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Secret ingredient lures bees into making more food

Thursday - A plant virus has developed the trick of attracting bees to the plants it has attacked to make sure they produce plenty of seed.

Monoculture the enemy of our rainforests

Monday - SMALL-SCALE monocultural farming threatens rainforests, new research has found.

Seaweed could cut methane emissions from cows

14 Oct 16 - When Canadian farmer Joe Dorgan noticed about 11 years ago that cattle in a paddock by the sea were more productive than his other cows, he didn't just rediscover an Ancient Greek and Icelandic practice.

Agroforestry can help the planet (and profits)

11 Oct 16 - Feeding the world’s growing population in a rapidly warming world will not be possible with modern intensive agriculture that relies on cutting down more forests to plant crops, according to new research.

Trendy foods should come with a recipe for sustainability

6 Oct 16 - The soft creamy flesh of a ripe avocado makes an attractive and healthy addition to many of our shopping baskets.

Farewell to green movement's prince of permaculture

Bill Mollison

30 Sep 16 - Permaculture pioneer Bill Mollison, who died last weekend, was one of the true heroes of the modern environmental movement.

Food supply fears spark China's global land grab

28 Sep 16 - China is protecting itself against future food supply problems caused by climate change by buying or leasing large tracts of land in Africa and South America, a leading UK climate scientist says.

Farming mega-mergers threaten food security

28 Sep 16 - Proposed new deals would put the majority of seeds, chemicals and GM traits in the hands of three companies, deepening poverty for small-scale farmers.

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

23 Sep 16 - 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...

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.

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Business network wins sustainability award

10 Oct 16 - The Sustainable Business Network has won the Sustainability Support category in...

Children's sunscreen fails tests

22 Sep 16 - 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

8 Jun 16 - Supreme winners from the 11 regions participating in the 2016 Ballance Farm...

Canon offers prizes to environmentalists

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

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