"There's no such thing as a free lunch" was quoted in the context of politics. It is just as true in agriculture, although not in a literal sense. If on nothing else, a free lunch is probably something that most farmers can rely on. But, in the metaphorical sense that there is always a hidden cost, farmers have much to pay. As we see in this edition of New Agriculturist, diseases - plant, animal and human - are one such cost.
Points of View: Agriculture and malaria reflects the opinions of medical and agricultural specialists on the opportunities for reducing the risk of malaria where water is prevalent, and of developing cultural practices that can discourage mosquitoes. Focus on reminds us of the serious economic losses and health hazards caused by rodents, and reflects a range of new approaches to minimising rodent damage without sole recourse to rodenticides. And In Print includes "Environmental change and autonomous control of Tsetse and Trypanosomosis in Sub-Saharan Africa".
New variants of old diseases threaten two major perennial crops: attempts to contain and overcome 'new' blackpod of cocoa and 'new' lethal yellowing of coconuts are reported in News brief and Developments respectively. Meanwhile those who follow the continuing debate on biodiversity and genetic modification will find grist for their mill in Perspective and two reports in News brief.
Another debate, no less acrimonious, centres on the US decision to increase by 70% subsidies paid to American farmers: see News brief. Not only are the EU and Canada outraged but many Third World countries are justifiably concerned that their exports will meet unfair competition and that they may lose even their home markets: for an example of this having happened in the past, see Country Profile: Mexico.
Finally, for an example of 'nothing succeeds like success' visit our new section Picture feature.
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