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A colorized electron micrograph from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) shows filamentous Ebola virus particles (in red) budding from the surface of a green monkey kidney epithelial cell. (NIAID photo courtesy U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

Now hunger threat shadows Ebola in West Africa

Freetown/Dakar | Reuters — The threat of hunger is tracking Ebola across affected West African nations as the disease kills farmers and their families, drives workers from the fields and creates food shortages. In the worst-hit states of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, Ebola is ravaging their food-producing regions, preventing planting and harvesting, and disrupting

Fault Lines Run Deep As EU Farm Policy Talks Heat Up

An “offensive strategy” by France to take the lead in shaping a reform of European Union farm policy may not be enough to shield French farmers from the far-reaching changes sought by other member states. The 27-nation bloc plans to overhaul its complex Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which often provokes fierce arguments, and wants to

EU Dairy Farmers Win Subsidies, Want Reforms

Dairy farmers won 280 million euros ($418 million) of additional subsidies from the European Union Oct. 19 after weeks of protests over low milk prices. But some of the farmers, who burned hay, threw firecrackers and blocked traffic with tractors and buses as EU farm ministers met in Luxembourg, said only a regulatory reform of

Farmland Buying May Harm Poor States

The European Union is concerned by the trend of foreign investors and countries acquiring large tracts of farmland in developing countries to guarantee their own food security, a senior EU official said June 3. Although the EU had not reached a common position on the issue there were fears the trend might pose a risk