Soil pollution: facts and figures from FAO

Facts and figures from  Hidden Reality, a new report from the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO): Production of chemicals grown rapidly in recent decades and is projected to increase annually by 3.4 percent until 2030. Non-OECD countries will be much greater contributors in the future. In 2015, the European chemical industry produced 319 million tonnes of […]

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Soil pollution big threat to agri productivity, food safety – FAO report

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Soil pollution poses a worrisome threat to agricultural productivity, food safety, and human health, but far too little is known about the scale and severity of that threat, warns a new FAO report. Industrialisation, war, mining and the intensification of agriculture have all left a legacy of soil contamination across the planet, while the growth […]

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USDA releases latest global agricultural information network reports

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released the following report from its global agriculture information network: China: China Announces a Two-year Transitional Period on a Proposed Certificate Requirement for Imported Foods On September 25, 2017, China notified the World Trade Organization of an Addendum to the “Measures for the Administration of Certificates Attached to Foods […]

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U.S. FDA issues final food defense regulation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration finalised a new food safety rule under the landmark, bipartisan FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that will help to prevent wide-scale public health harm by requiring companies in the United States and abroad to take steps to prevent intentional adulteration of the food supply. While such acts are […]

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New report on genetically engineered crops finds them safe for humans, but has issues with yields

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A big new report on genetically engineered (GE) crops in the United States has found them to be safe for human consumption, but said there was no sign they had changed the rate of increase in yields. The exhaustive report by the National Academies of Science found that GE crops have not caused incrases in […]

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