Published: Tuesday 31 October 2006

Philippines president Gloria Arroyo banned fishing in the waters of Guimaras, which needs rehabilitation from an oil spill that has occurred in early August. Local leaders, residents, and a group of militant fishermen unanimously resisted the ban, saying the move would result in a national fish crisis and affect food security. Experts say, ban will lead to 20 per cent decrease in fish production

European Union agriculture ministers turned down seven-year-long authorisations for two toxic pesticides: azinphos-methyl and vinclozolin. Azinphos-methyl is classified as an organophosphate insecticide used on a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, while vinclozolin is classified as a fungicide used on rapeseed and ornamental flowers

On September 28, 2006, Japan confirmed its 29th case of mad cow disease, a month after resuming imports of US beef that had been blocked due to concerns over the brain-wasting illness.

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