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France has a soil plan – and it’s not just about wine

Monday - French wine lovers have always taken their soil very seriously. But now the country’s government has introduced fresh reasons for the rest of the world to pay attention to their terroir.

Climate-smart villages boost Nepali farmers' harvests

Climate-smart farming in action: Murali Paudel inspects his paddy.

Monday - Nepali farmers find environmentally friendly cultivation methods increase yields – and also help them adapt to rising temperatures and increasingly erratic rainfall.

Pesticides are not the only way to deal with insects

5 Oct 15 - This article is not about how to prevent ants from eating your sandwich on a picnic. But it is about mankind’s greatest competitor for our global food resource: insects.

Our farming economics are flawed, says economist

Peter Fraser

28 Sep 15 - Agricultural emissions can be cut without affecting profitability, according to a former Treasury and Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry economist.

Here's to a low-emissions future for agriculture

Dr Suzi Kerr

28 Sep 15 - Agriculture in New Zealand could look vastly different in 2050 from the way it looks today, a cross-party seminar on climate change heard last week.

How low-tech farming can help African farmers

28 Sep 15 - Politicians and the Pope are not the only ones calling for action on climate change these days. Farmers are observing changes in rainfall, temperature and other patterns in weather that have spurred them into shifting their farming methods.

Backlash fear stopped move on agriculture emissions


21 Sep 15 - New Zealand came close to splitting agriculture off from its post-2020 emissions reduction target in a bid to save money, but dropped the idea amid fears of an international backlash.

No action on agriculture could cost us $13b

21 Sep 15 - Keeping agriculture out of the Emissions Trading Scheme could cost taxpayers $13 billion between 2020 and 2030, Treasury says.

Climate models may misjudge soils' carbon emissions

31 Aug 15 - How soil organisms cope with decaying vegetation is much less certain than climate models suppose, researchers say, and carbon emission estimates may be wrong.

Extreme weather puts Africa's food security at risk

17 Aug 15 - A British government scientific panel says increasingly frequent heat waves, droughts and other extreme weather threaten more – and more severe – global food crises.

Added gene can make rice more climate-friendly

17 Aug 15 - Scientists discover a way to boost production of the grain that billions rely on for food – and reduce its damaging emissions of methane.

Land deal runs foul of investment office

10 Aug 15 - An Australian company that used a New Zealand contact to buy land for carbon farming has fallen foul of the Overseas Investment Office.

As biodiversity declines on corn farms, pest problems grow

3 Aug 15 - Biodiversity performs critical ecosystem functions that cannot be replaced indefinitely by technology, such as pesticides and herbicides. This includes a diverse population of insects on farms.

Soil maps could help show the way for farmers

27 Jul 15 - Detailed soil maps of farms could reduce nitrate leaching and help to improve food production, a Lincoln University report suggests.

Forecasting dead zones and toxic algae in US waterways: a bad year for Lake Erie

Algae overload ... Lake Erie algal bloom 2011.

27 Jul 15 - Over the past two decades, scientists have developed ways to predict how ecosystems will react to changing environmental conditions.

Groser pleads special case for animal emissions

Tim Groser ... critical.

20 Jul 15 - New Zealand wants the next global climate change agreement to treat biological gases treated differently from other greenhouse gases.

Warming planet heightens plight of the bumblebee

The role bumblebees play as plant pollinators is vital in providing food for humans and wildlife.

13 Jul 15 - By TIM RADFORD.- Scientists warn that human intervention may be needed to protect bees as climate change overheats their southern habitat range.

Ambitious, but we'll do our bit, say farmers

Anders Crofoot ... exports critical.

8 Jul 15 - Agriculture will play its part in cutting greenhouse gas emissions to meet the “ambitious” 2030 emissions reduction target announced yesterday, Federated Farmers says.

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

6 Jul 15 - If you happen to mention palm oil to most people outside of Asia you are unlikely to get a particularly positive reaction.

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