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#132176
2021-12-15

Boosting agrifood life sciences is key to India’s agricultural future

Whether developed by accelerators or research institutes, life sciences research and development infrastructure must be made available to entrepreneurs.

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#132147
2021-12-13

Solving multiple challenges while considering biodiversity and human rights

Strict social and environmental safeguards must be followed to prevent harm to biodiversity or human rights while advancing the scope of nature-based solutions in climate mitigation, a new report says.

News Headlines
#132148
2021-12-13

An Indigenous community in India’s Meghalaya state offers lessons in climate resilience

The Indigenous food system of the Khasi community in Nongtraw village in Meghalaya offers lessons in climate resilience and sustainable food systems, says a United Nations Food and Agricultural Organisation report.

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#132134
2021-12-10

How The Agriculture Industry Can Work To Reverse Climate Change

The indoor farming industry has seen a huge influx of investment over the past year, and accordingly has become a popular solution for growers.

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#132115
2021-12-09

Report: Plastic pollution is also pervasive in our agricultural soils

The scourge of unsightly images of plastic refuse littering our beaches and oceans always receives much attention. But a new report by the FAO suggests that the land we use to grow our food is contaminated with far larger quantities of plastic pollution, posing an even greater threat to food sec ...

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#132105
2021-12-09

Long-term forecasts help farmers in India

Climate change is severely impacting India's farmers by making monsoons more irregular. One farmer in Madhya Pradesh found help in a forecast model devised in Germany that predicts the rains with surprising accuracy.

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#132074
2021-12-07

Between land and sea: Agrobiodiversity holds key to health for Melanesian tribes

The community’s traditionally self-sufficient and biodiverse diet features 132 species, notably the fe’i banana, a Melanesian specialty that contains 100 times the vitamin A of a typical banana.

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#132080
2021-12-07

Ndumo Game Reserve: The complicated balancing act of subsistence farming and nature conservation in KwaZulu-Natal

As cultivated fields expand and grazing cattle explore ever further in the Ndumo Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, researchers worry about unresolved efforts to address human poverty while also trying to protect the ever-shrinking spaces left for wildlife and nature conservation.

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#132081
2021-12-07

How Plastic Pollution Is Deteriorating Soil Quality For Agriculture

Agricultural soils may receive greater quantities of microplastics than oceans, indicates a recent research by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

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#132086
2021-12-07

Celebrating all that soils do for us - Dr Kenneth Loades

COP26 highlighted more than ever that we must reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and become more sustainable before it’s too late. Soil is a key component in this battle and something that we expect to provide food, feed and fibre, store and supply water, store carbon and archive geological and ...

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#132064
2021-12-06

Data point: World Soil Day

Soil erosion costs the global economy US$8bn a year, and reduces agri-food production by 33.7m tonnes, leading to increases of up to 3.5% in world food prices

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#132070
2021-12-06

The 'agricultural mafia' taking over Brazil's Amazon rainforest

Encouraged by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and local authorities who want to see the development of agribusiness, an "agricultural mafia" is taking over the Amazon rainforest.

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#132046
2021-12-03

Soil — dull and dirty? Think again…

To mark World Soil Day, we’re taking a look at the humble resource beneath our feet that nourishes entire ecosystems and keeps the world fed.

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#132048
2021-12-03

‘Shocking lack of ambition’ on post-Brexit farming policy risks UK missing net zero targets, wildlife charities warn

Scheme to replace EU subsidies was billed as ‘biggest change in half a century’, last year, but will now only pay farmers to improve soils

News Headlines
#132015
2021-12-02

Using less-profitable farmland to grow bioenergy crops also supports biodiversity

An analysis by Oak Ridge National Laboratory showed that using less-profitable farmland to grow bioenergy crops such as switchgrass could fuel not only clean energy, but also gains in biodiversity.

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#132019
2021-12-02

New network for farmers to share climate change mitigation measures

A new peer-to-peer network has been launched for farmers and crofters to share climate change mitigation measures.

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#132023
2021-12-02

Sustainable Agriculture And A Low Carbon Future: Are We Missing Out On Mycelium?

While the world is waking up to the importance of ecosystems, and soil health, it seems that one of the most fundamental building blocks of soil, the fungal network, has been pretty much ignored to date.

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#131988
2021-11-30

EU earmarks €320 million for soil health research to contribute to carbon removal

The European Union is stepping up efforts on soil health research with the announcement of a new Horizon Europe mission, which will also provide key funding for the promotion of carbon farming.

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#131999
2021-11-30

Climate-smart forestry practices: the key to restoring biodiversity?

According to a study published on Tuesday (30 November), the cost of pesticides may far outweigh the economic benefits.

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#132000
2021-11-30

A star in subtropical Japan: a new species of parasitoid wasp constructs unique cocoon masses hanging on 1-meter-long strings

A unique "star" was discovered from the Ryukyu Islands, a biodiversity hot spot in subtropical Japan: a star-shaped structure that turned out to be the cocoon mass of a new species of parasitoid wasp.

Meeting
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168th Session FAO Council

29 November - 3 December 2021, Rome, Italy

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#131945
2021-11-26

FAO analyzes world agricultural practices in agri-food systems

The importance of proven and reliable agricultural methods, such as those used in “Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems”(GIAHS) to transform food systems, was analyzed today by FAO.

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#131941
2021-11-25

EXCLUSIVE Investors warn EU against badging intensive farming as sustainable

A group of global investors representing more than $3.5 trillion in assets has urged the European Commission not to allow intensive farming to be badged as a sustainable activity in upcoming rules, a letter seen by Reuters showed.

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#131875
2021-11-24

EU endorses sweeping agricultral reforms to bolster greener farming

European Union lawmakers gave the green light to hotly debated farming policy reforms that make up a mammoth one-third of the bloc’s budget. The reforms are seen as a way for the agriculture sector to achieve its 2030 sustainability goals.

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#131883
2021-11-24

Government allocates €9 million for new Wexford centre to research agricultural sustainability

NASRIC will provide practical integrated solutions for farmers and other stakeholders to improve soil health, restore and protect biodiversity, improve water quality, reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and ammonia and enhance soil carbon sequestration.

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#131902
2021-11-24

ASR Nederland N : A.s.r. to reward farmers for sustainable business operations

a.s.r. is going to reward farmers who are committed to sustainable business operations. Farmers who use agricultural land owned by a.s.r. can receive a discount of 5 to 10% on the rent if they manage their land sustainably. In order to make the agricultural sector more sustainable, a.s.r. has fo ...

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#131908
2021-11-24

Five issues to resolve before we can trade natural capital

An extraordinary opportunity is emerging in the form of natural capital markets, but five main challenges have to be overcome before responsible trading schemes can be launched, according to one sustainability expert.

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#131914
2021-11-24

EU soil strategy launched to protect ‘magic carpet’ of the food chain

A soil strategy for Europe has been launched that will aid the health and productivity of the “magic carpet” beneath our feet, helping us achieve climate and biodiversity targets; build a clean and circular (bio)economy; reverse biodiversity loss; and safeguard human health.

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#131887
2021-11-24

Feeding the World: Agriculture and the Health of the Planet

By 2050, we’ll need to feed two billion more people globally. How can we do that without overwhelming the planet? Speakers at the ongoing Bloomberg New Economy Forum explored potential solutions to this global challenge.

News Headlines
#131891
2021-11-24

Farmers to cash in under new national biodiversity stewardship market plan

A national market allowing farmers to cash in for protecting and increasing biodiversity on their land would be set up under a federal government plan.

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#131906
2021-11-24

Call for recognition of rare native livestock in farming policy

The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) has called for Scotland’s new farming policy to recognise native livestock and equine breeds for their biodiversity significance, In a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation paper on a new national agricultural policy, RBST pointed out that the ...

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#131874
2021-11-24

EU parliament gives green light to agricultural reforms

The European Parliament has approved reforms to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), after nearly three years of negotiations. This latest round of changes is intended to be more climate-friendly by strengthening biodiversity and adhering to the bloc's latest climate commitments. It also ...

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#131876
2021-11-24

How an ancient harvest practice pushed EU’s new farm reform to the edge

Brussels is trying to push its agricultural sector into a greener, modern era, but a technique farmers have been using for thousands of years has proved one of its biggest hurdles.

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#131829
2021-11-19

Bali’s new highway project bring concerns about agriculture and conservation areas

Concerns over a major highway project in Bali are mounting, with a new study revealing how the road would affect the island’s signature farmlands.

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#131711
2021-11-16

‘Farmers are digging their own graves’: true cost of growing food in Spain’s arid south

A wetland without water is a melancholy sight. The fish are dead, the birds have flown and a lifeless silence hangs over the place. “Everything you see around you should be under water,” says Ecologists in Action’s Rafa Gosálvez from the lookout in Las Tablas de Daimiel national park.

News Headlines
#131653
2021-11-15

Life is getting sweeter for bee farmers

Villagers have seen living standards rise after they began raising and protecting the insects, which pollinate plants and also protect biodiversity. Yang Wanli reports from Kunming.

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#131677
2021-11-15

Drought, overpumping cut Morocco river link to sea

Moroccan environmentalist Mohamed Benata stood taking photos of what should be the mouth of the Moulouya river—but after years of drought and over-pumping, it comes to a halt just short of the sea.

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#131698
2021-11-15

A balance between agriculture and emissions can be found by managing the water table level of peat soils

In Finland, peat soils account for only ten percent of agricultural land; yet they are responsible for more than half of the country's agricultural emissions.

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#131652
2021-11-11

How the circular economy can help transform food to fight climate crisis and build biodiversity

With the climate and biodiversity COPs in progress, one part of the economy increasingly finds itself in the spotlight: food. Our current food system is the primary driver of biodiversity loss and accounts for a third of global greenhouse gas emissions, spurring businesses and policymakers alike ...

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#6118
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#131325
2021-10-29

Giving Diversity a Chance

We at the Global Crop Diversity Trust work to make sure that food has a future. So imagine our excitement when we found that a recent edition of The Economist included a Technology Quarterly – and indeed an accompanying leader – on… the future of food.

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#131248
2021-10-28

Floating farms, salt-resistant rice: Bangladeshis adapt to survive

Rising sea levels and violent flooding are already putting tens of millions of lives at risk in Bangladesh, but they bring another problem that threatens the entire nation: Water-logged land and high salinity in streams and soil are killing crops.

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#131266
2021-10-28

Farming reboot could lay seeds for prosperity in poor and food insecure regions

Agriculture experts from The Australian National University (ANU) have teamed up with government bodies and NGOs in sub-Saharan Africa to improve irrigation schemes and boost crop production. The researchers' work is improving food security, reducing water waste and lifting people out of poverty.

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#131271
2021-10-28

No tilling, no chemicals: A S.African farmer's response to climate change

It's spring in South Africa, and Danie Bester's tillers are rusting in a corner of his farm. Freshly-turned earth stretches for miles on other farms as his neighbors prepare their fields.

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#131280
2021-10-28

Knorr will launch 50 regenerative agriculture projects across the world to reduce food's impact on the climate

Knorr, Unilever's largest food brand, commits to grow 80% of key ingredients (vegetables, herbs, spices, grains), globally, following Unilever's Regenerative Agriculture Principles by 2026.

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#131211
2021-10-27

Gas giants: Can we stop cows from emitting so much methane?

That cow may look peaceful and harmless, munching on some grass in a verdant pasture. But don't be fooled—it is emitting methane, a particularly potent greenhouse gas contributing to runaway global climate change.

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#131212
2021-10-27

South Africa: WWF Programme Seeks to Reduce Cape Wine Farms' Strain On Floral Kingdom Biodiversity

As a result of increased agricultural activity brought about by the expansion of the wine industry, the biodiversity of the floral kingdom is under threat in the Cape Winelands. A conservation programme by the WWF is now helping to ensure that wine farms decrease their impact on the environment.

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#131224
2021-10-27

What’s the beef with cows and the climate crisis?

About a third of human-caused methane emissions come from livestock, mostly from beef and dairy cattle, produced in the digestive process that allows ruminants (hoofed animals including cows, sheep and goats with four-part stomachs) to absorb plants.

News Headlines
#131186
2021-10-26

How do we feed our growing population?

Near-record on-farm prices for meat and milk, free-trade agreements that will reduce tariffs ... the news for farmers appears to be getting better and better.

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#131187
2021-10-26

From words to action: Solution to hunger lies in agroforestry

Almost a quarter of children under age five are stunted, and many more are at risk of malnutrition and hidden hunger because of the poor quality of their diets.

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