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What we can do about threats to our food security and feed nine billion people

Friday - Can we really feed nine billion people? That’s the estimated global population in the year 2050.

Agriculture emissions continue to grow

16 Sep 16 - New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture continue to climb.

Lower crop yields test market forces

15 Sep 16 - Food will cost the consumer more as a result of climate change, but it is not at all clear that farmers will profit accordingly, says a new study.

Now it's milk ... minus the dairy industry

14 Sep 16 - A San-Francisco startup believes it has found a solution for the guilty conscience of consumers who love eating dairy ice-cream, cheese and yoghurt, but oppose factory-style farming and its environmental footprint.

Warmer world not healthy for wheat crops

13 Sep 16 - Global wheat production will fall as temperatures rise, a new study shows.

Our best shot at cooling the planet might be right under our feet

12 Sep 16 - Studies suggest that regenerating the soil by turning our backs on industrial farming holds the key to tackling climate change.

Making wine brings a lot of energy headaches

12 Sep 16 - Wine production consumes large amounts of energy and generates a sizeable quantity of greenhouse gases.


Planting flooded paddies raises rice methane threat

12 Sep 16 - Directly seeding rice into fields rather than transplanting it into flooded paddies would dramatically reduce methane emissions and slow down climate change, according to scientists studying the...

FLY BUYS: Insects could be the animal food of the future

5 Sep 16 - While science is racing to develop more drought tolerant crop strains through genetic engineering, there may be a simpler alternative ­­­‑- flies.

Planet paying high price for palm oil profits

5 Sep 16 - Palm oil makes a big contribution to modern life as one of the most widely used substances in food, cooking, cosmetics, medicines and a range of chemicals. But the industry that produces it is...

Countdown to push free-range eggs

18 Aug 16 - The Countdown supermarket chain says it will make supply agreements with individual producers of free-range and barn eggs, giving suppliers greater economic security.

Simple pollination steps help cotton farmers

16 Aug 16 - Cotton is the world’s most widely grown and economically important non-food crop. In the United States alone, farmers grow cotton on 12 million to 14.5 million acres, and produce a yearly harvest...

Why farmers should give up the plough

15 Aug 16 - Farmers need to give up the plough to protect UK food security in the face of climate change, warn government advisers.

Dairy groups blast methane reductions

11 Aug 16 - California’s attempt to curb emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, is facing vocal opposition from a dairy industry that fears government meddling in the flatulence of its cows.

Fonterra turns dairy waste into fertiliser

9 Aug 16 - New wastewater treatment technology at Fonterra’s Edendale site is turning dairy waste into fertiliser that is helping local pastures to flourish.

Landcorp to can palm kernel animal feed

8 Aug 16 - Palm kernel won’t be fed to animals on Landcorp-owned farms after this financial year.

Trees clear winner as carbon farmer cashes in

Neil Walker

5 Aug 16 - Carbon credits have netted a dairy farmer more than he could have ever made from running livestock on his Taranaki hill country.

BEE WARNED: Agriculture stands to lose millions

3 Aug 16 - New Zealand agriculture stands to lose $295-728 million annually if the local honeybee population continues to decline, according to a new study into the economic consequences of a decline in...

Farming fund looks for new customers

2 Aug 16 - The 2017 round of the Sustainable Farming Fund is open for applications.


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Children's sunscreen fails tests

Thursday - Makers of a children’s sunscreen marketed as “organic” have been warned by the...

Child labour not for us, says Karen Walker

Karen Walker

12 Aug 16 - Kiwi clothing designer Karen Walker has certified that none of its garments are...

Farm trust honours regional winners

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Canon offers prizes to environmentalists

7 Jun 16 - Canon New Zealand’s 2016 Environmental Grants Programme is open.

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