3 Picks: European Flooding, Farm Bill, Cell Phone Subscribers
A special thanks to “Andreas.” @ Flickr CC for this June 4, 2013 photo from his flooded garden in Germany.
Below, are today’s three chosen agricultural-related news picks.
1) Agricultural Losses in Europe from Flooding: Ulrike Dauer reports that Nomura has assessed flooding damage agricultural costs to be around €2 billion and €3 billion ($2.6 billion to $4 billion) in Central Europe, some the worst seen in 500 years. “Some 335,000 hectares of German farmland have been flooded, ruining many crops. In Bavaria alone, 30,000 hectares of farmland have been flooded, with substantial damages expected for crops including potatoes, turnips, corn, asparagus, strawberries, lettuce, cucumber and onions.”
2) The New House Farm Bill: EWG’s Scott Faber doesn’t like the bill, and gives six reasons why. Since I’ve been covering loss of CRP acreage and soil erosion lately, here is one of the six not to like… “Since 1985, farmers have agreed to adopt basic environmental protections in exchange for nearly $300 billion in farm subsidies. But, unlike the Senate farm bill, H.R. 1947 would not require that farmers receiving generous insurance premium subsidies protect wetlands or reduce soil erosion.”
3) 6.8 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions (PDF): ICT Facts and Figures 2013 shows us that the number of mobile phone subscriptions is nearing global population levels. The document includes many other statistics, too, like internet connections globally. These technologies are contributing to improved agricultural knowledge, trade, and information exchange for those in developing and remote regions of the world. “In 2013, there are almost as many mobile-cellular subscriptions as people in the world, with more than half in the Asia-Pacific region (3.5 billion out of 6.8 billion total subscriptions). … Mobile-cellular penetration rates stand at 96% globally; 128% in developed countries; and 89% in developing countries.”
This news post was written and compiled by K. McDonald.