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.

2 thoughts on “3 Picks: European Flooding, Farm Bill, Cell Phone Subscribers

  1. RBM

    Hi K.

    A headline found at TOD:


    [quote]New evidence has emerged suggesting that the entire global supply of rice may have already been contaminated by unapproved, genetically-modified (GM) rice varieties manufactured by the American multinational corporation Bayer CropScience. A recent entry in the GM Contamination Register explains that between the years of 2006 and 2007, three different varieties of illegal GM rice, none of which have ever been approved for cultivation or consumption anywhere in the world, were identified in more than 30 countries worldwide.[/quote]

    Time will tell if the characterization of ‘pollution’ is hyperbole’ or not.

    By the way, TOD has given notice; 07-31-2013

    Thanks for your enduring work.

    Take Care.

    1. K. McDonald Post author

      wow. I had to go there myself to believe it. One of the current contributors said this site was “approved” for their sidebar, by the way, but it never happened. Something must have been a problem behind scenes. Wish it could still happen as they go into archive mode…



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