversi ... read more

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Nearly 2 million people throughout the Great Plains and California above aquifer sites contaminated with natural uranium that is mobilized by human-contributed nitrate, according to a study from the ... more
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Keeping beef in the center of the plate
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Just as nations around the globe carefully guard their defense secrets, so do plants. New research in the current issue of Nature, however, has revealed the molecular secrets of plants' defense mech ... more
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Heatwave shrivelling French wine production: experts
A long period of hot weather threatens to hit the wine harvest in France's famous Burgundy and Beaujolais regions, experts told AFP on Tuesday. ... more
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Drought causes $100 million in crop losses in El Salvador
A drought cost nearly $100 million in lost corn and bean harvests in El Salvador in June and July, the government said Monday in announcing a plan to distribute seeds to hard-hit farmers. ... more
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Devastating bird flu threatens US poultry farmers
Amish chicken farmer Ura Gingerich begins each day by lantern light, but his simple life of tradition is threatened by a modern scourge that has devastated the US poultry industry. ... more
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Lack of funds threatens food aid for millions in Iraq
A major shortage of aid funding for Iraq threatens food assistance relied on by more than two million people, the UN's humanitarian coordinator for the country said on Sunday. ... more
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Clearing wild vegetation doesn't improve crop health
In the wake of a 2006 outbreak of E. coli - spread via packaged spinach harvested on a farm in Central California - farmers began clearing wild vegetation around growing fields. ... more
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Study to help suburbanites have a pretty and bee-friendly lawn
In suburban America, a clean slate of turf serves as the default for front and back yards. ... more
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Great Plains agricultural greenhouse gas emissions could be eliminated
Researchers have recently completed a historical survey of greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural industries across the Great Plains. Their work has revealed the possibility of eliminating agricultural emissions from the region. ... more
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Feed supplement greatly reduces dairy cow methane emissions
A supplement added to the feed of high-producing dairy cows reduced methane emissions by 30 percent and could have ramifications for global climate change, according to an international team of rese ... more
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Crop pests outwit climate change predictions en route to new destinations
A paper from the University of Exeter has highlighted the dangers of relying on climate-based projections of future crop pest distributions and suggests that rapid evolution can confound model resul ... more
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Romanian farm losses at 2bn euros from drought: associations
Romanian agriculture has been devastated by a drought over several months with losses estimated at two billion euros ($2.2 billion), farming associations said Tuesday. ... more
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Colombia to buy land for poor in post-war period
Colombia aims to buy land from private owners and redistribute it among the poor after its 50-year-old war ends, the government said Sunday, addressing the root cause of the conflict. ... more
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Food tech startups raking in cash: survey
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Simulated seawater flooding decreases growth of vegetable seedlings
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Rice grains hold big promise for greenhouse gas reductions, bioenergy
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UV light can kill foodborne pathogens on certain fruits
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