Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 - 11:09 UTC

France will appeal EU opt-out scheme to ban cultivation of GM crops

Monsanto's MON810 maize is the only GM crop grown in Europe, where it has been cultivated in Spain and Portugal for a decade

France is to use a new European opt-out scheme to ensure a ban on the cultivation of genetically modified crops in the country remains in place. The European Union's largest grain grower and exporter has asked the European Commission for France to be excluded from some GM maize crop cultivation under the new scheme, the farm and environment ministries said in a joint statement.

Tuesday, September 22nd 2015 - 06:02 UTC

The British Pavilion at the Expo Prado 2015: Best in Show

 British Pavilion at the Expo Prado 2015: Best in Show

More than 75,000 people visited the British Pavilion at the Expo Prado 2015 -the largest agro-industrial exhibition in Uruguay. The Pavilion was awarded first prize in the category “Best Embassy and Chamber of Commerce Pavilion” by the Uruguayan Rural Association, organisers of the Expo.

Saturday, September 19th 2015 - 07:32 UTC

Falklands stall at the Prado rural show “a great surprise and greater success”

“We are very satisfied, it has been a great surprise and greater success, and a very good initiative to participate in the rural show. Hopefully we will be back” said MLA Short

The UK GREAT pavilion at Uruguay's main agri-business exhibition in Montevideo received the top prize for its category while a stall from the Falkland Islands, tended to by Islanders, is estimated to have been visited by 10% of the more than half million visitors that attended the week-long Expo-Prado.

Saturday, September 19th 2015 - 06:44 UTC

Falklands: “thank you” to the people of Uruguay for being so warm, welcoming and supportive

“People were genuinely interested in the Falklands, wanted to know about us, our way of life, etc.; many of them already knew a fair bit about our Islands”

A business delegation from the Falkland Islands participated in Uruguay's main agri-business show at the Prado grounds with a stall in the British GREAT pavilion. The week attendance was described as 'surprising and successful' and Falklands lawmaker Gavin Short addressed an open letter thanking all those involved in helping with the Islands' presence.

Friday, September 11th 2015 - 09:58 UTC

FAO's August Food Price Index at its lowest in almost seven years

In August, the cereal price index averaged 154.9 points, down 7.0% from July and 15.1% from last year - a decline driven by falling wheat and maize prices

International food commodity prices continued to decline in August as ample supplies, a slump in energy prices and concerns over China's economic slowdown all contributed to the sharpest fall of the FAO Food Price Index in almost seven years.

Tuesday, September 8th 2015 - 08:30 UTC

European protesting farmers promised a €500m aid package by Brussels

Farmers blocked streets with tractors near EU headquarters, where agriculture ministers were meeting. EC said it was “well aware of the difficult situation”

European Union agriculture ministers have announced a €500m aid package after thousands of farmers protested on the streets of Brussels. The mainly Belgian, French and German farmers were protesting against plummeting prices for their produce.

Monday, September 7th 2015 - 17:57 UTC

Prime beef for Uruguay's national rugby team Los Teros during the World Cup

INAC has a long established policy of supporting Uruguay's national football teams with prime beef; this time the support is extensive to Los Teros

Uruguay's national rugby team Los Teros which will be participating in World Cup in England later this year, will be provided with Uruguay's world-class prime beef to be supplied by the National Meat Institute of Uruguay, INAC.

Friday, September 4th 2015 - 12:06 UTC

Stray Merino Chris making headlines: 90 pounds of wool

. Champion sheep shearer Ian Elkins

A merino sheep from Australia is making headlines after he was discovered in the wild with massively overgrown fleece.

Monday, August 10th 2015 - 07:20 UTC

Pope Francis criticizes destruction of forests to plant soy bean

“It hurts me in my soul when I see deforestation to plant soy,” said the pope in an interview with two priests at a parish radio

Pope Francis criticized the destruction of forests in order to plant soy in an interview with an Argentine radio station on Saturday, reinforcing his message that the environment should take precedence over financial gain.

Monday, August 10th 2015 - 07:00 UTC

Dairy and vegetable oils prices help FAO's July food index reach its lowest since 2009

The July vegetable oil price index was some 5.5% below its June level. The slide was primarily caused by a fall in international palm oil prices

Prices for major food commodities in July hit their lowest average monthly level since September 2009 as sharp drops in the prices of dairy products and vegetable oils more than offset some increases for those of sugar and cereals. Meat prices, meanwhile, remained stable.


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