Showing posts from September 22, 2010

Corporate Lobbying is Blocking Food Reforms, Senior UN Official Warns

Juliette Jowit, 22 September 2010 Farming summit told of delaying tactics by large agri-business and food producers on decisions that would improve human health and the environment (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

Torrential Rains Spawn An Epidemic of Vegetable Disease. Is Climate Change Already Taking a Toll on Prairie Food Supplies?

- by Larry Powell Roblin, Manitoba, CA Se.22 - '10. Record rainfall and a disastrously wet season have already ruined millions of hectares of grain crops on the Canadian prairies this year. A soggy, unharvested canola field in western Manitoba. PinP photo Now, another scourge, also related to excess moisture, has emerged. Gov't. of MB photos A disease identified as “late blight” has decimated backyard vegetable crops, notably potatoes and tomatoes in Manitoba. Widespread reports from vegetable gardeners tell of crops ruined by the blight, which is a highly-contagious pathogen. It can linger in the soil and even spread in the wind. My wife & I lost our entire tomato crop this summer. l.p. Mandy Lewick of Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives (MAFRI) in Roblin, says wet weather, such as