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Is palm oil the scourge of the earth, or a wonder crop?

Monday - If you happen to mention palm oil to most people outside of Asia you are unlikely to get a particularly positive reaction.

We must act now to save farming industry, says expert

Dr Charles Merfield ... the shift has started.

22 Jun 15 - Billions of dollars worth of research and on-farm advisers are needed to prepare the New Zealand farming sector for the massive shift to sustainable agriculture, an expert is warning.

Frustrated local farm adviser heads overseas

Nicole Masters ... building soil health.

22 Jun 15 - An agricultural adviser whose clients are slashing inputs while maintaining production is shifting her business overseas in frustration at a lack of progress in New Zealand.

Waste to wealth: the hidden potential of waste from fruit

Using fruit waste in a sustainable manner can have economic benefits for industries.

22 Jun 15 - South Africa produces millions of tonnes of fruit each year that are exported, consumed locally, or processed into value-added products such as juice, canned fruit or wine.

Rise in CO2 could restrict growing days for crops

Food stalls at a market in Kamuli, eastern Uganda.

22 Jun 15 - While plants in temperate zones may benefit from higher temperatures, global warming’s impact in the tropics threatens catastrophe for food security.

University site dishes the dirt on soils

22 Jun 15 - Want to know more about the stuff that grows our food, filters our water, stores carbon and does a host of other critical stuff?

Clean water company seeks public backing

8 Jun 15 - A Hawkes Bay company with new technology to treat wastewater has launched an equity crowd-funding campaign.


How modern crops can ensure food security in a heatwave

India has been sweltering recently – but plants can cope better than people.

8 Jun 15 - India’s heatwave again highlights just how seriously extreme weather conditions threaten our ability to put sufficient nutritious food on all our plates.

Clean-green brand not working overseas, says report

2 Jun 15 - Many overseas consumers are unaware their food originates in New Zealand, undermining attempts to promote our “clean and green” and premium brand image, a new study finds.

Coffee drinkers beware, your brew will change with the climate

Coffee is one of Africa’s major exports.

2 Jun 15 - We have known for some time that coffee is a climate-sensitive crop. Now we have the first global evidence that increasing minimum, or night-time, temperatures are having the hardest impact on your...

We're overdoing farm fertilisers, says report

25 May 15 - Nitrogen and phosphorus application rates in parts of New Zealand are exceeding known safe limits, a new report shows.

Farmers given early warning about hungry crop pest

The potato leafhopper is small, but can inflict big damage on many plants.

25 May 15 - It is small, bright green and an unwelcome visitor. But global warming means that this particular agricultural menace arrives earlier than ever − and consumes more than ever.

Farmers hold the key to nature conservation ... so give them a break

To have any chance of coaxing species like the Secretary bird back from the brink of extinction we must reconcile the pressures of food production with the need for nature conservation

25 May 15 - The town of Bethlehem in the Free State Province, South Africa, gets its name from the Hebrew words “Beit lechem” - house of bread. It is a fitting name for a town nestled within a patchwork of...

You must find a way, academics tell farmers

Nick Pyke ... feeding the world.

18 May 15 - Farmers must find ways of farming more sustainably while maintaining production, warns the Foundation for Arable Research.

You asked for it ... organic milk heads for the shops

11 May 15 - Anchor is launching a new nationwide line of organic milk on the back of strong demand.

Meat processor aims high to curb emissions

4 May 15 - One of the world’s largest processors of sheep meat, Alliance Group Limited, aims to reduce carbon emissions by 3300 tonnes over the next three years.

The word is out ... dairying costs more than income

28 Apr 15 - Research claiming New Zealand’s dairy industry could be costing the country more than it is making it has been published in an international science journal.

Minister happy with dairying emissions progress

20 Apr 15 - The dairy industry is making progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Government says.

More cows means double the gas emissions

13 Apr 15 - Greenhouse gas emissions from dairy cows in New Zealand have more than doubled since 1990.


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11 May 15 - Davis Funerals now uses caskets that are better for the environment.

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