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The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about food and agriculture.


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Flooded Mines Cause Toxic Sludge in Vietnam


The Mong Duong coal mine in Vietnam's Quang Ninh province has flooded, spilling toxic sludge that contaminated land, rivers and coastline  Photo: Luu Quy Doan/Vnexpress

CLICK HERE - SITUATION REPORTS - United Nations - Vietnam

United Nations - - by Vu Duy - August 7, 2015

HANOI, 7 August 2015 (IRIN) - Toxic sludge that spilled out of open pit coal mines during 10 days of heavy rains may have seriously contaminated farmland, rivers and coastal areas in northern Vietnam.

Flooding has killed 30 people, wiped out roads and damaged thousands of homes, the United Nations said in a situation report on Wednesday. The UN also warned of potential risks to the environment, health and water sanitation after coal mines in Quang Ninh province flooded, spilling thick streams of dark sludge into the countryside.


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New Wheat Strain Could Ease Food Shortages

Aussie scientists develop salt tolerant strain of durum wheat // Source:

Homeland Security News Wire - March 14, 2012

Researchers in Australia have developed a new strain of salt-tolerant wheat that could help minimize food shortages.

Australia is the second largest exporter of grain in the world, but in recent years increased salt levels in the soil have degraded some of the country’s primary wheat-growing regions. In addition, increased salt levels have affected roughly 20 percent of the world’s farm land.

Bloomberg Businessweek reports that to overcome these challenges, Australian scientists have bred salt tolerance into durum wheat, boosting yields by 25 percent in saline soils.

“This work is significant as salinity already affects over 20 percent of the world’s agricultural soils, and salinity poses an increasing threat to food production,” said Rana Munns, one of the study’s co-authors and a scientist with Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization, in a statement.

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