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Protective forests devastated everywhere, simultaneously Print
Tuesday, 26 November 2013 06:15

Last update 13:38 | 29/10/2013

VietNamNet Bridge – The protective forests throughout the country are bleeding. There are many reasons that induce businesses and people devastate the forests.

The Hoai Nhon protective forest’s management board has reported that the forest has been seriously damaged, and the program on planting 5 million hectares of forests in Hoai Nhon district is now in the danger, according to Nong nghiep Vietnam newspaper.

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Future of food safety and security Print
Saturday, 23 November 2013 06:27

November 8, 2013

FMT LETTER: From Ratna Devi Nadarajan, via e-mail

There was news regarding food contamination three days in a row recently. There was one on cockroach in kids’ fast food meal, a lizard in a wedding cake and mouldy buns sold in a hypermarket in Kuala Pilah.

The foods above are prepared by the facility (as restaurants or in house bakery) for their customers. The National Consumer Complaints Centre or NCCC reported that slightly more than 60% of its over 300 food product complaints are related to safety issue – most of which can be seen by consumers.

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GMO rice with Vitamin A out in the market by 2015 - PhilRice Print
Saturday, 23 November 2013 05:30

By: Philippines News Agency
November 1, 2013 3:09 PM

LEGAZPI CITY -- The Philippine Rice Research Institute (PhilRice) has said that the genetically modified (GM) rice called “golden rice” it is developing to address Vitamin A deficiency especially among children will be available in the market by 2015.

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UPDATE 1-Philippines typhoon crop damage worth $110 mln-FAO Print
Thursday, 21 November 2013 06:04

Tue Nov 19, 2013 11:53am EST

* Some 153,495 ha of crops damaged by typhoon

* 2014 rice imports seen up 20 pct y/y

* 2013 rice paddy production fcast cut to 18 mln T (Adds details, quotes)

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Bali to realize organic, trade centers Print
Saturday, 09 November 2013 17:17

BY WASTI ATMODJO ON 2013-10-29

The provincial administration has said it would realize plans to establish Bali Organic Center (BOC) and Bali Trade Center, which were aimed at helping distribute organic agricultural produce and the products of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

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Food for thought, food to waste Print
Friday, 08 November 2013 19:01

Aretha Aprilia, Jakarta | Opinion | Thu, November 07 2013, 11:15 AM

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reported earlier this year that approximately one third of the total food produced for consumption, amounting to 1.3 billion tons per year, is lost or wasted. It is both a waste of resources and leads to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions caused by the food production industry and by the treatment of food waste.

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Lowland people get afraid of hydropower plants Print
Thursday, 07 November 2013 19:09

Last update 09:40 | 01/11/2013

VietNamNet Bridge – Since the day hydropower plants sprung up in the highland, lowland people have been living in constant anxiety. They have lost the land for agriculture production, faced drought in dry season and floods in rainy months.

As per the request by the Prime Minister, Quang Nam provincial authorities have decided to cancel Bong Mieu and Ha Ra hydropower projects and stop the other 18 projects which are believed to have negative impacts on the population, forest land and the environment.

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Food security is a challenge for Asean Print
Saturday, 02 November 2013 19:33

By Riza Bernabe
Philippine Daily Inquirer

11:54 pm | Friday, October 25th, 2013

With the establishment of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) barely two years away, leaders in the region are busy trying to implement economic policies that will put into operation Asean’s vision of a common regional market. Asean aspires to become a single market by 2015, where goods, services and investments can freely flow among its 10 member-countries. It aims to become a vital segment in the global supply chain.

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Vietnamese rice exporters raise difficulties for themselves Print
Wednesday, 09 October 2013 16:15

Last update 14:00 | 05/09/2013

VietNamNet Bridge – When the domestic rice price goes up, export companies immediately cancel the export contracts signed with foreign partners before to avoid loss. However, even when the export price goes down, they cannot get new orders.

As you make your bed, you must lie in it

In July and August 2013, the domestic IR 50404 rice price unexpected jumped from VND6,500 per kilo to VND7,200 per kilo, while the finished white rice also increased sharply from VND7,600 to VND8,200 per kilo.

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Govt urged to dump GMOs, promote organic farming Print
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 12:41

By: Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com
October 1, 2013 1:55 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- Environmental and civil society groups on Tuesday urged the government to promote organic farming, which they said is safer for consumers, more economical for farmers, and environment-friendly.

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