Death of the Bees: GMO Crops and the Decline of Bee Colonies in North America

‘Commercial beehives pollinate over a third of [North}America’s crops and that web of nourishment encompasses everything from fruits like peaches, apples, cherries, strawberries and more, to nuts like California almonds, 90 percent of which are helped along by the honeybees. Without this pollination, you could kiss those crops goodbye, to say nothing of the honey bees […]

Farmers brace for steep rise in fertiliser prices

Farmers are to be hit with a 37% increase in the cost of fertiliser as global demand pushes up the price of imported ingredients. Balance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown, which control about 90% of the New Zealand fertiliser market, say farmers can expect to pay an extra $100 per tonne of superphosphate within six months, pushing […]

Farmers brace for steep rise in fertiliser prices

Farmers are to be hit with a 37% increase in the cost of fertiliser as global demand pushes up the price of imported ingredients. Balance Agri-Nutrients and Ravensdown, which control about 90% of the New Zealand fertiliser market, say farmers can expect to pay an extra $100 per tonne of superphosphate within six months, pushing […]

‘Predator’ Fonterra in gun

“Predatory buying” allegations against dairy giant Fonterra have been lodged with the Commerce Commission. Waikato-based Open Country Cheese and the South Island company Dairy Trust, fledgling independents, told The Dominion Post their complaints alleged Fonterra was using its near-monopoly position to frustrate their efforts to get milk from farmers. The complaints centred on Fonterra paying […]

John may hold the key

And big bucks for his corporate mates. JILL McKEE/Southland Times/Image ID 120070 UNDER HIS UMBRELLA: National Party leader John Key and Ardlussa farmer Rohan Horrell looking to the weather gods for some relief to the drought. Even though there was a smattering of rain on the parched Northern Southland plains yesterday it did little to […]

Bernanke’s State of the Economy Speech: “You are all Dead Ducks”

Oh oops, you know what this means? It means get yourself a bag of seeds and start growing your own veggies, because it’s downhill from here, and it’s not just limited to the US Folks.(Travellerev) By Mike Whitney  Even veteran Fed-watchers were caught off-guard by Chairman Bernanke’s performance before the Senate Banking Committee on Thursday. […]

20 Surprising Ways High Oil Prices Affect the Global Economy

By Jessica Hupp When you think of high oil prices, you’re probably reminded of huge bills at the pump and inflating costs on goods and services. However, the high cost of oil brings on so much more than that. Here we’ll take a look at some of the lesser-known ways high oil prices affect the […]

Consequences of GM Crop Contamination ‘Are Set to Worsen’

by James Randerson The consequences of contamination between GM crops and non-GM varieties will be much more serious with the next generation of GM crops, an influential group of US scientists has warned. Mixing between GM and non-GM varieties has already caused serious economic losses for producers in lost sales and exports. But the consequences […]

Wal-Mart’s distress signal

NEW YORK (CNNMoney.com) — U.S. retailers reported their slowest monthly sales growth in five years, which would further cement fears that American consumers are buckling under the weight of a slowing economy. Leading the way was No. 1 retailer Wal-Mart Stores Inc., (WMT, Fortune 500) which on Thursday reported a big miss in its January […]

Farmers forced to kill stock as dry drags on

Farmers are slaughtering stock and slashing milk supplies as they face one of the driest summers in nearly a decade. Dairy farmers are relying on their stock for a record payout, but some animals are being sent to the meat works as feed supplies dry up along with the weather. In January, only 40mm of […]

Old McDonald Had a Farm…and He Got Arrested?

  PRINT ARTICLE EMAIL ARTICLE Web Letters (8) TAKE ACTION SUBSCRIBE NOW  SHARE ARTICLE Buzzflash del.icio.us Digg Facebook Newsvine Reddit <!– Spotlight –> What is this? GA_googleFillSlot(“Article_ATF_300x250”); Just in time for the holidays, four beef carcasses hang from the improvised slaughterhouse at Greg Niewendorp’s 160-acre farm outside East Jordan, in the north of Michigan’s lower peninsula. It […]

Wall Street High-Flyers: Having It Their Way at Burger King

Florida tomato pickers started a protest march last week at the Miami office of a New York investment bank. For good reason. December 3, 2007 By Sam Pizzigati Hundreds of migrant farmworkers marched through Miami this past Friday to protest a Florida tomato grower maneuver that will cut some tomato picker wages by 40 percent. […]

Biofuels ‘crime against humanity’

By Grant Ferrett BBC News Food prices have risen as more land is used to produce biofuels A United Nations expert has condemned the growing use of crops to produce biofuels as a replacement for petrol as a crime against humanity. The UN special rapporteur on the right to food, Jean Ziegler, said he feared […]

Clark seeks free trade deal with Europe

Helen Clark, on a tour of Europe, yesterday met NATO Secretary General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer (left) and European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana. Photos / Reuters BRUSSELS – Prime Minister Helen Clark today raised the prospect of a free trade deal between New Zealand and the European Union (EU) Miss Clark said she […]

Corn-to-Ethanol: US Agribusiness Magic Path To A World Food Monopoly

by Charles E. Carlson Global Research, September 29, 2007 Eight years of Biofuels (ethanol) policy and legislation has cemented in place the first world wide food cabal, which promises a humanitarian disaster, a famine more serious than those caused by any tsunami, earthquake or drought. This crisis is not in the dim future, it is […]