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We're overdoing farm fertilisers, says report

Monday - Nitrogen and phosphorus application rates in parts of New Zealand are exceeding known safe limits, a new report shows.

Farmers given early warning about hungry crop pest

The potato leafhopper is small, but can inflict big damage on many plants.

Monday - It is small, bright green and an unwelcome visitor. But global warming means that this particular agricultural menace arrives earlier than ever − and consumes more than ever.

Farmers hold the key to nature conservation ... so give them a break

To have any chance of coaxing species like the Secretary bird back from the brink of extinction we must reconcile the pressures of food production with the need for nature conservation

Monday - The town of Bethlehem in the Free State Province, South Africa, gets its name from the Hebrew words “Beit lechem” - house of bread. It is a fitting name for a town nestled within a patchwork of privately owned commercial farmland. Much can be learnt here about the challenges farmers face when conserving nature.

You must find a way, academics tell farmers

Nick Pyke ... feeding the world.

18 May 15 - Farmers must find ways of farming more sustainably while maintaining production, warns the Foundation for Arable Research.

You asked for it ... organic milk heads for the shops

11 May 15 - Anchor is launching a new nationwide line of organic milk on the back of strong demand.

Meat processor aims high to curb emissions

4 May 15 - One of the world’s largest processors of sheep meat, Alliance Group Limited, aims to reduce carbon emissions by 3300 tonnes over the next three years.

The word is out ... dairying costs more than income

28 Apr 15 - Research claiming New Zealand’s dairy industry could be costing the country more than it is making it has been published in an international science journal.


Minister happy with dairying emissions progress

20 Apr 15 - The dairy industry is making progress in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the Government says.

More cows means double the gas emissions

13 Apr 15 - Greenhouse gas emissions from dairy cows in New Zealand have more than doubled since 1990.

Industrial corn farming is ruining health and water

13 Apr 15 - A taxic algae outbreak last year in Ohio's Lake Erie shut down the water supply for almost half a million people in Toledo and the surrounding suburbs.

Hi-tech farming seen as way to green the food chain

7 Apr 15 - Connected agriculture – from farm to retail – has been promoted at an event in Brussels as the way to wean European agriculture off its addiction to chemicals, water and fossil fuels.

Beat-the-heat beans could keep feeding millions

30 Mar 15 - Scientists believe they may have found how to safeguard a staple tropical crop, on which hundreds of millions of people depend, from the depredations of climate change.

We got it wrong, admits Ballance

30 Mar 15 - Fertiliser manufactuer Ballance Agri-Nutrients is taking on the chin a $60,000 fine for illegally discharging sulphur dioxide into the air at Mount Maunganui last year.

No matter how you cut it, the answer is ecosystem services

23 Mar 15 - As a professor of ecology, Shahid Naeem knows all too well that there’s no shortage of environmental ills to keep us awake at night – global warming, the spread of diseases, dead zones in the Gulf of...

Chemical fertilisers poison our water, says study

16 Mar 15 - Waterways – including human drinking supplies – are being poisoned by excessive use of chemical fertilisers, new research shows.

Climate impacts on European farmers’ yields per field

23 Feb 15 - Farmers in Europe have already begun to feel the pinch of climate change as yields of wheat since 1989 have fallen by 2.5 per cent and barley by 3.8 per cent on average across the whole continent.

Oil aside, we’ve reached peak chicken, peak rice, and peak milk

16 Feb 15 - We still haven't reached peak oil. But peak milk happened in 2004, peak soybeans in 2009, and peak chicken in 2006. Rice peaked in 1988.

Chatham Rock awaits island phosphate ruling

9 Feb 15 - A decision on whether a New Zealand company will be allowed to mine undersea phosphate for use in agricultural fertilisers will be released this week.

New labelling rules steer shoppers clear of palm oil

Orangutans ... losing homes to palm oil.

9 Feb 15 - By RUTH EVANS.- A European Union decision to give consumers more information about the food they buy could mean good news for tropical countries whose forests are threatened by the expanding trade in...


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