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Dioxins and You

By Dr. Jaime Abella Sison, Agriculture Monthly (Vol. 15, 03.2011).  Posted 03.28.2011.

Here is a summary of frequently asked questions about dioxins, prepared using information from the European Commission, World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

What is climate change?

Weather changes all the time. The average pattern of weather, called climate, usually stays pretty much the same for centuries if it is left to itself. However, the earth is not being left alone. People are taking actions that can change the earth and its climate in significant ways.

Malunggay: The miracle vegetable

By Nenita C. Planco, Agriculture magazine (10.2009)

Malunggay reportedly prevents 300 diseases, hence it is dubbed as "the miracle vegetable" and the "wonder tree."

The Philippines imports rice because it is an island nation

By David C. Dawe

Rice is such an integral part of history and culture in the Philippines that for many Filipinos rice imports are a source of national shame. Many reasons are typically advanced for the failure to achieve rice self-sufficiency—faulty government policy, corruption, conversion of rice land to other uses, backward rice farmers, deteriorating irrigation systems, and lack of farm credit, among others. But all countries, including several rice exporters, complain about these problems. Although some of these problems are important, they do not explain why the Philippines imports rice.

Influenza A(H1N1) FAQs

Source: World Health Organization

What is the new influenza A(H1N1)?

This is a new influenza A(H1N1) virus that has never before circulated among humans. This virus is not related to previous or current human seasonal influenza viruses.

Can Less Favorable Areas Obtain Food Security?

By Dr. Gelia T. Castillo, National Scientist and IRRI Consultant

Rice is life. So, when the global rice crisis hit in 2008, it threatened many lives. The year became well remembered for the soaring prices, the long lines in the market, the panic, the blame game, and the social unrest in different countries. A sense of alarm grew when rice, known to be the most "affordable" food for the poor, suddenly became "unaffordable." It reminded the world of rice's crucial role in human existence. It also revived interest in agriculture.

Nutrient Manager for Rice now online

The Nutrient Manager for Rice, a decision tool for providing field-specific guidelines on nutrient management for rice from the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) is now available online. To use the tool, click here or the Nutrient Manager image at right.

IRR on the accreditation of private ESPs

The Department of Agriculture (DA), through Secretary Arthur C. Yap, issued Administrative Order No. 22, Series of 2008, dated May 29, 2008 promulgating the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) on the accreditation of private extension service providers (ESPs).

Guide on managing bearing mango trees

By Baby P. Ramilo, Agriculture magazine (12.2005)

Here's a guide recommended by the National Research and Development Center (NMRDC) in Guimaras on the proper cultural management of bearing mango trees.

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