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GM Crops and Regulation

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-482.pdf

Summarizes the evidence to date on the impact of genetically modified crops on human health and the environment, describes recent technological developments, and examines their likely consequences for proposed reforms of GM regulation.  From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

The U.S. Wine Industry and Selected Trade Issues with the European Union

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

http://nationalaglawcenter.org/wp-content/uploads//assets/crs/R43658.pdf

Discusses the worldwide trade in wine and efforts to overcome alleged trade barriers. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by National Agricultural Law Library

 

Global Drivers of Agricultural Demand and Supply

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Population/Census,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1674351/err174.pdf

Explores the potential for future agricultural production to 2050 using a model-based analysis that takes into consideration commodity prices and projected population growth.  From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

Agriculture in the WTO Bali Ministerial Agreement

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties,United Nations

http://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R43592.pdf

Covers the status of implementation of agricultural provisions in a 2013 conference in Bali, Indonesia that was designed to streamline international trade under the auspices of the World Trade Organization.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Global Drivers of Agricultural Demand and Supply

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Food/Nutrition,Income/Poverty,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

http://www.ers.usda.gov/media/1674351/err174.pdf

Explores the potential for future agricultural production to 2050 via a model that takes into consideration population growth, prices, and per capita income. From the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture

 

 

Phosphate Resources

Categories: Africa,Agriculture/Rural Issues,China,Food/Nutrition,Great Britain,Science/Technology

http://www.parliament.uk/briefing-papers/POST-PN-477.pdf

Describes the importance of phosphates for food security, the location of dwindling reserves, and ways in which dependence on mineral reserves could be reduced. From the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology

 

The Rising Cost of Fire Operations: Effects on the Forest Service’s Non-Fire Work

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Govt Finance,Recreation/Travel

http://www.fs.fed.us/sites/default/files/media/2014/34/nr-firecostimpact-082014.pdf

Asserts that the increased expense of fighting forest fires has resulted in less money for non-fire activities.  This report details the long-term shift of agency resources into the fire program and away from other important forest management, restoration, and recreation activities.  From the Forest Service

 

Executive Order 26: Establishing the New Virginia Economy Strategic Plan and Steering Committee

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Business/Economics,Energy,Health/Medical,Transportation,Virginia Issues

https://governor.virginia.gov/news/newsarticle?articleId=5850

Establishes the priorities for the McAuliffe administration’s economic development plan. From the Office of the Governor

 

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