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B4FA Week in Review – 30 November 2017

November 30th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, the European Union voted to end the ban on glyphosate, licensing it for a new five-year term that falls short of the original 15-year license sought by the European Health Commission. While the weed killer was declared “probably carcinogenic” by the World Heatlh Organization (WHO) in 2015, subsequent …

B4FA Week in Review – 23 November 2017

November 23rd, 2017 / B4FA.org

The COP23 global climate talks drew to a close this week, led by the small island nation of Fiji in Bonn, Germany. Along with anti-Trump protests and efforts made to keep the Paris Agreement on track, the conference was remarkable in that it represented an end of deadlock on agriculture. According …

B4FA Week in Review – 15 November 2017

November 15th, 2017 / B4FA.org

This week, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference of the Parties 23 (COP23) convened in Bonn, Germany, as news broke via the Global Carbon Project that carbon emissions have reached an all-time high – an assessment that foreshadows challenges for agriculture and food security. According to an …

B4FA Week in Review – 8 November 2017

November 8th, 2017 / B4FA.org

In a major breakthrough that could potentially save many lives and food waste, an international collaboration of scientists from the United States and India have found a way to inhibit aflatoxin-producing fungus in groundnuts. Aflatoxins, which are a significant threat to African food sources, are produced by Aspergillus flavus and …

B4FA Week in Review – 1 November 2017

November 1st, 2017 / B4FA.org

A focus on cassava this week, as scientists at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in Creve Coeur, St. Louis, Missouri are using CRISPR to develop cassava plants that are resistant to the whitefly-borne viruses that wreak havoc on East African crops. The team are now conducting field trials of GM cassava …