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#114132
2017-08-18

Biodiverseedy: Sewing Connections for Living Seeds

BiodiverSEEDy is a small international project that aims to reconnect seeds to the cultures that have passed them down through the generations. The work of thousands of years could be lost in just a few decades if the current trend towards monocultural cultivation, genetic modification and priva ...

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#114068
2017-08-10

FAO Climate Strategy Links to Hunger, Poverty and Biodiversity SDGs

The Strategy translates FAO's core mandate into strategic choices and priority actions to support agriculture in a changing climate. The Strategy underlines the role of such support for achieving SDG 1 (No poverty) and SDG 2 (Zero hunger), recognizing their relevance for SDG 14 (Life under wate ...

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#113983
2017-08-02

Biodiversity: Past and Future in Organic Farming

Organic farming practices are regulated to enhance and protect biodiversity; it is the very core of organic production. To assist organic farmers maintain biodiversity The Organic Center partnered with Dr. Quinn at Furman University on the Healthy Farm Index (HFI), an assessment tool that helps ...

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#113967
2017-08-01

What's the future of farming? It can only be agroecology, says Farms of the Future

Think of agriculture of the future and you may conjure up images of hydroponic lettuces grown in underground, urban bunkers or massive-scale precision farming using satellites and drones. But for campaign group Farms of the Future, the future is, and can only be, agroecology.

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#113968
2017-08-01

Pay farmers to protect environment, urges think tank

Farming subsidies for food production should be phased out by 2025 and replaced with incentives to protect the environment, improve biodiversity, and increase flood prevention, an influential think tank urged today.

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#113891
2017-07-24

Tanzania: Organic Farming Gains Popularity

Dar es Salaam — The historical background of organic agriculture in Tanzania goes back to the world history of agriculture, when people were farming more traditionally.

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#113892
2017-07-24

Economic development: Elevating agriculture

It's the start of the fruit season in Sabah and soon you will see people from all over the state coming out with their produce in markets, shops and even supermarkets. These are people who, for generations, have grown fruit trees at the back of their homes and have passed down this tradition, s ...

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#113854
2017-07-21

Big forests, big ag: Are rainforests the right place for industrial agriculture? (commentary)

Glenn Hurowitz, the CEO of Mighty, a group that campaigns on behalf forests and other ecosystems, recently visited Olam’s oil palm plantations in the Central African nation of Gabon. The views expressed are his own.

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#113884
2017-07-21

Farmers Find Healthy Soils Yield Healthy Profits

Ancient civilizations plowed themselves into oblivion, and modern agriculture risks doing it again, geologist David Montgomery says. In his new book, Montgomery says a growing number of farmers are using techniques that can save their farms from slow death by erosion.

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#113850
2017-07-20

Local Farmers and Consumers Create Short Food Supply Chains in Mexican Cities

Short food supply chains are market mechanisms that imply a proximity between places of production and consumption, which offer products grown using sustainable agricultural practices, with fewer intermediaries and closer ties between producers and consumers.

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#113826
2017-07-19

Aquatic plants survive in 'ghost ponds' under agricultural fields

Aquatic plants in 'ghost ponds' are able to survive more than 100 years buried beneath cropped agricultural fields, according to new UCL research.

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#113817
2017-07-18

The Impact of Food-for-Fuel: UK Study Weighs in on Biofuels

According to a study led by the United Kingdom’s Royal Academy of Engineering, biofuels can have a critical role to play in the mitigation of future climate change risks while sparking economic development in struggling rural regions.

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#113598
2017-07-05

Food security in the Niger Delta

We are approaching this conversation on food security in the Niger Delta from the premise that we must own our food narrative.

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#113609
2017-07-05

Raw waste water use on farms is '50% higher' than estimated

The global use of untreated waste water from cities to irrigate crops is much more widespread than previously estimated, says a new report. According to this updated assessment, nearly 30 million hectares are now using untreated water within 40km of an urban centre

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#113565
2017-07-04

Step forward with organic farming?

Not only large proportion of people, but also decision makers are convinced that the only way to have a sustainable future is through investing in pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. In addition to this, thousands of research papers about organic farming are neglected, that reminds me of the ...

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#113570
2017-07-04

FAO to help restore Lake Urmia

FAO Director-General, José Graziano da Silva, met with Mahmoud Hojjati, Iranian Minister of Agriculture who is in Rome to attend the organization's 40th Conference from 3-8 July.

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#113571
2017-07-04

World Hunger on the Rise Again Due to Conflict and Climate: UN

Rome. The number of hungry people in the world is rising again after years of decline, as millions suffer from the combined effects of conflict and climate change, the head of the UN food agency said on Monday (03/07).

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#113572
2017-07-04

To deny food is to deny justice, Italy's Gentiloni tells FAO

ROME, July 3 (Xinhua) -- To deny food is to deny justice, Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the 40th conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) which kicked off in Rome on Monday.

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#113530
2017-06-29

Keeping Europe's food safe and sustainable

How do we know our food is fairly and sustainably produced, and safe to eat? European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis talks to DW about glyphosate, food waste and animal welfare.

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#113535
2017-06-29

Simran Sethi on Biodiversity, Food Waste, and Climate Change

The term biodiversity is something that can feel elusive and intangible. Yet we know that it is one of the most critical issues in food today. Biodiversity loss is often talked about in quantifiable ways, using staggering numbers and percentages to describe the breeds and varieties that are disa ...

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#113406
2017-06-20

Living Soils: The Role of Microorganisms in Soil Health

Soil is essential for the maintenance of biodiversity above and below ground. The wealth of biodiversity below ground is vast and unappreciated: millions of microorganisms live and reproduce in a few grams of topsoil, an ecosystem essential for life on earth…’

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#113359
2017-06-19

Carlo Petrini in China to pave the way for the next Slow Food International Congress

At a moment in time in which the Paris Agreement on climate change is seriously in question—following United States President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw his country from the accord—the fight against global warming is becoming increasingly urgent and deserves special attention.

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#113343
2017-06-16

Farmers can now register trees on their farms

A Tree Tenure Policy would soon roll-out to provide farmers the legal right to claim ownership of commercial trees planted on their farms and those that grow naturally, Mr Musah Abu-Juan, the Forestry Technical Director of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, has announced.

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#113284
2017-06-14

Mexico's Native Crops Hold Key to Food Security, Ecologist Says

Mexico's ancient civilizations cultivated crops such as maize, tomatoes and chilies for thousands of years before the Spanish conquerors arrived — and now those native plants could hold the key to sustainable food production as climate change bites, said a leading ecologist.

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#113259
2017-06-13

FAO releases new tool to track water productivity in agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), has released a new tool that offers water-scarce countries and river basins a way to boost productivity, by measuring how the resource is efficiently used in agriculture.

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#113255
2017-06-12

The impact if the world went meat-free

It’s World Meat Free Day – but what would actually happen if the whole world suddenly went vegetarian permanently? Here’s a briefing about the potential pros and cons for the climate, environment, our health, economy and more.

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#113173
2017-06-06

Lao to protect crop biodiversity with gene banks

The Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) will invest in a gene bank and in other methods of biodiversity conservation to protect its niche farm products, Phouang Parisak, the country’s deputy minister for agriculture, tells SciDev.Net.

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#113174
2017-06-06

How planting bioenergy crops could help stop Britain's brown hare from becoming extinct

If you live or spend time in the UK countryside it may have been some time since you spotted the native brown hare - if you've ever seen one at all. That's because the hare relies on an increasingly disappearing biodiverse landscape for its food. LAURA BRIGGS talks to the scientists behind a new ...

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#113175
2017-06-06

Tanzania: Strengthening Farmers' Seed System Through 'Open Source'

The National Plant Genetic Resources Centre (NPGRC-Tanzania), in collaboration with Hivos, Bioversity International, Sustainable Agriculture and Natural Resource Management Africa and other partners are currently implementing a project, which explores possibilities of the 'open source seed systems'.

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#113177
2017-06-06

£8.7m project looks at transforming agriculture across Europe

Recent policies of agriculture based on intense mechanisation, excessive use of external inputs (water, energy, fertilisers, pesticides etc) and mono-crop farming has resulted in soil degradation, reduced biodiversity and increased economic risk for European farmers. To increase diversification ...

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#113148
2017-06-02

Sowing the seeds of conservation

Anupam Paul has the distinction of rediscovering 800 indigenous varieties of paddy. Helped by a revival project, some of the varieties are back from the brink, and Paul, who is from West Bengal, will present these at the National Seed Diversity Festival at Anna University from June 9 to 11. Simi ...

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#113120
2017-06-01

Farmer groups, environmentalists concerned about new biodiversity and land management laws

Farmer groups and the environmental lobby are raising serious question marks over what they say are big flaws in the new system. In November, the NSW Government passed legislation repealing the Native Vegetation Act, replacing it with biodiversity reforms designed to improve environmental, socia ...

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#113118
2017-05-31

How to Produce More Food with Less Damage to Soil, Water, Forests

Massive agriculture intensification is contributing to increased deforestation, water scarcity, soil depletion and the level of greenhouse gas emission, the United Nations warns.

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#113074
2017-05-29

Potato chip panic: why Japan’s future food security depends on solutions from its past

Japan’s potato chip fans recently went on a panicked buying spree as the country’s snack food companies were forced to partially halt production of the favorite crisps.

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#113035
2017-05-24

Calls to reform food system: 'Factory farming belongs in a museum'

We can feed an extra 4 billion people a year if we reject the bloated and wasteful factory farming systems that are endangering our planet’s biodiversity and wildlife, said farming campaigner Philip Lymbery on Monday night, launching a global campaign to Stop the Machine.

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#113039
2017-05-24

Community Seed Banks: Securing Diversity for Climate Change Adaptation

Community seed banks can enhance the resilience of farmers’ by securing access to diverse, locally adapted crops and varieties.

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#112951
2017-05-22

Crop biodiversity: The key to ending hunger

As people in four countries - Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria - teeter on the brink of famine, it seems our progress towards ending hunger is sadly inadequate. We are once again confronted with the question: how can we do more for vulnerable communities?

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#112981
2017-05-22

For Spain’s ‘La Olivilla,’ Winning Top Award, Restoring Nature Go Hand in Hand

Five years ago, a group of neighboring farmers in Sierra de Cazorla, Spain saw their 500-year old olive trees slowly dying. They took courses in organic farming and decided to work together to restore their groves, produce high-quality olive oil and establish a model of environmental stewardship.

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#112940
2017-05-19

Greece battles locust plague on Agios Efstratios island

Villagers on a tiny Greek Aegean island, Agios Efstratios, are battling a plague of locusts and a state of emergency has been declared there.The island has about 200 residents who rely on agriculture and fishing. Locust infestation is a recurring problem.

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#112945
2017-05-19

Government action needed on climate resiliency and food security in West Africa

While some leaders in Washington are barely getting their toes wet to address global climate change, researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) have dived in head-first. A new study published in Global Environmental Change modeled potential future scenarios f ...

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#112910
2017-05-18

Pests and pathogens could cost agriculture billions: report

The spread of pests and pathogens that damage plant life could cost global agriculture $540 billion a year, according to a report published on Thursday.

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#112912
2017-05-18

Treasure trove of new plant discoveries revealed

Many have potential as food crops, medicines or sources of timber.However, scientists say some of the newly-discovered plants are already at risk of extinction.

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#112880
2017-05-16

Changing crop patterns and climate change- how India’s agriculture continues to suffer

Crop patterns in India are changing without consideration for local agro-climatic conditions. This puts a burden on environment, incurring huge long-term losses.

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#112881
2017-05-16

How agriculture neglect has led to food crisis

Since 2012, Kenya’s expenditure has been like that of a household that buys sufurias, gas cooker, micro-wave and refrigerator but forgets the most essential thing: food.

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#112886
2017-05-16

The right to agricultural technology

In the 1960s, when biologist Paul Ehrlich was predicting mass starvation due to rapid population growth, plant breeder Norman Borlaug was developing the new crops and approaches to agriculture that would become mainstays of the Green Revolution. Those advances, along with other innovations in ag ...

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#112854
2017-05-12

New documentary explores one man's quest to save heirloom plants

John Coykendall is in a race against time to save near-extinct seeds. The renowned heirloom seed saver and master gardener at Blackberry Farm, a luxury resort in Walland, Tenn., is the subject of the new documentary "Deeply Rooted: John Coykendall's Journey to Save Our Seeds and Stories."

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#112808
2017-05-10

WHY BIODYNAMIC VINEYARDS KEEP BEES

When Americans come of a certain age, they learn about the birds and the bees. When biodynamic vineyards come of age, though, vineyard owners think back on the story of the bees and the grapes.

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#112784
2017-05-09

How to find coffee that doesn't cost the Earth

our daily dose of caffeine can influence coffee cultivation practices which in turn affect forest diversity and sustainability. So how should you go about choosing your beans, and what do those certification logos actually mean?

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#112769
2017-05-08

Our precious soil

The Philippines remains among the world’s most vulnerable to climate change. German Watch’s recent Climate Risk Index 2016, for instance, ranks the Philippines fourth in the world’s top 10 countries most affected by climate change in the past 20 years.

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#112755
2017-05-05

Sustainable shopping: here's how to find coffee that doesn't cost the Earth

The morning coffee ritual is serious business; Australians drink roughly 16.3 million coffees a day. Plenty of news coverage has been devoted to its health benefits and cultural significance, but how much do you know about the environmental cost of your daily latte?

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