Agriculture http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/21640/all en The mystery of the exploding pig farms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/mystery-exploding-pig-farms <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A mysterious foam is leading to death, disaster and a giant porcine mess. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomas Mucha </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Pig farming doesn&#39;t have a lot going for it, aesthetically.</p> <p> There&#39;s the smell.</p> <p> There&#39;s the pollution and waste.&nbsp;</p> <p> There&#39;s all the slaughter, of course.&nbsp;</p> <p> And now, apparently, there&#39;s the mysterious foam that traps methane and then explodes, killing thousands of pigs and injuring humans.&nbsp;</p> <p> That&#39;s the word out of Minnesota in a story that&#39;s been <a href="http://gawker.com/5883881/mysterious-foam-causing-hog-farms-to-explode-killing-thousands-of-pigs" target="_blank">making the rounds</a> today on the internet.</p> <p> Here&#39;s the scoop, according to the <a href="http://www.mndaily.com/2012/02/07/exploding-hog-barns-beckon-u-researchers">Minnesota Daily</a>.</p> <p> According to the article, pig farmers in the Midwest have noticed a grayish foam on their manure pits.</p> <p> Not just any foam. Foam that can reach up to four feet high, and then explodes on contact with a spark.</p> <p> The strange stuff has destroyed at least a half dozen pig barns since 2009.</p> <p> It&#39;s still a mystery, though some early theories are emerging.&nbsp;</p> <p> &quot;The researchers still aren&rsquo;t sure what causes the foam,&quot; the Minnesota Daily writes. &quot;But they have noticed a correlation between adding dried distillers grains in soluble &mdash; a product of the ethanol production process increasingly used in livestock diets &mdash; to the hogs&rsquo; diets and the foam.&quot;</p> <p> Scary and apocalyptic thoughts aside, this is also an important business story.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/macro/mystery-exploding-pig-farms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Methane Pig Farming Pigs Business Macro Fri, 10 Feb 2012 19:58:00 +0000 Thomas Mucha 5691272 at http://www.globalpost.com Mad Cow reported in central California rendering plant (VIDEO) http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120424/mad-cow-reported-central-california-farm-video <p> Mad Cow disease was found Tuesday at a rendering plant in central California.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/united-states/120424/mad-cow-reported-central-california-farm-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Health United States Health United States Tue, 24 Apr 2012 20:21:00 +0000 Alexander Besant 5701697 at http://www.globalpost.com India: Surplus of grain is going to waste http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/120703/business-insider-india-surplus-grain-going-waste Recent advances in agricultural technology have helped increase India's grain production through developments including high yield seeds for the past five years, Reuters reports. With all this excess food, it would appear that a solution to the Indian hunger problem has been found. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/120703/business-insider-india-surplus-grain-going-waste" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture india Business India Tue, 03 Jul 2012 20:36:00 +0000 Samuel Blackstone, Business Insider 5710515 at http://www.globalpost.com Why South Korean farmers are more productive than Chinese farmers http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/china/120807/south-korea-agriculture-economy-farming 266 million people or 35 percent of workers in China are still employed in the primary sector — agriculture, forestry and fishery.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/china/120807/south-korea-agriculture-economy-farming" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Business China Culture & Lifestyle Global Economy South Korea Tue, 07 Aug 2012 19:50:00 +0000 Mamta Badkar, Business Insider 5715283 at http://www.globalpost.com Food prices rise, prompting fears of another world food crisis http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/green/120809/food-prices-rise-prompting-fears-another-world-food-crisis Is another world food crisis in the works? The UN's Food and Agriculture Organization suspects the answer may be "yes," thanks in part to nasty world weather conditions. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/science/green/120809/food-prices-rise-prompting-fears-another-world-food-crisis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Global Warming Hunger Green Global Economy Science Thu, 09 Aug 2012 20:44:00 +0000 Faine Greenwood 5715625 at http://www.globalpost.com In Latin America, a growing backlash against genetically modified food http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/peru/130101/latin-america-gmo-genetically-modified-monsanto-farming-agriculture <p>LIMA &mdash; Backers say GMOs help farmers produce more, but greens and some politicos fear the risks of tinkering with crops&rsquo; DNA.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/americas/peru/130101/latin-america-gmo-genetically-modified-monsanto-farming-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Argentina Americas Green Peru Food & Drink Brazil Global Economy Mexico United States Wed, 02 Jan 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Simeon Tegel 5730823 at http://www.globalpost.com A hungry Gaza finds sustenance in urban farms http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/120509/gaza-strip-urban-farms-united-nations-israel-buffer-zone <p><span style="font-size: 13px;">GAZA CITY &mdash; On the roof of a six-story apartment block in Gaza City, 51-year-old Abu Ahmed plucks heads of lettuce and vines of tomatoes from his garden.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13px;">With no land to farm, and only sporadic employment, Abu Ahmed had been struggling to feed his family.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/middle-east/israel-and-palestine/120509/gaza-strip-urban-farms-united-nations-israel-buffer-zone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Conflict Zones Green Want to Know Aid Israel and Palestine Sun, 12 May 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Rebecca Collard 5833502 at http://www.globalpost.com The world's food supply depends on Morocco. Here's why http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/global-economy/131120/phosphate-world-food-supply-morocco-western-sahara <p>DAKHLA REFUGEE CAMP &mdash; If hostilities renew between Morocco and Western Sahara rebels, production of a key mineral used in fertilizer would stall. Farmers on every continent could feel the pain.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business/global-economy/131120/phosphate-world-food-supply-morocco-western-sahara" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Agriculture Want to Know Global Economy Thu, 21 Nov 2013 05:39:00 +0000 Kristen McTighe 5994634 at http://www.globalpost.com Most African leaders not making promised investments in agriculture http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/african-leaders-need-to-walk-the-talk-agricultural-investment <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Analysis: 10 years after committing to increase government spending on food production, only seven African countries have consistently met that pledge. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Timothy A. Wise </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p><span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia &mdash; The African Union commemorated the 10-year anniversary of the <a href="http://www.nepad.org/system/files/Maputo Declaration.pdf ">Maputo Declaration</a> on agricultural development with the launch of the &ldquo;Year of Agriculture and Food Security&rdquo; last week at its summit in Addis Ababa.</span></p> <p>Around the summit, following discussions of the political and humanitarian crises in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, I heard the talk turn to agriculture. And African governments certainly have a lot to talk about.</p> <p>Since Maputo, which mandated that African governments commit to spending at least 10 percent of their budgets on agriculture by 2015, 20 nations have pledged to do so under the rubric of the <a href="http://www.nepad-caadp.net/">Comprehensive African Agricultural Development Program</a> (CAADP).&nbsp;<span style="letter-spacing: 0px; line-height: 1.2;">Agricultural spending has doubled across the continent, a notable achievement that has shown solid results in increased food production and economic growth for those countries that have fully invested in the sector.</span></p> <p>But there is a long way to go. According to a new <a href="http://www.actionaid.org/publications/walking-talk-why-and-how-african-governments-should-transform-their-agriculture">report</a> from the nonprofit ActionAid, most governments are not &ldquo;walking the talk&rdquo; &ndash; they are failing to live up to their CAADP commitments.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/african-leaders-need-to-walk-the-talk-agricultural-investment" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Global Pulse Thu, 06 Feb 2014 12:47:26 +0000 Timothy A. Wise 6062321 at http://www.globalpost.com To end hunger, global policy can't be 'business as usual' http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/end-hunger-policy-cant-be-business-usual <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Analysis: As the UN leader on the right to food steps down, he urges policymakers to think about sustainability. Will a new model for food security arise? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Timothy A. Wise </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>International food prices have fallen since 2008, when agricultural commodity prices doubled, pushing millions around the world from bare subsistence to hunger and raising the number of food insecure people to nearly <a href="http://www.fao.org/publications/sofi/en/">one billion</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>Is the crisis over, then? Far from it, according to Olivier De Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food. As he told the UN Human Rights Council earlier this month, global policymakers have yet to address the structural causes of the crisis. In particular, they have failed to recognize that industrial agriculture is not the ultimate solution to global hunger &mdash; and that it is, instead, part of the problem.</p> <p>In part, De Schutter drew his conclusions from his official mission to Malawi last year. As I toured the country <a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/malawi-corn-maize-hunger-food-rights">last month</a>, it was easy to see what he saw: the promise and allure of hybrid seeds and synthetic fertilizer, as well as their limits.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/rights/end-hunger-policy-cant-be-business-usual" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Agriculture Rights Global Pulse Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:18:25 +0000 Timothy A. Wise 6103271 at http://www.globalpost.com