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Forest owners seek truth about dairying

Tuesday - Foresters are calling for an honest analysis of the costs of the intensification of dairying.

Climate’s threat to wheat is rising by degrees

Tuesday - 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

Tuesday - 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 to the United Nations.

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

Tuesday - 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 latest annual letter.

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 environment. So more sustainable agricultural practices are needed as soon as possible.

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...

Southern winery wins green award ... again

Peter Yealands ... significant.

3 Nov 14 - A Marlborough winery that uses miniature sheep to tidy around its vines has won another sustainability award.

Salt-poisoning a growing threat to crops

3 Nov 14 - Salt is poisoning around 2000 hectares of irrigated farm land every day – and has been doing so for the past 20 years, according to new research.

Honey hits the jackpot for steep-land believer

28 Oct 14 - In 2010, Taranaki farmer Neil Walker was enthusiastic about the potential for a combination of carbon farming and beekeeping to rejuvenate steep-land farming.

Soils SOS as cities gobble up our best growing land

20 Oct 14 - New Zealand is allowing its elite soils to be eaten up by cities – despite signing up to a new global campaign to protect valuable agricultural land.

A new agricultural economy is knocking on the door

Robert Wright ... leadership is needed.

20 Oct 14 - Europe should be pushing for the rapid expansion of its network of biorefineries, to produce European food, fuel and feed, as well as a range of other high-value products that replace fossil fuels,...

New Zealand is drying out ... and here’s why

13 Oct 14 - Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years.

Landcorp bio-generation scheme runs out of gas

13 Oct 14 - Landcorp's pulling of the plug on its BioGenCool manure-powered electricity generation ends the first, large-scale experiment in using milking shed cow dung to drive the milking shed itself.

We're wrong about waterways, admits Government

6 Oct 14 - The Government has admitted that official information on the state of New Zealand’s waterways is wrong.

Listen to LUCI and keep land use on the level

Dr Bethanna Jackson ... managing the land.

6 Oct 14 - A computer-modelling programme designed by a Victoria University of Wellington academic is helping to ensure that farming practices here and overseas are as sustainable and environmentally friendly...


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