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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 model could be the greatest challenge of all.

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...

No worries, says Key, science will save the world

John Key

23 Mar 16 - Prime Minister John Key says that science will save the world from climate change.

Are vegetables really the most low-carbon diet?

23 Mar 16 - It is often claimed that a vegetarian diet is better for the environment, because grazing animals such as cattle and sheep produce a lot of methane, a far more potent greenhouse gas than carbon...

Goodies v baddies ... why labelling is holding farming back

22 Mar 16 - It’s hard to keep wild animals out of farms. Birds, mammals and insects all affect crop yields, in positive ways (such as flies pollinating flowers) and negative ones (such as when birds damage...

Give ETS strength, pleads forest industry chief

Brian Stanley

17 Mar 16 - The Emissions Trading Scheme is a eunuch that needs to have its vasectomy reversed, the head of the forestry industry says.

Climate needs Africa’s farmers to change fast

15 Mar 16 - Climate change could soon begin to make dramatic impacts on Africa’s agriculture. Up to 60 per cent of land now used to grow beans could become unviable by the end of the century – and in some...

New methane probe points finger at agriculture

Dr Hinrich Schaefer

11 Mar 16 - New research showing that agriculture, and not fossil fuels, is responsible for rising methane levels is especially important for New Zealand, says the lead researcher.

Dairy dive has message, says eco economist

Marjan van den Belt

8 Mar 16 - Collapsing dairy prices are a warning of what can happen when businesses live beyond their ecological means, says an expert in ecological economics.

Scientists study slow-burning trees

Highly flammable ... gorse

29 Feb 16 - Planting less-flammable trees on farms might help to stop the spread of wildfires in New Zealand as the planet warms.


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