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Soils SOS as cities gobble up our best growing land

Today 12:00pm - New Zealand is allowing its elite soils to be eaten up by cities Ė despite signing up to a new global campaign to protect valuable agricultural land.

A new agricultural economy is knocking on the door

Robert Wright ... leadership is needed.

Today 12:00pm - Europe should be pushing for the rapid expansion of its network of biorefineries, to produce European food, fuel and feed, as well as a range of other high-value products that replace fossil fuels, writes ROBERT WRIGHT, Secretary-General of the European Renewable Ethanol Association:

New Zealand is drying out ... and hereís why

13 Oct 14 - Over 2012 and 2013, parts of New Zealand experienced their worst drought in nearly 70 years.

Landcorp bio-generation scheme runs out of gas

13 Oct 14 - Landcorp's pulling of the plug on its BioGenCool manure-powered electricity generation ends the first, large-scale experiment in using milking shed cow dung to drive the milking shed itself.

We're wrong about waterways, admits Government

6 Oct 14 - The Government has admitted that official information on the state of New Zealandís waterways is wrong.

Listen to LUCI and keep land use on the level

Dr Bethanna Jackson ... managing the land.

6 Oct 14 - A computer-modelling programme designed by a Victoria University of Wellington academic is helping to ensure that farming practices here and overseas are as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible.

Use your phone to report water pollution

29 Sep 14 - Water pollution may soon be reported by the public over a phone app and investigated by an aerial robot.


Win some, lose some ... that's climate change

Northern Australia ... getting wetter.

29 Sep 14 - With climate change, you win some, you lose some. New research shows that suitable new cropland could become available in the high latitudes as the world warms − but tropical regions may become...

We're spending millions, say green-wise farmers

22 Sep 14 - Manawatu-Whanganui region farmers have spent an average $110,000 each over the past five years on measures to protect the environment, according to a Federated Farmers survey.

Pumped-up couple win energy award

David and Sarah Smith ... winners.

22 Sep 14 - The switch to a gravity-feed water system has resulted in huge cost-savings for Otago farmers David and Sarah Smith, winners of an energy excellence award in the 2014 Otago Ballance Farm Environment...

NZ scientists line up first lo-gas sheep

16 Sep 14 - Farmers could have access to low-methane-emitting sheep as early as 2016.

It makes no sense to rely on the same few crops

Bambara ... nutritious groundnut.

16 Sep 14 - We are in the middle of one of the biggest experiments in human history. At its core is the homogenisation of global food systems, which increasingly must deliver the same products to an expanding...

Drain the milk lake and create healthier, happier cows

Holsteins ... remarkable cows.

16 Sep 14 - Milk, a precious resource in many parts of the world, has become a throwaway commodity in wealthy countries.

Angry green-plan backers desert Horizon council

8 Sep 14 - Every member of the Horizonís Regional Council that worked on the controversial One Plan has left amid allegations of political interference in implementing the ground-breaking environmental rules.

Attention farmers: Stand by for a proliferation of pests

Cucumber beetle.

8 Sep 14 - Coming soon to a farm near you: just about every possible type of pest that could take advantage of the ripening harvest in the nearby fields.

Scientists claim fertiliser breakthrough

1 Sep 14 - Researchers in the UK think they may have found a way to produce fertilisers that should cut farmersí costs and at the same time boost some types of renewable energy.

Climate change increases the odds of a hungry world

4 Aug 14 - The odds on food production being unable to meet the needs of an expanding population are hard to predict, but a new study shows that the risk increases dramatically when man-made climate change is...

Why swimmable rivers are a bridge too far

1 Aug 14 - Federated Farmers environment spokesman IAN MACKENZIE on why making rivers swimmable isn't practical.

Organic farming growing rapidly, says EU

1 Aug 14 - The organic farming sector has grown rapidly over the past 10 years, to about 500,000 new hectares every year, according to European Union statistics.


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You'll never run out of printer paper

25 Aug 14 - A printer which reuses the same paper over again has won Toshiba two awards

Canon offers environment prizes

18 Aug 14 - Canon New Zealand is calling for Kiwis to get creative and apply for its annual...

CRL Energy wins environment award

1 Aug 14 - CRL Energy is the winner of the 2014 Minerals West Coast Environment...

Evolution show home opens in the south

20 Jun 14 - Award-winning Rilean Construction this week unveiled its first energy-efficient...

Sustainability graduates make their mark

7 Mar 14 - Now in its fourth year, Otago Polytechnicís Graduate Programmes in Sustainable...

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