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Nanotechnology can help us to grow more food

Monday - With the world’s population expected to exceed nine billion by 2050, scientists are working to develop new ways to meet rising global demand for food, energy and water without increasing the strain on natural resources.

Farming’s dirty needs have a deadly effect

Friday - Farming is a dirty business – so dirty now that, according to new research, air pollution from agriculture in the form of fine particles of lung-choking dust outweighs all other human sources of that kind of pollution.

PORK TALK: UN expert calls for tax on meat production

Friday - Governments should tax meat production in order to stem the global rise in consumption and the environmental damage that goes with it, according to a UN expert.

Cattle drugs could fuel climate change, study suggests

Thursday - Dosing farm animals with antibiotics increases greenhouse gas emissions from cow dung, research suggests.

Climate food shocks not good news for us, says report

23 May 16 - Climate change-induced food shocks will have a negative effect on New Zealand’s economy, researchers say.

Farming needs to play a lead role to meet Paris targets

23 May 16 - Researchers say new technical and policy solutions, plus major investment, are needed for agriculture to help to make the emissions reductions required to meet Paris targets.

BLOWIN' IN THE WIND: China's desertification dust is even reaching our shores

19 May 16 - Dust and sand storms in China have intensified and now pose provocative geopolitical challenges. Traces of China’s deserts have been found as far away as New Zealand and the French Alps.


Why we need soil microbes to fight climate change

19 May 16 - Around the globe, 2016 has been a dusty year. And the loss of soil presents a less obvious challenge: it robs us of a key ally in fighting climate change. That ally is soil microbes.

There's no need to fell forests to feed the world

28 Apr 16 - People don’t have to go hungry to conserve the planet’s forests. And farmers don’t have to bulldoze, burn or clear woodlands to make way for agriculture, according to new research.

Feeding cows brassicas might solve the nitrogen problem

20 Apr 16 - Could feeding cows brassicas help to reduce nitrogen loss from the soil?

Agriculture key to UN sustainable goals

19 Apr 16 - Agriculture will play a crucial role in addressing the planet’s future needs – whether on food production, health or the preservation of the environment. But transforming the dominant agricultural...

Farming fund backs 25 sustainable projects

18 Apr 16 - Twenty-five projects have been given a total of $6.9 million in the latest round of grants from the Sustainable Farming Fund.

Wasted food places heavy burden on climate

15 Apr 16 - As obesity levels soar, cutting the vast amount of food we waste could have a major impact on reducing the effects of climate change, as well as alleviating world hunger.

China buys up farmland in central France

14 Apr 16 - A Chinese company has acquired hundreds of hectares of cereal-producing farmland in central France, provoking astonishment and anger in the farming community.

Hotel chain grows own veges to cut food waste

14 Apr 16 - One of the world’s biggest hotel chains has announced it will plant vegetable gardens at many of its hotels as part of a plan to cut food waste by a third.

There's a sea of our soil ending up in the ocean

12 Apr 16 - Soil is a farmer’s most precious resource, but, in New Zealand, we lose it to the ocean about 10 times faster than the rest of the world, with between 200 million and 300 million tonnes sliding into...

GM crops can thrive as climate warms

5 Apr 16 - Plants genetically modified to take advantage of hotter temperatures and increased carbon dioxide could cut fertiliser use and raise yields to alleviate global food shortages.

Rising heat brings earlier (and better) vintage

30 Mar 16 - Winegrowers can expect good grape harvests much earlier now, thanks to climate change, but scientists say the effect may not last.

Cuba’s sustainable agriculture at risk in US thaw

29 Mar 16 - President Obama’s trip to Cuba this week accelerated the warming of US-Cuban relations. Many people in both countries believe that normalizing relations will spur investment that can help Cuba to...


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