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Irrigation Technology Company Netafim Wins 2013 Stockholm Industry Water Award

The Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) named the Israeli drip irrigation technology firm Netafim its annual Industry Water Award winner.
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No Surprise: Monsanto Beats Farmer in Supreme Court Patent Case

The court ruled unanimously in favor of Monsanto, concluding that patent exhaustion does not apply to this case and that Vernon Hugh Bowman…
The Moringa Tree is a plant native to parts of Africa and Asia renowned for its nutritional value.

Moringa – The Superfood That Could Alleviate Hunger in Developing Regions

Move over, Iron Man. A new kind of “superfood” is emerging that promises to save more lives than your high-tech armor ever could.…
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Unearthing the Value of Soil

Soil is the most diverse ecosystem on the planet. Just one teaspoon contains as many as one billion bacteria, which provide vital services…
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Increased Corn Prices Threaten Ethanol Fuel’s Long Term Viability

Ethanol has seen several hiccups as of late. A drought has caused water shortages wreaking havoc on corn crops, driving up the price…
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Climate Change in the San Joaquin Valley and Our Future Food Supply

Climate change could have hugely disruptive impacts on the San Joaquin Valley, North America’s most valuable agricultural region.
Genetically-modified maize. Petri dish containing sprouting genetically-modified (GM) maize kernels (Zea mays). Maize, commonly known as corn, is grown for food in tropical and subtropical regions worldwide. Genetic modification of plants involves altering their DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid), the chemical which controls every part of an organism's growth and development. This modification may give the plant desirable characteristics, such as resistance to disease and herbicides. In this case the maize plant has been modified to improve its resistance to glyphosinate-type weedkillers. It is controversial whether GM foods are safe to eat.

Genetic Modification: Time for a More Nuanced Debate

The more nuanced aspects of the GM debate are beginning to find voice. Leading environmentalists, including two of the UK's highest profile ones,…
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Water: Conflict or Cooperation

World Water Day this year highlights the role of cooperation in managing the many competing needs for the resource, a topic near and dear to Future…
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How Collaboration Creates Fair Trade from Farm-to-Shelf

How can groups that are passionate about making change work together to solve an intricate and complicated problem that spans the globe?
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4 Key Takeaways From Cleantech Group’s Water Innovation Summit

Why we should make sure water crises are not wasted, how water becomes the Achilles' heel of fracking, the need to focus on…
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Water Pollution in Iowa: Time for Business to Step Up

The Environmental Working Group released a report on Iowa's poor water quality. Businesses must step in and address the challenges of water pollution.

World Water Week Opens With Somber Warnings to Business About Water Scarcity

The annual World Water Week opened here in rainy Stockholm over the weekend with a warning to business of the effect that the…
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The Trouble With GMO Labeling – What’s a Biotech Giant to Do?

If California's Proposition 37 becomes law in November, the law would require most foods that contain genetically modified ingredients to be labeled. Should…
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California GMO Labeling Law Makes It Onto November Ballot

After a long campaign, the GMO labeling law successfully makes it onto the November ballot in the state of California which is a…
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Britain Moves to Boost the Number of Young Farmers

The average age of farmers in Britain is increasing and those that are looking to retire are finding it difficult to find younger…