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The race is on to feed a warming world

Friday - Scientists warn that plant breeders will need to accelerate development schedules if they are to ensure the ever-growing population can be fed as global temperatures rise

Can robots cut farmingís carbon footprint?

Thursday - Drones, satellites and weed-killing lasers could slash the energy used to grow crops, say experts.

Farming's climate impacts getting worse

16 Jun 16 - New United Nations figures show pollution from farming is continuing to get worse.

Extreme weather turning some crops toxic

9 Jun 16 - The United Nations has warned that extreme weather conditions are prompting crops to release toxins, and eating these crops is detrimental to human health.

Soil researcher has a wee problem

Jen Owens

8 Jun 16 - Scientists are puzzled by unexpected and conflicting results from research into the affect of irrigation on greenhouse gas emissions from soil.

Farm trust chief ends 10 years at helm

David Natzke

1 Jun 16 - New Zealand Farm Environment Trust general manager David Natzke is stepping down after a decade at the helm.

Nanotechnology can help us to grow more food

30 May 16 - With the worldís 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.


Farmingís dirty needs have a deadly effect

27 May 16 - Farming is a dirty business Ė 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...

PORK TALK: UN expert calls for tax on meat production

27 May 16 - 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

26 May 16 - 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 Zealandís 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 Chinaís 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 donít have to go hungry to conserve the planetís forests. And farmers donít 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 planetís future needs Ė 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.


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