EHS for Agriculture Articles

  • Can superfoods boost the planet’s health, too?

    As demand for African and Asian tree-based superfoods grows, researchers and entrepreneurs eye ways to maximize benefits for the environment. It can seem like new health food fads pop up every week — fads that often fade as quickly as they appear. Two gaining steam lately, though, may be worth a longer look: baobab and moringa. Traditional fare in parts of Africa (and for moringa, ...


    By Ensia

  • Why women and youth are the key to feeding the world

    Diversifying the next generation of agricultural leaders will lead to fewer hungry people, better societies and improved health. When you look to the year ahead, what do you see? Ensia recently invited eight global thought leaders to share their vision for the environment as it relates to business, culture, ecosystems, energy, food, health, water and the world ( ...


    By Ensia

  • Sustainable Soil Health

    “A Nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt. We have learned some harsh lessons about how to treat our soil. While most of us are aware of the problems of the past, some agricultural operations in the world are not heeding those lessons. We all know that healthy soil is essential to feed the ever-increasing ...

  • Surprising ways Kenyans are embracing climate-smart agriculture

    In rural Kenya, where it may only rain twice per year, farmers and herders are embracing so-called “climate-smart” agriculture. The video above, produced by the World Bank, begins by showing how John and Mary Obuom have transformed their one-acre farm into a model of sustainable practices. The family plants a diversity of crops in case one or more fails in a given year. A thicket of ...


    By Ensia

  • Brazil’s agriculture minister optimistic about a Mercosur/EU trade accord by end of the yea

    Brazil’ minister of agriculture Katia Abreu said she was very optimistic about Mercosur reaching a trade agreement with the European Union, and if there are problems look to Europe, because Mercosur members have almost agreed and finished their proposal. Ms. Abreu is probably the strongest political woman in Brazil currently, not only because president Dilma Rousseff is much debilitated ...


    By TractorExport

  • Global food security is a moral imperative

    We must work to overcome hunger not only for economic and political reasons, but also because it is the right thing to do. It is peculiar to live in a world where hunger is an endemic problem for half the planet while diet books are best sellers in the other half. This point is often lost in the broader bundle of jargon that now defines the conversation on food security in the ...


    By Ensia

  • “Soil Health” And Compost

    In my quest to better understand how compost improves the chemical, physical and biological attributes of soil, I came across a training course created by the Rodale Institute, with support from the Northeast Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) Program called “An Introduction to Soil Health.” The course emphasized that if we can improve the overall quality of ...


    By BioCycle Magazine

  • Household water constraints and agricultural labour productivity in Tanzania

    While previous research has analysed the links between drinking water access and health, and to some extent between health and agriculture, the direct impact of household water access on agricultural productivity has hardly been studied. We address this research gap, using survey data from Tanzania. Regression models show that water access constraints significantly decrease labour productivity ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • SRS Crisafulli`s Laura Fleming on

    More on The Coming Jobs War  - Polling about the Future Jim Clifton is singing a very important song about the future.  He sings well.  His notes are clear.  His facts are as straight as a Gallup minute.  His priorities are our priorities – after all, he ...


    By SRS Crisafulli, Inc.

  • Ecological Sanitation for the Municipality of Bauang, La Union: An ISSUE2-Funded Program with CAPS in the Philippines

    The Philippines, like many developing countries, has serious sanitation issues for both their urban and rural citizens. Specifically for rural citizens, data from 2008 estimated that 17% of this population still had no access to improved sanitation, with 14% estimated to be practicing open defecation. With much of the Philippine countryside devoted to agriculture, this is a serious concern, ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Survival of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Mycobacterium bovis in human urine

    Tuberculosis is a zoonotic disease that mainly causes respiratory infection. However, it can also infect other organs such as the kidneys and bladder, which can lead to high counts of the organisms in the urine. Introducing urine diversion systems and reuse of the urine in agriculture may introduce new transmission routes for infection, increasing the risk of spread. This study evaluated the ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Earthworms helping economy, improving ecology and protecting health

    Earthworms can treat organic garbage, livestock manure and poultry droppings and turn them into premium organic fertilisers, because humus only exists in earthworm feces and castings, compared with other fertilisers. Earthworms can also supply quality animal protein as feed, and offer the best raw materials for the biochemical and pharmaceutical industries. Vermiculture should be put into a whole ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Using native riparian barriers to reduce Giardia in agricultural runoff to freshwater ecosystems

    Waterway degradation in agricultural settings is caused by direct and diffuse sources of pollution. Waterway fencing focuses on reducing direct faecal contamination, but the extent to which it reduces overland surface runoff of pathogens is unknown. This study evaluated the potential of four riparian treatments to reduce Giardia in saturation excess surface runoff entering the waterway. Treatment ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • 10 messages for 2010 - agricultural ecosystems

    Introduction: biodiversity, agriculture and the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Europe"s agricultural sector has received sustained public support under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) over the last 50 years. This support has evolved alongside growing recognition and awareness of the strong links between agricultural production and biological diversity ...

  • Determination of public health hazard potential of wastewater reuse in crop production

    The potential health hazard due to the utilisation of wastewater for vegetable cultivation in the agricultural fields of Titagarh was assessed. The mean concentrations of Pb, Ni and Cu in the irrigation water and the mean Cd content in soil were above the recommended levels. The mean Pb, Zn, Cd, Cr and Ni contents of the vegetables were found to be above the Indian safety limits. The faecal ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • The emergence of urban agriculture: Sydney, Australia

    Across the world the phenomenon of urban agriculture (UA) is defining itself after emerging from a mainly grass-roots response, evidenced in the Sydney Metropolitan Region by the Hawkesbury Harvest phenomenon and the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance, to powerful global forces which are negatively and paradoxically impacting on the quality of life of urban and farming communities. In the developed ...

  • The localization of agriculture

    In the United States, there has been a surge of interest in eating fresh local foods, corresponding with mounting concerns about the climate effects of consuming food from distant places and about the obesity and other health problems associated with junk food diets. This is reflected in the rise in urban gardening, school gardening, and farmers’ markets. With the fast-growing local foods ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Evaluation of diet quality of Egyptian adolescents using healthy eating index

    The aim of this study is to use the healthy eating index (HEI) to assess the diet quality of a representative sample of the Egyptian children and adolescents. HEI of United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) was applied with slight modifications to measure how well the studied Egyptian students' diet conforms to recommended healthy eating pattern. Our results showed that the average HEI ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Dissolved organic Nitrogen: an overlooked pathway of Nitrogen loss from agricultural systems?

    Received for publication June 18, 2008. Conventional wisdom postulates that leaching losses of N from agriculture systems are dominated by NO3–. Although the export of dissolved organic nitrogen (DON) into the groundwater has been recognized for more than 100 yr, it is often ignored when total N budgets are constructed. Leaching of DON into stream and drinking water reservoirs leads to ...

  • Infant malnutrition and chronic aflatoxicosis in Southern Africa: is there a link?

    Malnutrition accounts for more than 5 million deaths of under-5s in the developing world annually. There is mounting evidence implicating aflatoxin contamination as an important factor in infant under-nutrition. Aflatoxins have in the past been associated with the development of primary liver cancer. More recent studies link chronic aflatoxicosis to infant growth stunting and increased morbidity ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

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