Daily Archives: March 21, 2013

Fairtrade Foundation report damns treatment of smallholder farmers

coffee beansTim Smedley
The Guardian – A Fairtrade Foundation report published today highlights the irreplaceable role of smallholder farmers in global food production, and calls on international business to reassess how it treats the most vulnerable in its supply chain.

The report, “Powering up smallholder farmers to make food fair”, draws on the Fairtrade Foundation’s experience of working with smallholders over 20 years across five main agricultural commodities: coffee, cocoa, tea, sugar and bananas.

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Source and Photo: The Guardian, 25th February, 2013
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Transgenic eucalyptus yields 20% more than conventional

2Biomassa & Agroenergia – In appearance, the small planting of 2.2 hectares of eucalyptus trees on a farm in the municipality of Angatuba (SP), is nothing unusual. But differences exist and these trees are cells that received the insertion of a gene of another species, Arabidopsis thaliana, a plant model widely used in genetic experiments. With the change, they become capable of producing 20% more wood in relation to Eucalyptus counterparts.
A small forest of eucalyptus growing GM is one of four experimental plantings of this tree made by genetically modified FuturaGene, Continue reading