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Dutch building Europe’s first vertical farm

Wednesday - A farm in the Netherlands will serve one of Europe’s biggest supermarket chains with lettuce grown using LED horticultural lighting.

Weird weather is being felt down on the farm

21 Apr 17 - Changes to New Zealand’s weather caused by global warming are starting to affect the country’s agricultural earnings.

We must make our soils great again

19 Apr 17 - Restoring soil fertility is one of humanity’s best options for making progress on three daunting challenges: Feeding everyone, weathering climate change and conserving biodiversity.

America’s farmers face uncertain future

7 Apr 17 - Spare a thought for the farmers of America: climate change is going to make their lives more difficult.

Healthy soil is the real key to feeding the world

6 Apr 17 - One of the biggest modern myths about agriculture is that organic farming is inherently sustainable. It can be, but it isn’t necessarily.

March of Myrtle rust could mean trouble for trees

5 Apr 17 - Myrtle rust – a fungus disease that could kill native and commercial trees – is in New Zealand.

Farms can grow production … and cut emissions

3 Apr 17 - Substantial reductions in the intensity of greenhouse gas emissions at a South Canterbury farm show environmental gains can be made hand in hand with a farm’s growth, government scientists say.

COW QUESTION: California gets to grips with farm emissions

27 Mar 17 - California has adopted strict rules for the control of methane, including how to reduce emissions from the state's 1.4 million dairy cows.

Europe poised for total ban on bee-harming pesticides

24 Mar 17 - The world’s most widely used insecticides would be banned from all fields across Europe under draft regulations from the European commission.

FAMILY FEUD: Princess Anne backs GM crops and livestock

23 Mar 17 - Princess Anne has strongly backed genetically modified crops, saying she would grow them on her own land and that GM livestock would be a “bonus”.

Phosphorous is vital ... and we're running out

17 Mar 17 - All life needs phosphorus and agricultural yields are improved when phosphorus is added to growing plants and the diet of livestock. But there is a problem.

Organic farming matters - just not in the way you think

13 Mar 17 - Organically produced food looks good and tastes good ... but can it feed the world?

Heat shows need to adapt livestock management

2 Mar 17 - During the recent heatwave in New South Wales, which saw record-breaking temperatures for two days in a row, 40 dairy cows died in Shoalhaven, a city just south of Sydney.

Creative technology can turn a profit on food waste

1 Mar 17 - Creative businesses aim to get food that would otherwise be wasted into the hands of those who can use it.

Farmers want action on land use and tree planting

23 Feb 17 - Farmers want research into alternative land uses to help them to cope with climate change, and greater incentives to plant carbon-storing trees on their farms.

Solar energy powers sustainable solutions

23 Feb 17 - Every mouthful of food eaten by virtually every creature on Earth depends ultimately on the sun.

Government eyes land-use changes to cut emissions

22 Feb 17 - The Government is looking at changing some current land uses – including forestry and farming – to cut New Zealand’s greenhouse gas emissions.

RAISING THE STEAKS: Startup crowdfunds sustainable beef

22 Feb 17 - Seattle start-up Cow Crowd works directly with ranchers across the US, cutting out the middleman and giving farmers an alternative to selling calves to factory farms.

ROBO BEES: Mini-drones could help out with pollination duties

13 Feb 17 - Mini-drones sporting horsehair coated in a sticky gel could one day take the pressure off beleaguered bee populations by transporting pollen from plant to plant.

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