Natural recolonization of large carnivores in Europe
Despite the different historical patterns in the expansion and re-establishment of wolves, lynx and brown bears, some common factors have been proposed to positively affect large carnivore recovery in Europe, including agricultural abandonment and forest encroachment, exodus of human population from rural to urban areas, and decrease in direct persecution
Spain, Italy and Portugal win Mario Solinas Quality Award
According to the competition rules released in September 2015, entries for this first edition were classified in one of the following sections on the basis of the median intensity of their fruitiness
Europe will import more duty-free olive oil to help Tunisia
To help strengthen Tunisia’s economy, hit not least by 2015 terrorist attacks, European Parliament backed emergency plans to allow an additional 70,000 tonnes of its virgin olive oil to be imported duty free in the EU, in 2016/17
California wine exports set record in 2015
U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.61 billion in winery revenues in 2015, an all-time record and a 7.6% increase from 2014. Volume was up 4.1% from the previous year to 461 million liters or 51.2 million cases.
Australian Government against Italian canned tomatoes
The Turnbull Government announced it was going to impose tariffs on two brands of imported Italian canned tomatoe. Industry Minister Christopher Pyne declared a "win for Australian tomato growers and producers"
The London International Olive oil Competitions
Brand awareness accomplishes several objectives for companies seeking to increase sales in the marketplace. Your costumers want your olive oil award on the label of your product
Consumer perception of organic foods affected by food type and where they’re sold
Foods with the USDA organic label are not perceived uniformly across food types or retail outlets. Organic “virtue” products, such as strawberries, are more likely purchased based on taste. Organic “vice” products, such as cookies, are more likely purchased based on nutrition.
New emergency plan to import 70,000 tonnes of Tunisian olive oil duty free in European Union
The terrorist attacks of 18 March 2015 in Tunis and 26 June 2015 in Sousse hit the Tunisian economy very hard. The olive oil sector indirectly employs more than a million people, accounting for one-fifth of jobs in the country’s agricultural industry. Olive oil is Tunisia’s main agricultural export
FAO presents $50 million emergency plan as Ethiopia faces worst drought in 30 years
Elsewhere on the African continent, El Niño has lowered crop prospects in southern Africa and many countries in the region are taking measures. South Africa has already declared drought status for five provinces, its main cereal producing regions, while Lesotho has issued a drought mitigation plan and Swaziland has implemented water restrictions as reservoir levels have become low
Advent of eco friendly bio pesticides
The report provides market size of India pesticides market, segmentation on the basis of type of pesticides, crops, organized and unorganized, regional consumption, import and indigenous pesticides
El Niño lowers early production outlook in Southern Africa
To reduce the adverse effects of El Niño, FAO has already triggered several interventions across southern Africa that are also building on existing programmes following last season's reduced production
Commercial sea salt samples purchased in China contaminated with microplastics
The researchers tested 15 brands of sea salts, lake salts, and rock and well salts from underground deposits purchased at Chinese supermarkets. The sea salts contained the highest concentrations of microplastics from 550 to 681 particles per kilogram
Plant health: compromise text between the Council and the Parliament
On 18 December 2015, under the Luxembourg Presidency and subject to the European Parliament and Council formal vote, the Coreper (Permanent Representatives Committee) approved a final package on plant health.
U.S. Department of Energy Awards $13.5M to Enhance Sorghum for Biofuel
The Danforth Center takes part in a multi-institutional research effort to improve sorghum as a sustainable source for biofuel production
Insects as food and feed: what are the risks?
Interest is growing in the potential benefits of using insects in food and animal feed, but what would be the risks from production, processing and consumption of this alternative source of protein?
‘Pigment of the imagination’ named National Historic Chemical Landmark
ARS scientist Harry A. Borthwick, Ph.D., helped discover the plant photoreceptor called phytochrome
Larger food pack sizes increase consumer estimates of portion sizes
Larger food pack sizes can increase consumer estimates of portion sizes finds a new study completed by the European Food Information Council (EUFIC) and the University of Surrey