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Delegates from some 120 countries today opened a United Nations-supported meeting in Tunis to discuss plant genetics and food resources, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.Participants at the five-day meeting, the third session of the governing body of the 2004 International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, are seeking agreement on ways to further speed up the benefit-sharing aspects of the Treaty, FAO noted in a press release. “No country is self-sufficient in plant genetic resources; all depend on genetic diversity in crops from other countries and regions. International cooperation and open exchange of genetic resources are therefore essential for food security,” stated the agency. “Climate change has made this challenge even more pressing as there is a need to preserve all the crops developed over millennia that can resist cold winters or hot summers. “Yet, agricultural biodiversity, which is the basis for food production, is in sharp decline due the effects of modernization, changes in diets and increasing population density.” The agency said about three-quarters of the genetic diversity found in agricultural crops has been lost over the last century, and this genetic erosion continues. 1 June 2009Delegates from some 120 countries today opened a United Nations-supported meeting in Tunis to discuss plant genetics and food resources, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) said.
Updated at 7.12pmA LARGE-SCALE SEARCH and rescue operation is continuing off the coast of the US state of Virginia after a Navy helicopter with five people on board crashed into the sea near Norfolk.The craft — a MH 53E Sea Dragon — came down around 18 nautical miles off the coast at around 11am local time.One person is still missing at sea, while four people were earlier rescued from the water and taken to hospital. However, the US Navy has confirmed this evening that one of the crew-members who had been hospitalised has since passed away.The Coast Guard cutter Shearwater and two MH-60S helicopters are conducting the ongoing search and rescue operation.The cause of the crash is currently under investigation.Manufactured by Sikorsky, the MH 53E has an overall length of 30 metres and can travel at 276 km/h. It generally carries two pilots and up to six airmen, depending on the mission.The crash comes just a day after a US Air Force helicopter crashed in Norfolk, England, killing all four people on board.First posted at 5.30pmRead: US Air Force helicopter crashes on English coast