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COW QUESTION: California gets to grips with farm emissions

Monday - 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.

How mini-farms can achieve maxi-production

10 Feb 17 - Tiny, biointensive operations show smallholder farmers from around the world how they can grow far more food than conventional approaches.

Seawater puts a dent in delta rice production

8 Feb 17 - Urgent action is being called for to prevent salt intrusion causing severe damage to rice production and loss of drinking water in Bangladesh and Vietnam.

US faces ‘abrupt and substantial’ crop losses

26 Jan 17 - Harvests in the United States are liable to shrink by between a fifth and a half of their present size because of rising temperatures, an international scientific team has found.

Farming faces pressure from global methane rise

16 Dec 16 - A rapid increase in global methane emissions could put New Zealand under renewed international pressure to cut greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture.

Healthy soils could start at the dairy shed

8 Dec 16 - Bio-waste from places like dairy sheds can be used to transform degraded soils into top-producing land, research is showing.

Nitrogen pollution forgotten element of climate change

8 Dec 16 - While carbon pollution gets all the headlines for its role in climate change, nitrogen pollution is arguably a more challenging problem.

Pay farmers to fix environment, say scientists

7 Dec 16 - Up-front payments of $400 a kilogram to cut nitrogen run-off from farms would see dairy farms turned into forests, Government-funded research shows.


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