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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 factored in.

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.

Warming world wake-up call for Asia

1 Aug 14 - Researchers in the UK have established a link between changing climate and agriculture that could have significant consequences for food supplies in South Asia.

Scientist sees smart farmers already changing systems

25 Jul 14 - Smart farmers are already adapting to climate change, says the Professor of Dairying Systems at Massey University, Dr Danny Donaghy.

Big thinking, fresh thinking key to our future

25 Jul 14 - Imagine being able to contain greenhouse gas emissions, make fertiliser use more efficient, keep water waste to a minimum, and put food on the table for the 10 billion people crowded into the planet’s cities, towns and villages by the end of the century.

Savvy farmers back push for clean-tech economy

Brian Cox ... no Government interest.

11 Jul 14 - The agricultural sector is putting its weight behind New Zealand’s shift to a clean-tech economy, says the Bioenergy Association.


Australian farmers led astray on carbon farming

11 Jul 14 - Australian farmers and rural land owners are being told that they will be given powerful and direct incentives to store carbon in the land under the federal government’s new climate policy.

Why carbon tax proposal won't work

Dr William Rolleston ... no benefits.

4 Jul 14 - Newly elected Federated Farmers' president Dr William Rolleston explains why he thinks the Green Party's carbon tax proposal is not a runner:

Climate crisis puts pressure on King Corn

27 Jun 14 - One-third of cropland in the US is devoted to corn. It produces nearly 40 per cent of the world’s corn, and a record harvest last year was valued at nearly $70 billion.

Green award finds top farmers

27 Jun 14 - The finalists have been named in the inaugural Green Agricultural Innovation Awards.

Fonterra and DOC join hands for green growth

6 Jun 14 - Pure Advantage, the not-for-profit organisation promoting green growth, says that Fonterra and the Department of Conservation will be the corporate leaders for its ‘Biodiversity Advantage’.

Learn new ways to manage pests

30 May 14 - Lincoln University and the Biological Husbandry Unit are holding a series of workshops on new ways to manage pests.

Seeds for all seasons when farmers get together

23 May 14 - Small-scale farmers from as far apart as Peru, China and Bhutan have agreed to share indigenous crop varieties in a pioneering initiative to help adaptation to climate change.

Drought lines up corn for a fall

16 May 14 - Maize yields are on the increase in the United States − but so is the crop’s sensitivity to drought. Scientists calculate that, as things stand, crops could lose 15 per cent of their yield...

You could bill the beef, scientists tell Brazil

16 May 14 - Scientists have come up with a new prescription to address the Amazon rainforest’s health problems: reduce deforestation more efficiently by taxing freerange beef.

Food crops might lose their bite, says report

9 May 14 - Food crops might become less nutritious as climate change kicks in, new research has found.

Farmers earn environment awards

24 Apr 14 - The Ballance Farm Environment Awards have finished another successful year, with supreme winners from 10 regions recognised for their outstanding contribution to agricultural sustainability.

Agriculture gas emissions on the rise, warns UN

17 Apr 14 - Agriculture greenhouse emissions have nearly doubled over the past 50 years and may increase by another 30 per cent by 2050, according to new estimates from the UN Food and Agricultural Organization.


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