Can we always count on access to good food in North America?
Scott James posts on the CSR Blog on September 28th 2010.
Habitat loss is the biggest hazard to plant biodiversity.
28th September 2010. Natasha Gilbert reports for Nature News.
Malta food safety notifications down last year.
Malta’s Food Safety Commission last year informed the EU of 18 notifications on bad food found on the local market and said that in some cases it had to refuse the importation of foodstuffs.
In Malta: Fire Breaks Out in Bahrija Valley
Great damage done to one of Malta’s most precious natural reserve.
The flames that flared up on the 21st August 2010, has ravaged the flora and fauna of this conservation area.
Local authorities are asked to revise our environmental and ecological conservation legal system and enforce ‘Fire Bans’ during times of drought.
Lejla Mgarrija: 8th August 2010.
The premium Agri-Tourism Event in Malta. This year’s Lejla Mgarrija will be held on Sunday 8th of August, at the Mgarr square, from 7:30pm till late. The event includes display of fruit, vegetables, photography, flower arrangements, wines, decorated carts, and music.
Victoria Gill, Science reporter for BBC News writes on July 30th 2010.
The largest wildlife census of its kind conducted in Chernobyl has revealed that mammals are declining in the exclusion zone surrounding the nuclear power plant.
by R.T. Fitch on July 31st 2010
HOUSTON (SFTHH) – The controversial $3 billion gas pipeline from Wyoming to Oregon faces yet another law suit, filed by the Center for Biological Diversity on Friday.
GeoJunk.com reports on July 29th 2010:
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Shade-grown coffee farms support native bees that help maintain the health of some of the world’s most biodiverse tropical regions, according to a study by a University of Michigan biologist and a colleague at the University of California, Berkeley.
According to the conclusions of a new scientific investigation, it would appear that one of the main reasons why such biodiversity is present in tropical regions is the fact that these areas benefit from around-the-year constant temperatures. Experts believe that this is the main factor promoting the emergence of new species, allowing for thousands upon thousands of animals and plants to share the same habitats. The new work sheds doubts on previous ideas, which held that intense sunlight and high temperatures were the main promoters of biodiversity, LiveScience reports.
Environmental Leader website reports on July 13th 2010:
The loss of biodiversity through the extinction of species poses a significant risk to business profits, according to a recent survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Business leaders in biodiversity-rich developing economies are concerned about losses of ‘natural capital’, a new report highlights.
by Staff Writers
Berlin, Germany (SPX) Jul 14, 2010
3rd August 2010: The Times of Malta reports
European Commissioner’s position on the future of genetically modified crops is drawing increasingly widespread criticism, casting serious doubts on whether he will manage to get the green light.
2nd July 2010 theecologist.org reports:
Native woods and trees in urban areas, including gardens, provide haven for wildlife, reduce air pollution, surface run-off and flooding.
Reversing the declining numbers of native trees and woods in cities would provide numerous benefits at ‘relatively little cost’, says a report from the Woodland Trust.
14th June 2010 talks about Organic Farming as a way forward for farmers on the Maltese archipelago.
The Times of Malta reports on 19th July 2010, that a new fruit and vegetable market that will open this October will give customers the opportunity to buy fresh produce directly from farmers, bypassing the Pitkali vegetable market, blamed by different quarters of inflating prices.
Map of Pitkali Vegetable Market
16th July 2010. The Times of Malta reports.
In a step to safeguard and protect Malta’s biodiversity and natural heritage, the Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) added two Mellieha valleys to the growing list of natural scheduled sites.
14th July 2010. The Times of Malta reports.
Plans to give individual EU member states the right to allow, restrict or ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms were unveiled by Health and Consumer Affairs Commissioner John Dalli.
France said today that is disagreed with proposals by Commissioner John Dalli to open the EU market to GMO cultivation by allowing member states to decide individually on the issue.
7th March 2010: neurope.eu reports
EU approves a genetically modified crop, insists it is safe.
8th July 2010, The Times of Malta reports that new EU rules on organic food labeling have entered into force. This would include the requirement to display the new EU organic logo, the so-called “Euro-Leaf”, on pre-packaged organic food products that have been produced in any of EU member states and meet the necessary standards.
Times of Malta reports on 20th June 2010.
Rural development policy has become extremely complex for national authorities to administer and implement, and for farmers to understand.
1 July 2010 RTE reports.
European Union Agriculture Commissioner Dacian Ciolos has dismissed calls to lower farm spending in the face of the current debt crisis, insisting it was already low enough.
RTE news: 19th July 2010
The farm, food and fisheries industry has the potential to grow by up to a third over the next decade, according to a new report.
The report on the medium term development of the sector says that while it faced challenges over the next decade, the most compelling picture emerging was one of opportunity.
31st March 2010, RTE News reports that an EU survey has found that 48% of Irish people believe the agricultural sector is very important to the country’s future, an increase of 10% over the last two years.
On June 8, World Environment Day, the RAI educational channel screened a documentary about the drying up of the Aral Sea in Russia through over-exploitation and how this has contributed some 10 per cent of dust particles in the air all over the world.
In the UK, the Department of Agriculture has asked for caution after insect-borne Bluetongue Disease was confirmed at a Suffolk farm. This was Britain’s first ever case of disease, which the Telegraph, back then coined as a ‘potential killer in the countryside’. In North Wales it was confirmed in imported cattle.
Story on Princeton University’s Website Posted on May 7th 2008:
Researchers at Princeton have come up with a method for assessing fish biodiversity from simple data about rainfall and river networks. This provides for better prediction of the effects of climate change and the ecological impact of man-made structures like dams.