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Agrifood mergers bad for farmers, warn experts

Wednesday - 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 campaign groups.

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.

Swiss pay heavy price for intensive farming

8 Sep 17 - Intensive agriculture has gradually dried out Switzerland's ponds, and soils are no longer able to handle violent rains, creating increased flooding and mud slides.

NZ backs global climate research project

Nathan Guy

30 Aug 17 - New Zealand is supporting a new $400,000 scholarship programme to build global expertise on climate change and food security.

Poultry plant earns applause for water use

30 Aug 17 - Australasia’s biggest poultry company has been recognised for the sustainable way it manages water use at a New Zealand plant.

Researchers to probe rich options for Maori land

23 Aug 17 - Rising carbon prices mean carbon farming, backed by manuka honey production, is becoming a viable use of Maori land, says the head of a Ruatoria charitable company.

Climate threatens three of four vital grain crops

22 Aug 17 - Three of the four major grains on which the growing world population depends are vulnerable to global warming, says a new meta-analysis based on more than 70 studies.

Every degree of warming counts for crop harvests

17 Aug 17 - The world can expect 3 per cent to 7 per cent less yield for each degree rise in temperature.

Sustainable Farming Fund grants open

9 Aug 17 - Applications for the latest round of Sustainable Farming Fund grants are open.

Livestock mega farms booming in Britain

18 Jul 17 - Nearly every county in England has at least one industrial-scale livestock farm, with close to 800 US-style mega farms operating across the UK, new research reveals.

Organic farming might not cut climate risk

27 Jun 17 - Organic farming does not always benefit the environment in the ways people expect, and might not avert climate change effects, scientists say.

Federated Famers warns of consequences

26 Jun 17 - Federated Farmers is warning politicians of “consequences” if agricultural emissions are brought into the Emissions Trading Scheme before other countries put a carbon price on farming.


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