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A colorized electron micrograph from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows filamentous Ebola virus particles (in red) budding from the surface of a green monkey kidney epithelial cell. (NIAID photo courtesy U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Now hunger threat shadows Ebola in West Africa

Freetown/Dakar | Reuters — The threat of hunger is tracking Ebola across affected West African nations as the disease kills farmers and their families, drives workers from the fields and creates food shortages. In the worst-hit states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Ebola is ravaging their food-producing regions, preventing planting and harvesting, and disrupting […] Read more

Blocking Biotech Feed Harms Farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute The European Union’s farm chief has urged governments to stop blocking imports of animal feed if it contains only traces of banned genetically modified organisms (GMOs), saying such policies harmed the meat sector. EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel said EU countries should look at scientific evidence rather than emotions when deciding on authorizations for […] Read more

EU Dairy Farmers’ Protests Pay Off

Reading Time: 2 minutes Dairy farmers won 280 million euros (C$430 million) of additional subsidies from the European Union last Monday after weeks of protests over low milk prices. But some of the farmers, who burned hay, threw firecrackers and blocked traffic with tractors and buses as EU farm ministers met in Luxembourg, said only a regulatory reform of […] Read more