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Beat-the-heat beans could keep feeding millions

Monday - Scientists believe they may have found how to safeguard a staple tropical crop, on which hundreds of millions of people depend, from the depredations of climate change.

We got it wrong, admits Ballance

Monday - Fertiliser manufactuer Ballance Agri-Nutrients is taking on the chin a $60,000 fine for illegally discharging sulphur dioxide into the air at Mount Maunganui last year.

No matter how you cut it, the answer is ecosystem services

23 Mar 15 - As a professor of ecology, Shahid Naeem knows all too well that there’s no shortage of environmental ills to keep us awake at night – global warming, the spread of diseases, dead zones in the Gulf of Mexico, collapsing fisheries, mass extinction, and a hundred other things that are the stock and trade of environmental doomsayers.

Chemical fertilisers poison our water, says study

16 Mar 15 - Waterways – including human drinking supplies – are being poisoned by excessive use of chemical fertilisers, new research shows.

Climate impacts on European farmers’ yields per field

23 Feb 15 - Farmers in Europe have already begun to feel the pinch of climate change as yields of wheat since 1989 have fallen by 2.5 per cent and barley by 3.8 per cent on average across the whole continent.

Oil aside, we’ve reached peak chicken, peak rice, and peak milk

16 Feb 15 - We still haven't reached peak oil. But peak milk happened in 2004, peak soybeans in 2009, and peak chicken in 2006. Rice peaked in 1988.

Chatham Rock awaits island phosphate ruling

9 Feb 15 - A decision on whether a New Zealand company will be allowed to mine undersea phosphate for use in agricultural fertilisers will be released this week.


New labelling rules steer shoppers clear of palm oil

Orangutans ... losing homes to palm oil.

9 Feb 15 - By RUTH EVANS.- A European Union decision to give consumers more information about the food they buy could mean good news for tropical countries whose forests are threatened by the expanding trade in...

Nutrients maker helping farmers to go green

2 Feb 15 - Ballance Agri-Nutrients has launched a specialist team to help farmers to navigate increasingly complex environmental regulations and consent requirements to promote clean green land, rivers and...

Forest owners seek truth about dairying

27 Jan 15 - Foresters are calling for an honest analysis of the costs of the intensification of dairying.

Climate’s threat to wheat is rising by degrees

27 Jan 15 - Worldwide field trials show that just one degree of warming could slash wheat yields by 42 million tonnes and cause devastating shortages of this vital staple food.

UN stresses need for genetic diversity

27 Jan 15 - Knowledge of agricultural genetic resources needs to grow more quickly because of the critical role they have to play in feeding the world as climate change advances faster than expected, according...

Africa will be able to feed itself within the next 15 years

27 Jan 15 - Africa will be able to feed itself in the next 15 years. That’s one of the big “bets on the future” that Bill and Melinda Gates (http://www.gatesfoundation.org/) have made in their foundation’s...

Dairying costs exceed export income, says report

22 Dec 14 - Dairying is probably costing the country more than it earns in export revenue.

Organic techniques closing gap on farming yields

22 Dec 14 - The unintended consequences of the agricultural food system – polluted air and water, dead zones in coastal seas, soil erosion – have profound environment implications for human health and the...

Why our ‘silent ally’ soils are on the endangered list

8 Dec 14 - The world is not paying enough attention to its soil – our silent ally – says the United Nations.

Memo farmers: Learn to manage your methanotrophs

Dr Sally Price ... start now.

1 Dec 14 - Farmers could cut their future exposure to carbon prices by looking after the methanotrophs in their soils, a soil scientist says.

Green Revolution trebles human burden on planet

24 Nov 14 - Humans are changing not just climate overall, but also the difference between seasons in any given year.

Diet's effects on emissions give food for thought

17 Nov 14 - American researchers confirm that a shift to vegetarian, Mediterranean or fish-based diets would cut greenhouse gases, conserve forests and savannah, and have a big impact on obesity-linked health...


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