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GAO study finds pesticide residue programs can improve

11/18/2014 01:20:00 PM
Tom Karst

The Food and Drug Administration sampling program and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Pesticide Data Program have room for improvement in the way they collect and share data on pesticide residues on fruits and vegetables and other food, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

The GAO study recommends that FDA improve its methodology and FDA and USDA disclose limitations in the monitoring and data collection efforts. FDA said it will consider methodological changes and will disclose limitations, and USDA also agreed with GAO’s recommendations to disclose limitations of its annual report on pesticide residues, according to a summary of the GAO report.

Industry sources said the report doesn’t change the fact that government tests show that fruits and vegetables are safe for consumers.

“While the report provides recommendations to USDA and FDA for enhancing their respective pesticide monitoring programs, there is nothing in OMB’s report…

Perú: Inauguran un megaproyecto de irrigación

Irrigará 43.500 hectáreas de cultivo con tecnología de punta

El proyecto Olmos, en Lambayeque, que irrigará 43.500 hectáreas de cultivo con tecnología de punta, fue inaugurado por el presidente de la República, Ollanta Humala Tasso, y la primera dama, Nadine Heredia.

El proyecto Olmos, el más grande e importante del Perú, comprende 38.000 hectáreas en tierras nuevas de cultivo, y 5.500 hectáreas en el Valle Viejo. Los sembríos que cultivarán en este desierto son banano ecológico, caña de azúcar, aguacate, quinua, maracuyá, entre otros, con una inversión promedio de 600 millones de dólares. Todos los cultivos con miras a la exportación tienen como principal destino el continente asiático.

La tecnología de riego utilizada será de goteo y aspersión para los aguacates, y de pivot para la caña de azúcar. El pivot es un sistema de riego que consiste en girar una hélice que alcanzará conjuntamente 90 hectáreas de caña de azúcar, las cuales hacen un total de 10.000 hectáreas pertenecientes a la …

NASA | A Year in the Life of Earth's CO2

Nasa animation shows stunning year in the life of carbon emissions

Scientists show in some of the finest detail just how CO2 moves throughout the atmosphere over a year, reports ClimateCentral

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MORE CONGESTION ON THE WAY AT WEST COAST USA PORTS : World's largest ever containership named at HHI


CSCL Globe on sea trials

By Marcus Hand from Singapore

The largest containership ever built was named at Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) this week.

The 19,000 teu CSCL Globe built for China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) will become the world’s largest containership in service trumping Maersk Line’s 18,000 teu triple E vessels.

The naming ceremony was attended by Xu Li Rong, chairman of China Shipping Group; Zhao Hong Zhou, managing director of CSCL; Qiu Guo Hong, Chinese ambassador to Korea; Choi Kil-seon, chairman and ceo of HHI and 150 other guests. The vessel was named by He Li Jun, wife of Xu.

The first of a series of five 19,000 teu vessels the CSCL Globe will be deployed on the Asia – Europe trade later this month. The vessels measures 400 m in length, 58.6 m in width and 30.5 m in depth.

The dramatic upsizing of containerships in recent years is illustrated by the fact that HHI named i…