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#125117
2020-04-16

From land evictions to intensive agriculture: the struggle to reconnect Ogiek beekeepers to the Mau forest environment

The diversity of ecosystems that characterize the Kenyan territory lend themselves particularly well to beekeeping activities. From the arid areas of the northern part of Kenya to the montane forests in the center of the country, beekeeping has for centuries represented an important interface be ...

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#125118
2020-04-16

Olive oil industry under increasing threat from 'olive leprosy'

One of southern Europe’s most important staples, olive oil, is under pressure from a potentially deadly disease that new research shows could infect nearly all of the productive areas of Italy, Greece and Spain.

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#125119
2020-04-16

Commission confirms new schedule for Farm to Fork strategy

The launch date of the highly-anticipated new EU food policy, the Farm to Fork strategy (F2F), is currently under review and an updated programme is due to the published in the coming weeks, a Commission official told EURACTIV.com.

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#125120
2020-04-16

Crisis Should be the Time to Rethink Food and Farming Models

“The problem of the global COVID-19 pandemic is often related to the market of ‘exotic’ meat, but the truth is that the model that allows the emergence of these diseases is the intensive model itself much practiced in European countries, in the United States and even in Brazil,” says Glenn Makut ...

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#125121
2020-04-16

10 pioneer-era apple types thought extinct found in US West

A team of retirees that scours the remote ravines and windswept plains of the Pacific Northwest for long-forgotten pioneer orchards has rediscovered 10 apple varieties that were believed to be extinct—the largest number ever unearthed in a single season by the non-profit Lost Apple Project.

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#125068
2020-04-13

Foods that last forever: Preserving crop diversity during a crisis

As global supply chains grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, the safeguarding of food security is of dire concern to governmental and agri-food stakeholders. Speaking to representatives of the world’s leading seed vaults, FoodIngredientsFirst explores the role of gene banks in conserving crop di ...

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#125037
2020-04-09

Caffeinated conservation: Colombian farmers switch coca for coffee to protect wildlife

In a clearing around his modest smallholding, farmer Arcadio Barajas stands before a sea of coffee plants, cloaked in the shadow cast by a wall of verdant forest that covers the San Lucas mountains of northern Colombia.

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#125038
2020-04-09

In semi-arid Africa, farmers are transforming the 'underground forest' into life-giving trees

Around the world, nearly 5 billion acres of land — an area larger than Russia — are degraded. Degradation can take many forms: clearing of forests; soil erosion; or the decline of nutrients in the soil, all of which result in less productive land. The loss of soil fertility is dragging down agri ...

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#125009
2020-04-08

Strengthening local capacities for climate-smart agriculture – Insights from Nepal

Aastha Bhusal and Laxman Khatri from the Nepali NGO LI-BIRD share their first-hand insights of how farmers are gaining knowledge of climate-smart practices and boosting their communities’ resilience in Gandaki province, Nepal.

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#124981
2020-04-02

When agriculture focuses on profit instead of food

In the mid-20th century, the so-called Green Revolution changed humanity’s relationship with agriculture. A series of technological advances in high-yielding varieties of rice and wheat seeds, along with irrigation systems and new fertilisers and pesticides – which marked the official entry of t ...

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#124939
2020-03-31

Country diary: beauty and the bee orchids

I push the spade beneath the neat rosette of leaves, trying carefully not to castrate the plant. Castrate may seem an odd choice of word, I am after all just digging up a plant to move it, but hidden in the soil, underneath that Garden of Eden fan of greenery, there are two oval tubers, and they ...

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#124964
2020-03-31

Researchers discover a novel chemistry to protect our crops from fungal disease

Pathogenic fungi pose a huge and growing threat to global food security. Currently, we protect our crops against fungal disease by spraying them with anti-fungal chemistries, also known as fungicides.

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#124938
2020-03-30

Agriculture and biodiversity: A make or break for European Green Deal

A recent impact report published by the European Commission lays bare the terrible mismatch between the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and the bloc’s biodiversity objectives, writes Jabier Ruiz.

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#124907
2020-03-26

Countering arable land degradation: The waste that woke the soil

Soil is a natural resource that we often overlook and abuse just because of its supposed abundance. Some call it "dirt" and many times we attribute to stains and things we should rid ourselves of in the name of cleanliness.

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#124909
2020-03-26

To Meet Paris Agreement Targets, India Should Pay More Attention to Soil

The nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to the Paris Agreement typically include afforestation and reduced deforestation as additional carbon sinks. The first Biennial Transparency Reports for NDCs submitted in 2015 are due in 2022 for developed countries to 2024 for developing countries. ...

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#124823
2020-03-25

Farms with diverse crops can help protect wildlife and buffer against climate change, researchers report.

The researchers found that farms with diverse crops planted together provide more secure, stable habitats for wildlife, and are more resilient to climate change than the single-crop standard that dominates today’s agriculture industry.

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#124824
2020-03-25

Our Growing Food Demands Will Lead to More Corona-like Viruses

As panicked consumers flock to grocery stores, emptying shelves in preparation for homebound quarantines that could last for weeks, the coronavirus pandemic is revealing an alarming longer-term concern about the world's growing appetites and the stresses they impose on a warming planet.

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#124860
2020-03-25

Can we plant our way to carbon neutrality by 2030?

Several local authorities have included major tree planting initiatives as part of their climate declarations – but can we plant our way to carbon neutrality by 2030? 1st Vice President of the Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning & Transport (ADEPT) and Chair of the Local Adaptation Advi ...

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#124884
2020-03-25

Farmers urged to go online to have their say on biodiversity certification

Online consultations have begun this week for the National Farmers Federation’s Australian Farm Biodiversity Certification Scheme Trial.

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#124758
2020-03-20

Small ecological farms to regenerate rural areas

An ageing population of farmers, huge barriers to land ownership and an unprecedented environmental crisis sparks renewed investment in small, ecological farms.

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#124785
2020-03-20

Should we abandon ‘monoculture’ farming to protect biodiversity and slow climate change?

How we farm can guard against climate change and protect critical wildlife — but only if we leave single-crop farms in the dust, according to a new Stanford study.

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#124709
2020-03-17

All the reasons why organic food doesn’t deserve such bad press

People are keener than ever to make ethical, environmentally friendly food purchases. But a spate of bad press about the environmental impact of organic produce may leave some people scratching their heads.

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#124705
2020-03-16

Backing up crop biodiversity collections

The International Potato Center (CIP) recently joined 34 other organizations across the globe in depositing more than 60,000 seeds in the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a biodiversity bunker in a mountainside of an Arctic island in Norway.

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#124658
2020-03-13

Time to choose a sustainable future for food and farming in Europe

Can the European Agriculture Policy finally reorient to boost nature and health or is it destined to drive factory farms, chemical-laden monocultures, and global deforestation?

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#124671
2020-03-13

Lessons from Sweden's organic farming sector

There is much to be learned from Sweden on integrating our farm systems, naturally, with the local ecosystems. It seems I brought the snow to Sweden. Like us, they have had a mild, wet winter, and even in Dalarna, towards the middle of the country, barely a scrap of the white stuff has fallen.

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#124623
2020-03-11

Road to apocalypse

If extreme climate events were to occur due to rising global temperatures, Himalayan biodiversity might collapse. This eventuality could devastate our agriculture, leading to an apocalypse for Nepal.

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#124624
2020-03-11

Traditional farming system in Brazil added to global agricultural heritage list

A traditional farming system in the Southern Espinhaço Mountain Range of the Minas Gerais State in Brazil has been recognized as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS), managed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). It is the first time a Brazilian site has won the ...

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#124608
2020-03-10

How agroforestry could solve climate crisis

Agriculture and climate change are deeply intertwined. Agriculture is responsible for almost 30 per cent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and is the root cause of 80 per cent of tropical deforestation.

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#124583
2020-03-09

Biodiversity at risk because we don’t assess the risk of pesticides properly

A more complete approach to pesticide environmental risk assessment should replace the current system, which represents real world conditions poorly.

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#124551
2020-03-05

Araku Valley, Andra Pradesh, India: "We're finally reaping the results of our labour"

Zero-budget natural farming is a form of agricultural system redesign being practised at scale in India, particularly in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It is an emerging set of agricultural practices designed dramatically to reduce farmers’ direct costs (hence “zero-budget”) while boosting yields ...

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#124552
2020-03-05

Cashew Nuts: A Toxic Industry

As has been discussed both here and elsewhere at length, there’s a hidden world of environmental destruction and human misery behind some of the most in vogue food products in the Global North, from avocados to almonds. Demand for the latter has exploded in recent years, driven by partly a rise ...

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#124406
2020-02-27

The European Search For A Strategy To Help Both Farmers And Biodiversity

European Union member states are trying to adopt more sustainable agriculture practices, amid debates over subsidies and protests from the sector.

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#124416
2020-02-27

Climate-Smart Agriculture means More Time for Eswatini Women Farmers

n the southern African nation of Eswatini, women, who already have too many household chores, have had to spend many hours for days on end in the fields, tilling and weeding the soil. But thanks to the gradual introduction of Climate-Smart Agriculture, some are beginning to harvest the gains of ...

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#124344
2020-02-25

Biodiversity ‘fundamental’ for global food systems, at “heart’ of development – UN agriculture chief

Qu Dongyu, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), told negotiators on Monday that as agriculture and food systems are “at the heart of the concept of sustainable development”, they are central to deliberations regarding the Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, which is exp ...

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#124348
2020-02-25

Arctic 'doomsday vault' stocks up on more food seeds

An Arctic "doomsday vault" is set Tuesday to receive 60,000 samples of seeds from around the world as the biggest global crop reserve stocks up for a global catastrophe.

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#124356
2020-02-25

The end of farming?

In the last years of the 20th century, Glenfeshie, a 17,000-hectare estate in the Scottish Highlands, was in steep decline. Decades of overgrazing by deer had reduced its hillsides to clipped lifelessness.

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#124341
2020-02-24

Declining biodiversity for food and agriculture needs urgent global action

Conserving biodiversity while meeting the needs of human populations for food, fibre, fuel, timber and other products from the world’s croplands, grasslands, forests and aquatic ecosystems is a major global challenge. Land- and water-use change, pollution, overharvesting and greenhouse gas emiss ...

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#124285
2020-02-21

Gardening Communities: Agroecology and Gardening within the Slow Food Global Network

Gardening and small-scale agriculture has been our basic activity to produce food for thousands of years. In our current food systems, we are far from this reality and far from the understanding of what it takes to grow food while respecting nature, the environment, and communities.

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#124288
2020-02-21

Odisha Adopts Champion's Vision to Safeguard its Biodiversity

Organic farming and environment conservation through protection of forest resources in Odisha has made Professor Radhamohan, a Padma Shri award winner this year, an icon beyond the boundaries of his state. Many come to his not-for-profit organisation, Sambhav, based in Nayagarh district to learn ...

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#124291
2020-02-21

Locust invasion hits crops as Pakistan suffers worst infestation in 20 years

A swarm of desert locusts is destroying crops and threatening the livelihoods of farmers in Pakistan's Punjab province. The country, which is facing its worst locust infestation in two decades, declared a national emergency earlier this month.

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#124241
2020-02-19

Respecting Natural Resources

Intensive agriculture is putting extreme pressure on the natural resources of the planet, or rather, destroying them – as a matter of fact, it is primarily responsible for the loss of biodiversity and climate change.

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#124249
2020-02-19

Uganda army fights voracious desert locusts

Under a warm morning sun scores of weary soldiers stare as millions of yellow locusts rise into the northern Ugandan sky, despite hours spent spraying vegetation with chemicals in an attempt to kill them.

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#124258
2020-02-19

Survey pegs 1.5% of world's farmland under organic cultivation

Organic farming may not be mainstream yet, but it has rapidly grown in stature in the last two decades, according to a new survey. There has been a more than five-fold increase in the acreage of land under organic cultivation since the turn of the millenium.

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#124216
2020-02-18

An Indian farming biodiversity success story

More than 90 per cent of rice is produced and consumed in Asia. Prior to the green revolution in the 1960s, India was home to more than 100,000 rice varieties, encompassing a stunning diversity in taste, nutrition, pest-resistance and, crucially in this age of climate change and natural disaster ...

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#124219
2020-02-18

Understanding 100 years of farmland biodiversity loss

The agricultural sector in the Netherlands is highly advanced. We are now the world’s second largest agricultural exporter. This has had a side effect, namely a decline in farmland biodiversity over the past hundred years. Statistics Netherlands (CBS) has been able to quantify this decline for t ...

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#124168
2020-02-14

Bees and flowers have had the world’s longest love affair. Now it’s in danger

The oldest love affair in history is between the bee and the flower. It began more than 100m years ago, when nature devised a more efficient way than winds for plants to procreate. About 80% of plant species now use animals or insects to carry pollen grains from the male part of the plant to the ...

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#124175
2020-02-14

If agriculture advances north under climate change, the emissions cost will be huge

Under future climate change, the northern reaches of the planet will become more suitable for farming, which could help us to feed a growing global population in decades to come. But, researchers warn, as agriculture inches into these new lands, it also threatens to release vast amounts of carbo ...

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#124143
2020-02-13

Decline in farmland flora and fauna as of 1900

Farmland flora and fauna in the Netherlands have gone through substantial changes over the past century. Since 1900, plants on arable fields have declined by 35 percent; grassland butterflies by 80 percent, and characteristic birds of open farmland by 85 percent.

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#124002
2020-01-29

Organic is the future

On a wintry afternoon, at her farm Navdanya in the Himalayan foothills, noted ecologist Vandana Shiva spoke on the future of the organic farming movement in India. Excerpts:

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#124011
2020-01-29

David Pocock's 2020s vision: Heal the land, secure our future

How should we stare down the challenges of a new decade? Where will we find hope and solutions? This is the first piece in a new series in which we ask prominent Australians to write about one thing they think could improve the nation in the 2020s

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