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Farming organically could cut gas emissions

Friday - Converting land from conventional agriculture to organic production could reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the run-off of excess nitrogen from fertilisers, and cut pesticide use.

Fonterra intends to get rid of coal ... later

15 Nov 17 - Fonterra says it is turning its back on coal as part of a drive towards being carbon-neutral by 2050.

Down on the farm, data's in the driving seat

15 Nov 17 - Last week, Fonterra’s environmental manager, FRANCESCA EGGLETON, told a gathering at the COP23 climate talks in Bonn how the world’s largest dairy producer is using data to reduce its environmental footprint.

Livestock emissions must be cut, say scientists

13 Nov 17 - Livestock emissions will have to be cut if the world is to keep warming down to Paris Agreement levels, two top New Zealand scientists are warning.

Climate change brings truffles to Wales

8 Nov 17 - An expensive Mediterranean black truffle has been cultivated in the UK for the first time, the farthest north that the species has been found.

Five reasons not to spray the bugs this summer

8 Nov 17 - The weather is getting warmer, and gardens are coming alive with bees, flies, butterflies, dragonflies, praying mantises, beetles, millipedes, centipedes, and spiders.

Blockchain powers consumer choice at Thanksgiving

7 Nov 17 - American agricultural conglomerate Cargill is testing the blockchain to track and trace the origin of turkey products produced by family farms.


Carbon-neutral eggs, anyone?

6 Nov 17 - There’s the much-criticised battery hen egg, and then the pricier organic and free-range varieties. But for the truly ethically committed, how about the carbon-neutral egg, laid in what has been...

Rooftop gardens a game-changer for Wellington

3 Nov 17 - Wellingtonians want rooftop gardens – and the idea is being investigated by the city’s university.

UN launches $1bn fund for sustainable farming

20 Oct 17 - UN Environment has partnered with Dutch financial institution Rabobank to establish a $1 billion fund offering grants and loans to businesses interesting in investing in sustainable farming practices.

Agrifood mergers bad for farmers, warn experts

18 Oct 17 - Mergers in the agrifood sector squeeze farmers’ income and consolidate current models of food production, aggravating environmental and social fallouts, according to experts.

Feeding grain to farm animals to hit $1tn a year

9 Oct 17 - The global practice of feeding human foods, such as grain and soya, to farm animals will cost us $1.32 trillion a year by 2050, according to environmental campaigners.

Factory farming is a threat to all life on the planet

5 Oct 17 - The world desperately needs joined-up action on industrial farming if it is to avoid catastrophic impacts on life on earth, according to the head of one of the world’s most highly regarded animal...

Why eating grass-fed beef isn’t going to help fight climate

5 Oct 17 - Beef gets a bad press, environmentally speaking. We’re bombarded with reports of its high carbon footprint accompanied by images of belching cows and devastated rainforests.

NZ safe from global animal emissions discovery

2 Oct 17 - New research showing the impact of methane from agriculture has been under-estimated doesn’t affect New Zealand greenhouse gas measurements.

Livestock emit more methane than we thought

2 Oct 17 - Global emissions of methane from livestock are larger than previously thought, scientists have said.

SHEAR CRUELTY: Forget fur, is it time to stop wearing wool?

26 Sep 17 - Animal rights charity Peta is best known for its naked anti-fur stunts, but these days it is more worried about wool.

Climate change threatens Te Puke kiwifruit

15 Sep 17 - The most commonly grown variety of kiwifruit around Te Puke will not be commercially viable in the area by the end of the century, say scientists.

Nats vow to 'turbo-charge' farming grants

12 Sep 17 - National is promising to almost triple the money it allocates to the Sustainable Farming Fund if it is returned to power.


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