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Agriculture

The production of food through the raising of crops and/or animals. The development of agriculture approximately 9,000 years ago is considered to be one of the most important revolutions in human thinking, one that made civilization possible. The trade of agricultural products, such as wheat or coffee, gave rise to the first exchanges. Even now, agricultural products are among the most important commodities that are traded. Very often, agriculture may only be performed in certain areas. Zoning laws regulate where farming and ranching may or may not take place. See also: Agribusiness.
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Otherwise, the food industry will not be able to accept the use of food crops as pharmaceutical-producing plants.
Success with this project may lead to a $750,000 Phase II grant for development of a broad menu of Invader products to detect GMOs in a range of food crops including, corn, soybeans and canola.
That rule would require companies to notify FDA of their intent to market a bioengineered food crop, and provide the agency with scientific data demonstrating the crop to be safe to eat.
And at the site for the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, visitors can learn about work to fight insect pests that ravage food crops in West Asia and North Africa.
food crops included inherently inappropriate practices like genetic engineering, the use of sewage sludge as fertilizer, irradiation and livestock confinement practices straight from the factory farm.
Vasil at the University of Florida in Gainesville and his colleagues have worked for years to genetically engineer wheat, one of the world's most important food crops.
For genetic improvement of food crops to continue at a pace sufficient to meet the needs of a world population of 8.
Browner lawsuit, the National Food Processors Association (NFPA) called the proposed consent decree "an unreasonable and inappropriate overextension of the Delaney Clause that would lead to the loss of safe crop protection tools, severely affecting the availability and quality of many fruits, vegetables and other food crops.
The Environmental Protection Agency sets tolerance levels for all chemical pesticides used on food crops and has proposed a new rule that would extend the chemical pesticide regulations to plants engineered to carry genes for virus or insect resistance (SN: 5/13/89, p.
Tebuconazole uses covered by the Rotam Technical registration include (1) the food crops bananas, barley, cherries, grapes, grasses grown for seed, nectarines, oats, peaches, peanuts, and wheat; (2) the non-food crops roses, flowers, ornamental trees and shrubs, groundcovers, and vines, and (3) industrial biocide uses such as in wood preservatives and products, plastics, coatings and paints, glues and adhesives, and cutting fluids for metal working.
Without proper pest prevention, over 50 percent of our food crops would be destroyed.
Calling the new data "a cause for concern," EPA officials announced this week they are resuming an orderly cancellation of the chemical's uses on food crops -- a process they say may take 18 months.